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The Daily Dish: June 7, 2016

Dishing out the latest and greatest in food news
The Daily Dish - June 7, 2016

Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Today's first course?
 
The FDA has issued a draft of voluntary guidelines in an effort to reduce the amount of salt in the American food supply. This is a long time coming for public health advocates, who say that these new standards could help to save thousands of lives. The CDC says that more than 70 percent of the sodium consumed by Americans“is already in food before it reaches the table.” The guidelines set targets for a gradual reduction of sodium content for a majority of processed and prepared foods. With these guidelines, the FDA expects sodium consumption levels to drop to 3,000 milligrams a day in two years and 2,300 milligrams a day in 10 years.
 
A new Starbucks secret menu item is taking the internet by storm: Pink Drink. At time of publication, #pinkdrink has been tagged on Instagram over 97,000 times. Pink Drink is a Strawberry Acai Refresher made with coconut milk instead of water. The coconut milk gives the drink a milky pink hue and people say it tastes like the popular Japanese soft drink Calpico, strawberry milk, or raspberry milk. You can choose to top your drink with fresh strawberries or blackberries. Though not on the official Starbucks menu quite yet, we imagine your local barista will be familiar with this particular secret menu item in no time.
 
Uber and Lyft: not just for rides and takeout anymore. Walmart is piloting a last-mile delivery service utilizing services Uber, Lyft, and Deliv. Testing is expected to take place in select cities within the next two weeks. The company is working with Uber in Phoenix and Lyft in Denver, while a Sam’s Club pilot with Deliv delivering general merchandise and groceries for business members in Miami began in March. The service costs the standard $7 to $10 delivery charge for online orders, and customers do not need to pay the driver. Additionally, the customers will be notified so that they can expect their groceries from the Uber or Lyft when it arrives.
 
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