Alexa, how do I cook a turkey?
Butterball's Turkey Talk-Line, around since 1981, got a
tech-savvy update this year with the introduction of an Alexa
skill. So far, the most common questions within the Alexa skill
were how long to roast a turkey, what size turkey to buy, and how
long it takes to thaw one's turkey. People can also still call in,
email or go online to chat with the
Butterball experts who receive about 100,000 questions every
November and December.
Recall? What recall?
On Nov. 15, Hormel Foods recalled about 91,388 pounds of raw
ground turkey sold under the Jennie-O Turkey Store brand due to
possible Salmonella Reading contamination. The recall, linked to
one illness, covered products with use or freeze by dates of Oct. 1
or Oct. 2, so this isn't any turkey anyone would (or should) be
serving tomorrow. The recall wasn't mentioned on Hormel's Nov. 20
quarterly call, though Hormel did say it was "another difficult
year" at Jennie-O as there's too much turkey in the industry. Whole
bird sales were down last quarter, while sales of lean ground
turkey rose. Jennie-O is one of the brands Hormel says it plans to
support with advertising in 2019, along with SPAM, Hormel
pepperoni, Hormel Natural Choice, and Columbus.
Skip the salad
If for some reason you'd planned to serve salad at Thanksgiving,
you have one day to rethink the menu. The CDC
announced people shouldn't eat any romaine lettuce due to an
ongoing E.coli investigation. As of Tuesday afternoon, 32 people
were infected in 11 states.
The obvious kids' choice
There are those picky eaters, particularly kids, who don't like
turkey and other Thanksgiving standbys, even just once a year.
Kraft is coming to their rescue with a plea to serve its macaroni
and cheese, of course. The idea, according to a video from Leo
Burnett, is to offer Kraft mac & cheese to keep the peace at
the festive meal. According to the brand, 75 percent of American
families claim to have at least one picky eater. How scientific is
this finding? It comes from a two-day survey of just 623 households
with kids ranging from two-to-12 years old.
The family that tokes together
California Dreamin' has declared this to be Parents Appreciation
Week in its push to get Baby Boomers interested in its low-dose
cannabis soft drinks. Customers who bring a parent into a
California dispensary and buy two bottles ($8 to $10 each) get a
third bottle for a penny and receive a code for a free "I got my
[Mom/Dad/Parents] high" shirt. "Older consumers are the most
interested and cautious group of buyers; we wanted to create an
event that takes away the stigma of purchasing marijuana for older
adults," Jonathan Bishop, VP of marketing, said in a statement.