Campaign to cut food waste draws pledges from nearly 200 of the world’s biggest food suppliers

Torri Donley

Nearly 200 food suppliers, including some of the largest producers in the world, have pledged to cut their food waste in half by 2030.

The companies, which make such products as Rice Krispies cereal, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Spam, have joined the 10x20x30 initiative, a global effort to slash the staggering amount of food that is discarded every year, the World Resources Institute, which supports the program, announced Wednesday. The big food makers — a list that includes Unilever, PepsiCo and Nestle Global — join some of the world’s largest food retailers, who last year signed on to the campaign.

The companies will make annual reports about their food loss and waste and will be encouraged to share the information on the Food Waste Atlas, a searchable website. But how they meet their targets will vary, an institute representative says.

Deanna Bratter, the head of sustainable development for Danone North America,

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This Is Ree Drummond’s Top Tips for Beginner Cooks

Torri Donley

It’s every foodie’s dream to interview Ree Drummond! Not too long ago, we had the opportunity to sit down with the Pioneer Woman herself recently to chat about all things home cooking (including the best ways to use canned pumpkin).

Ree Drummond holding a sign posing for the camera

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The most important question we asked her, though, was, “How can beginner cooks get started in the kitchen?” It can be intimidating to cook dinner from scratch for the first time. Here are Ree’s top tips for the novice home chef.

Don’t Overthink It

Ree compares cooking to any other hobby, like writing or photography—everyone starts out as a beginner and the only way to get better is by just doing it. “You have to do it and do it and do it,” she says. “And you’ll mess up a lot and it won’t turn out exactly right. But then one day you’ll just make like

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Soft Drinks Market| Product Innovations to Boost the Market Growth

Torri Donley

The global soft drinks market size is poised to grow by USD 216.74 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 5% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Soft Drinks Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The product innovations as one of the major factors driving the growth of the soft drinks market. Market players are focusing on enhancing their sales volume by launching new products with better formulation, ingredients, and packaging. They are also introducing

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Feds say man used explosive to damage Naperville restaurant amid looting

Torri Donley

Federal prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old man with using an explosive to damage a suburban restaurant amid a wave of vandalism and looting on June 1.

Diego Vargas is charged in a one-page indictment with maliciously attempting to damage and destroy a building with an explosive. His alleged target was the Egg Harbor Cafe in Naperville, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Vargas’ indictment was unsealed Thursday, prosecutors said.

Diego Vargas

Diego Vargas
U.S. District Court records

Naperville was among the many suburban communities hit by vandalism and looting in the unrest that followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this year. Despite earlier peaceful demonstrations, scores of Naperville shop fronts wound up having their windows smashed when a demonstration turned violent June 1, the same day Vargas is alleged to have used the explosive.

In a video shared by prosecutors at a detention hearing Friday, a person alleged to

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Food Banks In Massachusetts

Torri Donley

MASSACHUSETTS — When it comes to food insecurity in our community, there are many facts we may not know but one aspect is certain: A lot of hungry people are out there, and the number is growing.

More than 37.2 million people struggled with hunger prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Of those, 11.2 million were children. People facing hunger in the United States also reported needing an additional $20.6 billion to meet their food needs.

The pandemic only made that worse.

Among the many casualties of the coronavirus pandemic is a sense of security at America’s dinner tables. To stave off the deepening crisis, a complex network of food banks and food pantries has stepped in to provide crucial resources in one of America’s greatest times of need.

Curious about how food banks do it, or who is eligible for assistance? Here are five things you may not know about

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Torrington restaurant owner cited for banner sign on building

Torri Donley

TORRINGTON — Nicholas Pizza on Water Street has been in business for 37 years, and,

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About Your Food: Narrative In Packaging

Torri Donley

I’ve never spent so much time in my kitchen.

My spouse has a master’s in food and nutrition and wants me to read the numbers-focused black-and-white nutrition label, but as a marketer I’m far more interested in the more colorful sides of the box. The stories. The factoids. The occasional “letters” from company founders.

Three hours poring over a 36 brands of food packaging, and just as what occurred in my About Us page research last year, several archetypes of food package storytelling strategies emerge:

1/Purpose-focus: Brands who use this canvas to emphasize with their purpose, promise, or principles.

Nature’s Path Instant Oatmeal, for example, doesn’t mince words. “These Oats help save the planet” is the headline on the package front, implying choosing it makes you a part of a movement. The back continues with the rallying cry: “Eat like the world depends on it.” To

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New Family-Owned Mediterranean Restaurant Opens In Lindenhurst

Torri Donley

LINDENHURST, NY — Bay Shore resident Hamza Deib already opened restaurants in Brooklyn and another in Manhattan, but recently decided to open a new business closer to home. The Taheni Mediterranean Grill opened on 296 E. Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst this week.

The 28-year-old was motivated to open the family-owned eatery along with his siblings by their mother’s drive for cooking. Deib, who is one of nine, primarily runs the business with his brothers Anas and Malek. The brothers took the family recipes and are now serving them as Taheni Mediterranean Grill to everyone.

The coronavirus pandemic did put a delay on restaurant opening, but Deib and his siblings took that opportunity to help others, donating meals to those in need in the local community. In May, they were even featured as New York Post’s Hero of the Day.

The food at Taheni, described as a Mediterranean quick serve, will

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These Are the 3 Hot Drinks a Top Dietitian Always Orders at Starbucks

Torri Donley

With cooler weather comes hot drinks…here’s what a top dietitian loves to order at Starbucks.

I attribute my ability to semi-function during this apocalyptic year to three things: therapy, Harry Styles’s outfits, and copious amounts of caffeine. Since fall is somehow already here, many of us are swapping cold brew for hot drinks. But given that the Starbucks menu is so extensive (there are 23 different kinds of clover-brewed coffee alone!) sometimes it’s helpful to have a pro help you whittle things down when you know you need a caffeine boost, but aren’t quite in the mood for a PSL.  Thankfully Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, shares some of the best hot drinks from Starbucks she likes to order in an episode of Well+Good’s YouTube series You Versus Food.

a woman standing in front of a table: best hot drinks from starbucks

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best hot drinks from starbucks

Unsurprisingly, Beckerman is a big fan of the classic black

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Restaurant Stocks Are Rallying — Here’s Why You Should Avoid Them

Torri Donley

The restaurant industry is in trouble. Although the stocks of many chains have rallied during the pandemic, with the S&P 400 Restaurant index is up 90% from the industry low point in March, many restaurants are still hurting.

Ruby Tuesday just declared bankruptcy, following in the footsteps of Chuck E. Cheese parent CEC Entertainment, California Pizza Kitchen, and the biggest franchisee of Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) and Pizza Hut, NPC International.

Empty outdoor restaurant dining area

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Yet even for restaurant operators that have seen their stocks more than triple in value since March, including Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI), Chili’s parent Brinker International (NYSE:EAT), and IHOP owner Dine Brands (NYSE:DIN), investors might want to think twice about trying to ride them any higher.

There remain dark clouds on the horizon that would make an investment in even these recovering restaurant stocks a risky bet.

Tight quarters

While many restaurants

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