Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Monday, November 7, 2016.
This Company Is Using the Darknet to Sell Coffee
The darknet is expanding its product selection to include Chernyi black roast coffee from the Chernyi Cooperative in Moscow, Russia, Adweek reported. The darknet allows users to interact anonymously and access sites not available on mainstream browsers while also protecting the users’ location and content. The coffee is being sold through Tor, a “free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis,” according to the Tor website. "There is a generally held perception in Russia that coffee is harmful and shouldn't be consumed on a daily basis," Artem Temirov, Chernyi Cooperative co-owner, explained to Adweek. "We love flipping stereotypes upside down and decided to confront this stereotype, about coffee being a drug, with the stereotype about Tor as a platform that exists solely for drug trafficking."
Walmart Trashes ‘Perfectly Good’ Food in Canada
This summer, Walmart cut back on food waste by selling “ugly” produce after a campaign called #WhatTheFork targeted the world’s largest grocer for its wasteful practices. The program apparently didn't last very long, however, as an investigation by CBC Marketplace recently revealed just how much food two Walmart locations in Canada threw out in only 12 days. CBC revealed that over the course of its investigation, Marketplace staff found large numbers of food items that had been discarded, some of them well before their best-by dates; included were frozen foods that were still cold to the touch. In response, Walmart released a statement saying that some food is thrown out before its best-by date because it is deemed unsafe for consumption.
‘Pancake on a Stick’ Is Making a Comeback at Sonic This Spring
Breakfast will be made easy again with the return of Sonic Drive-In’s formerly discontinued “Pancake on a Stick” in the early spring, the company’s CEO Cliff Hudson told Business Insider. Pancake on a Stick looks similar to a corndog, but is instead a sausage on a stick, wrapped in a pancake. The popular menu item was first introduced in 2002, but was taken off the menu a few years later. Since then, Sonic fans have taken to Facebook and Twitter to mourn the loss of their favorite breakfast treat.
Yuengling Owner Endorses Donald Trump
Last week, the owner of the Yuengling brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, made a statement endorsing Donald Trump for president, and it has cost them some business. Yuengling, the oldest brewery in the United States, began as a struggling family business but is now one of the five largest beer companies in the country. Eric Trump, son of the Republican presidential candidate, recently took a tour of Yuengling and held a news conference at the brewery, touting it as an amazing American success story. This endorsement has caused many consumers, such as Pennsylvania’s Democratic Rep. Brian Sims, to boycott the beer.