Jon Novak

Harrison Ford Confirms Rumors Swirling Around Star Wars VII

When asked about the next episode in the Star Wars franchise, Ford said "it's not in the bag yet, but I think it's happening."

Methodist Church in N. Carolina Quits Hosting Weddings Until Gay Marriage is State Legal

North Carolina church leaders protest the inequality of current marriage laws.

The New Tomato — UCLA Researchers Engineer Tomatoes That Mimic Good Cholesterol

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have genetically engineered tomatoes to produce a peptide, a compound containing two or more amino acids linked in a chain, that causes the tomato to imitate the actions of good cholesterol when eaten.

Stack Wines Moves From Local Availability to Nationwide Distribution Deal

Popular Southern California wine company Stack Wines has stuck a deal with international importer and distribution giant Shaw-Ross for a start at getting the product across the country. Shaw-Ross will step in charge of sales and marketing business for business, as it will become the exclusive US importer for Stack Wines. The deal is said to be a lengthy strategy to expand into the global wine market.


Sriracha, the World's Most Beloved Hot Sauce

Huy Fong Foods Inc. had a modest beginning in Los Angeles in 1980. Now, wouldn't you know, they're one of the biggest names in the Asian hot sauce market. But why? The answer is simple. Huy Fong Foods is responsible for developing the finest chili sauce known to spicy food enthusiasts and cooks alike. Sriracha is, without a doubt, the best hot sauce available for consumer purchase. The product is on the verge of becoming hiply cool and trendy because it's so delicious.

Red Lobster

Red Lobster Tests New Express Lunch Format in Select Restaurant Locations

Red Lobster is testing a new lunch format at select restaurants in Florida, something different than the traditional server-run dining experience. It's called the Seaside Express, and the format is along the lines of regular lunch-counter arrangement, as in you - the customer - orders food at the counter instead of dealing with a server. You can seat yourself in a designated "Express" area and wait for the food to be delivered to the table.

Smartphone Showdown: Apple vs. Google vs. Samsung

Apple brings in $1 billion per month in profit from iPhone sales. Google's Android operating system has garnered a huge amount of market share gains. Both companies are considered the leaders in mobile products and software. Samsung, however, is on its way the top. Google and Apple both are now in the electronics game against the South Korean mega-company, which is now the largest producer of handsets in the world. Because Samsung is a new and additional leader in the daily-evolving phone technology business, the competition between the three major companies will be in a neck and neck race for an unreachable finish line, and innovation will begin increase at an even faster pace. Innovation is always good news for consumers.

Kameda Brand Rice Cracker Kotsubukko Recalled for Undeclared Allergen

Kameda brand rice cracker Kotsubukko has been recalled across the US because of an undeclared ingredient and known allergen: milk. The product was currently being distributed in retail stores across California, Colorodo, Chicago, Hawaii, Texas and Utah from November 2012 to March 2013 before the product was deemed unfit for sale.

Drake's coffee cake

Twinkies Are Gone, But Drake's Coffee Cake Will Last Forever

McKee Food Corporation has acquired Drake's snack cake brand from Hostess Brand Inc., after winning the bid presented for approval by the US Bankruptcy Court. McKee Foods was the only qualified bidder for the Drake asset.

Scientist Discovers New Application for Copper That Can Be Used to Improve Food Safety

Michigan Technological University researcher Jaroslaw Drelich and professor of materials science and engineering, has discovered a way to destroy harmful microbes before they have a chance to make their way into our bodies. His discovery was of a copper-based antimicrobial compound that, if implanted in the inert compound vermiculite - typically found in potting soil - it would reduce or eliminate harmful bacterias usually found in food products.

Shamrock Farms expands to Virginia, begins development on $50 million facility.

Shamrock Farms is expected to begin construction in the coming months on a new 130,000ft2, $50 million dairy manufacturing plant in the state of Virginia. It is expected to be complete by late 2014. The new facility will have a particular focus on extended shelf-life technology (ESL), and will be located in Augusta County.

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