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Stephen Starr Sells Catering Group

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Stephen Starr at the BizPhilly launch event.

Stephen Starr has sold the catering arm of Starr Restaurants — a $40 million business that provides food for weddings, corporate events and cultural institutions.

TrustHouse Services Group has purchased Starr Restaurants Catering Group (SRGC) for an undisclosed amount. SRGC will continue to operate under the Starr Catering banner and be led by President and CEO Simon Powles and COO Guy Kellner. Read more »




Aramark Vows to Trim Fat, Calories from Menus

Aramark's corporate headquarters in Philadelphia. (Wikimedia Commons)

Aramark’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia. (Wikimedia Commons)

Aramark provides millions of meals each year to people in 21 countries. Now, the company vows to make those meals healthier.

On Wednesday, Philadelphia-based Aramark announced a new plan to reduce calories, saturated fat and sodium levels by 20 percent, while increasing fruits, vegetables and whole grains 20 percent. They call the program Healthy for Life 20 by 20. Read more »




Trans Fats 101: What They Are (and Why You Should Steer Clear of Them)

Photo by Flickr user Ezra Wolfe

Photo by Flickr user Ezra Wolfe

Earlier this month, the FDA announced it was banning artificial trans fats from food products. It set a 2018 deadline to remove all partially hydrogenated oils from food products.

Obviously, this has major implications for one staple of Philadelphian diets: Tastykakes. A 2013 study from the Harvard School of Public Health said that the Tasty Baking Company had made some of the biggest strides in removing trans fats from its products already.




So how'd they do it? We don't know, because the company declined several requests for an interview. A quick scan through the convenience store, though, shows that trans fats are still present in Tastykakes: Donuts listed as an ingredient partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening, a trans fat. But it's not all bad: A package of cupcakes listed hydrogenated cottonseed oil; fully hydrogenated oils do not contain trans fats.

This is silly, in a way: Hydrogenated cottonseed oil isn't great for you either. And they're Tastykakes! They're going to be unhealthy. But it does make us ask, why are trans fats so dangerous, anyway? I got Dr. Daniel Edmundowicz, chief of cardiology at Temple University Hospital, to answer a few basic questions. Read more »

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