McCain Foodservice Has Added IPA Beer Battered Onion Rings to Its Portfolio

McCain Foodservice Has Added IPA Beer Battered Onion Rings to Its Portfolio

McCain® Foodservice is jumping on the craft beer bandwagon. The frozen food supplier has added onion rings battered in Brew City® IPA Beer to its expansive portfolio. 

McCain® is taking this beloved appetizer to the next level by incorporating the consumers' recent craft beer obsession. 

According to a recent press release by McCain, "craft beer has grown 16 percent compared to domestics and imports in the last four years."

The onion rings still offer that sweet onion flavor, but also has a hoppy flavor from the Brew City IPA beer. 

McCain® is anticipating that this appetizer will help to increase check averages and recommend that the rings are served with dipping sauces, like chipotle ranch and orange marmalade. 

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WeWork Takes Meat Off the Company's Menu

WeWork Takes Meat Off the Company's Menu

WeWork, the company that offers shared workspaces, announced to its staff that it will no longer expense meals containing meat.

Specifically, red meat, poultry, or pork is no longer allowed to be expensed by the company's 6,000 employees, according to a memo from the co-founder Miguel McKelvey. 

WeWork made the decision based on the impact meat has on the environment. Choosing a plant-based diet has become an ecological and sustain issue. 

Meat has a much bigger water footprint than grains, vegetable or beans. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat, according to PETA.

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Amazon Crashes on Prime Day, Loses Millions in Sales

Amazon Crashes on Prime Day, Loses Millions in Sales

This year's highly anticipated Amazon Prime day did not start off as planned. 

On July 16 at 3 pm, the time the promotions were supposed to start, customers were unable to get on the site and instead saw a 404 error on the website. 

"Some links on the main page advertising Prime Day deals went nowhere but back to the page. Pages within Amazon's mobile app were also affected, showing an error message with a photo of a dog," writes "Business Insider." "Individual product pages didn't appear to be affected and were still functional, though customers reported issues with adding items to their carts. Some customers also said that their shopping carts would completely empty when they were adding or removing items from it."

Amazon issued a statement at 4:59 p.m. saying "some customers are having difficulty shopping, and we're working to resolve this issue quickly."

Customers that were experiencing difficulty on the Amazon website, went to social media networks like Twitter to complain and some have even threatened to cancel their Amazon Prime membership. 

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U.S. Govt. Hits China Seafood With 10% Tariffs

U.S. Govt. Hits China Seafood With 10% Tariffs

Earlier this week, the Office of the United States Trade Representative released a list of $200 billion worth of goods from China that will now be subjected to a new 10 percent tax. 

Although the long list features consumer goods like apparel and handbags, nine pages of the list are dedicated to a variety of seafood, including trout, halibut, salmon, tuna, caviar, and much more.

Prior to this recent decision by the U.S. government, China put a 25 percent tax on U.S. seafood in last August.

This has had an impact on American lobster imports, in particular. In 2016, China imported $142.4 million from the American lobster industry. 

"Anything that affects the supply chain is obviously not a great thing," said Kristan Porter, president of the Maine Lobstermen's Association. "The lobstermen obviously are concerned with trade and where they go."

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Why are These Fast Food Employee Agreements Being Investigated?

Why are These Fast Food Employee Agreements Being Investigated?

As the employment rate goes up, the more competitive it is to find workers, especially in the fast food sector. 

Some chains like Chick-fil-A are enticing employees by offering $17+ an hour and by providing other benefits like college sponsorships. 

Once workers are hired, there appears to be a way to keep employees employed and to stop them from going to another foodservice job.

This week, an investigation was launched where 10 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia are looking into noncompete clauses included in employment agreements at fast food establishments, put in place to limit staff on where they can work after they leave. 

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B.GOOD Names This Former Food & Bev Ad Agency Executive as CMO

B.GOOD Names This Former Food & Bev Ad Agency Executive as CMO

The better-for-you fast casual brand B.GOOD has hired the restaurant industry veteran Brent Feldman as its new chief marketing officer. 

Feldman is making a transition from a long career on the agency side to now on the brand side by joining B.GOOD's executive management team. 

Prior to being named the CMO at the fast casual chain Feldman was the executive vice president at the Hill Holiday, an agency with a broad portfolio of food & beverage clients, including Chili's, Dunkin' Brands, and the soda giant Coca-Cola. He has also worked with Wendy's, Nestle, and McDonald's. 

B.GOOD has brought Feldman on board to grow the brand with expansive marketing efforts and to increase brand consistency. 

He will also be leading programs to develop more products and to improve the customer experience at B.GOOD stores. This is all in line with the healthy brand's recent expansion plan. The brand currently has 70 stores in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, and Germany. 

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Is the Craft Beer Movement Losing Steam?

Is the Craft Beer Movement Losing Steam?

The craft beer scene over the last five years has changed significantly. 

It all started with the craft beer boom, where suddenly consumers were gravitating to local brews. 

Craft beer soon became its own section on beverage menus across the country. 

But in the last two years, more and more big beer players have started to buy-out small and independent craft breweries causing some loyal fans to call the smaller craft beer breweries "sell-outs." 

Could this be why consumers are losing interest in craft beer? 

According to recent data from the market research firm IRI Worldwide, the sales volume of craft beer at retail stores increased by 1.7 percent so far in the first half of 2018. 

Although this is still growth, it's the craft beer industry's slowest rate in a while. 

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