There’s a Nationwide Shortage of This Staple Kitchen Tool

If you’ve recently decided to try your hand at canning your own jams, preserves, or pickles, you may have encountered one crucial problem—a shortage of glass jars and lids.

That’s because thousands of Americans had the same idea, taking up cooking, baking, and even growing their own food as a way to save money and relieve stress during the pandemic. Finding ways to use and preserve the fruits of their labor has created one of the biggest canning supply shortages in over 40 years, according to a report from North Carolina State University. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

In fact, the lids are even harder to come by than the jars. According to Marie Bregg, owner of online retailer Mason Jar Merchant, most of the demand is for the two-part lids used in canning, because they are single-use. “Our sales basically went up 600% that week and haven’t dropped since,” she told CNN referring to the week in mid August when she noticed a huge surge in demand. In fact, her website even displays a prominent banner that reads ‘Canning lid shortage update click here.’

Experts agree that it’s the surge of rookie gardeners and canners that’s likely responsible for the shortage. “There’s so many more people canning this year than have ever canned. We have seen a big upswing in new people trying to can,” said Nellie Oehler, the coordinator for Oregon State University’s statewide food preservation hotline. She added she’s been answering calls from all over the country about the lack of supplies.

A spokesperson for Newell Brands, the company that now owns biggest manufacturers of glass jars, Ball and Kerr, said the entire canning industry has seen an unprecedented demand for supplies. However, the situation may be back to normal in December, when retailers say they are expecting to start filling the backorders they’re currently sitting on.

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Wow Bao’s Groundbreaking Dark Kitchen Initiative Surpasses 100 Locations Nationwide In Just Six Months

CHICAGO, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As the restaurant industry continues to navigate this challenging time, Wow Bao, the fast-casual Asian concept steaming up bao, potstickers and more, is proud to announce that its groundbreaking Dark Kitchen initiative has surpassed 100 locations nationwide in only a six month time frame, an unprecedented amount for the restaurant industry. The program, developed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist restaurants and increase margins and profits, is now more vital than ever, as it has been a significant way to help restaurants survive this uncertain moment.

“In November 2019, we created a way to help restaurants grow top line sales and bottom line profits,” said Geoff Alexander, Wow Bao President & CEO. “Although we didn’t envision this initiative as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are proud to say our Dark Kitchen platform is assisting operators to help pay rent and employ staff in order to survive this difficult time.”

Unlike Ghost Kitchens, which allow restaurants to rent space at larger kitchen facilities, Wow Bao’s model offers brick and mortar restaurants alternative sources of revenue by using their existing kitchen space to prepare Wow Bao’s menu offerings. Items are made and shipped frozen to the participating restaurants, prepared by the restaurant’s kitchen staff and made available to consumers through third-party delivery services including, DoorDash, UberEats, GrubHub, Postmates and Caviar.

The goal of Wow Bao’s Dark Kitchen is for operators to achieve a minimum of $2,000 in weekly sales within the first six weeks of launch. Multiple operating partners have already surpassed $5,000 in weekly sales; generating an annual run rate of $260,000 with a projected bottom line of more than $100,000. Additionally, the Dark Kitchen program revives the supply chain by increasing demand, thereby supporting farmers and food suppliers, as well as the operating restaurants, staff and third-party delivery services in the process.

“When we first started engaging with Wow Bao, our discussions quickly changed from ‘why do we want to do this?’ to ‘why wouldn’t we want to do this?’” said Buster Minshew of MFM Group, LLC. “From the onset, we were impressed with the quality of food and the simplicity of execution. We have looked at other Dark Kitchen concepts, but have not discovered any other that is so simple to get up and running. The initial investment is minimal; there is virtually zero prep required so it requires no additional labor, the training tools make it very easy for our teams to absorb into the operation and the food is fantastic. We are proud to be part of the Wow Bao Dark Kitchen team.”

“The Dark Kitchen program has been a seamless integration into our operations,” says Edmund Woo, Owner of Saskatoon Lodge in Greenville, South Carolina. “I have trained existing employees to handle the production at virtually no incremental cost. The ability to not only continue operating during such a vulnerable time, but to help increase margins, is instrumental to help maintain business.”

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UK house price rise speeds up in September: Nationwide

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LONDON (Reuters) – British house prices rose by the most in four years in September when they jumped by an annual 5.0%, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Wednesday as a sharp rebound in the country’s housing market accelerated.

The increase was stronger than the median forecast of a 4.5% rise in a Reuters poll of economists and average prices hit a fresh record high.

Britain’s housing market has boomed since the coronavirus lockdown with a rush by some buyers for bigger houses outside of urban areas in the new work-from-home age combining with pent-up demand.

Nationwide said about 10% of people it surveyed in September were in the process of moving as a result of the pandemic, rising to 15% in London. A further 18% of those asked said they were considering moving due to the pandemic.

