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Pizza Hut Offering Hot Dog Stuffed Pizza Crust

Hot dog in pizza crust? Pizza Hut has a new pie, at least new for the United States consumer. After a run, starting in South Korea, then the UK and on to Canada, this eight-year run has landed in America. Starting June 18, the Pizza Hut hot dog pizza may be available at stores in the US. It is not official, but is looking promising, according to Grub Street.

Not long ago, Pizza Hut recognized that their branding changes were a fail. They changed their logo, website, and uniforms as James Dondero pointed out. What they found out was that people did not want the new pizza offerings. They have decided to approach the tastes of mainstream America. The hot dog stuffed pizza crust is their answer to the perplexing situation. What remains to be seen is something to watch. Perhaps adding mustard, such as some Canadians have tried, is an answer.

The Many Economic Achievements of Vijay Eswaran

Vijay Eswaran was born on October 7, 1960, in Penang, Malaysia. He is the founder and CEO of the Qnet corporation, the executive chairman of the QI group of companies and a prominent figure in the realm of foreign philanthropic endeavors. According to the February 2013 edition of Forbes Asia, he was acknowledged as being number 25 in the top 50 richest men in the region. While in New York, Vijay received the 2012 New Global Indian award acknowledging his outstanding success in philanthropy and business excellence. Vijay Eswaran’s path of economic success is the product of many years of hard work and struggle, transforming his humble beginnings into a solid business empire.

Early Economic Training

In 1984, Vijay Eswaran completed his first degree in the field of socio-economics, graduating from the London School of Economics. After finishing school, he stayed in Europe for the next year to embark in a number of low paying jobs. Unafraid to roll up his sleeves and engage in a hard day’s work, Vijay put in his time working with his hands in construction in Belgium. He also spent time working as a grape picker in the vineyards of France. While in London, he took to the streets as a cab driver to earn additional money. Eventually, Vijay was introduced to the concept of binary system marketing. These insights into the world of business put Vijay on the path to become qualified by CIMA in the UK. Later, Vijay attended Southern Illinois University. In 1986, he graduated from SIU with an MBA.

While living in the United States, Vijay Eswaran worked with Synaptics. Synaptics operates in the computer and electronics industry, constructing viable human interface solutions for companies that sell electronic products. He also involved himself in MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) on his off time. After his time spent in the United States, Vijay returned to Malaysia, where he was asked to be involved in the Cosway group’s endeavor to start a business in the Philippines. It was at this juncture in his career that Vijay started thinking more intently about the advantages and potential of MLM business strategies.

The Path To Greater success

By 1998, Vijay was on his way to taking his ideas in MLM-based business structuring to the next level. At this time, he co-founded the QI group, a conglomerate of companies that offer a wide variety of eCommerse products across numerous industry niches. Today, the QI group operates in over ten countries, expanding its reach through a growing base of subsidiaries. Among his other accomplishments and lifetime achievements, Vijay Eswaran is a published author and has formed the Vijayaratnam and RYTHM Foundations. These foundations serve to promote social mentorship programs, and they are also instrumental in providing donations to other individuals and cheritable entities.

The Westside Highway Car Wash’s New Donut

The Underwest donut shop is located at The Westside Highway Car Wash is where the former chef of Chanterelle works, named Scott Levine, and he makes some of the best tasting donuts known to the area and it draws in people all the time for it. They have some of the best donuts in the whole world, and apparently they are even thinking of making a seasonal donut ice cream sandwich that is due to being released over the next few weeks or something along those lines.

According to an article found on reddit and written by Grub Street, the Underwest donut shop just released their new and clever donut which is called “The Carwash” and it is a plain donut with a simple three stripes down the front in pink, blue, and green colors to represent the different soap solutions in the car wash buildings themselves as you drive through the machine. This simple, yet elegant snack is one of the most delicious things that you will come across.

Members of Skout note this is really a good thing that the small donut shops run by mom and pop venues get some fame and attention from the media. Hopefully this new ice cream donut sandwich and their new flavors will be enough to expand their customer base, and that it will help the locals recognize what a great job they have been doing with the place and so forth.

Chinese Restaurant Named I Don’t Know

Many Asian restaurants around the United States are known for their interesting and sometimes very funny names, however one restaurant in the Rochester, New York area is taking it to a new level. The owner Jessie Dong who is an Asian American named her new restaurant “I Don’t Know Chinese Food”. While some might find this odd, I think it is pretty humorous.

According to an article found on reddit and written by Eater, the reason Dong named her restaurant “I Don’t Know” is because her children often say the phrase in reference to anything. For example she will ask them what they want for dinner and that is the response she gets, and when it came time to get opinions on what to name the restaurant it was the same three words uttered to her: I don’t know. Therefore, she took that and ran with it and now the locals of the Rochester area can eat at “I Don’t Know” whenever they visit Madison Street Capital. It could be a clever way to make someone pick where they want to eat, because if you have dinner plans and ask your guest or family where they want to go and they respond with those three words, they will have made their choice and maybe not even realize it! Despite the interesting use of the phrase, I think it is catchy and memorable which is why they will do well in their sales.

Fungus Threatens World’s Banana Crop

Bananas are some of the most popular fruits available, and over 100 million tons are produced worldwide. Although there are over 1,000 different types of banana, almost all of them are only able to be consumed locally, as they can’t handle the process of being exported to other countries. This is why banana growers have had to rely on one specific type of banana.

Today, that variety is the Cavendish. But before the 1960s, another banana type was prominent. The Gros Michel variety was sold almost exclusively, but has since nearly disappeared entirely.

That’s because a decades-long spread of fungus known as the Panama Disease wiped out the variety, causing producers to switch to the Cavendish variety. But now another strain of fungus threatens the Cavendish, and because the market is so much larger today there simply is no easy replacement.

