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Man Volunteers ‘To Drive Drunk People Home For Free’ In Memory Of Fatal Crash

June 23, 2014 Ron Dicker 0

They drank, he drove.

To mark the first anniversary of a fatal drunken driving crash, Alex Sheen, founder of humanitarian group Because I Said I Would, on Sunday volunteered to be the free designated chauffeur for an entire bar.

Matthew Cordle, the …

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Chobani And Fage Face Lawsuits Over Sugar Content And ‘Greekness’

June 23, 2014 Alison Spiegel 0

Greek yogurt has gone from health food fad to inescapable food phenomenon in just a few short years. In record time, it has practically replaced non-Greek yogurt — sort of. How “Greek” is the Greek yogurt we Americans have come to worship? Not so Greek after all, it turns out, at least according to a new lawsuit.

The New York Post reported on June 19 that plaintiffs Barry Stoltz, of Westchester, and Allan Chang, of Queens, are suing Greek yogurt producers Chobani and Fage in two separate class action suits. The men claim that Chobani and Fage are purposefully misleading customers by hiding the amount of sugar in their products, and by calling themselves “Greek.”

Stoltz and Chang claim that by labeling yogurt as “0%,” the companies are confusing customers by implying their products contain zero sugar. A similar case was dismissed in California last month, because there was no evidence that customers were buying yogurt under that assumption. The lawsuits also take issue with Chobani listing “evaporated cane juice” as a sweetening agent, when it is the same thing as sugar. Chobani lists sugar content in its nutritional information, but does not list sugar in its ingredients. It only lists “evaporated cane juice.” According the the New York Post, the suit claims:

Defendants purposefully misrepresented and continue to misrepresent to consumers that their products contain ‘evaporated cane juice’ even though ‘evaporated cane juice’ is not ‘juice’ at all -– it is nothing more than sugar dressed up to sound like a healthier sweetener.

While these two issues may not give enough credit to consumers — who may, in fact, be wise enough to discern that “0%” means “no fat,” not “no calories or no sugar,” and “evaporated cane juice” is sugar, not juice — another issue is also at play. The sheer quantity of sugar in Chobani and Fage yogurt, which is perhaps more easily misapprehended, is also an issue in the law suits. Namely, yogurt marketed as a health food product contains more sugar than an ice cream bar. According to Gothamist, the lawsuits contend that some yogurts contain as much sugar as A Nestle Fudge Bar. Indeed, said fudge ice cream bar contains 15 grams of sugar per serving, and some flavored yogurts, like Chobani’s Blackberry, also contain 15 grams of sugar. Chobani’s Honey Bee Nana contains 16 grams. While it’s no secret that flavored yogurt can contain high quantities of sugar (yogurts contain more sugar than a Twinkie), Stoltz and Chang are seeking unspecified damages.

Finally, the plaintiffs contend that these yogurts, produced in the United States and not by Greek nationals, are further misleading. They are not, in fact, Greek in any way, they claim. Chobani countered that complaint, telling Gothamist that, “Much like English muffins and French fries, our fans understand Greek yogurt to be a product description about how we authentically make our yogurt and not about where we make our yogurt in upstate New York and Idaho.”

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McDonald’s Maltese Food Truck

June 23, 2014 BurgerBusiness 0

The Mediterranean island nation of Malta is one of McDonald’s Corp.’s smallest markets. Its franchisee operates only 10 stores in the country, which covers just 122 square miles and has a population of roughly a half-million citizens. But that small si…

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Shake Shack Opens in Union Station

June 23, 2014 Jessica Sidman 0

D.C.’s burger wars continue with yet another expansion from Shake Shack. The New York–based chain opens its fourth D.C. location today in Union Station, joining its outposts in Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter, and Nationals Park. In addition to the usual ShackBurgers and flat-top hot dogs, the new burger joint has some location-specific frozen custard concretes featuring ingredients […]

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Who Won Big at Last Night’s RAMMY Awards?

June 23, 2014 Jessica Sidman 0

A rebooted RAMMY Awards went down at a new venue with new categories and a new judging process last night. Under the direction of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s newish president Kathy Hollinger, the annual dining awards gala was moved from the Woodley Park Marriott Wardman Park hotel to the bigger Washington Convention Center. Gone were categories like Power Spot […]

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Last Night’s Leftovers

June 23, 2014 Jessica Sidman 0

Another glowing review for Rose’s Luxury [Eater] ChurchKey named among the best beer bars in the country [Thrillist] 13 great happy hour deals for $10 or less [Washingtonian] Silo has a hot dog for every World Cup contender. [Post] Etto’s patio is now open. [PoPville] Where to drink from a porron [Zagat] Photo from Rose’s […]