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McDonald's gets in the holiday spirit with seasonal drinks
NOV 22, 2011

McDonald’s USA has introduced two new beverages to its McCafe beverage - Peppermint Mocha and Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

The drinks are the brand’s first specialty seasonal beverages and are available now through January 2, or until supplies last.

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Flinte gives thumbs up to Southern Thanksgiving tradition
NOV 18, 2011

BY HELMUT FLINTE
For GreerToday.com

This week many of us will prepare my favorite meal of the year. I was introduced to it in 1965 when I had my first Thanksgiving Dinner in America. 

During my upbringing in Germany, a turkey dinner was almost unknown. Europeans favor roasted duck or goose at holiday times. It was in Cape May, N.J., where I experienced my first Thanksgiving. Most vivid in my memory was the bread stuffing with oysters. Creamed onions, mashed rutabaga, mashed potatoes, string beans, and cranberry sauce also were served. For dessert we had pumpkin and mincemeat pies which I found to be favorites throughout America. This is typical for Jersey and points farther north.

However, the farther south I moved, the better the turkey dinners and trimmings became. When I worked in the Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach, Va., we prepared a turkey with all the trimmings for every reservation. In fact, we baked as many as 140 turkeys each Thanksgiving. The trimming in that region consisted of sweet potatoes, roasted chestnuts, string beans, mashed potatoes, and cranberry salad.

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BBQ judging training session scheduled
NOV 17, 2011

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Denny's launches holiday campaign
NOV 16, 2011

Denny’s is promoting its “Taste of the Holidays” limited-time menu with a tie-in to the holiday movie “Arthur Christmas” from Sony Pictures.

Officials from the family-dining chain said the promotional menu would offer the kind of indulgent offerings Denny’s has introduced successfully over the years, such as Red Velvet Pancake Puppies and a Holiday Turkey Melt, as well as movie-themed kids’ items like Arthur’s Christmas Cookie Pancakes and Arthur’s Milk & Cookies Shake.

The “Taste of the Holidays” menu also includes seasonal touches to Denny’s Build Your Own Grand Slam, like Bread Pudding French Toast, Brown Sugar Ham Steak and Pumpkin Pie Pancakes. The Holiday Turkey Dinner features turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and a choice of two sides, while the Holiday Turkey Melt turns that combination into a portable sandwich. The melt combines sliced turkey breast, stuffing and melted Swiss cheese on grilled potato bread with cranberry-honey mustard spread.

Wendy's new CEO discusses menu news
In his first conference call with investors since being named chief executive of The Wendy’s Co., Emil Brolick discussed menu news, from the successful launch of Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Cheeseburger to ongoing testing of the brand’s breakfast platform.

Brolick also announced the introduction later this month of the W sandwich, an offering with two 2.5-ounce burger patties and premium ingredients from the Dave’s burger, but at a $2.99 price point between the newly launched item and burgers offered on the 99-cent My 99 Everyday Value Menu.

Wendy’s management had said the test of Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Cheeseburger drove same-store sales increases 2 percent to 3 percent above the rest of the system’s results. 


Papa John's abandons Coke for rival Pepsi
Papa John’s Pizza will end its exclusive 25-year relationship with Coca-Cola and start serving Pepsi in its U.S. stores, beginning in January. 

The switch by the Louisville-based restaurant chain is a blow to Coke in the competition between the nation’s two beverage giants in their efforts to advance their fountain-restaurant businesses.

The companies have worked diligently to secure exclusive contracts with several restaurants: Pepsi also has Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC; Coke is aligned with McDonald’s, Subway and Wendy’s.

McDonald's announces @MeEncant to engage with Latino followers
McDonald's USA is expanding its social media strategy with the launch of @MeEncanta, McDonald's official Twitter handle focused on its growing number of Spanish-tweeting fans living in the U.S. 

The new social media channel offers followers the latest news about McDonald's menu, exclusive promotions, as well as information on the company's different initiatives to support the community in the areas of education, music and sports.


Walmart gets crafty with bigger beer selection
In another sign that the fast-growing segment is going mainstream, the nation’s largest company and biggest beer seller is planning to add shelf space to accommodate more craft brews. 

Local store managers will have a big say in which new beers will be stocked where. 
While craft beer still only commands about 5 percent of the beer market, these smaller, mostly regional brands are the only bright spot in beer, growing at a 14 percent clip compared with a 2 percent decline in the overall beer category.

New StarKist Autentico offers three Hispanic-inspired line
StarKist Co has announced the launch of its Hispanic-inspired Autentico canned tuna line.  Available at Walmart nationwide, Autentico products blend StarKist tuna with bold spices such as red, chili and jalapeno peppers along with vegetables .

