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This Morning’s Shake Shack IPO Is Killing It On Wall Street. Questions Exist.

Danny Meyer is now worth about $400 million
Jan 30, 2015 2:14 pm

This morning, Danny Meyer's burger chain Shake Shack — once a seasonal hamburger stand operating a single location in New York’s Madison Square Park, growing into a 60-chain global sensation with 27 located overseas in a diverse range of cities including London, Istanbul and Dubai — went public. The stock is currently trading close to $50 a share, which values the company at close to $1 billion. Not bad for a venture that was originally created as a side project. It also poses some questions.

Keep Those Leftovers Out Of The Trash, Or Suffer The Consequences

Seattle to impose fines on food wasters
Jan 30, 2015 1:00 pm

The city of Seattle wants its citizens to think twice about tossing those week-old pizza leftovers in the trash. So much so that it's going to start imposing fines on those who do.

Brew University: You Can Now Sign Up For A Degree In Sustainable Brewing

West Michigan program has backing from the pros
Jan 26, 2015 9:00 am

Almost every college student has joked about going to school and majoring in beer, and now a lucky few get to actually live the dream? We're kind of jealous. 

Smoked Meats King Bob Nueske, Behind The 'Beluga Of Bacon,' Has Passed Away

High-end meats were a favorite of chefs
Jan 22, 2015 12:30 pm

Robert “Bob” Nueske has passed away in Chicago at age 67. Nueske was the son of company founder R.C. Nueske and President of the eponymous Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats in Wittenberg, Wisconsin. Though the company continues to operate out of the 1,100-person town, its products have attracted a national following over the years and have been the favorite of many high-end restaurants.

Sierra Nevada Founder Ken Grossman Made A Billion In The Hoppy Beer Game

Changing tastes has translated to big business
Jan 22, 2015 9:00 am

It turns out that craft beer can be a pretty profitable business. Sierra Nevada, one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious craft brewers, has been awarded a valuation of $1.3 billion, according to Bloomberg. That’s a lot of dough (or should we say yeast?) for a company that has risen to prominence on a style that once nearly went extinct: the pale ale. 

Yes, McDonald's Fries Are Made With Real Potatoes. And A Lot Of Other Things, Too.

Corporate videos aim to clear-up fast-food myths
Jan 21, 2015 9:00 am

McDonald's is on a mission to make you feel better about eating its products. On Tuesday, the beleaguered fast food behemoth released a new video, promising a behind-the-scenes look at how its "World Famous Fries" get made. The five-minute clip, hosted by former Mythbusters star Grant Imahara, is the latest in a series of segments designed to ease lingering health concerns in the wake of rather unappetizing reports about pink slime and, of course, Morgan Spurlock's disturbing 2004 documentary Super Size Me. Watch the full clip right here.

McDonald's Just Rolled Out Subtler Packaging. Has Anyone Noticed?

Lovin' it? Not lovin' it? How we feelin' here?
Jan 15, 2015 11:00 am

With new year's resolutions in full effect, is this the right time for a fast-food chain to introduce a new branding concept — and expect anyone to notice, that is? Or maybe that's the point in the case of McDonalds' recent debut of new packaging designs. Check out our expert analysis. 

Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Beer Names

Bad news for beer makers is good news for lawyers
Jan 14, 2015 1:00 pm

America's thriving craft beer industry now standing at more than 3,200 brewers nationwide, with another 2,000 in the pipeline is one of the country's greatest economic development success stories in modern times. There are now tens of thousands of brands of beer on the market. But, beyond expanding your choice of suds, small indie brewers also create jobs. And, not just for brewery workers. Lawyers, too, it seems.

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