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Who’s Idea Was It To Put Gluten In Everything Delicious?

By October 11, 2017 No Comments
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“So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.”

– Franz Kafka

Quit loafing around and knead that dough.

Celiacs Knead This New GMO Wheat

For the last five years, researchers in Spain have been developing a type of wheat that won’t aggravate celiac immune systems, and they’re getting really close. Their latest research has successfully engineered wheat to reduce immunoreactivity by 85 percent, allowing celiac sufferers to consume a few slices of bread without ill effect. But before restaurants across America can start consolidating their gluten-free menus into a single menu that’s safe for everyone, researchers still have to tackle one more problem: taste. “Acceptable” was the term researchers used to describe bread made with the new wheat. But hey. That’s also the term I used to describe my friend’s garbanzo bean brownies. So, rye not try it?

Rock this lobster!

Rock Lobster: Not Just a B52’s Song

The rock lobster is a complicated creature. Not only is it the title of a ’80s song, but it also is a general term for several, related species of lobster that live in warm water, such as the Pacific or Caribbean. These lobsters are so delicious that they were over-fished and had strict regulations. Well, Australia might have finally found a way around fishing rules and difficult larval cycles to create the first rock lobster hatchery. After 15 years, the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Arctic Studies has developed special tanks to breed the lobster so it is separate from wild populations. This could be big news for the lobster industry around the world. Let’s go celebrate the spiny lobster in our “Love Shack,” baby!

It's a long way up.

Restaurants Must Climb the Beanstalk to Keep up With Tech Giants

Amazon and Uber are two tech giants that seem to have found the hen that lays golden eggs and the magical harp. With Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods and Uber’s success with UberEats, they are cutting into restaurants’ profits and changing the industry. The only way restaurants can keep up now is to trade their cow for some magical beans. Fast Casual argues that the magical beans come from technology. Restaurants need to reclaim their customer data so they can make the dining experience personalized, easy and efficient. Going to a restaurant also needs to be as easy as getting food delivered or buying pre-made meals at the store. To cut down the beanstalk and defeat the giant, restaurants also need to connect their online and physical stores to what their customers want by using data for predictive inventory, customer recognition, improved service and enhanced marketing and promotions.

Always Be Prepared

Just Like the Boy Scouts, Supply Chain Managers are Always Prepared

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, earthquakes in Mexico and the many other natural disasters, the need for preparation has never been more clear. Not only do residents need to prepare their homes with supplies, but businesses also need to prepare to protect their assets. Once they are safe, supply chain managers need to think about the effect lost power, damaged goods, increased fuel prices and scarcity will affect their businesses. Major companies in Florida showed the importance of being prepared in the face of a hurricane. For example, power companies staged vehicles at strategic points to prepare for outages. Phone carriers like AT&T and Verizon topped of fuel generators and tested backup batteries to prepare for surges and flooding. And The Home Depot and Target worked with their warehouses to ensure they were well stocked ahead of the storm and could be replenished as people bought necessities in bulk. If these storms taught us anything, it’s that preparation is key to staying safe and recovering from a natural disaster.

Now that's a good look'n cup!

What you see is What you Get With new Printing Platform

It takes weeks worth of work to come up with the right branding colors, fonts, logos and design. Not only does it need to be perfect for your website, press releases, email, social media and other electronic media, but it also has to fit all of your physical materials, such as disposable cups, containers and even coasters. A new printing platform company, Templi, aims to make this laborious process easier with the click of a few buttons. You can upload your company image, picture, logo or colors in one click. Even for difficult-to-print items, like coffee cups, you can see a photorealistic 360-degree view of the product. It is the epitome of what you see is what you get. Founder Nick O-Brien has ambitious goals to add two new products every month to what businesses can print, including food-safe paper basket liners, wooden menu boards, and compostable plastic takeout bags. This has the potential to make branding and design simple for restaurant operators while taking the guesswork out of what your products are going to look like once they ship.