Seafood takes center stage in dietary guidelines
Eating fish is good for you...and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and leading nutrition researchers agree.

 With the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans  last year, seafood takes center stage with a strong recommendation for all Americans to double the amount of seafood they eat.  Incorporating more seafood in your diet is an easy way to eat right and following are some benefits:

Calorie Control:  Seafood is a lean protein and it’s lower in calories than other protein choices.  In addition, seafood is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fat.

Nutrient rich:  Along with fruits and vegetables, seafood is a naturally, nutrient-rich food and it is an excellent source of B vitamins, Vitamin D, and Selenium.

Good for Your Heart:
 According to The American Heart Association, research has shown that people who eat at least 2 servings of seafood a week have lower rates of heart disease than people who eat less.

Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids:  Seafood provides an important source of Omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA and EPA which are linked to improved brain and eye development in infants.  The recommendations reaffirm that women who are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant can safely eat 8 to 12 oz of most types of cooked seafood a week.


Mimi's Café expands value positioning
Mimi’s Café is extending its “Value Revolution” positioning with the debut of Mimi’s My Way 1-2-3.

The offer lets customers build a two- or three-course meal consisting of one full-price entrée with soup or salad for an additional $2, or a soup or salad with a Petite Dessert for an additional $3.

Two-course meal options include garden or Caesar salad or a cup of soup: café corn chowder, French onion, roasted tomato and basil bisque, or one of seven soups that change daily.

Petite Dessert options for the three-course meal include bread pudding, apple cinnamon crisp, a triple chocolate brownie or chocolate mousse.


Meredith completes acquisition of Every Day with Rachael Ray 
Meredith Corporation and Reader’s Digest Association announced they have completed the agreement for Meredith to acquire Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine and its related digital assets.  In addition, Meredith announced it has finalized a 10-year licensing agreement with Watch Entertainment Inc. for the award-winning brand.

The acquisition includes the popular magazine that’s published 10 times annually with a 7.4 million audience and 1.7 million ratebase.  

The first issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray published under the Meredith banner will be February 2012, available on newsstands in early January.


Did you know
One in three Americans say turkey is their favorite lunchmeat. Next up is roast beef, followed by ham.

One third of men prefer roast beef on their sandwich, but only one in five women prefer roast beef.

Half of Americans say that potato chips are their favorite sandwich side dish, whereas only 10 percent select fruit or veggies to accompany their sandwich.

One in four Americans say they like their lunch meats sweet, such as honey ham.

More than one third of Americans eat lunch at their desk at work, whereas only six percent regularly eat lunch at a restaurant.


Scotch whisky in a can? Yes we can!
Scotch whisky in a can, yes we said a can, is entering the U.S. Market. Both single-grain Scotch whisky and blended Scotch whisky will be coming to the U,S, in a new and innovative way.

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Outback rolls out holiday steak promo
NOV 10, 2011

Outback Steakhouse has launched a new holiday promotion that includes steak combinations with grilled shrimp, ribs and lobster tail.

The combination plates start at $11.99 and will be available through Jan. 17.

Options include herb-roasted prime rib paired with a lobster tail and served with a side salad; Outback’s signature sirloin paired with a skewer of grilled shrimp; or a six-ounce sirloin served with a half-rack of wood-fired grilled ribs. All are served with a dressed baked potato.

Also among the limited-time offers is a Gingerbread Cookie Martini, garnished with graham cracker crumbs and a gingerbread-man cookie.

The chain also is offering a holiday dessert: Oreo Cookies ‘n Cream Waffles, which include warm chocolate waffle cakes served with vanilla ice cream, cookie crumbs, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

In addition, Outback is offering guests a free $20 bonus card for every $100 gift card purchased from a restaurant or online. Gift cards are available in $10, $25, $50 and $100 increments, and can be used at more than 750 Outback locations nationwide.

The gift cards must be purchased before the end of the year, but the bonus cards can be redeemed between Jan. 1 through Feb. 10, 2012.


Sonic introduces new Toaster Melt Sandwiches
SONIC, America's Drive-In, is offering two new TOASTER MELT Sandwiches to its menu during November and December.

The new offerings are available for a limited time in two varieties: the Bacon Cheddar TOASTER MELT and the Mushroom Swiss TOASTER MELT. The new products provide the best of both worlds — the satisfaction of a burger in the form of a sandwich.

The Bacon Cheddar TOASTER MELT is a 100 percent pure beef patty with grilled onions, bacon, sliced cheddar cheese, pickles and hickory BBQ sauce between two slices of thick Texas Toast.

The Mushroom Swiss TOASTER MELT is a 100 percent pure beef patty with grilled onions, sauteed Portobello mushrooms, sliced Swiss cheese and mayo between two slices of thick Texas Toast.

