Chefs are turning to foraged ingredients to highlight local and seasonal fare worldwide. At Colorado's Taste of Native Cuisine, Karlos Baca highlights indigenous ingredients such as elk, sweet potato, chokecherries, blue cornmeal and wild mushrooms, while at South Africa's Foliage, Chris Erasmus showcases berries, flowers and other plants from the country's Western Cape.
Thrive Market has found success by bringing healthier food to the US middle class via delivery, offering an annual membership for $60 and wholesale pricing for natural and organic items. "It came down to really listening to the customer of what is the problem for someone who is middle class, middle America wanting to get healthy today," CEO Nick Green said.
US pumpkin growers are working on new methods for growing bigger gourds to recover the record for the world's heaviest pumpkin from a European grower, who set the latest mark two years ago with a pumpkin that weighed more than a Toyota Prius. Growers of the American native squash are trying new horticultural methods.
Technology is playing an increasingly key role in the ongoing transformation of the food industry in areas such as transparency and cooking innovation, said The Spoon founder Michael Wolf at last week's Smart Kitchen Summit. "From the minute food is created to the second it is put on a fork to eat, the meal journey is being disrupted," he said.
Afresh Technologies was founded in 2017 to help grocers meet the key challenge of having just enough fresh produce on hand to meet demand but not so much as to spur waste. The Afresh machine learning system has helped regional grocers cut down on out-of-stocks by 80% and food waste by 50% in pilot projects, the company said.
Ending farm subsidies in New Zealand helped revive that country's economy, and doing the same in the US could have similar effects across America, according to Michael Farren. "Conservatives who worry that welfare programs foster dependency and trap poor people in a vicious cycle of poverty should apply that same level of logic and scrutiny to the farm bill, which does exactly that to farmers," he writes.
Leaders will arrive at better solutions if they look at problems through a variety of perspectives, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Your credentials in your field are already established; now it's your turn to draw ideas out of others and build effective leadership qualities in those below you," he writes.
There are many reasons managers don't listen well, including being unaware, unsure how to listen well or even having medical problems with their hearing, writes Dan McCarthy. Present a focused listening posture, paraphrase to check for comprehension and make eye contact to develop stronger listening skills over time, he writes.
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