Inspire Brands will pay $450 million to acquire Wendy's interest in Inspire-owned chains Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings. Wendy's, which owned a 12.3% interest in Inspire, will invest the funds in its namesake brand and spend about $100 million to buy back Wendy's shares.
Students at the School District of Palm Beach County will have more fruit and vegetable options at lunchtime because the district is implementing the national Smarter Lunchrooms program. "It's really making sure that we have a nutritious menu and encouraging kids to try those fruits and vegetables," said Allison Monbleau, food service director.
The fourth annual Latin American Cuisine Summit -- Arriba Mexico will explore Mexico's diverse and dynamic cuisine. Join industry influencers, chefs and master distillers on Oct. 17-18 at the CIA in San Antonio, Texas, and explore the country's staple ingredients, preparations of dishes both classical and modern and the future of this culinary region. Learn more and register.
McDonald's has begun testing a new version of its McGriddles breakfast sandwich at around 200 restaurants in Minnesota, in a push to boost morning sales. The McGriddles French Toast features egg, cheese, bacon and sausage on a brioche French toast bun.
New York-based restaurant operator Craveable Hospitality Group will turn a former Borders book store at Minnesota's Rosedale Mall into a two-story food hall with 13 different concepts under one roof. Food halls are growing increasingly popular in urban areas and the project, dubbed Revolution Hall, will bring the concept to the suburbs.
Regional chain Pizza Ranch ranked first with US consumers in a Market Force survey this year, reflecting the brand's ultra-loyal fan base, Operations Director Al Pottebaum said at the National Restaurant Association's annual show earlier this year. He talked about the role of the franchisee in building community support and the appeal of serving pizza alongside a diverse buffet.
The Boise School District is introducing salad bars in its high schools and is expanding lunch offerings to include options such as grab-and-go protein boxes and paninis. Food & Nutrition Services Supervisor Peggy Bodnar said the district tries to follow food trends but also must come up with nutritious meals students will eat.
One Colorado school district is making sure students know how to choose well-balanced meals by working with the Healthy Hearts program. The district also cooks about 85% of its entrees from scratch and uses locally sourced produce, says registered dietitian Rebecca Robbins, the district's nutrition and menu specialist.
A study across four continents, published in the journal Science Advances, showed that youths who lived near forest edges had 25% increased dietary diversity, compared with those who didn't live near forests. Researchers also found an at least 11% increased likelihood of vitamin A-rich food intake and 16% higher odds of iron-rich food consumption among those who lived near forests.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the White House will "continue to try to diversify" its staff, although President Donald Trump has not appointed any blacks to one of his 48 senior assistant or deputy assistant roles. Omarosa Manigault Newman was the only black person to serve in a senior position in Trump's White House.
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