Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 66

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The Not Quite Meat Burger

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US fast-food chain, Sonic, has created an alt-meat cheeseburger option made with a mix of 30% chopped mushroom; a practice known as The Blend. 

The Blend brings the calorie count of your burger down to as little 350 - a fraction of you're normal fast-food menu options, making it a great alternative for those who are looking to bring their calories down or aiming to reduce their red meat consumption. 

Read more here: https://goo.gl/EjNPxZ

How can the restaurant industry evolve their staple recipes to meet a growing social conscience around the negative impacts of meat consumption and industry?


One Bottle, Infinite Possibilities

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PepsiCo has developed a new soda-alternative that promises to cut down not just the sugar and artificials, but the enormous waste produced by the packaged drinks industry.

Their Drinkfinity system lets consumers use a custom designed reusable water bottle along with single-use pods that flavour and infuse the water with health-focused dry ingredients and juices.

Sales of non-diet soft drink have fallen by more than 25% over the last 20 years, resulting in PepsiCo investing in and offering a wider variety of options for consumers.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/qmcG9r

How can packaged goods manufacturers keep pace with consumers growing awareness for good nutrition and concern for landfill waste?  


It's Time for a Tea Revolution

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American start-up Pique has revolutionised tea for the first time in a century. Their new 'cold brew' process that applies pressure and low heat to turn tea leaves into crystals with six times the nutrients of a regular loose-leaf or bagged tea.

Tea is rich in antioxidants, helping to boost immunity, and infamously protect from cancer; though most of us don’t drink enough to experience these benefits as advertised.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/Tdui3j

How can modern manufacturing techniques extract more nutritional value from the foods and drinks we consume every day?