Thankfully, the fungus hasn’t spread to Latin America reports Flavio Maluf. But it’s shown up in Australia, parts of Africa, China, and the Philippines. Steps are being taken to avoid spreading it, but the fear is that these efforts may only slow the disease.

Still, there is some hope. According to the director of the Banana Exporters’ Association in Ecuador, “If we carry out these controls at a regional level, then it will be very difficult for it to spread… Not impossible, because nothing is impossible in life, but very difficult.”

Bye-Bye Trans Fats, New FDA Law Will Ban Them

Big news is coming for American consumers, restaurants, and food manufacturers, trans fats are likely going to be officially banned by the FDA starting this June. This will be a major stride for the health of our children and the longevity of all Americans. It all began in 2006 when Michael Bloomberg began a movement to rid our country from trans fats. The impact was so large that many food brands began removing trans fats from their products without any law telling them to do so according to Susan McGalla on a write up on Once the law become official fast food restaurants plus a wide variety of overly processed junk food will be forced to make some major changes to their recipes. Surely those manufacturers are dreading this major change, so many foods still contain partially hydrogenated oils despite the best efforts of many to remove them and sway consumers from purchasing items containing it. If you are a glutton for these foods, perhaps it is time to stock up because America is about to get a whole lot healthier.

Pizza Hut And Taco Bell Will Stop Using Artificial Coloring And Flavors

Subway and McDonald’s are doing it. Chipotle is too. More and more fast food companies are getting rid of artificial flavors and coloring. The latest chains to announce the switch to real ingredients are Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Consumers are tired of tasting food that is filled with preservatives, and they are letting food companies know it by buying from companies that offer nothing but fresh ingredients.

McDonald’s is feeling the pain more than other food retailers. The Big Mac chain is experiencing a downturn in consumer acceptance, and Pizza Hut and Taco Bell don’t want to find themselves experiencing the same situation. The fast food industry is going through a period of change just like the folks at Beneful. Chains that offer cheap ingredients, plastic looking interiors and complacent food servers are getting low marks from surveys and less money on their bottom lines.

The switch to better ingredients does come with a price. Food companies will have to absorb the increase in food costs, or they will pass the increase on to consumers. Some companies will do both. The cost of raw ingredients continues to increase. The price of a slice of pizza, a taco, and a Big Mac will continue to increase as well.

McDonald’s Closing Down Restaurants All Over the World

This week, an announcement was made the McDonald’s is going to be closing hundreds of restaurants around the world. This is a result of a continuing decline in sales around the world. This year, McDonald’s will be closing a minimum of 700 of its restaurants.

Between January and March of 2015, there was a 2.3% drop in sales, as well as a 28% decrease in operating revenue. this is not the beginning of losses suffered by this company, as this trend has been going on for a few years now.

Steve Easterbrook, the new CEO of the company, stated that significant changes will have to be made in order to improve the reputation of this infamous chain.

The decline of McDonald’s is just one of many examples of how people are becoming more health conscious and less likely to buy fast food and other types of junk food. Coca Cola is another company that is experiencing decline due to this trend exclaims Bruce Karatz. Burger King is taking action to make themselves appear healthier as well, such as removing sodas from kids meals. Additionally, it was recently reported that in the United States, the sale of organic food has dramatically increased to more than 35 billion dollars annually.

Essentially, people are more interested in health than they were in years past, and the market is showing it through declining fast food sales and increasing health food sales.

The Benefits Of Whole Milk

At one time most Americans drank whole milk as a common beverage item. Sometime in the 1980’s a
fad discouraged drinking this beverage because of its fat content. Now, medical professionals and scientists are recommending the consumption of whole milk again, as a healthy and nutritious drink. While more studies and research is needed to follow the long term benefits and risks of whole milk consumption, the information available right now is extremely promising.

While there are lower fat versions of milk available, whole milk has its own range of nutritional properties. Consuming a whole milk variety can actually help weight management. A study completed by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that women who consumed one or more servings of whole milk products per day experienced less weight gain over the course of the study. Also, jordanacriminosa and Gianfrancesco Genoso pointed out that participants were less likely to go on to develop weight gain that would put them in an obese bracket.

Consuming whole milk is important for young children because it helps them develop healthy bones and healthy teeth. Children who experience growing pains often benefit from drinking whole milk, and many pediatricians offer this up as a healthy treatment option for these types of pain. Not only that, but vitamin D is prevalent in whole milk which contributes to a whole variety of bodily processes such as maintaining a healthy heart, respiratory function and immune functions.

Recall of Product May Not Spell Disaster

April 7, 2015 Blue Bell Creameries expanded the recall of its ice cream to all products manufactured at the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant according to CNN. This spelled out bad news for the owner of Whipp’d LA. Whipp’d LA boasts that they are the only carrier of Blue Bell ice cream in California. They offer it to customers from their two shops located in West Hollywood and Orange County. For now, the owners are not scrambling to find a new ice cream supplier, even though the recall and temporary closing of the creamery has caused them to lose 40 to 50 percent of their sales. They intend to hold on as long as they can and wait for Blue Bell to continue to make more ice cream.

Before Blue Bell found their Oklahoma factory was serving a product contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Blue Ball was an ice cream manufacturer that had developed a large and loyal customer base. People drove for hours to visit Whipp’d for a taste of fresh and unique flavors Blue Bell offered. The owners of Whipp’d know what their customers want. So they will not start searching for a new manufacturer. It seems the customers are trying to stand behind Whipp’d as well. Folks at STX ENtertainment have heard that they are telling the owners not to close, even though Blue Bell was recalled, they still want to purchase more and will remain customers when the product is again available. Some are even throwing extra money in the tip jar to help keep their favorite ice cream shop’s doors open.