“Behavioural shifts may also be boosting activity as people reassess their housing needs and preferences as a result of life in lockdown,” Nationwide’s chief economist Robert Gardner said.

Housing industry officials have warned that the mini-boom could run out of steam soon with unemployment expected to rise sharply and COVID-19 cases on the rise again.

Nationwide said prices rose by 0.9% in September from August compared with a forecast of a 0.5% increase in the Reuters poll.

Nationwide said the housing market had also been boosted by finance minister Rishi Sunak’s tax cut on house purchases which he introduced in July as he sought to boost the broader economy after its record 20% contraction between April and June.

Bank of England data published on Tuesday showed mortgage approvals hit their highest in almost 13 years in August.

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UK house prices rise at fastest rate since 2016, says Nationwide | Money

House prices rose in September at the fastest annual rate since the aftermath of the Brexit vote in 2016, according to the UK’s biggest building society, as buyers continued to take advantage of a benign market despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The average UK house price rose by 5% in September compared with the same month last year, to £226,129 – a record high, Nationwide reported.

The pandemic has shaken up the housing market, with the return of demand after the UK-wide lockdown and temporary cuts to stamp duty helping to sustain sales even as economists forecast a significant increase in unemployment over the coming quarter.

Prices rose by 0.9% month on month in September after jumping by 2% in the previous month as housing market activity surged, Nationwide said. Separate data published on Tuesday by the Bank of England showed that mortgage approvals during August had risen to the highest level in almost 13 years and the rival mortgage lender Halifax also reported record high UK prices in August.

Price jumps were evident across the UK, with the south-west of England and the commuter towns surrounding London recording increases of more than 5% in the third quarter of 2020 compared with a year earlier. Only in Scotland and the north-west of England did the pace of annual growth slow during the quarter.

Average prices within London hit a record high of £480,857 in September, leaving them 57% above their 2007 levels, shortly before the global financial crisis.

Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, said: “The rebound [in UK prices] reflects a number of factors. Pent-up demand is coming through, with decisions taken to move before lockdown now progressing.

“The stamp duty holiday is adding to momentum by bringing purchases forward. Behavioural shifts may also be boosting activity as people reassess their housing needs and preferences as a result of life in lockdown.”

However, some economists predict that the boom in house prices may run out of steam in the coming months as the government’s support for the job market diminishes significantly, and unemployment is expected to hit 8% by the end of the year, according to independent forecasts collated by the Treasury.

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The stamp duty holiday for properties below £500,000 will also expire on 31 March 2021, unless the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, chooses to extend it in a delayed budget.

One economic forecaster, the EY Item Club, suggests that house prices could be about 5% lower than now by mid-2021 as the economy worsens.

Hansen Lu, an economist at Capital Economics, a consultancy, said: “Price gains are likely to slow as the pent-up demand driving the market now is expended. Looking ahead, we think a weak underlying economy and the end of the stamp duty cut will slow house price growth to a standstill by the end of 2021.”

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9/11 Day And World Central Kitchen To Deliver 30,000+ Meals From Local Restaurants To First Responders And Healthcare Workers In 35 Cities Nationwide

NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In observance of the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, now a federally recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance, 9/11 Day, founded by 9/11 families and others from the 9/11 community, and World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 by chef and humanitarian José Andrés, are teaming up to deliver more than 35,000 meals from local restaurants to support first responders and frontline healthcare workers in more than 35 cities nationwide.

The program will provide a much-needed infusion of revenue for independently owned restaurants struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 9/11 Day and World Central Kitchen said that the goal of the program is to ensure that at least 50 percent of the meals will come from minority-owned restaurants. 

“Preparing and sharing a meal is an expression of love,” said Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen. “Our aim is to create a groundswell of support for those working tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 response while extending help and hope to restaurants and restaurant workers nationwide.”

Individuals can sponsor a meal for a first responder or healthcare worker for just $10.00 by visiting 911day.org. The Principal Financial Group Foundation has joined as a leading supporter of the program, helping to make those individual dollars go further with a grant of $250,000 made from the Principal Financial Group Fund.

Nationwide Day of Virtual Volunteering Planned for 9/11

Sponsoring a meal is one of 11 featured “good deeds” 9/11 Day will be promoting on its website this year as part of its nationwide day of virtual volunteering in observance of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. 9/11 Day is the nonprofit that successfully worked to establish the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as a federally recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”).

“This program is reminiscent of how, 19 years ago, meals arrived at fire stations and hospitals as a show of solidarity and appreciation from the community,” said Jay Winuk, 9/11 Day co-founder and 9/11 family member. “This year, anyone, anywhere can get involved by sponsoring a meal and supporting local businesses in the process.”

“Principal Foundation maintains our commitment to empowering underserved communities especially during these challenging times,” said Paula Juffer, Interim Principal ® Foundation Director. “This association with 9/11 Day and World Central Kitchen provides another opportunity to support minority owned small businesses as well as providing meals to over 200,000 first responders.”

