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STARBUCKS, MCDONALD’S HEAD INTO FALL WITH PUMPKIN FLAVORS
Via Bloomberg
Restaurant chains will start offering their pumpkin-flavored fall menu items next week, including pumpkin lattes at Starbucks and McDonald’s. Food, beverage and even dog food makers are also beefing up their pumpkin offerings amid growing demand. U.S. sales of pumpkin-flavored food and drink grew 14% last year, fueling an 11% rise in pumpkin prices.  The popular fall drink at Starbucks is the latest gripe of Food Babe.  Don’t really agree with all her concerns — but I think it’s comical that she’s upset there’s no pumpkin in the drink.  It’s pumpkin SPICE, not the actual squash.  I thought people knew that?
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TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMS THE WAY WE EAT
High-tech startups and scientists are searching to revolutionize the way we eat by reducing the country’s reliance on meat and creating easy-to-access, well-balanced meals. Experiments have created egg substitutes made out of Canadian yellow peas, in vitro meat production and liquid meal replacements.

 

THERE’S A REAL FRIENDS CENTRAL PERK COMING TO LOWER MANHATTAN

On September 17, the score will finally even out when Eight O’Clock Coffee launches its Central Perk pop-up at 199 Lafayette Street, timed to the show’s 20th anniversary. Although it will only be there for you for four weeks, it will have everything the consummate fan requires — the rust-orange couch, where visitors will be able to take “sofa selfies,” cameos by weirdo barista Gunther, even “Smelly Cat” sing-alongs. Eight O’Clock will hand out free joe every day, but intends to make it all back with a special Central Perk–theme coffee blend that’s coming to stores. 
 
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SALSA’S EXTREME MAKEOVER
If you think of salsa as a cold, chopped blend of tomatoes and onions, think again. The condiment, whose name is simply Spanish for “sauce,” can be any temperature, and chefs are experimenting with different textures, flavors and ingredients ranging from cheese to tequila.
 
MILLENNIALS SEEKING OUT HEALTHIER DINING OPTIONS
Millennials are increasingly seeking out healthier dining options and fueling a rise in snacking, trends that offer eateries a chance to boost sales and margins with smaller, healthier offerings. “The retail market is aggressively promoting snacks, but there’s plenty of room for restaurants to expand their snack programs and grab share,” said Technomic’s Darren Tristano.
 
DENNY’S GOES UPSCALE WITH FIRST NYC EATERY
Denny’s opened its first New York City restaurant Friday, with upscale features designed to fit into its lower Manhattan location. The eatery boasts wood paneling, leather booths, a full bar and a $300 Dom Perignon brunch for two.
 
LINEUP OF WEEKLY CELEBRITY COOKING COLUMNS IS EXPANDED BY AP
An expanded lineup of weekly cooking columns and food experts will be introduced by The Associated Press in the first week of September. Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian will be taking over “The Healthy Plate,” a weekly column aimed at helping home cooks discover the healthier side of everyday ingredients. Sara Moulton will launch “KitchenWise,” a weekly column that will use delicious recipes to teach basic cooking skills every home cook will want to master. D’Arabian’s arrival and Moulton’s “KitchenWise” will enrich an AP menu that also includes Elizabeth Karmel’s “The American Table,” which celebrates the diversity of simple home cooking, with a special focus on Southern cuisine and barbecue. In addition, AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch will continue to cook up “Cooking on Deadline,” featuring easy, weeknight-friendly meals to help busy families get dinner on the table fast without sacrificing flavor.
 
FORMER SAVEUR EIC JAMES OSELAND TO LAUNCH ORGANIC LIFE
Via Eater
James Oseland, Saveur’s former Editor-in-Chief announced he is moving on to revamp Rodale’s Organic Gardening magazine with a fresh, new title Organic Life. A Rodale spokesperson shared that the new magazine will cover, “food, garden, home and well-being” and is scheduled to launch next year in March/April.
 
UBER BEGINS TESTING LUNCH DELIVERY WITH UBERFRESH
This week, the startup has now begun testing uberFRESH, a service that provides lunch between 11:30am and 2:30pm to customers in Santa Monica. The service offers a prix fix menu featuring a different selection each day that is refreshed every week for $12 per meal. The new service is available within the existing Uber app and users aren’t charged for delivery, plus no tip required. UberFRESH is just one of the delivery options Uber is experimenting with in an effort to expand its business through new avenues.
INSTAGRAM’S HYPERLAPSE LAUNCH IS QUICKLY EMBRACED BY MARKETERS
Via Adweek
Instagram’s Hyperlapse, which allows for easily created time-lapse videos, launched this week and has already seen significant participation from brand marketers. Naked Juice posted a sped-up video of people walking by a naked person with the tagline, “Don’t let life pass you by. Get Naked.”
Image credit:  Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte by Kathryn Buncik, salsa by Foodie Buddha

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