Happy Monday. In today's vital food news: McDonald's is cutting costs, starting with hundreds of its employees; an NFL star really loves his Taco Bell; President Obama is a wine trend-setter; a new judge joins Top Chef; and Americans still consume a crap-ton of candy.
— McDonald's is looking to cut costs by buying out several hundred of its employees. Crain's reports that employees "attended departmental meetings this week to discuss the buyout packages, which are being offered across the organization to employees at the director level and above." More than 400 employees are expected to be eligible for the buyout packages, which are part of the company's plan to "cut $500 million in general and administrative costs by the end of 2017."
— In an interview with 60 Minutes Sports, a newly retired Marshawn Lynch shouted about Taco Bell quesadillas. Watching the segment on a loop is simply hypnotizing:
— Thanks, Obama. POTUS's favorite Spanish wine — Peza do Rei — is now completely sold out in the U.S.. The demand for the wine has skyrocketed ever since it was used in a toast hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C.
— Look for Chicago chef Graham Elliot to join the judges table for the upcoming season of Top Chef, currently shooting in Charleston. Elliot will appear as a rotating judge over the course of the season, alongside host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and returning judges Gail Simmons and Richard Blais.
— A few sugary facts, in honor of National Candy Month (yea, that's a thing and it takes place in June): According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans consume roughly 22 pounds of candy per year. Most of that is chocolate; cocoa products are a $14.5 billion industry. Additionally, nearly seven million metric tons of sugar, sweeteners, and candy are imported to the U.S. each year. (Don't forget to floss today, okay?)