Coca-Cola Fights Large Soda Ban and More News

In today's Weekly Media Mix, the cause of salmonella cases, plus restaurants are adding tablets for servers
Media Mix
Arthur Bovino

Media Mix

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

• Shake Shack is officially opening in Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 6. [Grub Street]

• Restaurant chains Chili's, Applebee's, and Chevys Fresh Mex are trying out a waiter-less system with interactive computer screens that customers use to order and pay. We wonder how many high schoolers are out of a job. [Fox News]

• Dunkin' Donuts plans to open some 100 India outlets over the next five years. We wonder what crazy flavors they'll come up with there. [New York Daily News]

• Apparently, more than 300 salmonella cases in the United States have been tied to the mail-order poultry industry, where kids get adorable chicks for Easter and adults get chicken for food. [Washington Post]

• Tomatoes and potatoes have 92 percent of their DNA in common. Who knew? [NY Times]

• Walmart is launching a "Goodies" service that lets customers try new foods (artisanal products, etc.) that aren't found in other stores. Looks like they understand the appeal of exclusivity. [Reuters]

Chefs and Personalities
•  Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat actually stumbled upon a real live goat (and a cute one, too). [Twitter/StephAndTheGoat]

• Tourism officials in Egypt have assured the world that they won't be banning alcohol and beachware, despite a demand from the Freedom and Justice Party. [ANI]

• Coca-Cola and McDonald's joined forces to argue against Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban on large soft drinks in New York City, citing freedom of choice. [Reuters]

• McDonald's has announced that by 2022 they will only be buying pork from farms without gestation crates. [MSNBC]

Publicity Stunts
• KFC is releasing an autobiography and cookbook from Colonel Sanders for free if you like them on Facebook. [Facebook/KFC]