A Flavor Expert Picks The Next Hot Food Trends

Torri Donley

When it comes to spotting food trends, Donna Wamsley has an up close view.

She is a flavorist — a scientist who develops new flavors.

Wamsley is director of research and analytics for SoRSE Technology, an emulsion supplier for the food, beverage, cosmetics and healthcare products industries.

Essentially, she develops the flavors that you find in the things you eat, drink, use on your body and ingest internally.

Her work takes place upon requests from clients who request the formulas that allow them to take part in food trends, or to launch new ones.

I profiled Wamsley in this week’s CulinaryWoman Newsletter, and I asked her to predict some directions in which flavors are heading.

Korean food. Through out

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Replenish your spice rack at Ali Baba International Food Market, a Middle Eastern Market in San Antonio

Torri Donley

If your kitchen is anything like mine, the coronavirus outbreak has taken a heck of a toll on your spice rack. With social distancing protocols and restaurant shutdowns making nightly home-cooked meals the new norm for this once busy restaurant critic, I’m now out of everything from asafetida to za’atar.

Sure, the spice section at H-E-B is fine for the basics. I mean, the corner bodega a couple blocks from my house even stocks cumin and

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Extremist violence causes food shortages in north Mozambique

Torri Donley

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The escalating extremist insurgency in northern Mozambique has displaced 310,000 people, creating an urgent humanitarian crisis, the World Food Program said Tuesday.

The rebels have recently stepped up attacks in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province, seizing the strategic port of Mocimboa da Praia, which they have held for six weeks. Clashes between the extremist fighters, aligned with the Islamic State group, and government forces have caused massive numbers of local residents to flee their homes and fields.

The conflict has killed more than 1,500 people since it began in 2017 and the increased violence this year has caused widespread upheaval across the area.

“We are deeply concerned about the unfolding humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado where conflict and violence have left people without access to food and livelihoods,” Antonella D’Aprile, the World Food Program’s representative for Mozambique, said Tuesday.

“The growing insecurity and poor infrastructure have

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Be normal, Boise. Or be a Taco Cow. Restaurant to open with food ‘you’ve never seen.’

Torri Donley

If you’re wondering why restaurateur Boomer Godsill decided to name his new venture Taco Cow, well …

His answer is moo.

Located at 2032 E. Overland Road in Meridian, Taco Cow is a product of Godsill’s creative, sometimes random imagination.

“I wanted it to be as unique as possible,” he explains. “There is really no rhyme or reason to ‘Taco Cow,’ other than it’s tacos, and they’re kind of bigger, interesting tacos.”

On track to open during the last week of October, Taco Cow will bring a slightly offbeat perspective to the dining scene in the Boise area. Focusing on takeout, the 1,200-square-foot restaurant will feature what Godsill describes as a three-tier menu.

1) Traditional Mexican tacos. Think carnitas or carne asada.

2) Modern choices, like a California-style taco with french fries in it. “Kind of a little bit unique to the (cuisine),” Godsill says in a phone interview, “but

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Replenish your spice rack at Ali Baba International Food Market

Torri Donley

If your kitchen is anything like mine, the coronavirus outbreak has taken a heck of a toll on your spice rack. With social distancing protocols and restaurant shutdowns making nightly home-cooked meals the new norm for this once busy restaurant critic, I’m now out of everything from asafetida to za’atar.

Sure, the spice section at H-E-B is fine for the basics. I mean, the corner bodega a couple blocks from my house even stocks cumin and Mexican oregano. But for anything beyond the South Texas staples, I’ll either be paying

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Food Lion donates $500,000 to support equality and social justice initiatives :: WRAL.com

Torri Donley

Food Lion announced Monday that it has selected several longstanding community partners to receive additional funding to support their work to address racial equality and justice.

“At Food Lion, our value of care is at the center of everything we do, from how we run our business to how we engage with associates and customers to how we nourish our communities,” said Meg Ham, president of Food Lion. “Because we believe there is no place for systemic racism in our world, we are committed to doing our part to support racial equality inside our organization and inside our communities. We are holding ourselves accountable for making lasting change, and together with our community partners, we are hopeful that we can create a better future for all,” Ham added.

All funding will be earmarked for initiatives that support equality and social justice including scholarships and internships for Black and African-American students,

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Top Food Stocks for Q4 2020

Torri Donley

The food industry is comprised of companies that are primarily focused on offering food and non-alcoholic beverage products. It includes grocery stores, food distribution companies, and other companies offering consumer staples that consumers either eat or drink. It does not include restaurant businesses, many of which are considered cyclical because consumers tend to dine out less during economic slumps. Companies in the food industry include National Beverage Corp. (FIZZ), Darling Ingredients Inc. (DAR), and B&G Foods Inc. (BGS).

Food stocks are best represented by the S&P Food & Beverage Select Industry Index, even though this index includes companies offering alcoholic beverages. The index has underperformed the broader market over the past 12 months, providing a total return of 8.3% compared to the Russell 1000’s total return of 13.3%, as of September 18, 2020. All statistics in the tables below are as of September 21.

Here are the top

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Ag Secretary Perdue lauds food box program, meets with farmers – News – The State Journal-Register

Torri Donley

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Monday helped distribute food boxes in Springfield, then told a forum at a farm near Rochester that he hopes farmers eventually won’t need federal financial help during the pandemic.

Joined by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, Perdue spoke about the quick development of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. He and Davis then helped deliver food and milk to people who had lined up in their cars outside the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois on Springfield’s East Side.

Perdue said that when COVID-19 restrictions caused closure of restaurants and a supply chain disruption, he told President Donald Trump that there was enough food for people, but “we’re going to have to pivot” to get it to them.

“Farmers didn’t have a market … the trucks and the employees were laid off in the distribution cycle, and the people had needs,” Perdue

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FSMA Proposed Rule for Food Traceability

Torri Donley

The proposed rule includes exemptions for certain types of foods and certain persons who manufacture, process, pack or hold foods on the Food Traceability List. Some of these exemptions were provided by Congress, while others reflect the FDA’s current thinking about the application of this rule to certain foods and persons.

Exemption for Certain Types of Small Originators

The proposed rule would exempt certain farms and other originators (i.e., persons who grow, raise, or catch listed foods, or harvesters of non-produce listed foods, such as eggs) because they produce relatively small quantities of food. Specifically, the proposed rule would not apply to:

  • Farms (or the farm activities of farm mixed-type facilities) with respect to the produce they grow, when the farm is not subject to the Produce Safety Rule because it has no more than $25,000 in average annual produce sales as calculated under 21 CFR 112.4(a).
  • Shell egg producers
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Need Increases For Food Through Redwood Empire Food Bank

Torri Donley

Redwood Empire Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization on the North Coast, reported a slight rise in the amount of food it distributed in August, reflecting the ongoing toll of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the impact of recent wildfires.

The Sonoma County-based food bank said that in August it distributed an average of 612,008 pounds of food a week to individuals and partner food-relief organizations, up from 592,505 pounds a week in July. The numbers are to be reported Tuesday to the county Board of Supervisors, which has directed funds to a variety of hunger relief organizations during the pandemic, including the food bank.

The August numbers are below the sky-high figures of June – when an average weekly distribution of 828,506 pounds was recorded – but still represent a remarkable increase in need.

In the five months leading up to the point at the end of

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