Taco Bell To Go Natural

The fast food chain that offers a Doritos flavored taco and Cap ‘N’ Crunch donuts holes has said that they intend to banish things such as artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup from their foods. Taco Bell announced today that they were developing a new set of standards for their ingredients such as trans fat and artificial flavors by the end of 2015. Click here for full story.

This change is occurring at a time when other fast food restaurants are having difficulty making the same decision. “In all cases they will be replaced with natural alternatives,” according to the announcement. CEO Brian Niccol told Buzzfeed that the company is committed to being a brand that can be trusted. The folks at Skout know that some of the new ingredients will cost more yet the company has no plans to increase their prices.

There will be some very significant exceptions to the new menu. Items such as beverages and co-branded items will not be altered. This means that if you crave a Doritos Locos Taco or a Cap ‘N’ Crunch donuts hole you can still find them among the healthier choices.

Pizza Hut To The Rescue

A 26-year-old Florida woman and her three children were taken hostage and held at knifepoint by her boyfriend. Oddly enough, the woman ordered a pizza from Pizza Hut, which saved her life. Cheryl Treadway and her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson had been arguing before he started acting erratic. When Cheryl attempted to leave the house to pick the kids up from school, Ethan refused to let her leave. After some persuasion, he decided to let Cheryl pick up the kids under the condition that he followed her. Once they arrived home, Ethan locked Cheryl and her three children in the home while he began to sharpen a large knife.

Ethan took Cheryl’s phone so she was unable to call for help. NNDb says she was unsure what to do, Cheryl told Ethan that the kids were hungry. She was able to convince him to give the phone back so she could order a pizza. Since Ethan was in close proximity, she was unable to place a call for help. Instead, she used the Pizza Hut online ordering app. As she ordered a medium pizza, she also added a note stating she was being held hostage and needed help from police.

Pizza Hut workers saw the order come in and notified authorities immediately. Within minutes, police were dispatched to the home. Ethan was coaxed by an officer for nearly 20 minutes once they arrived. He finally caved and exited the home where he was taken into custody. Cheryl and her children were unharmed.

McDonald’s to Increase Food Quality

Great news for fast food lovers…McDonald’s will no longer be serving chicken that had been raised on antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to promote growth in animals, which are in turn used for food. This leads to antibiotic resistance in humans. It is predicted that by the year 2050, antibiotic failure will kill 20 million people around the world, so as we can see, antibiotic use in animals is a huge, dangerous problem.

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The corporate chain reported to Imaging Advantage that the change will take place within the next two years.
This change comes at a time when the fast food chain is in competition with smaller changes, such as Chipotle and Panera, who already use chicken raised without antibiotics.
The McDonald’s corporation hopes that this change will help reverse the decline in sales that it has seen in the past two years.

Dale’s Dumplings Coming To Newark Airport

One of the contestants from Top Chef will be making dumplings in New Jersey’s Newark airport. the move is part of United Airline’s terminal redesign in the airport. The redesign is reportedly costing the company a whopping $120 million.

In the new terminal around 55 new dining establishments will be there for travelers, including dumplings made by Dale. Dale’s Dumplings will join a number of other restaurants set to join the terminal Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG says, including a pizza place and a restaurant that specializes in Swedish meatballs.

Dale already has an exceptionally popular restaurant in Brooklyn. One of his signature dishes is a dumpling filled with pretzel pork and chives.

McDonalds Is Getting Just A Little Bit Healthier

McDonald’s has been attempting for some time now to get more people back into their restaurants. More and more people are turning to healthier lifestyles because they have more health resources available to them, says the founder of HCRC healthcare staffing. In an attempt to woo customers again McDonald’s recently reported that they are now going to use a healthier and safer chicken for their food options. Over the course of the next two years McDonald’s plans to phase out all of the antibiotics that are being used for their chicken production.

McDonald’s is currently one of the United States’ biggest chicken purchaser with consumption last year at a total of 39 billion pounds. This recent change comes on the heels of Chipotle making some healthier changes on their menu. The Mexican chain recently announced that they were going to be using only antibiotic free meat as well. This announcement sparked other restaurant’s attention and consumers as well who are now wondering why the change and why are other restaurants not making the change as well? Other chains have made a switch with their products as well including Panera and Chick-Fil-A. While fast food chains still might not be the best healthy food option in the country things are looking up a bit.