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FOOD TRENDS: R.I.P R&I; Retire Ronald McDonald; Wild blueberry pie; vegan lawsuit

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff

– A sign of the times: “Restaurants & Institutions magazine has closed. No additional print issues will be published, and this web site will close on April 30, 2010.”

 – The Washington Post reports that a new website, RetireRonald.com, has been launched to blast McDonald’s clown for luring kids into unhealthy lifestyles.

–  CBS reports large insurers of health, disability and long term care are heavily invested in fast food chains, according to the American Journal of Public Health. Holland-based ING, an investment firm that also offers life and disability insurance, has total fast-food holdings of $406.1 million, including $12.3 million in Jack in the Box, $311 million in McDonald’s, and $82.1 million in Yum! Brands, which owns Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell.

 – Foodnavigator.com reports that a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last July against several hotdog makers by vegan advocacy group Cancer Project that claimed hotdogs should carry a cancer warning label.

 Reported by the BBC:

“Pleasure (in America) was, above all things, pie. Not steak and kidney, but fruit. And not just the proverbially patriotic apple, but the particular fruit of your own back country. Wild blueberry, tiny and intense in northern New England, picked when the pale bloom lies on the purple skin like a coating of light frost, luscious dripping peaches in the deep south. The pie emerges, fills the kitchen with benevolence and all is right with your corner of the world.”

Reported by the Los Angeles Times:

Flickr, the photo-sharing website, has seen the number of pictures tagged as “food” jump from about half a million in 2008 to more than 6 million today, according to company officials. In the group “I Ate This” on Flickr’s site, nearly 20,000 people have uploaded more than 307,000 images of their latest meals, from a 7-Eleven hot dog smeared with mustard to the butter dish at the Michelin three-star restaurant French Laundry in Yountville, Calif.

 John Lehndorff is a Boulder, Co.-based food trend researcher, food writer and consultant. He is a former newspaper food editor and restaurant critic, author of a restaurant guide book, and executive director of the American Pie Council. Contact: lehndorffj@aol.com. Visit: www.JohnLehndorff.com.

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