Taco Bell Breaks the Bank and More News

In today's Weekly Media Mix, Taco Bell breaks records, plus a backyard McDonald's meth lab


The Daily Meal’s Weekly Media Mix rounds up the week’s biggest food stories.

Restaurants
• Tom Colicchio of Top Chef is looking to serve beer and wine at a “free standing” concession near the High Line. Plans call for the business to be open July through August. [New York Magazine]

Industry
• E. & J. Gallo winery announced plans to purchase Columbia winery and Covey Run Wine brands. This marks E. & J. Gallo’s first expansion into Washington State. No price for the transaction was made available. [San Francisco Business Times]

• With the help of scientists, wine producers may be able to take control over the flavor of their wines by utilizing a specific yeast: Dekkera bruxellensis. [Science Daily]

• Taco Bell is breaking records with the sale of their Doritos Locos tacos. During the 10-week run, Taco Bell says 100 million tacos were sold making it the most successful product launch in the company’s history. [The Orange County Register]

Events
• Georgia is celebrating its favorite fruit this week during their annual Georgia Peach Festival. Attendees will have a chance to have a slice of the “world’s largest peach cobbler.” [AP]

• Over $8 million were raised at the Napa Valley Vintners’ annual community fundraiser Auction Napa Valley. Nearly 800 guests attended the weekend long event for various Napa charities. [NapaPatch]

Odds n’ Ends
• Apparently cannibalism isn’t as rare as you would think. This past week alone there have been five such incidences. Who would have thought? [New York Magazine]

• Two are arrested in connection with a makeshift meth lab behind a McDonald’s in Kentucky. [WKYT]


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