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Chick-Fil-A also testing chicken & waffles in Philly, Memphis, and Inland Empire

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I noted last week that Chick-Fil-A has been testing a new breakfast menu that includes chicken and waffles. The initial reports were the new menu items were available in Middle Georgia.

A report from the Los Angeles Times indicates that the breakfast items are being tested in 12 stores in the Inland Empire in California:

Chick-fil-A has started testing a new breakfast menu at select locations around the country, including its 12 restaurants in the Inland Empire. Known for its fried chicken cutlet sandwiches, the Atlanta-based chain is looking to expand its morning offerings to include new “better for you” selections as well as a few new savory items, the company said in a release.

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For a mix of sweet and savory, Chick-fil-A has introduced Chicken & Waffles for breakfast with a fried boneless breast of chicken alongside a warm Belgian-style waffle with a caramelized sugar crunch and the maple syrup baked on the inside (440 calories, 9 grams of fat). There’s also new Cinnamon Swirls, the chain’s version of mini cinnamon rolls, served warm with cream cheese icing (310 calories, 17 grams of fat).

Other locations:

The new breakfast items will be available for a limited time in the Inland Empire as well as Philadelphia, Middle Georgia and Memphis, Tenn.

 

Low-calorie Coca-Cola Life debuts in Fresh Market Stores

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Grocer The Fresh Market said on Monday that Coca-Cola’s new lower-calorie soda Coca-Cola Life has hit shelves in select locations of the chain’s stores in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Based in Greensboro, N.C., The Fresh Market is the exclusive retail partner for the launch of the beverage through mid-October, the company said Monday.

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Coca-Cola Life, introduced in 2013 in Argentina and Chile, ditches high fructose corn syrup for sugar and the sweetener stevia. It’s Atlanta-based Coke’s way to attract consumers who want the full-bodied taste of regular Coke without all the calories. A 330-ml can of Coca-Cola Life, for instance, contains 89 calories. A similar size can of regular Coke has around 140 calories.

The product will go on sale nationally in October 2014. No word on whether Fresh Market will be expanding it to their other states before then. Pepsi’s answer to Coca-Cola Life is Pepsi Next.

Report: Burger King in talks to buy Tim Horton’s to avoid US taxes

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Business Insider:

The Wall Street Journal’s Liz Hoffman and Dana Mattioli report Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Horton’s to pull off a “tax inversion” that would allow it to avoid U.S. taxes.

The new holding company would be based in Canada, the pair report.

“One of the people said a deal between the two companies could be struck soon, though additional details on timing couldn’t be learned,” they write. “Together the restaurant companies have a market value of about $18 billion.”

The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast food enterprise.

While this is mainly for the tax implications, would it mean more Tim Horton’s in the US? (There are a small number in the US including some on military installations.)

Nanny State: NYC might ban free Happy Meal toys

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Think Progress reports:

On the heels of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s (I) infamous failed attempt to ban large sodas, New York City officials are trying their hand at nutrition policy again. This time, they’ve set their sights on a more specific target: the free toys that come with high-calorie kids’ meals at fast food restaurants.

New York City Councilman Ben Kallos (D) has introduced a “Health Happy Meals” measure that would ban toys in kids’ meals that fall short of strict dietary guidelines. In order for restaurants to give away free toys with kids’ food, they’ll have to offer meals that don’t contain more than 500 calories and 600 milligrams of sodium.

“It is difficult enough for parents to give their children healthy food without the fast food industry spending hundreds of million dollars per year advertising to children, and nearly half of that on toys,” Kallos said in a statement announcing his new bill. “If restaurants are going to incentivize children, they should incentivize them to eat healthy.”

Kallos also pointed out that an estimated one fourth of U.S. children’s meals come from restaurants or fast food places, and “those calories could be healthy calories.” Under his measure, restaurants that fail to comply with the toy ban would be fined.

A previous attempt in New York didn’t pass. Even if this were to pass, it has been noted that McDonald’s got around a similar ban in San Francisco by charging ten cents for the toys.

Chick-fil-a adds chicken and waffles to breakfast menu

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Chick Fil A has added several items to its breakfast menu for a limited time, but only in middle Georgia. This potentially means they are market testing the items there.

AJC.com reports that the  items include:

  • maple waffles- “baked with real maple syrup inside and a caramelized sugar crunch (300 calories)”
  • multigrain oatmeal with fresh fruit- “steel cut oatmeal is slow-cooked and has flax, whole wheat and buckwheat ” (140 calories)
  • cinnamon swirls- “cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing (310 calories)”
  • egg white chicken grill- “toasted whole wheat English muffin with grilled chicken, egg whites and American cheese” (300 calories)”
  • greek yogurt parfait- “honey-flavored greek yogurt topped with fresh berries and your choice of Harvest Nut granola or chocolate cookie crumbs (110 calories)”
  • chicken and waffle- “pressure cooked in 100 percent peanut oil served with the maple waffle  (440 calories)”

Nanny State: Mexico bans soda ads – is the US next?

