Noooooooo: FDA Says You Really, Really Shouldn’t Eat Raw Cookie Dough

Raw cookie dough enthusiasts, listen up: Next time you’re baking any sort of delectable treat, think twice before licking your fingers clean as it could make you pretty sick — and this time, eggs are not the obvious felon. While we should always be wary of salmonella lurking where raw eggs reside, apparently we should also be wary of E. coli hiding away in raw flour, the FDA says. Who knew?

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Why Campbell Soup is Betting $125 Million on Startups

Campbell Soup Co. headquarters in Camden, N.J.

Campbell Soup Co. headquarters in Camden, N.J.

How does a 147-year-old food company reinvent itself in the face of a seismic shift in the way people eat? Partner with young, innovative startup companies disrupting the space.

For the past few years, Campbell Soup has been on a mission to become a healthier food company as people are looking for healthier, less processed food items. In 2012 it acquired Bolthouse Farms (makers of juices, bagged carrots and salad dressing), and in 2013 it bought Plum Organics (organic baby food and kid snacks). In 2015 it acquired salsa, hummus and dip maker Garden Fresh Gourmet for $231 million.

But this week the company added a new tactic to its arsenal — a $125 million venture capital fund. Read more »

Campbell Soup to Disclose GMO Ingredients, Whether It’s Mandatory or Not

Campbell Soup Co. headquarters in Camden, N.J.

Campbell Soup Co. headquarters in Camden, N.J.

Campbell Soup Co. has taken a strong position on the debate over adding special labels to foods that are derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — and it’s even going to put GMO labels on its own products whether it’s required or not.

On Friday, the Camden, N.J.-based food giant issued a statement urging the federal government to create “a national standard for labeling requirements to better inform consumers about this issue” and wants the government to require all foods and beverages regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture to be clearly and simply labeled for GMOs. Common ingredients that are genetically modified are corn, soy and sugar beets.

So far, GMO labeling is only required in Vermont.

“The company continues to oppose a patchwork of state-by-state labeling laws, which it believes are incomplete, impractical and create unnecessary confusion for consumers,” the company said. It makes a slew of popular products from Prego pasta sauce to V8 juice to Pepperidge Farm baked goods. Read more »

Revealed: The Secret to Governor Wolf’s Family Stuffing Recipe!

So just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, I got a link from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office with his family’s stuffing recipe. Stuffing is something that people tend to be particular about, and I was naturally curious what Wolf’s family would be stuffing in its turkey. The link gave me the answer: butter.

That’s right. Butter is the secret ingredient—and how—in this treasured family recipe. Read more »

Urban Outfitters Bought Vetri for Under $20 Million

Marc Vetri

Marc Vetri

One of the biggest questions looming about the Urban OutfittersVetri Family of restaurants deal was a simple one: How much did Urban pay to acquire the company?

Urban’s chief financial officer told Bloomberg Business that it paid less than $20 million for the restaurant group. (Both sides announced the deal Monday without disclosing financial terms. I asked Marc Vetri in a wide-ranging interview yesterday, but he declined to answer.) Read more »

The Opening of LP Steak

Luke Palladino, Chef/Owner LP Steaks and finace Kristine Kurilko

Luke Palladino, Chef/Owner LP Steaks and fiance Kristine Kurilko.

Monday night Chef Luke Palladino held a sneak preview party for friends, family and guests at his new eatery, LP Steak at ValleyForge Casino Resort. The upscale steakhouse passed around samples of classic cuts of prime beef, chops, and seafood. The full service bar served local spirits and craft beers, poured California and Italian wines, and created classic cocktails with the Palladino twist. The 4,400-square-foot space officially opens on Friday night and was designed in a rustic steakhouse feel by Gruber Design Associates. LP Steak joins the Luke Palladino Hospitality Group, with restaurants in Philly and Atlantic City, NJ.

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Campbell Soup Ad Features Gay Dads and a Famous Line From Star Wars

Campbell Soup Gay AdCampbell Soup took a bold advertising step this week, releasing a series of commercials featuring non-traditional families.

The ad that’s gotten the most attention features two real-life gay dads. In the commercial, a man is seen feeding his son the company’s new Star Wars-brand chicken noodle soup using the iconic phrase: “I am your father.” Soon after, his partner feeds his son a spoonful of soup and says “No, no, no. I am your father.” Check it out: Read more »

PHOTOS: 8,000 Show Up for Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest

After almost 11 minutes a champion was crowned. Joe Heyob won himself a Year of Beer at Brauhaus Schmitz.

Photo courtesy of South Street Headhouse District

The 700 block of South Street could barely contain the crowd of revelers who packed in to celebrate Brauhaus Schmitz’s 7th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday. “This year’s Festival was certainly the largest we have had yet,” says owner Doug Hager. “All day long we had a constant stream of people coming and going. We estimate upwards of 8,000 people stopped by the festival during the course of the day.”

That’s great for business all up and down South Street, but maybe too much to handle on one block (plus a small “bonus area”) alone. Hager suggests they may have to make some changes in years to come to accommodate the crowd. “We would like to see it continue to grow … I think we may have maximized what can be done on our block alone. We will have to look at all options for ways to either expand the size of or limit attendance to this festival in the years to come.”

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Philly Startup With Game-Changing Beer Test Moves into Juice Biz

A hand-held test from Invisible Sentinel.

A hand-held test from Invisible Sentinel.

Invisible Sentinel is venturing into the juice business.

The fast-growing University City Science Center-based company has been making a name for itself by testing the likes of Victory beer and Jackson Family wines for various kinds of spoilage. (It also tests food for pathogens.)

Now the company has signed a deal with Refresco Gerber, an international bottler of juice, to use the testing technology in Refresco’s quality processes for rapid detection of spoilage organisms commonly found in fruit juice and concentrates. Read more »

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