The TOASTER MELT Sandwich line starts at $1.99 each.


Friday's brings new Jack Daniel's Premium Grill Entrees
and Langostino Lobster to the holiday season
Through the holiday season, Friday's is inviting its guests to get into the spirit and indulge in the new Jack Daniel's Premium Grill items, including the Black Angus Rib-Eye and the fresh Norwegian Salmon. 

Guests can also treat themselves to Langostino Lobster Topped Premium Entrees like the Black Angus Flat Iron Steak and the Black Angus Sirloin.

The new 10-ounce USDA Choice Black Angus Rib-Eye and fresh Norwegian Salmon are marinated in a homemade whiskey brine with hints of citrus, soy and ginger, fire-grilled and then basted in Friday's smoky-sweet Jack Daniel's sauce.

The Black Angus Rib-Eye and the Norwegian Salmon are served on a sizzling skillet with grilled jalapeno cornbread and a choice of two sides. Both the rib-eye and the salmon are also available with Grilled Shrimp Scampi or Crispy Cajun Shrimp.

|In addition to the Jack Daniel's items, Friday's is offering Langostino Lobster. Wild-caught Langostino Lobster is dripping in a roasted Alfredo sauce with sauteed cremini mushrooms, fresh heirloom garlic, green onion and basil and served as the perfect complement to Black Angus steaks or Norwegian salmon.

Friday's is also offering new refreshments to pair with the new menu items, including the JackBerry Smash cocktail, made with Jack Daniel's whiskey, peach schnapps and blackberries.

And for dessert, guests can indulge in the Cinnamon Apple Spiced Crumble dessert, which can be included in a guest's meal from the latest Pick 2 for $10 menu. The Pick 2 for $10 menu offers guests a great value by pairing an appetizer or dessert with an entree.

Krispy Kreme expands grocery line with chocolate flavored treats
Krispy Kreme is adding two new chocolate flavored treats to its growing array of packaged doughnuts and sweets sold in participating grocery stores, convenience stores and mass merchants.

Glazed Chocolate Pie and Dipped Cake Doughnuts are the newest in a line of Krispy Kreme treats available Nov. 11 in grocery stores throughout the country.

The New Glazed Chocolate Pie, with its smooth chocolate filling and Original Glaze topped crust, joins fruit-filled consumer favorites - Glazed Cherry and Glazed Apple - as the third pie variety.   The new Dipped Cake Doughnuts, fully immersed in Krispy Kreme's special chocolate flavored dip, takes the moist and rich Krispy Kreme Cake Doughnut to a new level. Available in 6-count boxes.

Krispy Kreme packaged treats come individually wrapped, in 6-15 count boxes, or in individual snack packs.

Olympic athlete teams with Sweet ‘N Low for diabetes awareness
In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, Sweet'N Low has joined forces with gold medalist, Dominique Dawes, to educate consumers about the growing epidemic. 

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 26 million American's have diabetes, 7 million of whom are currently undiagnosed. It is estimated that another 79 million people are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. By the year 2050, current trends forecast that one in three American adults will have diabetes.

"I am very excited to be joining forces with my favorite sugar substitute, Sweet'N Low, encouraging people to get screened and build awareness around such an important cause," said Dominique Dawes.

"With a history of diabetes in my family, I am aware of the severe effects of the disease and am very pleased to assist in educating Americans about the importance of early detection and appropriate treatment."

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Bread lovers pick favorite bread for Sandwich Day
NOV 2, 2011

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Flinte gives thumbs up to Southern Thanksgiving tradition BY HELMUT FLINTE For GreerToday.com This week many of us will prepare my favorite meal of the year. I was introduced to it in 1965 when I had my first Thanksgiving
NOV 2, 2011

Nov. 3 is national sandwich day. And what sandwich deserves the title the “Official Sandwich” of National Sandwich Day? Arnold and Oroweat Breads embarked on a mission to find the most delectable sandwich, and enlisted four top bloggers to create their favorite recipes this season in the Arnold and Oroweat National Sandwich Day Challenge. After a voting period by the Facebook fan community, the public has spoken: The Cheddar Bacon Panini with Caramelized-Apple Onion Chutney submitted by Kathy Strahs, of the blog Panini Happy, has come out on top.

No stranger to a Panini press, Kathy describes her warm autumn sandwich as a bold, “grown-up version of a grilled cheese sandwich.” This sweet and tangy grilled Panini, served on Oroweat New York Style Extra Sour Rye, is a delicious option to kick off the nationwide sandwich celebrations on Nov. 3.
Bloggers from three other sites, Carrots ‘N Cake, Fit Bottomed Girls and My Gloss also submitted sandwiches for public voting. The recipes, which ranged from savory to sweet, are below.

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