Foodable Network Launches Chef AF a New Podcast

Today, Foodable is launching a new podcast — Chef AF, It’s All Food!— with Chef Jim Berman.

You may have already found out about the newest podcast addition to our show library, through The Barron Report’s latest piece where listeners had the chance to learn more about the chef and host.

Chef Berman has not only been a longtime Foodable expert contributor, but he’s also been a food writer for multiple publications while simultaneously working in and out of kitchens across the U.S.

Now, as the host of Chef AF, Chef Berman will have the chance to get his peers to “talk shop,” as he likes to say, in order to help other chefs and restaurant industry professionals navigate the wonderful yet complex kitchen life.

Chef AF, It’s All Food! is officially launching on Foodable Network today and it will soon be available in iTunes, Google Play and Spotify and other podcast listening platforms.

Listen to the first episode above to meet Berman and learn what you can expect to get from this new podcast!

Will the Cannabis Boom Expand to These States After the Midterms?



Today, voters in four states will vote on ballots with medicinal and recreational cannabis initiatives. Both North Dakota and Michigan has legislation on ballots that could pass cannabis recreationally, while Utah and Missouri could pass cannabis for medical use.

"These are the four states that will vote on 6 November. If they pass in Michigan and North Dakota, 1 in 4 Americans will have legal access to weed. Meanwhile, if Utah and Missouri pass their ballots, medical marijuana will accessible in over 50% of all states," writes "The Guardian."

All legislation on cannabis legalization being voted on today are expected to pass.

So far, there are nine states where cannabis is legal and then 22 states where cannabis can be prescribed to patients for medical conditions.

In 1996, California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana. In 2012, Colorado and Washington pass legislation that made cannabis legal recreationally. Cannabis became legal in Alaska, Oregon, and D.C. in 2014.

Then in 2016, state marijuana legalization laws passed in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Vermont.

These legislations have ignited a cannabis dining movement. Fine dining chefs in California cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are now incorporating cannabis into their menus. California's wine country is also gearing up to embrace cannabis wine infusions.

There are even a few shows like Cooking on High and Bong Appetite, both focused on cannabis-infused cuisine.

The cannabis market is expected to hit $4.1 billion by 2022 in both Canada and the U.S. according to a recent report by Arcview Market Research. This significant growth is partially attributed to Canada rolling out legalized cannabis last month.

Read more about America’s marijuana industry at “The Guardian.”

With more states legalizing marijuana, the cannabis boom is bound to spread in the U.S. But in areas where marijuana isn't legal recreationally, CBD-infused treats and beverages instead are being sold. Learn how CBD is making an impact in the foodservice industry on this recent episode of The Barron Report below.

Cannabis Edibles Expected to be a $4.1 Billion Industry in the U.S. and Canada by 2022


The cannabis Industry as a whole has morphed into a multibillion-dollar industry, but according to a recent study food infusions also known as edibles have much more potential.

Last year, in the U.S. alone, the edibles market accounted for $1 billion. This is significant considering marijuana is only legal recreationally in 9 states.

Tomorrow, Canada is rolling out legalized cannabis. With that in mind, Arcview Market Research anticipates that the edible market will be worth $4.1 billion by 2022 in both Canada and the U.S.

This tremendous growth is attractive to several beverage and snack giants.

Coca-Cola announced that that it is planning to get into the cannabis sector. The beverage giant made the statement after “Bloomberg” reported that the company is in talks with the Canadian cannabis company Aurora Cannabis, according to "multiple sources familiar with the matter."

But Coca-Cola isn't the only one jumping on the cannabis infusion bandwagon either.

“The edibles market is up for grabs. We’re already seeing mainstream beverage companies scrambling to take advantage of part of this significant opportunity,” said the Arcview Market Research report. “And when you consider that the investments made so far by these beverage companies, touches primarily the beverages subcategory, then you start to get a sense of the magnitude of the overall edibles market."

Molson-Coor announced that it's also working on developing a line of CBD-infused beverages in Canada.

Although the cannabis edible market is on the rise, there have been some recent challenges.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced earlier this month that cannabis-infused products that could be accidentally ingested by children like candies and lollipops will no longer be allowed to be sold.

Want more insights on how CBD is making an impact in the foodservice industry? Check out this recent episode of The Barron Report below.

Read more about the Arcview Market Research report on the cannabis edible industry at "Yahoo Finance" now.

Starbucks and Seattle Declare War on Straws: Is It Enough?

Starbucks and Seattle Declare War on Straws: Is It Enough?

Starbucks and the city of Seattle have been getting a lot of attention in the last few days. Sunday, Seattle’s ban on plastic straws, utensils, and cocktail picks went into effect, affecting 5,000 restaurants in the city, according to CBS News.

And Starbucks announced Monday their commitment to removing plastic straws from all 28,000 locations by 2020. Instead they will offer either a recyclable plastic lid or an “alternative material straw,” expected to be made of paper says the New York Times.

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Diets Driving Trends of Future Restaurants

Diets Driving Trends of Future Restaurants
  • Will current diet trends become a fad?

  • Do restaurants have a responsibility to educate consumers?

Diets are no longer just about losing weight. Whether it’s Paleo, Keto, Vegetarian, or Vegan, these “diets" have become more of a way of life.  So much so that some consumers may veto a food establishment if they don’t offer their “diet-friendly options." In this episode, our host Yareli Quintana speaks to Steve Shultz, CEO of Nektar Juice Bar and Melissa Gallagher, VP of Marketing of Freshii to figure out how diets are influencing current restaurant trends. Yareli, Steve and Melissa discuss hot topics from whether or not diets are here to stay, changing eating habits, to how their brands are working to better educate their consumers and making eating healthy more accesible.

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