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The Daily Beast reports on a BBC story:

After surpassing the U.S. as the most obese country in the world in 2013, Mexico is taking action against ads for high-calorie food and soft drinks. Ads featuring those items will be banned on TV between 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, and between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekends. The ads will also be restricted in movie theaters. Mexicans, who have the highest rate of diabetes in the world, are also the world’s largest consumers of sugary drinks, with an average of 43 gallons per person a year. The ban comes a year after the government added taxes to high-calorie foods and sugary drinks to combat obesity.

The U.S. has already messed around with print and television ads for different classes of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, so with the current emphasis by liberal nanny-staters, including First Lady Michelle Obama, on obesity I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened in the U.S.

Howard County Executive (and candidate for Maryland Lt. Governor) Ken Ulman would probably be all for it after the county enacted a ban on sugary drinks that resulted in vendors not being allowed to sell anything but diet soda at a recent Fourth of July event. Luckily, sanity prevailed and Mike Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks in NYC was struck down in court. DC considered a similar ban.

Billboard calls for banning bacon at Allentown ballpark

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The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are a minor league baseball team in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Recently, a billboard with this design appeared in the area:
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WFMZ has more:

Bacon is up to bat; the pork product is the topic of a billboard campaign launched in Allentown.

A non-profit says bacon is a foul ball at Coca Cola Park, but IronPigs officials tell 69 News they’re not going down swinging.

The meat has a leading role at Coca-Cola Park with bacon hats, bacon plushies and pins, even bacon scented t-shirts available.

“I think we are glorifying bacon,” laughed IronPigs president and general manager Kurt Landes. “In a fun way, in a very unique goofy way.”

Fans enjoy coming to pig out, but a Washington D.C. based non-profit warns bacon may strike them out.

A billboard just went up along Tilghman Street in Allentown showing slices of bacon inside a pack of cigarettes. The large sign reads, “Keep kids safe, ban bacon from ballparks.”

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says the baseball team’s promotion of bacon is excessive.

“This over the top messaging, positive messaging about a really unhealthy food is just not consistent with American values,” explained Dr. Anne Bunner, associate director of clinical research for the group.

Not consistent with American values? What cave has she been living in?

One PCRM doctor wrote a letter to the Mayor of Allentown that said, among other things:

 I’m hoping you will join me in asking the IronPigs to stop glorifying bacon before they strike out members of your community – for good.

A dietitian affiliated with the group sent a letter to the team owners:

As a dietitian who has seen the toll that cancer, heart disease, and diabetes have taken on our country, I’m asking you to stop glorifying bacon before you strike out your fans– for good. Ban the bacon and hit a home run for health.

I knew the IronPigs had been “glorifying bacon”  before with the uniforms and some other things but I had forgotten. I’ll have to go buy some of their items online that glorify bacon and I’ll be sure to get to Allentown for a game as soon as I can. I encourage anyone reading this to do the same. Thanks to PCRM for reminding me to eat more bacon.

Stone Brewing could build East Coast brewery in SC

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The State reports that the project would be “massive”:

Stone Brewing Co., based in Escondido, Calif., is looking to locate an East Coast Brewery and beer garden for tourists somewhere east of the Mississippi River, a $31 million investment that calls for nearly 400 employees within five years, making between $12 and $48 an hour. Proposals from interested communities were due about a month ago, according to the company, the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States.

The brewery – which makes such colorful products as Arrogant Bastard Ale and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA – would produce 120,000 barrels of beer the first two years, according to the company’s request for proposals, which is a guideline for communities asking to be considered for the project.

The State‘s article focuses on the proposal for Lexington County near Columbia, South Carolina. Other cities who reportedly are in the running include Myrtle Beach and Charlotte. A company spokeswoman said construction would start in 2014. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens would be a tourist attraction similar to the company’s California locations.

Individual Chick-Fil-A locations have the option to sell fish sandwiches

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I previously wrote about Chick-Fil-A selling fish sandwiches in selected locations for Lent and I reviewed the sandwich itself. It appeared maybe it was some sort of test marketing scheme for now, but after talking to Chick-Fil-A corporate communications I have something authoritative on where you can get the fish sandwiches and why.

Here’s the explanation:

Your individual restaurants have the option of offering a fish sandwich through April 18.  Since this is an optional menu item, we encourage your [readers] to call their local Chick-fil-A restaurant to see if they are offering the fish sandwich before they visit the store.

My take: you should be sure to go into your local Chick-Fil-A and say you want them to sell fish sandwiches during Lent. You might have to take the extra step of a phone call or email to the local owners and it may be next year before it actually happens.

Review: Chick-Fil-A’s Fish Sandwich

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As I wrote earlier this week, Chick-Fil-A now sells fish sandwiches during Lent, but unfortunately it hasn’t gone national yet. It is only available in a limited number of markets. Here in Baltimore this is the first year they’ve sold them.

The sandwich is about the same size as the classic chicken sandwich at CFA. The batter is about the same consistency as the chicken sandwich and it has a slightly spicy undertone to it (nothing that would keep anyone from eating it.) There is the pickle on the bottom bun just like on the chicken version.

It tastes very good. The one I had was very moist. You can get it as an entree or as part of a combo.

I would think maybe they might roll it out nationally by Lent in 2015 or 2016 depending on how this year goes.

Here’s a picture of the sandwich I ate:

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