TRENDS: Smashbeanburger; Celestial Kombucha; McBillion remodel

A compendium of food, dining and beverage trend information from the U.S. and the world

Reported by John Lehndorff:

To celebrate the opening of the first Smashburger in Boulder, the Denver-based fast-casual chain is serving (only at this outlet) the Black Bean Smashburger. It’s a well-seasoned black bean patty that’s left on a hot buttered grill until the surface browns and gives it a nice refried-bean nuance. It’s served on a toasted chipotle bun with chipotle mayo and pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, fresh jalapenos and tortilla chips so it really does have a decent amount of heat, juice and chew. It’s a quantum improvement over the hockey puck veggie burgers.  Our favorite sides: sweet potato fries; flash-fried green chile rings; and craveable flash-fried fresh carrot sticks and asparagus spears. (PHOTO by Kim Long, American Forecaster, Denver).

Smashburger flash-fried fresh carrot sticks and asparagus spears

Reported by the Boulder County Business Report:

Celestial Seasonings launched its new line of organic kombucha tea Friday at the Natural Products Expo West Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif. Each of the five fermented Celestial Kombucha tea beverages features a blend of fruits, herbs and botanicals with a light effervescence. Beginning in April, the new line will be available at Whole Foods Market and other natural foods stores in five varieties with a suggested retail price of $2.99 to $3.49 for one 16-ounce bottle. Hain Celestial acquired Boulder-based Infinitea Kombucha in November. 

(For more on the kombucha industry: The Kombucha Report: http://www.teareport.com)

Reported by CNN.com:

At least one waiter thinks banning isn’t punishment enough for a bad customer.”I think people will burn in eternal fire if they’re rude to a waiter,” Steve Dublanica said. He’s the author of the blog and New York Times bestseller “Waiter Rant.” 


Reported by brandweek.com:
McDonald’s has stated that it will spend $1 billion this year in remodeling its company-owned restaurants, though spokesperson Danya Proud points out that consumers should not expect to see the proliferation of Jetsons-like urban design currently on view in some New York units.



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