Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Thursday, October 13, 2016.
First Froyo Drone Delivery Takes Place at Hope College in Michigan
Last week, a drone successfully delivered Orange Leaf frozen yogurt to Hope College in Holland, Michigan. The froyo establishment threw a party on campus to celebrate the delivery, USA Today reported. Students, faculty, and administrators at the college are now able to schedule drone deliveries, although there is a minimum order of 30 frozen yogurts, WOOD TV8 reported. Though the drone can reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour and carry up to 30 pounds, it took 15 minutes to travel almost a mile to deliver the initial order.
Man Who Receives Double Arm Transplant Is One Step Closer to Becoming a Chef
John Peck, a Marine veteran, is now one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming a chef thanks to a double arm transplant performed in August. Peck, 31, stepped on an explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010 and became a quadruple amputee, according to ABC News. He is currently undergoing rigorous therapy in an effort to develop sensation in his new limbs. The arms mean a chance for Peck to pursue his childhood ambition. “My dream job since I was 12 is to become a chef,” he said. “What means more to me than all of that… I will be able to hold Jessica's hand and be able to feel it,” he said of finally being able to feel his fiancée’s hand in his.
Parmesan Fraudster May Just Get Community Service, Not Jail Time
Earlier this year, multiple companies admitted to diluting their Parmesan cheese products with fillers such as wood pulp. Castle Cheese CEO Michelle Myrter pled guilty to charges of fraud and mislabeling. Now, federal prosecutors are asking for Myrter to serve between zero and six months in prison, in addition to doing community service at a food pantry or soup kitchen, Bloomberg reported. In response, her attorney has asked for probation. Myrter is facing federal charges concerning food adulteration, as are the presidents of two other companies, Universal Cheese & Drying Inc. and International Packing LLC, who also pled guilty to fraud and adulteration charges. The FDA has maintained that separating fraudulent filler cheese from “true cheese” is still a major issue in the American market.
Diet Sodas Are Losing Popularity Among Consumers, Report Suggests
An analysis by Engagement Labs looking at online and offline consumer conversations yielded some interesting findings on consumer sentiments regarding popular soft drink brands. It found that though consumers are “bubbling with interest in regular soft drink brands,” enthusiasm regarding diet soda “seems to have gone flat,” according to Beverage Daily. The company used its TotalSocial tool for the analysis. “Engagement Labs’ TotalSocial scores quantify the impact of these trends on consumer conversations which is clearly reflected by the fact that diet soda brands have a lot in their glass right now — including health concerns about sugar and artificial sweeteners and balancing consumer interest in natural ingredients with backlash to formulation changes,” said Ed Keller, CEO of Engagement Labs.
Visit a Chipotle in Costume on Halloween and Get a $3 ‘Boorito’
Chipotle is bringing back its annual “Boorito” promotion, which offers customers $3 burritos, bowls, salads, and tacos for showing up in costume after 3 p.m. on Oct. 31. The event is a fundraiser for the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, and up to $1 million in proceeds from the event will be donated. Through previous Boorito events, Chipotle has already raised $4 million for the foundation, which allows the company to “extend its commitment to creating a more sustainable food future,” according to a release.