Taco Bell Calls Out McDonald’s Breakfast Menu, Possibly Inciting a Breakfast Battle

Taco Bell entered the breakfast game in 2014 with seemingly outlandish offerings. The waffle taco and mini cruchwrap filled with hash browns, eggs, bacon, and cheese have been competing side by side, literally in most cases, with McDonald’s. While I cannot say what percentage of business Taco Bell and stolen from the famous burger chain there has been most definitely a dip in morning sales. McDonald’s breakfast menu has pretty much been the same, well, since forever. Biscuit with meat, egg, with or without cheese. Greasy goodness to many. The younger generation prefers something with a little more variety of flavors and options and, thus, Taco Bell stepped in and stepped up their game. It isn’t just breakfast burritos and tacos, they also teamed up with Cinnabon to offer delicious little doughnut balls and coffee products. That is pretty tough to compete with. Bruce Karatz is aware that Taco Bell has just released two online videos promoting their breakfast menu, one of which shamelessly puts down the Egg McMuffin and compares it to a dictatorship or communism. The question is how will McDonald’s respond?

Coca-Cola Pays Fitness Experts to Promote Their Drink as a Healthy Treat

The world’s largest beverage manufacturer has been using a new promotional ploy, but it may be a little to much for the public to swallow. The Coca-Cola company is paying fitness and nutrition experts to promote their drink as a healthy treat.

Articles and blog posts promoting the soft drink as being a healthy treat starting popping up last month, which just happened to be the month dedicated to raise awareness of heart health. February was American Heart Health month and a multitude of online blog posts and websites contained plugs for a can of Coke. Seems a mini can of a sugary soft drink is acceptable as a heart healthy treat.
A spokesperson for the soft drink giant, Ben Sheidler, says that this type of product promotion is not new and that all major brands work with bloggers to promote their products. According to Marcio Alaor BMG,  other types of paid talent make a pretty penny to say what those major brands want them to say. Just as in the case of Coke, paid talent write posts for their official-looking website touting that a high calorie beverage that’s loaded with sugar as a healthy treat. If only that were true.

The Ultimate Café Is Open – Martha Stewart is in the Food Business

Martha Stewart, 73 years old, is opening her own café makes sense. After all, she is the queen of quality recipes, organization, sales and more.

The Martha Stewart Café is actually only a little kiosk in an the Starrett-Lehigh building in the heart of New York City. It is aptly labeled “Martha’s Blend.” She offers tea, coffee and fancy pastries.

She said her cafés theme was a result of her travels throughout the world. The tea and coffee she offers are from many different countries.

Her pastries come from a variety of sources. She gets them from different bakeries, restaurants and chefs.

It’s a good thing that Martha Stewart is an advocate for higher education customer service with prices being comparable to similar coffee shops. Food and drinks are at or less than $5.00.

Martha Stewart’s new cafe has sparked the curiosity of many customers. She has the reputation for being good with crafts, food and creativity.

Three Die After Eating Contaminated Ice Cream

Three people are dead in Kansas after eating ice cream contaminated with a rare and potentially strain of listeria.

A connection was made between the deaths as five people in all were reportedly infected with the deadly bacteria between January 2013 and January 2015. The five adults who were treated received treatment at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. Through the process of elimination, it was determined that four of the patients had eaten Blue Bell ice cream during their visits. Three of patients later died.

According to Marcio Alaor BMG, the hospital sent out a press release stating that the facility “had not been aware of contamination prior to serving the ice cream and since removed the treats from their locations.”

The South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control conducted testing in February 2015 and discovered that different strains of Listeria had been discovered in Blue Bell products. The particular ice creams were manufactured at a facility in Brenham, Texas. Testing of other products made at the site revealed further contamination.

Here is a list of the recalled Blue Bell ice cream products.

Blue Bell noted that this was the first time in the company’s history that a recall has been necessary.
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KFC Under Pressure to Serve Antibiotic-Free Chicken

KFC is now facing some heat about serving chicken with human antibiotics. This is because McDonalds has publicly made an announcement that they will no longer serve chicken that has been raised with human antibiotics. Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG knows that the purpose of this is because it can potentially cause health issues in the near future. When chickens are injected with human antibiotics, it eliminates harmful bacteria, but also wipes out bacteria that is meant to defend “superbugs.” Due to these injections, superbugs may now resist the treatment and continue to manifest into something more serious. According to Reuters, KFC has no “publicly stated policy on antibiotic use in the production of the meat it buys.” Your text to link…
It has become imperative that KFC should follow Chick-fil-A, McDonalds, and other food chains that are in support of not serving chickens with antibiotics. If not, this franchise could seriously face a significant loss of customers and develop a bad reputation over time. Ultimately, customers will want quality food and healthier options.

