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Protesters Sling Fries and Mayo at Belgian Prime Minister, Mayo and Fries Upset [Watch]

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The Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, got a surprise snack when he started a speech at a business conference in Namur, Belgium. A few anti-austerity activists threw fries and mayonnaise on Michel in protest of budget cuts and “the criminalization of the poor.”

Michel laughed it off and didn’t press charges against the four women from the organization LililthS, a branch of Femen.

Michel, 39, is the youngest prime minister in the history of the Belgian title and his coalition government has been subject to protests amid a recent announcement of plans. The government plans to raise the retirement age to 67, cancel a typically automatic annual cost-of-living raise, and numerous other austerity measures to cut government spending.

“French” fries with mayonnaise are a Belgian specialty.

H/T + PicThx RT

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Parent Company of Hellmann’s Mayo Drops Suit Against Vegan Alternative Just Mayo

Unilever, the parent company of Hellmann’s and Best Foods mayonnaise, dropped their lawsuit against Hampton Creek’s eggless Just Mayo today. The suit was filed on Halloween, citing irreparable damages due to Just Mayo’s false representation of itself as mayonnaise.

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A quickly formed petition against the suit gained as much traction as the PR backlash that has rained down on Unilever in the past month.

This news comes on the heels of California start-up Hampton Creek announcing a new round of funding totaling $90 million.

Hampton Creek Founder and CEO Josh Tetrick maintains that he wants his company to be a major player on a global scale and never even filed to dismiss the suit. He told FoodNavigator-USA last year that he doesn’t want Hampton Creek “just to sell products to vegans in Northern California.”

Just Mayo has gone from zero to 15,000 locations in the US and Japan within the past year with rapid growth expected in 2015.

H/t FoodNavigator USA

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5 Basic Bitch Foods Turned Artisanal

In what are presumably auditions for “Pimp My Lunch,” hipster entrepreneurs across the country have been taking beloved food staples and tricking them out. Grab a Mason jar and make sure you abbreviate company in your official name:

Empire Mayonnaise Co. (Brooklyn, NY)

Courtesy of Robyn Lee/Serious Eats

Empire Mayonnaise Co. opened to the public three years ago touting small-batch mayonnaise and is somehow still open. Chef Sam Mason and designer Elizabeth Valleau run the small storefront in Prospect Heights, but also create batches for their webstore and several vendors, including select Whole Foods. You’re probably laughing while buying their baconnaise.

Jacobsen Salt Co. (Portland, OR)

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Ben Jacobsen has been reimagining the most basic bitch in everyone’s diet: salt. His storefront, newly nestled in Portland’s Artisan Corner, looks a bit like a skit out of Portlandia.

Mustard and Co. (Seattle, WA)

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When Justin Hoffman met Bryan Mitchiner, his DIY mustard transformed from a hobby into a business. Though the company’s barely been open a year, a laundry list of Washington vendors carry their product.

Little Freshie (Kansas City, MO)

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Proof that Kansas City is getting hipper by the second, Little Freshie has been making specialty snow cones for more than two years. Their store has expanded into an espresso bar/cafe, but the focus remains on the snow cones.

Meiji Tofu (Gardena, CA)

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Family-run Meiji Tofu mostly supplies tofu to local markets, but keeps short hours throughout the week. Their menu is pretty small, but they rotate specials regularly.

Honorable Mention: Daneson (Ontario, Canada)

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This small Canadian company has taken to infusing birch toothpicks with everything from lemon to single malt scotch. You know, in case you want to treat yourself to some artis-oral hygiene.

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Mayonnaise Dethrones Ketchup as Most Popular Condiment

 

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Think ketchup reigns supreme when it comes to America’s favorite condiment? Well, time to shatter your reality. Pulling data from Euromonitor, Quartz graphed the growth of ketchup, mayonnaise, soy sauce , barbecue sauce, mustard and steak sauce markets from 2000 to 2013.

The verdict: The US consumes $2 billion worth of mayo each year, while the ketchup market is worth around $800 million — less than half of mayo’s. Soy sauce follows close behind ketchup at $725 million last year, with barbecue sauce coming in at $660 million. Mustard’s market, on the other hand, has been shrinking since 2009 and falls slightly under $450 million.

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It’s worth it to note that while hot sauce is valued at $550 million, it’s grown by 150 percent since 2000 — more than ketchup, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce and mustard combined. As Quartz points out, “Hot sauce is having more than just a moment; it’s having a decade.”

A lot of the love is due to America’s rising immigrant population. The influx of Asians and Latinos has made spicy dishes more commonplace and has helped fuel the US’ current obsession with sauces like Sriracha and Tabasco (please refer to the great Tabasco vs Sriracha debate).

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Naturally, the rising popularity of hot wings have also played a big part: Americans consume a whopping 25 billion chicken wings per year. “Sriracha, Tabasco, and Frank’s Red Hot, in particular, have really benefited from that,” Matt Hudak, Euromonitor’s US food industry expert, explained.

Charts via Quartz

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Shrimp Mayonnaise-Flavored Doritos Hit Shelves in Japan

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We know what you’re thinking: First, Pepsi-Flavored Cheetos, then Bacon Doritos, and now Shrimp Mayonnaise in a bag? This is surely the beginning of the end. However, before you slowly back away and give this latest “gourmet” Dorito flavor from Japan a swift and final no, let’s take a moment to talk it out.

Shrimp and mayonnaise are often paired together to create Honey Walnut Shrimp — a sumptuous, creamy dish found at many restaurants — and are even slathered on sandwiches as a topping. The flavor combination itself is rich and an attempt to recreate this taste in a single chip is not only ambitious, but intriguing.

Of course, if you’re still trying to get over the idea of a seafood-flavored bag of chips, you’re probably not convinced. Well, I tried. For those in Japan willing to give it a try, they’ll be available ’til March 17, 2014.

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Worst Job Ever Will Pay You $1500 to Eat Mayonnaise

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As far as I’m concerned, there are two breeds of people in this world — mayo lovers and mayo haters. (I’m a solid member of the latter.) There’s really no appropriate occasion to eat such a jiggly, slimy condiment — not even when it’s infused with pot flavorings. Unless, of course, someone’s paying you wads of cash.

“Sign me up!” you say? According to RocketNews24, the job listing was spotted on Japanese textboard, 2channel, and seeks a healthy Japanese man between 20 and 45 years old. The chosen applicant will then be required to eat mayonnaise — no word yet on the exact amount — and undergo a series of “cholesterol tests.” At the end of the cruel and unusual punishment testing phase, the chosen fellow will be given 150,000 yen ($1,540 US) in return.

Again, we’re not entirely sure how much mayo participants must consume, but seriously — apply at your own risk. Gags.

H/T Rocket News 24 + PicThx BBC

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In Case You Missed It: Domino’s Japan Sells Mayo-Layered Pizza

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We all know how mayo crazed Japan is, but international companies are finally taking notice, too. Domino’s Japan has released four pizzas slathered in the white stuff white bread loves — mayonnaise.

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Fast Food

Wienerschnitzel Toying With Applewood Bacon Wrapped Street Dogs

According to a picture snapped by our editor Taylor Corner, Wienerschnitzel seems to be offering an Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Dogs in two varieties. The first of the which is a Bacon Wrapped Dog and the second is a Street Dog featuing Applewood Smoked Bacon, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise and grilled onions. The prices at the Orange, CA location (Tustin and Taft) these were spotted at stand at a $1.79 price tag, each. More information to come about national availability as it becomes available to us.