Ice Cream Consumption Infographic – Long Beach, CA Ranks In At #1

We recently took a day trip out to some of the islands around Seattle.  On our way we stopped at Snow Goose Produce, a gorgeous farm stand that promised “immodest” ice cream cones.  Who the hell can resist that?  Immodest is an understatement.  Obscenely large is a better descriptor, but immodest probably gets more people in the door.  For a few bucks you’ll be doing arm presses trying to get that fresh waffle cone into your fat face.  Oh, and they hand-roll their own waffle cones.  Evil.  Pure Evil.

On that (somewhat related) note, here’s some other ice cream information for your consumption.  To be honest I’d have to imagine this isn’t totally scientific.  Actually I imagine scientists would scoff and mock this study, but it’s interesting and a neat useless-information-for-the-summer kind of thing, so here it is.  Utilizing the total number of credit card transactions at ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, data aggregation company Bundle has compiled a list of the top ten cities in America as far as ice cream consumption is concerned.  Good information if you’re about to open up an ice cream shop.  Just for fun, otherwise.

Not so surprisingly, eternally sunny Long Beach, CA comes in first place for most ice cream consumed (well money spent at least) across the nation.  Long Beach dwellers get 268% more ice cream and spend 1061%(!) more on frozen treats than the average American.  That’s a solid 5 times more than any other city in the US.  Fort Worth, TX spend residents spend 225% above average, and folks in Columbus, OH shell out 200% above average.

There’s a lot of data to be parsed out here.  DC is high on the list – they eat 85% more ice cream than the national average and at 92% more than the average American, D.C. tops the list as the state that eats ice cream most frequently.

As usual, click on the image below for a larger version you can actually read.

Ice Cream Consumption Infographic - Long Beach, CA Ranks In At #1

Sarah Palin Weighs In On Chick-fil-A: Gives A Solid ‘Cluck You’ To Marriage Equality

Sarah Palin Weighs In On Chick-fil-A: Gives A Solid 'Cluck You' To Marriage Equality

It seems Monday has become Chick-fil-A news day.  Sarah Palin has decided to weigh in on the Chick-fil-A “Guilty as charged” debate.  She posted a tweet and Facebook photo showing her support for what she called “a great business.”

She popped the following message up on Twitter and Facebook:

Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business. http://t.co/sFGXVBrq

Palin also posted a photo to her Facebook page, giving a thumbs up as she and her husband hold Chick-fil-A bags.

The now highly politicized controversy began when Chick-fil-A COO and President Dan Cathy recently answered a question about his franchise’s “support of the traditional family.”

“Well, guilty as charged,” Cathy said.

Everyone one from Senators, late night TV show hosts, mayors and representatives from large metropolitan areas, to the usual sprawling arguments on Facebook and Twitter have felt the need to join the fray on one side or another.

Chick-Fil-A Vice President Of Corporate Public Relations, Donald A. Perry, Dies

Chick-Fil-A Vice President Of Corporate Public Relations, Donald A. Perry, DiesChick-fil-A can’t seem to keep itself out of the news as of late.  Whatever else is going on, some sad news for the corporate family as the VP of Corporate Public Relations, Donald A. Perry, died of a heart attack on Friday morning, Columbus Georgia’s WRBL News 3 reports.  The company confirmed the report in a statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

We are saddened to report the news to you that our dear friend Don Perry, vice president of public relations, passed away suddenly this morning.

 

Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years. For many of you in the media, he was the spokesperson for Chick-fil-A. He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Mr. Perry had been dealing with the recent backlash surrounding Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy reply – “Well, guilty as charged,” when asked if his company had an established position against marriage equality.  There have been protests outside of stores, politicians threatening to ban the company from cities (most notably Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco), and negative media attention from the likes of The Daily Show, The Onion, and most recently The Colbert Report.

While we here strongly disagree with Chick-fil-A’s policies and political beliefs, we don’t like to hear news of anyone passing away.

Scottsdale, Arizona Residents Oppose Law To Make Ice Cream Trucks Legal

Scottsdale, Arizona Residents Oppose Law To Make Ice Cream Trucks Legal

My initial response to this story was a hearty “Huh??”  I’m still not convinced.  This town sounds like an unhappy bunch.  Who doesn’t love a food truck?  Or ice cream trucks?  Scottsdale, Arizona – that’s who.

