Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Monday, November 14, 2016.
St. Eriks Bryggeri
St. Eriks Bryggeri
The World’s Most Expensive Limited-Edition Potato Chips Are $11.20 EACH — and All Sold Out
St. Eriks Brewery in Sweden has created a high-class (and expensive) snack to go along with its high-quality craft beer: a $56 box of five potato chips. The pricey chips, created by chef Pi Le, comprise rare Nordic ingredients such as matsutake mushrooms from forests in northern Sweden, crown dill from the Bjäre Peninsula, truffle seaweed from the Faroe Islands, Leksand onion, and India Pale Ale Wort, Next Shark reported. Only 100 boxes of the limited-edition chips were made, and they have already sold out.
Donald J. Trump
How Will Donald Trump’s Presidency Affect the Restaurant Industry?
Throughout the 2016 election, the restaurant industry has suffered losses in business and is now still questioning its fate after Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States on Tuesday. Arizona, Colorado, and Maine voted to increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020, and Washington State voted to increase it to $13.50 per hour by the same year, according to Nation's Restaurant News. However, it is unlikely that there will be an increase of the federal minimum wage under Trump’s presidency, NRN reported. “We’re encouraged by these state raises, and look forward to continued growth for our business and the economy with future state and federal raises,” Bill Phelps, co-founder and CEO of Wetzel’s Pretzels, said in a statement.
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Companies Selling Legal Edibles Still Face Obstacles in Expanding Nationally
On Tuesday, voters passed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada, which could pave the way for cannabis-based businesses to expand nationally. Small businesses in individual states comprise most of the legal cannabis industry, according to The New York Times. However, due to federal law concerning controlled substances, traveling across state lines, even to neighboring states or states that have already legalized medicinal or recreational marijuana, can be tricky. Business expansion is possible, but there are plenty of obstacles. Dixie Brands, a Denver-based company that creates products such as drinks, chocolates, and lotions infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, is one business looking to build a national presence. Chuck Smith, a co-founder of Dixie Brands, told the New York Times that in order to expand legally, his company owns and runs anything business-related that doesn’t “touch the plant.” Then, a local site grows and processes the plant specifically for Dixie Brands. This way, the company can oversee quality control without breaking federal laws.
Aeronaut Brewing Company
This Band Teamed Up With a Craft Brewer for Its Latest Album
Massachusetts craft brewery Aeronaut Brewing Co. and rock band The Lights Out have collaborated to release the band’s studio album, and it’s only available with a purchase of a can of Aeronaut’s T.R.I.P. beer. The 7.5 percent ABV Imperial Session IPA contains instructions on the label for how to obtain the album, Beverage Daily reported. “Most beer and brewery collaborations are with legacy acts like AC/DC, Kiss, Iron Maiden and Queen,” Ulf Oesterle, chair of the department of music and entertainment industries at Syracuse University, said in a press release. “None of them have used beer as a format to release a studio album. The Lights Out is venturing into new territory.”