Press Clips: Bone Broth is Back; Coke and USA Technologies Make Up

Photo credit: New York Times

Photo credit: Evan Sung for The New York Times

Bone Broth on the Rise

Bone broth may have debuted during prehistoric times but apparently it’s now coming back in a big way. The New York Times recently profiled the drink, which has become particularly appealing to those involved in another popular trend, the Paleo Diet. Chef Marco Canora recently opened a storefront window called Brodo, attached to his East Village restaurant which serves three different broths – beef, chicken and Hearth (a mix of chicken, turkey and beef). Apparently people are lining up for a sip of this cooking staple. “When you talk to chefs about this, everyone’s head is exploding,” says Canora. Ours too Marco.

Souping is Hotter than Juicing

Head explosions aside, this bone broth stuff is coming around at the right time as “souping” looks to give juicing a run for its money in the detox cleanse category. The Mother Nature Network recently reported on the new trend, which boasts having more nutrients than juices, which lose nutrition in the juicing process. Los Angeles-based Soupure is reportedly leading the charge in the space, selling drinkable pureed soups and “healing broths” for $8 a bottle.

Charcoal Juice Anyone?

Since we’re talking about trends, it actually turns out that green juice is so passé. These days, charcoal juice is where it’s at. The folks over at Marketwatch recently did a taste test of New York-based Juice Generation’s three “activated” charcoal-infused juices: a lemonade, a greens mix and a protein blend. According to Juice Generation’s Chief Executive Eric Helms, the activated charcoal contains an array of health and detox benefits, including improvements in skin, digestion and organ function. But not everyone’s buying it. Charlie Seltzer, an internist and weight loss expert told Marketwatch “This one is stupid even for stupid juice cleanse people.”

Coke and USA Technologies Settle Up

Coca-Cola Refreshments, the U.S. bottling and fountain arm of Coca-Cola, has resolved a dispute with USA Technologies, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In a federal lawsuit filed in August, CCR claimed USA Technologies, whose ePort product allows for credit/debit card transactions with Coke vending machines had banked close to $1 million in unauthorized fees collected from the machines. In a joint statement the two companies announced they had settled up and looked forward to working together in the future.

What’s Next for 3G Capital?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital may be closing in on its next power move. According to The Journal’s sources, investors have pledged approximately $5 billion for a new 3G fund in the last several weeks. Sources named Campbell Soup Co. and even a stake in PepsiCo as potential targets for the Brazilian billionaires who purchased the H.J. Heinz Company in 2013 for $23 billion.

11-Year-Old Gives Up Soda for $$$

A Montana sixth grader is reaping the benefits of going a year without soda, and we’re not talking health benefits. We’re talking cold hard cash. According to the Tech Times, last January, 11-year-old Jon Sarisky made a pact with his parents. Either he could have $100 on the spot or, if he could abstain from sugary drinks for one year, he’d get $500 for his efforts. Sarisky took the road less traveled and now has some money to show for it. He’s pledging to enjoy soda responsibly from here on out.