Japan Unveils Tower Burger of Madness

Japan is known for its innovative inventions and trend-starting styles. According to the article on Grubstreet.com, Japan’s biggest fast food chain is unveiling a burger of innovative layers.

MOS (Mountain, Ocean, Sun) Burger, the biggest fast food chain in Japan behind McDonald’s, has announced their new burger- the Tokyo Tower Burger. And what a tower it is! The burger consists of fourteen different layers. MOS Burger have decided to create this new burger in commemoration of the opening on March 13 of their new location in Tokyo Tower’s food court.

At this point you have got to be wondering what goes into a 14-layer burger, right? MOS Burger have revealed that the layers go as follows:

Bun
Lettuce
Hot chili sauce
Chopped onion
Mayo
Burger Patty
Extra wide tomato slice
More Hot chili sauce
Onion ring
Ketchup
Another layer of chopped onion
Pastrami bacon
Burger Patty
Bun

I’m not even sure how one would go about tackling this tower of madness, but I can’t wait to see someone try! Thanks to our friends at AnastasiaDate for the tip!

This is Your Body Without Sugar

We’ve often heard of sugar addictions, chocoholics and people with who have a sweet tooth. But are these terms describing a real conditions or an imaginary one? According to recent research using lab rats, sugar addiction is real and so are the withdrawal symptoms.

A little sugar makes life sweeter as Paul Matheison says, but the last study on sugar consumption showed that the average person consumed 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day. That’s was including the amount of added sugar found in processed foods. The amount of sugar added to processed foods and beverages has risen since that study, so has the amount of processed foods consumed by the average person. By doing the math, we see sugar intake has risen and it’s all because we like it.
Why do we like sweets so much and what would happen to our body if we cut sugar out of diet altogether?
The study using lab mice showed that by giving sugar water as a reward to the mice, they wanted more and more of the sweet treat. When the sugar water was withheld from them for hours, then they were given free access to it, the mice binged on it. Addiction at its peak. An increased amount of sugar was needed by the mice as time went on.
When the sugar water was totally eliminated from the study mice, they became depressed and would not attempt to swim for their lives when placed in water.

McDonald’s Is Trying To Raise Its Food Standards

The Golden Arches is going through an identity crisis. Customers want them to figure out who they are and what they can add to the world of fast food. With healthy living advocates like Amen Clinics, gone are the days when a burger chain can put almost anything between hamburger buns and sell it. Today’s consumers want to eat food that is fresh and tastes good. McDonald’s has dropped the ball in those two categories.

But McDonald’s home office is listening, and they are slowly making changes. The company recently announce they will only serve antibiotic free chicken, and they will only sell milk that is not laced with growth hormones. But don’t expect to see these changes right away. The U. S. President of the chain said this new policy will be implanted within the next two years.

The big question is why will it take that long?

McDonald’s has a lot of buying power, so they should be able to implement a change like this one in a few months, not years. What the chain doesn’t get is consumers aren’t going to wait until they get it McRight. The fast food business is changing quickly, and the chains that drag their corporate feet will be seeing a lot of empty spaces in the parking lot.

Five Men in Japan Sickened by Fugu

Five men in Japan were hospitalized after ingesting poisonous pufferfish. Pufferfish contain a deadly toxin in certain areas of their body, but is still considered a delicacy in Asian countries, namely Japan. The toxic fish dish is known as Fugu in Japan.

According to authorities, the food was consumed at a restaurant in Wakayama, Japan. The men, aged 40 to 50, pleased with restaurant staff to serve fugu liver, a part of the body known to contain the deadly toxin. The serving of pufferfish liver is outlawed in Japan.

The restaurant caved and served the party the liver of the fish. The diners finished their meal and left, but five hours later they began suffering from dizziness, nausea and difficulty breathing said BNY Mellon. They were transported to a local hospital where they are all listed as stable and recovering stated Zeca Oliveira.

Chefs who wish to serve pufferfish have to undergo special training. This training includes an intensive exam that proves the chef in question is fully aware of each delicate cut that needs to be made to remove toxic flesh from the fish.

The eatery that served the party the deadly fish has been shuttered for five days while authorities investigate its practices.