10-03-16: National Coffee Day was last week and this Friday is National Frappe Day. In honor of these sipping celebrations, Bytes is brewing up all the hot news involving that highly coveted caffeinated drink. So kickback as we serve a hot cup of the latest innovation buzz in food>>
FOOD DAZE: Dates to Celebrate
National Taco Day– October 4
National Apple Betty Day– October 5
National Noodle Day- October 6
National Frappe Day– October 7
Personal finance website WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities to determine the best local coffee scenes in America. Based on the numbers, Atlanta is the No. 14 best city in America for coffee lovers. Their data set of 12 key indicators of a top coffee city ranges from “number of coffee shops, coffee houses and cafés per capita” to “average price of a coffee pack” to “Google search average for the word ‘coffee.’” In addition, they compiled a list of top coffee retailers extending special savings during the holidays.
Atlanta-based Coca Cola and Dunkin’ Donuts also took the opportunity to make news on National Coffee Day last week. The two companies agreed to partner to launch a line of Dunkin’ Donuts branded ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages in the United States in early 2017. Coca-Cola will produce the bottled product according to Dunkin’ Donuts specifications, including using high-quality Arabica coffee blends. Coca-Cola’s extensive network of bottling partners will sell and distribute Dunkin’ Donuts ready-to-drink beverages, which will include real milk and sugar in a variety of flavors.
The biggest hurdle coffee farmers face is unpredictable pricing based on the volatile commodity market. THRIVE Farmers® set out to change this dynamic by transforming traditional practices and connecting with coffee farmers as a partners, giving them access to economic sustainability through a stable, predictable price. Now the Atlanta-based company had placed No. 19 on the 35th annual Inc. 500 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. Magazine.
The big week for beverage continues as interesting news breaks regarding the use of Green Tea as a hand sanitizer. Most hand sanitizers on the market are ineffective in combatting non-enveloped viruses, according to Augusta University researcher Dr. Stephen Hsu, a professor in the Department of Oral Biology at The Dental College of Georgia. ProtecTeaV EGCG Sanitizer is one of several green tea products that Hsu has taken from laboratory to marketplace, providing evidence-based treatments for ailments including dry mouth, cold sores, and now viruses.
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