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The Lakers and Bibigo Reveal Multi-Year Global Marketing Partnership Deal

Bibigo, which sells Korean-inspired dumplings, sauces, frozen meals and other snacks, just announced its partnership with the illustrious Los Angeles Lakers for a multi-year global marketing partnership deal.

This partnership includes the official jersey patch rights beginning with the 2021-22 season, replacing Wish as the jersey patch sponsor for the last three years.

The deal entails that the Bibigo brand will be prominently displayed on Laker jerseys for the next five years, which is the length of the brand partnership per a Los Angeles Times report

Below is more information about the partnership:

  • Bibigo is the only food brand partner with a jersey patch in the NBA for the 2021-22 season to date.
  • Bibigo is the first Korean company to have a jersey patch with an NBA team.
  • Bibigo will deploy its marketing programs through Lakers’ properties such as in-arena signage, digital content elements on Lakers.com, and the jersey patch designation.
  • Bibigo will collaborate with the team to create and share inspiring content, drive consumer engagement, and offer unique opportunities to introduce fans to the delicious taste and benefits of Korean food.
  • Food is one of the greatest connectors and Bibigo has a wide array of portfolio offerings to create millions of connections globally, including snacks and appetizers and Mandu, the brand’s signature item.
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Ben & Jerry’s Launches New Flavor: Change Is Brewing

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Ben & Jerry’s has just announced its newest Limited Batch Flavor – Change is Brewing. The new flavor features cold brew coffee ice cream, marshmallow swirls and fudge brownies. What’s great is that this flavor helps highlight three black businesses by incorporating their products in the ice cream: 

  • BLK & Bold – Black-owned nationally distributed coffee company that provides the deep, rich coffee flavor 
  • Greyston Bakery – Values-led supplier with “open hiring” policy and longtime partner, add the scrumptious fudge brownies 
  • Laci Jordan – Black multi-disciplinary artist created the colorful pint art, featuring what the world might look like when Black people feel safe and communities can thrive.  

Ben & Jerry’s has long been a company that champions racial justice, and Change is Brewing helps continue that cause, as it has joined more than 70 other organizations by supporting The People’s Response Act. This landmark legislation, introduced by Congresswoman Cori Bush, was written to transform a system that disproportionately criminalizes Black and Brown people into a one that provides resources to help every community, and especially communities of color, flourish.

Change is Brewing will be available as a Limited Batch flavor at participating Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops and on store shelves, with a portion of the proceeds from the sale going to grassroots groups working to transform public safety in America.

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Food Waste News Packaged Food Products Sustainability

Introducing the First to Market Climate-Friendly Eggs

Blue Sky Family Farms, is a brand creating humane, ethical eggs, with their latest egg innovation being a line of free-range, pasture-raised eggs sustainably farmed with regenerative practices, that will debut on store shelves nationwide beginning August 10, called Helpful Hens

It’s a big step towards climate-friendly agriculture products, as the brand’s continues their efforts to research and implement regenerative techniques that create a vibrant ecosystem for its hens to flourish.

The Helpful Hens product line will include four styles of eggs – Pasture Raised Organic, Pasture Raised Non-GMO, Free Range Non-GMO, and Free Range Organic – all coming from hens that are raised in complete support of their natural behaviors, all while sustaining efforts to restore the earth to its most organic state.

Regenerative farming is a boost to sustainable efforts in food production, with techniques being implemented Blue Sky Farms showing as the following: 

  • Practices that create a rich environment for plants, pollinators, and hens to thrive, including careful planning of nutrient-rich cover crops and trees to help absorb carbon while purifying the air.
  • Implementing a three-tiered vegetation program in the pasture including grasses, shrubs, and trees, allowing for carbon sequestration to occur at multiple elevations in the pasture.
  • Twenty species of diverse vegetation that will allow healthy interactions between plants and animals, and shade for hens.
  • Frequent testing of soil and bird behavior as a form of measurement to determine benchmarks for its regenerative practices and performance metrics for future farms.
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Fast Food News

Jollibee Now Spreading Chickenwich Joy To Everyone

As someone who’s been going to Jollibee for the majority of my life, I’m almost entirely positive that Jollibee has had a chicken sandwich for a long time now. But here we are with news that Jollibee is entering the Chicken Sandwich Wars by announcing a launch of their own Jollibee Chickenwich and Spicy Jollibee Chickenwich.

The Original Jollibee Chickenwich has a marinated, crispy, double hand-breaded chicken breast fillet, that’s then spread with umami mayo and served on a toasted brioche bun. For the folks that think spice is life, the Spicy Jollibee Chickenwich features a Sriracha mayo and is served with fresh jalapeños for added crunch and heat.

Both the Original and Spicy Jollibee Chickenwich go for $3.99 each and are also available in deluxe versions with added lettuce and tomatoes for $4.49 each.

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Fast Food Health News

McDonald’s To Host Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Across Orange County, California

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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc globally, though through proven science and medical facts, getting vaccinated has been the best deterrence to the deadly disease. As part of California’s ongoing efforts to make COVID-19 vaccines more convenient, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California McDonald’s franchisees are continuing their partnership to set up pop-up clinics at restaurant locations across the state.

McDonald’s Orange County, California restaurants will be hosting a number of Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics starting September 17th, offering vaccines and free menu items to the public.

All clinics are open to McDonald’s employees, their family members and the general public. Walk-up vaccinations will be available at all sites, and some sites may allow for booking an appointment ahead of time. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available at all clinics.

