After their mom died from COVID-19, her kids give a final toast with a beloved, hard-to-find token of her youth: Tab diet soda
CHICAGO — Kathleen Berger died in May from coronavirus-related causes, leaving behind eight kids and a legacy encapsulated by a bright pink soda can.Berger, who was 73, was a voracious consumer of Tab, the saccharin-infused cola known for its distinctive packaging, vaguely metallic taste and aerobic studio vibe. Introduced in 1963 by the Coca-Cola Co., it was once the nation’s dominant diet soda, producing a legion of fans so hard-core they called themselves Tabaholics.But Tab lost its mojo over the decades, surpassed by Diet Coke and other carbonated descendants, and Coke finally dispatched t...
Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here's why your food bills are still stubbornly high.
Eva Rosol was stunned during the summer when a rotisserie chicken that she could normally find on sale for $6 suddenly set her back $15.Rosol, a resident of the Chicago suburb Westmont, Ill., who lost her job as a substitute teacher when COVID-19 shut schools in March, could afford it thanks to the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits the federal government offered during the first four months of the pandemic. But those extra benefits expired in late July.Now Rosol, 54, who has a business degree and is seeking a job in sales, receives $108 weekly in unemployment aid. Meanwhile, her hus...
Sonics legend Shawn Kemp to open Seattle's first Black-owned marijuana dispensary
SEATTLE — Just a stone’s throw away from where he used to rattle rims and enthrall the green-clad fans inside KeyArena, Sonics legend Shawn Kemp is embarking on a new endeavor. The “Reign Man” is opening up a cannabis shop called “Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis,” which will become Seattle’s first Black-owned dispensary.The dispensary “Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis” located at 3035 1st Ave. will open Friday, Oct. 30. Kemp will be joined by his former teammate and Hall of Famer Gary Payton for a ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 12:45 p.m. and the shop will officially open its doors to the public at 1 p.m.“I’...
The Seattle Times
Coke dropping half its drink brands
Coca-Cola on Thursday said it is dropping half its drink brands, most of them sold outside the United States.All told, the 200 brands slated to be discontinued account for only about 1% of the company’s profits. They consume too much attention and resources, Coke leaders said.Meanwhile, the Atlanta-based beverage giant reported continued financial pain from the pandemic. The company’s chief executive said that’s easing, but warned “the world is in a fragile state.”Coca-Cola previously announced eliminations of Tab, the company’s first diet soda, as well as Zico coconut water, Odwalla juices, C...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peeling back the mystery of onions
Pity the poor onion. Always the culinary bridesmaid. Never the bride.You don’t sit down to a nice bowl of onions for dinner. No one makes onion-flavored soft drinks, or if they do, I don’t want to know about it.Even the lowly garlic bulb is the sole focus of at least two restaurants in California. But onions? Nada.Onions are the supporting players in a dish — important as a flavoring, but used only to make the star attraction taste better. When served a plate of carbonnades a la flamande, no one ever says, “the beef was good, but those onions were really spectacular.”But the time has come to g...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dunkin' premieres its first-ever spicy donut, the Spicy Ghost Pepper variety
Dunkin’ has spiced things up.The sweets and coffee company introduced its first-ever spicy donut Wednesday as part of its spooky season lineup, CNN Business reported Wednesday.The Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut, made from a classic yeast dough, has a strawberry icing laced with a cayenne and ghost pepper blend.The ghost pepper is one of the world’s hottest chili peppers.The timely new creation will be available through December at U.S. Dunkin’ locations.Krispy Kreme, rival to the Massachusetts-based chain, recently introduced items timed to Halloween as well, with monster-themed donuts like Dracula ...
New York Daily News
Coca-Cola eliminates TaB, its original diet soft drink
ATLANTA — TaB, Coca-Cola Co.’s original diet soft drink, is going down the drain.Born in 1963 in an era of full-sugar drinks and originally aimed just at women, TaB became a pop culture touchstone. But sometimes even pop culture relics have to pay their way, especially in the midst of a pandemic that has hammered the finances of many companies, including Coke.The Atlanta-based company on Friday said it’s eliminating TaB as part of broader, sped-up efforts to drop underperforming products so it can focus on more promising ones.Saccharine-sweetened TaB’s stature grew in the 1980s. But it never g...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Starbucks sets ambitious goals for corporate diversity — and ties it to executive pay
SEATTLE — Starbucks plans to significantly boost racial diversity among its workforce — and it’s making that goal a factor in the pay of its senior executives.By 2025, the Seattle coffee giant wants people of color represented in at least 30% of roles in corporate operations and 40% of retail and manufacturing roles, CEO Kevin Johnson told employees Wednesday. The goals, part of an ongoing effort to encourage diversity, reflect the company’s obligation “to build bridges and create environments where all are welcome,” Johnson said.Starting in 2021, the compensation of Johnson and 42 other senio...
The Seattle Times
Marijuana companies seek disaster relief
Derek Wright had hoped his 120-acre marijuana farm in Southern Oregon would yield a $2.8 million crop this year. But he said the South Obenchain fire incinerated everything: his home on the property, the farm manager’s cabin, the processing facility for drying the plants and close to two-thirds of his crop. The plants that survived were too damaged to sell, so Wright and his team composted them.“Now it looks like the desert,” Wright said of the farm.Wright, like most marijuana growers nationwide, doesn’t have crop insurance. Because federal law defines marijuana as an illegal, dangerous drug, ...
Minneapolis-based So Good So You builds a following with juice shots
MINNEAPOLIS — Eric Hall had a candid response to a question about the specialty-food business, So Good So You, that he started with wife Rita Katona.“We would be delighted if everybody in America would exercise and eat well,” Hall said last week. “That also would put us out of business.”The company, based in Minneapolis, makes organic, plant-based fruit and vegetable shots that cost up to $3.99 apiece. They are billed as “packed with probiotics to naturally support the immune and digestive system.”The company is now approaching $12 million in sales after three years of rapid growth that has ma...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)