Everything Important That Happened in Food in 2013 (Slideshow)
December 20, 2013
Way too many stories made the headlines this year. We've condensed it for you
Remember this scandal? First in a deposition, Deen admitted to using racial slurs in her life, plus making racist jokes, causing a ton of sponsors (including Food Network) to drop the cooking star. Of course, supporters were angered, the lawsuit was dropped, and now Deen is slowly making her way back into the spotlight.
People better start hoarding. The factory has been dealing with some major odor issues that have forced the company to consider new packaging systems. In the meantime, shipment of the cult-favorite hot sauce has been halted.
Big Food Buys More Big Food
Shuanghui International bought pork producer Smithfield; Sysco bought US Foods, and we’re all eventually going to be eating the same processed foods from all over the place.
Tips for Jesus
An anonymous group of do-gooders have decided to drop big money for servers across the country. Some people speculated it was former PayPal vice president Jack Selby leaving $1,000 tips, or $5,000 tips everywhere, but that was never proven (plus, the group definitely needs more than one operator for cover the cities).
First the EU found traces of horsemeat in packaged products marked as all beef (including Ikea meatballs!), then they found that horses used for research were also sold illegally for butchering. And stateside, horse slaughterhouses might get back to work after a ban was lifted. Black Beauty is not happy.