Wheat Shortage Looms; Foursquare Lures Fast-Food Chains


Farmers and animal rights activists in Ohio have agreed to restrict the confinement of hens raised for eggs and meat, which could lead those in other states to follow suit.
[NY Times]

Russia, one of the world’s biggest exporters of wheat, is experiencing its worst drought in 130 years, which could cause a spike in wheat-product prices here in the U.S.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is a company that preserves old seed varieties, and it’s opening an agricultural museum that will feature seeds from the 1800s.
[NY Times]

Fans say that the pricey gourmet fare at the New Meadowlands Stadium is keeping them from attending games.
[NY Daily News]

As the winner of Hell’s Kitchen, a 24-year-old single mother from California is now the head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill in London.

Starbucks, Pinkberry, and Pizza Hut are among the chains looking to boost customer traffic with the use of location-based social networks like Foursquare.
[Nation’s Restaurant News]

Curt Pate, a Montana cowboy who consulted on the film The Horse Whisperer, is traveling to state fairs teaching ranchers low-stress cow-handling techniques.

A recent study shows that diners are easily influenced by servers when it comes to ordering drinks.
[Nation’s Restaurant News]