Trending Headlines: Drought, markets, food prices & grasshoppers

This week’s Trending Headlines highlights the ongoing challenges facing ranchers in the western states including swarms of grasshoppers and increasing drought conditions. We also take a look at cattle markets and rising food and fuel prices. The blog wraps up with a look at Biden’s executive order to address competition in various industries, as well as an update on the farmer debt forgiveness program and the response from producers across the country.

1. “Cattle are competing against grasshoppers for food in the West’s historic drought. The bugs are winning.” by Rachel Ramirez for CNN

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Is Marshmallow Fluff Trending? – WSJ

The Jersey Mud, a worthy vehicle for Marshmallow Fluff.



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ALEX LAU FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, FOOD STYLING BY TYNA HOANG, PROP STYLING BY BETH PAKRADOONI

JUST WHAT IS the problem with Marshmallow Fluff? It gets zero respect these days. I suppose that brand name doesn’t help. “Fluff” is, after all, the word we use for anything not to be taken seriously. So I’ll begin here by shifting to the generic term for this foodstuff that food snobs scorn: marshmallow creme. There. Does that sound French enough?

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School nutrition trending: K-12 gets ready for the fall;

In this month’s recap of the Top 5 most popular K-12 Food Management articles, K-12 gets ready for the fall ranked as the week’s top story. Despite general anticipation of a full return to in-person classes, K-12 meal programs will be challenged by labor issues and making up for the financial shortfalls of the past year. One question facing K-12 meal programs is how much customized and higher-end service stations can be maintained this fall given labor and continuing safety issues. Pictured is a make-your-own oatmeal station at the Grant County School District in Kentucky in 2019. Among other stories

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FI Trending Topic: Home Chefs Connecting with Customers Via Delivery Apps

Shef has raised $20 million to expand its homemade meal delivery marketplace. The company helps home chefs connect with customers by handling orders and getting the food delivered, reported TechCrunch (June 2).

Back in 2019, The Food Institute reported that California became the only state to legalize home restaurants by passing the Homemade Food Operations Act. However, more cities are now passing similar laws allowing for home chefs to sell homecooked meals.

HOW IT WORKS

Shef works somewhat differently from city to city because of local laws. In some places, the company can tap local delivery networks to get meals

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Grubhub’s midyear report ranks the top trending foods for 2021

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Grubhub released its third “State of the Plate” report on Wednesday, taking a look at how and what consumers ate over the last six months.

The report delved into hundreds of thousands of delivery orders to identify the top trending foods, beverages and restaurants during the first half of 2021. The analysis also offers a glimpse into what to expect as we move into the next six months of the year.

Looking back at the top 10 trending foods to date, there’s a noticeable shift toward plant-based options and global flavors. Coming in at No. 1

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Trending Today Features the Business and Future of Food on Fox Business

Meet the “Avocado Queen,” Natalia Merienne, a female trailblazer in the produce industry. Natalia sources avocados directly from growers in Michoacán, Mexico, a region rich in volcanic soil that yields avocados packed with nutrients and known for their unrivaled taste and texture. Natalia’s avocados are in demand at grocery stores and appear on a major restaurant chain menu. “I travel to Mexico every month to check on my growers and handpick the quality avocados I need for my customers. I believe I have a

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