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Americans are still cooking and eating more at home. According to reporting by The Wall Street Journal, food company executives are predicting this shift in consumer behavior will persist long after the pandemic is over, which is giving their products new opportunities to become relevant and indispensable for younger generations of home cooks.Grocery shopping is still at elevated levels, too, and although the momentum of growth has started to wane, several big players in the food industry are reporting an increase in sales of their snacks, packaged foods, and beverages in the last quarter. This is definitely giving us a clue as to what types of items our fellow shoppers are clamoring for at the grocery stores, and which foods are seeing the highest demand. (Related: This Is the Only One Way to Contract COVID-19 at the Grocery Store.)For example, PepsiCo reported a 6% organic revenue growth for their Frito-Lay and Quaker Food brands in the third quarter. The former saw higher sales of snacks like Tostitos, Cheetos, and Doritos, while the latter reported double-digit sales growth of their pasta and mac and cheese items. Earlier this year, the company said they would be cutting some of their less popular products to meet the skyrocketing demand on their core offerings.In fact, according to PepsiCo's CFO Hugh Johnson, the company "literally can't make enough" of Cheetos Mac 'N Cheese, a recently launched product that marks the company's first foray into the boxed macaroni and cheese category.The food industry giant also reported an increase in sales of their beverages. Lines like Bubly sparkling water, Lipton tea, and Starbucks-licensed drinks all saw a higher demand.And because of home cooking, another company has been unable to keep their products in stock this year. McCormick&Co., the maker of condiments and spices, reported an increase in revenue this summer due to higher demand from home cooks, which made up for a decrease in demand from the restaurant industry.The company has increased their manufacturing capacity this spring, in order to replenish their low stock and avoid any potential shortages come holiday season. Some of their most popular products include Old Bay Seasoning, French's mustard, and Frank's Red Hot sauce. For more information on how grocery stores are combatting new shortages, check out Grocery Stores Are Preparing for Shortages of These Holiday Foods.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest grocery news delivered straight to your inbox.
At the beginning of the pandemic, several large food processing plants had various workers test positive for coronavirus, which led to immediate shutdowns. Many of the factories that had to halt operations for roughly two weeks to deep clean and allow employees to recover were meat processing plants. However, a top industry executive believes that future closures due to COVID-19 are unlikely to happen again thanks to new industry-wide protocols set in place.Andre Nogueira, CEO of major beef and pork producer JBS USA, says that producers at meat processing plants have been taking protective measures to avoid another major shutdown, according to The Wall Street Journal. These steps include taking workers' temperature and supplying them with enough proper safety gear. (Related: This Is the Only One Way to Contract COVID-19 at the Grocery Store)"With all the protocol that was put in place…early in March and continued to evolve, I think that we're in pretty good shape," Nogueira said at The Wall Street Journal's Global Food Forum. "We do not control the disease outside of the plant, but I'm pretty confident that we're not going to have the size of the disruption that we saw in April and May."The first wave of shutdowns for large meat producers, such as Tyson Foods, Inc., Hormel Foods Corp., and Cargill, is largely what caused the temporary meat shortage the nation faced in the spring. Most companies gave employees paid time off during the closures, but the industry as a whole still suffered.Another precaution JBS, which supplies meat to popular brands like Smithfield Foods and National Beef, is enforcing in its processing plants is conducting "surveillance tests" among workers. These tests help monitor for any signs that would indicate infections could be spreading among employees. Evidently, these preventive measures have proven to be successful thus far."The number of positives over the last two or three months in the plants has been pretty low," Mr. Nogueira said. However, if cases were to surge in the community neighboring one of JBS' respective plants, the company would shut down the site accordingly.For more updates, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
By now, we know that COVID isn't just a simple respiratory disease—it affects a wide range of body systems. In particular, doctors are learning more and more about its potentially devastating effect on the brain: In one new study conducted at Northwestern University, one-third of hospitalized COVID patients showed signs of altered mental function, including confusion and delirium. Those patients stayed in the hospital three times longer, and only 32 percent of them were able to resume normal daily activities after being discharged. Experts think this may be triggered by the virus's tendency to cause inflammation and impair blood circulation. These are some of the scary neurological symptoms associated with COVID. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Brain Fog Many COVID patients report that they feel confused at times, or unable to concentrate or focus. This "brain fog" can last for weeks or months. In August, a study published in the Lancet found than 55% of people diagnosed with coronavirus have neurological symptoms three months after their diagnosis. 2 Dizziness COVID frequently causes dizziness, vertigo and fainting. Some COVID patients report that they feel dizzy when they stand up after sitting or lying down. This is called orthostatic tachycardia, which is caused by a sharp rise in heart rate when you stand. It's very common: Thirty percent of patients in the Northwestern study reported dizziness.RELATED: CDC Warns of Deadly New COVID Syndrome 3 Stroke In a particularly scary development, doctors have been mystified by the fact that previously healthy young people with no risk factors have suffered COVID-related strokes, some fatal. This seems to be related to the coroanvirus's tendency to cause blood clots in the brain (leading to stroke), heart (causing heart attack) and lungs (which creates pulmonary embolisms). 