Other major contributors to this program include Raytheon Technologies, Stifel, Turner Construction, Zurich Insurance, Citi Foundation, Bank of America, Kroger, Pfizer, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and other national service programs.

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9/11 Day And World Central Kitchen To Deliver 30,000+ Meals From Local Restaurants To First Responders And Healthcare Workers Nationwide

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In observance of the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, now a federally recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance, 9/11 Day, founded by 9/11 families and others from the 9/11 community, and World Central Kitchen, created by Chef José Andrés, are teaming up to deliver more than 35,000 meals from independently-owned local restaurants to support first responders and frontline healthcare workers in more than 35 cities nationwide.

At least 5,000 of these meals will be delivered today in Washington, DC supported by grants from Raytheon Technologies, The Principal Foundation, and the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other national service programs. Individuals can also sponsor a meal for a first responder or healthcare worker for just $10.00 by visiting 911day.org

“This program is reminiscent of how, 19 years ago, meals arrived at fire stations and hospitals as a show of solidarity and appreciation from the community,” said Jay Winuk, 9/11 Day co-founder and 9/11 family member. “This year, anyone, anywhere can get involved by sponsoring a meal and supporting local businesses in the process.”

The program will provide a much needed infusion of revenue for independently owned restaurants struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 9/11 Day and World Central Kitchen said that at least 50 percent of the meals will come from minority-owned restaurants. 

“Preparing and sharing a meal is an expression of love,” said Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen. “Our aim is to create a groundswell of support for those working tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 response while extending help and hope to restaurants and restaurant workers nationwide.”

“The annual call for our nation to remember and serve on 9/11 reminds us of the tremendous healing power that comes from simple acts of service,” said Barbara Stewart, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “I hope all Americans will choose to pay tribute to the victims and heroes by joining ‘9/11 Day at Home.’ No matter who, or where, you are: you can make a difference.” 

“Each year, we pause on 9/11 to honor the lives lost and to pay respect to the bravery of first responders,” said Roy Azevedo, president of Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business. “Today – and everyday – it is our responsibility to support first responders and our communities by providing relief where we can. The World Central Kitchen program celebrates first responders while supporting local businesses.”

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Cleveland Kitchen Brings the Flavor This Fall to 9,000 Retailers Nationwide

CLEVELAND, Sept. 8, 2020  /PRNewswire/ — Untold volumes of flavor are now within reach for families nationwide as Cleveland Kitchen, the culinary brand focused on delicious and healthy fermented foods, is proud to be launching its fresh products into retailers across the country. The creator of the world’s FIRST line of Fermented Dressings and Marinades have made their delicious offerings more accessible than ever with expansion of their direct to consumer selections and new distribution, bringing the total number of stores their fresh fermented products can be purchased at to 9,000 storefronts.

Shoppers may know Cleveland Kitchen by their original name, Cleveland Kraut. The name change came as part of the brand’s goal to create a bigger kitchen for a bigger mission – to provide fermented foods for all. Recently, the company expanded their product lineup to include not only their well-known sauerkrauts, but also mouthwatering fermented dressings and marinades that come in flavors such as Gnarly Miso Jalapeño, Roasted Garlic, Sweet Beet, and Hail Caesar.

“This expanded distribution is an integral part of our brand’s mission to integrate healthy and absolutely delicious fermented foods into the American diet by giving our consumers an easy entry point into fermented that they don’t have to be intimidated by,” said Co-Founder and CEO of Cleveland Kitchen, Drew Anderson. “Our new retail partners see that there is a need in the refrigerated produce section for innovation and we are so excited to be a driver of growth in the category.”

Look out for Cleveland Kitchen products in the produce aisle of your favorite Target, Wegman’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts Kroger, Giant Eagle, Meijer, Albertsons, Publix, or Heinen’s this fall for all your salad, bowl, wrap and even charcuterie board needs. Grab the new dressings and marinades or mouthwatering sauerkrauts for $5.99, both prices dependent on the retailer. For families who prefer to have their fermented favorites come to them, check out their e-commerce selection at www.clevelandkitchen.com or take a look at Cleveland Kitchen’s Instagram, @clevelandkitchen, to learn more.

About Cleveland Kitchen
Cleveland Kitchen was started with three brothers, cabbage and a traditional family recipe. The brothers began their fermenting journey in college as a way to stay in touch with their Cleveland roots and began to create fresh, crunchy, probiotic krauts that used simple ingredients like vegetables, garlic and salt. After serving up their mouthwatering take on sauerkraut at local farmers markets, the founders expanded their availability and now, provide their world-class products across the country. Today, Cleveland Kitchen is an innovative culinary brand focused on fermented and cured products that taste amazing and are healthy for all. For more information, please visit www.clevelandkitchen.com and follow their Instagram page.

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