Food Lion Feeds Invites Kids Ages 5-14 to Participate in a Design-a-Reusable-Bag Contest

Food Lion Feeds (PRNewsFoto/Food Lion)

Food Lion Feeds (PRNewsFoto/Food Lion)

In 2015, Food Lion Feeds partnered with some of its youngest fans to provide more than 1 million meals to families in need through the sale of a special Food Lion Feeds reusable bags sold in its stores. The grocer is now inviting kids ages 5-14 to participate in its Food Lion Feeds “Summers Without Hunger” Design-a-Reusable-Bag Contest. The winning design will be featured on next year’s Food Lion Feeds reusable bag, which will be sold in more than 1,100 stores in June 2016. The campaign is anticipated to help provide another 1 million meals to families and children in need.

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Action for Healthy Kids® Launches Lights, Camera, Breakfast Contest

Highlights Alternative School Breakfast Programs

Action for Healthy Kids announces the Lights, Camera, Breakfast Contest to highlight the importance of alternative school breakfast programs nationwide in helping kids start the school day with a nutritious meal. Eligible schools are invited to showcase their school breakfast programs through a creative video that could win their school a grand prize of $5,000 to put toward school breakfast and health and wellness programming. Entries will be accepted between October 8, 2015 and January 8, 2016 at

In 2014, only 44 percent of students participating in the National School Lunch Program also participated in school breakfast programming (30.3 million lunch participants vs. 13.5 million breakfast participants, according to the USDA), which means that millions of low-income children are not receiving a nutritious breakfast available to them at school. Alternative school breakfast programs incorporate this important meal into the school morning through a variety of models that reach students where they are located, including breakfast in the classroom, after the bell, in the hallway, or near the cafeteria and school entrance where grab-and-go breakfast works best. By increasing access to school breakfast and removing obstacles that prevent students from taking advantage of the program, schools are able to increase breakfast participation and feed more kids who would otherwise go without.

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Nationwide Salmonella Food Poisoning Scare from Recalled Breaded Chicken Products

The Merman Law Firm in Houston, TX was alerted that 561,000 pounds of breaded chicken products were recalled by Aspen Foods, an establishment based in Chicago, Illinois, due to possible salmonella contamination. The chicken affected by this recall was marketed as a ready-to-eat product and was produced between the end of August and mid-September of this year. Some of the brands affected by this recall include Antioch Farms, Acclaim, Family Favorites, Schwan’s, Chestnut Farms, Sysco, Spartan, Oven Cravers, Shaner’s, Home Dining Selections, and Kirkwood.

However, this is not the first time chicken products potentially contaminated by salmonella were recalled by this producer. This past July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service determined that an outbreak of salmonella could be traced back to chicken products produced by Aspen Foods. The FSIS’ inspection was prompted by five patients who experienced symptoms as a result of salmonella poisoning starting in May of 2015. During this original recall, nearly 2 million pounds of frozen chicken were recalled.

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Park City Culinary Institute Debuts Six-Month Culinary Program

Unique Concept Forges Partnerships with Top Food and Beverage Establishments to Create a Work Exchange, Giving Students a Debt-Free Education with Valuable Experience

Having successfully graduated many students from its unique two-month culinary school, Park City Culinary Institute is now introducing a more comprehensive, six-month program unlike any other. The program will be held at both Deer Valley and the Institute’s new Salt Lake City campus. Students will complete the course debt-free thanks to a work exchange program with many of the finest restaurants, hotels and caterers in the Rocky Mountains. Park City Culinary Institute has partnered with dining establishments that will offer educational internships that serve to completely cover the cost of the $6,495 tuition within about four months. In addition to completing the program debt-free, students will have gained highly valuable work experience in real food and beverage operations, allowing them to build their culinary résumés and negotiate higher starting salaries.