4 Dysautonomia While they're recovering, some COVID patients have reported this obscure condition, in which the communication system between the brain and nerves goes haywire. Symptoms include problems with breathing and digestion, insomnia, migraines, numbness in the hands and feet, racing heart rate and anxiety-inducing periods of shortness of breath. Scientists don't know what causes it. 5 Memory Loss "My memory is really bad," one 28-year-old COVID patient recently told Medium, likening her symptoms to a bad concussion. "For a while, I couldn't think of really basic words or definitions. I went weeks without talking to anybody because it was too much work." This may be caused by the virus damaging blood vessels in the brain. RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to Get 6 Mental Health Issues Coping with a largely unknown, potentially deadly illness like COVID-19 can take a serious toll on mental health, causing anxiety, depression, even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—all of which may need treatment long after the physical symptoms of COVID have resolved. 7 Confusion The CDC recently added "new confusion or inability to arouse" to their list of serious coronavirus symptoms that require emergency medical attention. This can indicate that coronavirus has caused inflammation in the brain. 8 Delirium In August, NBC News reported that doctors were seeing a surprising symptom in young COVID-19 patients: delirium, which is characterized by confusion and a reduced awareness of the environment. Forty percent of hospitalized patients may experience it.RELATED: 11 COVID Symptoms No One Talks About But Should 9 Loss of Smell and Taste In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, sixty-four percent of people with coronavirus reported a loss of smell or taste. A recent CDC survey found this tends to last, on average, eight days. But some people experience it for weeks. Like so many facets of COVID-19, health experts aren't sure why this happens. 10 How to Stay Healthy As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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During quarantine, many of us have started to miss things we took for granted, like the occasional trip to the movie theater (and the popcorn and candy that went along with it). And while we're nostalgic for the candy of years gone by, we're starting to feel nostalgic for the theater experience itself, too. With the news that Regal Cinemas is closing all locations in the U.S. and the U.K., there's never been a more bittersweet time to reflect upon the moviegoing experience.Here are some of the most iconic movie theater candies that theatergoers have enjoyed over the years. Grab a box of these, pop some microwave popcorn, and cue up Netflix. It's not the same, but it's better than nothing.And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback. 1 M&Ms M&Ms are the ultimate theater candy. You pour a box of them into your popcorn for a salty-sweet combo that's hard to resist. And they don't melt because of the candy coating! It's an A+ experience all around.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox! 2 Mike and Ike Lovers of fruit-flavored candy flock to Mike and Ike in the theater checkout lanes—or they used to, at least.RELATED: Your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here! 3 Twizzlers For moviegoers who don't want chocolate candy, it's hard to resist the allure of chewy Twizzlers. Plus, they aren't crunchy, so you wouldn't have to worry about eating loudly and disturbing your fellow theatergoers. 4 Good&Plenty If you love licorice but don't want to deal with biting off a piece of Twizzlers, the licorice-flavored Good&Plenty are a solid option. 5 Sno-Caps Forget fancy nonpareils. Sno-Caps will do the job just fine. Long before sprinkles dominated '90s snacks, Sno-Caps proved that anything is better with a bit of crunchy sugar on top. 6 Reese's Pieces Blame E.T. for this one! Reese's Pieces are almost as iconic a movie treat as M&Ms are. 7 Whoppers There aren't many U.S. movie theaters where you can order a malted milkshake and enjoy it during the film. You can, however, buy a box of Whoppers and get all of that malt goodness right from a box. 8 Swedish Fish Another entry in the fruit-flavored candy cannon, Swedish Fish is a fun movie snack. The candy is less fun when you try to bring home the pieces you didn't eat, only to discover that the bag isn't recloseable and end up with a sticky, gummy mess. 9 Sour Patch Kids Sour Punch Straws are tastier than Sour Patch Kids. But Sour Patch Kids are infinitely easier to eat in a movie theater (or any other public place, really). 10 Nerds As fun as Nerds are to eat, buying these at the movie theater wouldn't bring you any favors from the other theatergoers. The rattling of the small candies within the box could be irritating if you timed your snacking wrong. 11 Junior Mints There's nothing "junior" about the refreshing flavor of Junior Mints. Who hasn't sat in a chilly movie theater, trying in vain to get to that last mint that's melted and adhered itself to the inside of the box? 12 Raisinets By now, most of us know that candy is still candy, even if it contains fruit. But in the '80s, Raisinets appealed to customers who wanted to make what was seen as a healthier alternative to other candies. They're still around if that's your thing—just don't think you're making a better-for-you choice. 13 Milk Duds You wouldn't think that candy with "dud" in its name would be such a hit, but Milk Duds have broken the mold. The chocolatey, caramel-filled balls are the perfect movie candy, whether you're in a theater or at home. 14 Cookie Dough Bites Long before edible cookie dough was available in grocery store refrigerators, moviegoers could get the batter-filled taste thanks to this iconic candy. Today, there are multiple flavors available in addition to the classic original flavor. Peanut butter cookie dough bites, anyone? 15 Buncha Crunch What '90s kid didn't add a box of this to their popcorn and enjoy the melty, chocolaty goodness?For more, check out these 108 most popular sodas ranked by how toxic they are.
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