Scottsdale apparently has a ban on street vendors that is decades old.  A recent measure was floated to lift that ban and it was met with strong opposition from residents.  Food trucks are apparently not universally loved.  Who knew?

Scottsdale banned the street vendors and food trucks during the 70′s, apparently amid fears they were dealing drugs (no joke.)  The proposal would have allowed mobile vendors access to residential streets, so long as they don’t serve warm foods.  So pretty much we’re talking ice cream trucks.

Let’s be clear on one point – as is always the case with this kind of thing – that huge swell of opposition came from 15 residents.  15 sticks in the mud showed up to share their displeasure and ruin an opportunity to buy some frozen treats on the streets of Scottsdale.  Officials have stated the whole thing is not a “done deal”.

AZCentral.com shares comments from one resident:

“The last thing I want is some guy going in an ice-cream truck up and down the same streets, knowing somebody is on vacation,” said resident Art Lorenzen.

 

Lorenzen said he installed security measures at his house after a recent spate of crimes in his community.

 

“A guy driving an ice-cream truck is probably not the best-quality person,” Lorenzen said. “I think that’s one of my concerns, this guy driving slowly down the street, maybe not the first day or second day, but the third day, when they (residents) are on vacation.”

 

Scottsdale, Arizona Residents Oppose Law To Make Ice Cream Trucks Legal

Parfait!!!!

There are food trucks all over Seattle and I don’t think that’s ever been a concern.  The lady (Adria Shimada) who runs the Parfait ice cream truck is my hero.  She makes ice cream a block from our house in a commercial kitchen and sells it out of her adorable truck.  She is not a guy, and she is a quality person.  I’ve never seen her checking out to see who’s on vacation, either.

Other, perhaps more reasonable residents, expressed some concern for children who might be running across the street to reach the truck.  Plausible.

Scottsdale is one of the outlaws ice cream trucks. Supporters say it would bring back “fond memories of childhood.”  But get this, the proposal doesn’t allow the ice cream man to play any music.  None of that classic ice cream truck jingle.  What gives, Scottsdale?

According to the folks at the The Arizona Republic, the proposal came about when a local teen wrote to the Scottsdale Mayor, Jim Lane, after he discovered his family’s ice cream truck business would be illegal in Scottsdale.  The family currently operate their truck in Phoenix.

Sysco Jumps Aboard Gestation Ban – Pledges To Stop Using Gestation Crates For Pork Products

Sysco Jumps Aboard Gestation Ban - Pledges To Stop Using Gestation Crates For Pork Products

Sysco is one of the world’s largest food distributors.  Happily they’ve decided to join the other restaurants and organizations that have pledged to stop using pork from distributors who use gestation crates.

The Humane Society has applauded the move in a and included a statement from Sysco in their own:

Sysco takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen in the food supply chain seriously. We use science-based standards for animal welfare and work diligently with our suppliers to ensure humane treatment of animals. We also listen closely to our customers desires. Although there are many ways to house sows, several customers and suppliers have expressed their desire to eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains.

While no timeline has been established, Sysco has promised it would work with its suppliers to end the use of gestation crates.  Sysco has joined the ranks of the likes of McDonalds, Burger King, Safeway, and Hormel in disavowing the use of the crates.  Sysco earned $40 billion in sales last year and has 400,000 customers worldwide.

David Hasselhoff Iced Coffee Ads – Cumberland Farms’ Life-Size Cutouts So Popular Almost All Of Them Have Been Stolen

David Hasselhoff Iced Coffee Ads - Cumberland Farms' Life-Size Cutouts So Popular Almost All Of Them Have Been Stolen

Proof that the Hoff isn’t just uber-popular in Germany.  Actor David Hasselhoff posed for a photo that’s been blown up life-size to advertise iced coffee for the Cumberland Farms branded convenience stores.  So popular is the Hoff that 550 of the 570 posted have been stolen in the course of several weeks.  That’s a rabid fan base.

Cumberland brand strategy specialist Kate Ngo says only about 20 remain for the roughly 570 stores in New England and Florida.  Ngo says Cumberland is flattered by the attention its ads featuring “the Hoff” are drawing.  She’s asking anyone with a Hasselhoff to keep it safe.  Popular and forgiving.  We’re giving Cumby’s (as it’s affectionately known in New England) a thumbs up for good PR work here.

David Hasselhoff Iced Coffee Ads - Cumberland Farms' Life-Size Cutouts So Popular Almost All Of Them Have Been Stolen