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Arizona Diamondbacks starting new celebration fad with bubble gum showers?
You think the Arizona Diamondbacks are having any fun this season?
At 41-33 with a three-game cushion in the National League West, life couldn't be any better in snakeland. It's so good, in fact, that the team seems to be putting their own stamp on a brand new way to celebrate their dramatic victories.
Shaving cream pie in the face? Not original enough.
Gatorade bath? Who isn't doing that these days?
Bubble gum showers? Now we're talking.
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Email your weekly goals to a peer
The Sales Hunter
Infuse your week with some accountability and motivation by emailing your goals to a peer.
To start the week, send a quick email to a friend, sharing a few of your goals for the week.
GMO misconceptions, risks and rewards: One Cornell scientist's take
International Business Times
Genetically modified organisms have been in American fields and grocery stores for more than a decade, but the controversy surrounding them is as fresh as ever. One Cornell University scientist says that in the discussion about GMOs, emphasizing the scientific facts is key — but she also cautioned against arrogance on the part of genetic engineering advocates.
After months of speculation, Wendy's finally introduces pretzel burger
Rumors have swirled for months, and now Wendy's is finally rolling out its Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, a move that separates Wendy's from much of the fast food competition.
An inside look: The secret popcorn people of Disneyland
Disneyland maybe small in comparison to some of its larger sister parks, but the attention to detail at Disneyland is grand. This is a closer look at a detail in Disneyland Park that is often overlooked. Specifically, the "Roastie-Toasties" or, the "popcorn people" that work on the seven popcorn wagons throughout Disneyland. Have you seen them? The little mechanical magical popcorn people that turn the drum full of popcorn to keep it powered.
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Better hospital food, brought to you by the federal health law
Kaiser Health News with USA Today
A growing number of hospitals nationwide are tossing out their fryers and adopting hotel-style "room service" that let patients order food anytime from a large menu. Many are also setting up gardens to grow their own vegetables, inviting local farmers to sell produce in their lobbies and turning food presentations into works of art — even when made puree style.
City leaders petition for sugary drinks ban on food stamps
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
A group of 18 mayors of major metropolitan areas — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago — is asking legislators to make sure food stamps recipients cannot use the benefits to buy sugary drinks.
Wrigley launches Orbit for Kids sugar-free chewing gum
Wrigley’s Orbit gum is launching Orbit for Kids, a new sugar-free chewing gum that will help parents and dental practitioners keep kids' teeth healthy when they are on the go and between checkups.
Small plates embraced by casual dining chains
The Huffington Post
For people that go out to restaurants a lot, there's been a growing weariness of tapas-style dining. It seems like every menu has a section for "Bites" or "To Share," even prompting New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells to offer a rant of sorts.
But while upscale diners may be ready for the next big thing in dinner-plate construction, (large-format feasts perhaps?), casual dining chains are starting to dive into small plate options.
Starbucks to post calories on menu boards
The Boston Globe
If you head into your local Starbucks, you'll see calorie counts listed on the menu boards — and may be shocked to see just how many calories you're drinking in your favorite Frappuccino or iced latte.
Starbucks recently announced plans to post calorie information for its beverages on menu boards at all stores operated by the company ahead of a federal law requiring them to do so sometime in the next year or two.
Twinkies, other Hostess snacks set for July 15 return
Hostess Brands, which is emerging from bankruptcy after the sale of its snack and bread brands, said it plans to resume the sale of its iconic Twinkies and other snacks in July.
Private equity firms Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. partnered to buy some of the bakery's snack cakes for $410 million. The scaled-down Hostess Brands LLC includes Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, CupCakes and others.
Safety, convenience and quality drive barrier packaging trends
By Don Rosato
With an increasingly global food retailing customer base, food packaging must meet longer shelf-life requirements and adherence to international food safety/quality standards. Growing demand for convenience foods and "ready meals" created by busier lifestyles and increased disposable income are reflected in high growth in food packaging. Food-purchasing decisions are based on taste and appearance as well as convenience, making excellent barrier quality to maintain product freshness vital in food packaging — not only to extend shelf life, but also to protect brand image.
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