Here’s more details on locations and times below:

WHEN

Friday, September 17th | 1:00pm – 4:00pm (Buena Park)
Saturday, September 18th | 9:00am – 12:00pm (Fullerton – Imperial Hwy)
Monday, September 27th | 1:00pm – 4:00pm (Fullerton – Brookhurst)
Tuesday, September 28th | 9:00am – 12:00pm (Brea)
Wednesday, September 29th | 9:00am – 12:00pm (La Habra) 

WHERE

McDonald’s Buena Park | 7861 Beach Blvd. Buena Park, CA 90620
McDonald’s Fullerton – Imperial Hwy | 205 Imperial Hwy Fullerton, CA 92835
McDonald’s Fullerton – Brookhurst | 1341 S Brookhurst. Fullerton, CA 92833
McDonald’s Brea | 825 Imperial Hwy Brea, CA 92821
McDonald’s La Habra | 1400 S Beach Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631

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World-Renowned Chef José Andrés Partners With Goldbelly To Bring His Distinct Spanish Cuisine To Your Home

Chef José Andrés has made a name for himself as a culinary giant, whether it be through his gastronomic innovations, pioneering authentic Spanish cuisine in America, or his noble humanitarian work through World Central Kitchen. Now, thanks to a partnership with Goldbelly, you can have Chef Andrés’ distinct Spanish food experiences sent directly to your home.

For a chef of José Andrés’ caliber to make his style of food available for nationwide shipping is tremendous, as now accessibility won’t be a hurdle for many folks who have yearned to try his cooking. His signature dishes will be available through Goldbelly in the form of Spanish meal kits and items like a Tapas and Burnt Basque Cheesecake. Check out the enticing details below:

  • José’s Iconic Paella Dinner Kit (serves 3, $179 + free shipping): A symbol of Spanish cuisine, this kit includes all of the ingredients you need to replicate Chef José’s’ iconic Paella de Gamba Roja with succulent red shrimp. 
  • José’s “Secretly” Perfect Iberico Pork Steak Dinner (serves 4, $199 + free shipping): Featuring the prized “secreto Iberico de bellota” cut of pork from the Iberico pig’s shoulder, this beautifully marbled, juicy pork steak kit includes a side of traditional aioli sauce and vibrant pan con tomate. 
  • Spanish Ribeye Steak Dinner Kit (serves 6, $329 + free shipping): A decadent steak dinner featuring Wagyu ribeye with a side of a crisp salad with gem lettuce, spring onions, smoky confit piquillo peppers, and a sherry vinaigrette. 
  • Tapas the José Andrés Way (serves 4-6, $179 + free shipping): This kit includes everything to make the ultimate “tapeo” experience at home with some of Chef José’s favorite bites, including chicken croquetas, a loaf of airy Pan de Cristal for pan con tomate, nutty Manchego cheese, aged Ibérico ham, salchichón ibérico de bellota, and chorizo ibérico de bellota
  • Burnt Basque Cheesecake (serves 12, $119 + free shipping): This decadent cheesecake is baked at a high temperature for a golden exterior and a smooth, creamy center with notes of nutty caramel. 
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Drinks News Technology

Boba Tea Startup Bobacino Looks To Incorporate Facial Recognition Payment System

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The global pandemic has forced many businesses and restaurants to switch up their traditional models, with many pivoting to accommodate contactless ordering systems and also less face-to-face contact in service. Bobacino, a boba tea startup that is a standalone, fully integrated system and and dispenser, looks to be a part of that trend by partnering with PopID, a facial recognition payment company.

This partnership looks to allow customers the ability to pay with their face at Bobacino’s automated locations and on mobile devices.

PopID’s advanced facial recognition technology works hand in hand with Bobacino’s low-touch automation, speed and accessibility. Notable benefits of this partnership are:

  • On-site contactless ordering and payment: PopID-compatible Bobacino machines will feature full software and hardware integration, allowing customers to select and utilize PopID’s PopPay solution as a payment method on the same screen they viewed Bobacino’s menu and placed their order. Customers can still pay via traditional credit/debit cards if they do not have a PopID account.
  • App ordering and payment: Bobacino customers will be able to use PopID as a payment method on PopID’s app for placing pre-orders for pickup.
  • Customer confirmation: Customers will also have the option of verifying their identity with PopID to retrieve their order. Through an opt-in only system, the customer’s face will be scanned and authenticated to dispense the drink. No customer data will be saved on Bobacino machines.

The demand for low-touch concepts and similar solutions that align with the fluid restaurant trends caused by the pandemic has led to much interest in Bobacino’s business model.

Just the fact alone that I can get a quick boba fix with the ease of just showing my face is enough to get me excited for this new technological breakthrough.

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Fast Food News What's New

Panda Express To Test An Orange Chicken Sandwich

Orange Chicken is to Panda Express like simping is to Drake — it’s the money making formula here. Which is why Panda Express has innovated different ways to present their menu favorite in the past, like Orange Chicken Burritos. This time they’re hopping on the chicken sando wave by testing a new Orange Chicken Sandwich at the Panda Express Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, California.

The exciting test item incorporates breaded white meat chicken breast that’s then topped with that cash cow Orange Chicken and a spicy aioli sauce, on top of a bed of shredded cabbage and thick crinkle cut bread and butter pickles, all cozied up between a sweet King’s Hawaiian bun. Yum.

You can grab this Orange Chicken Sandwich exclusively at the Panda Express Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, CA on September 16.