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Wines of Portugal Celebrates Outstanding Year with Fall 2015

Tasting Tour US Tour Takes Tastings to New York, Chicago and San Francisco

Wines of Portugal Fall 2015 LogoWines of Portugal is excited to announce its 2015 Producer Showcase Tour focusing on three of America’s top wine markets. This week, Wines of Portugal is featuring a variety of Portuguese wines from over 30 producers through consumer, industry and media wine events in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Wines of Portugal has received high praise from the wine industry for its momentum this year, most notably with a cover feature in Wine Spectator and in-depth analysis in Market Watch. The 2015 Tour concludes a year of tremendous success for Wines of Portugal’s US campaign, setting a high bar for 2016.

“The US market is showing remarkable interest in Portuguese wines, with wine exports to the US already seeing an increase of 20% in early figures,” says Nuno Vale, Wines of Portugal Marketing Director. “We’re at an exciting time in the wine world with consumers demanding more distinctive wines that are authentic to a place. On the heels of a rewarding 2015 marketing campaign, we are confident our fall events will create even greater buzz among trade, media and consumers in these influential US markets.”

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General Mills Issues Voluntary Class I Recall Of Cheerios And Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal Produced At Its Lodi, California Location On Certain Dates

General Mills is voluntarily recalling several days of production of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereal produced at its Lodi, California facility on certain dates in July of this year because of an undeclared allergen – wheat – with potential adverse health effects.  Because this recall relates to an undeclared allergen, this is a Class I product recall.

Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced on these dates at the company’s Lodi, California facility are being recalled because an isolated incident resulted in wheat flour being inadvertently introduced into the gluten free oat flour system at its Lodi facility.  As a result, the products may contain an undeclared allergen – wheat – in products labeled as gluten-free.

General Mills will recall and retrieve affected cereals produced on those dates from customer warehouses and store shelves.  Consumers with wheat allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance should not consume products bearing the affected code dates and should contact General Mills for a replacement or full refund.

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The Black Hand in the Pot to Celebrate African-American Female Chefs

The Edna Lewis Foundation Teams Up with Chef Mashama Bailey
(The Grey Restaurant – Savannah, GA) for The Black Hand in the Pot to Celebrate African American Female Chefs

A Wine & Hors d’oeuvres Reception and 5-Course Dinner To honor the memory of Chef Edna Lewis

Edna Lewis logosOn Monday, November 2, 6:00 p.m., at The Grey, 109 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd, Savannah, GA, The Edna Lewis Foundation (ELF) is proud to pay tribute to African-American female chefs while celebrating the legacy of Chef Edna Lewis.

Though serving in America’s kitchens for over 300 years, most black female chefs are noteworthy undiscovered culinary heroines. Through a continued commitment to honoring, preserving and nurturing African Americans’ culinary heritage and culture, ELF looks forward to celebrating culinary trailblazers like Leah Chase of the renowned Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans. In addition to African-American female heroines of today, including Chef Mashama Bailey of Savannah, GA, Chef Celestia Mobley of Jacksonville, FL, Chef Jennifer Hill Booker of Atlanta, GA, Chef Tiffany Derry of Dallas, TX and Chef Maurietta Amos of Atlanta, GA. Continue reading

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ALDI Announces Product Reformulation of its Exclusive Brand Food Products

Grocery Store Removes Certified Synthetic Colors, Partially Hydrogenated Oils and Added MSG

AldiALDI, the nation’s low-price grocery leader*, announced that it has removed certified synthetic colors, removed partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) and removed added MSG from all of its exclusive brand food products. This announcement is part of the company’s efforts to expand store offerings and address customers’ preferences and needs about particular ingredients in their food. With 90 percent of ALDI products being sold under private labels, ALDI is able to ensure that customers have a wide selection of options free of these ingredients and available at the low prices they are known for.

“At ALDI, we are dedicated to the well-being of our customers by providing high quality groceries at the lowest possible prices and offering foods shoppers can feel good about serving their families,” said Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI. “Our decision to remove these ingredients from all of our exclusive brand foods delivers on our ongoing commitment to meet the evolving preferences of our customers. Since more than 90 percent of the products we sell are under our exclusive brands, eliminating these ingredients will have a real impact on the over 30 million people who shop in our stores.”

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