- The Fourth of July is right around the corner, so now is a good time to learn how to do well in a hot dog-eating contest. Competitive eater Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti shared a few pointers with the AV Club before wolfing down three dogs in about 30 seconds. Key takeaways: Snap the dogs in half, dip the buns in water, and be okay with disgusting anyone who might be watching.
- Today in delivery news: Ohio-based supermarket chain Kroger has revealed plans to use driverless cars for grocery delivery. And Lamb Weston, America’s biggest french fry manufacturer, is trying to develop a new fry that will stay crispy longer, thus standing up better to delivery.
- Small businesses that sell their products at Whole Foods are redesigning their packaging so it will look better on Amazon.com.
- The person in charge of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Twitter account has been live-tweeting episodes of daytime soap General Hospital, for some reason. Surely this will tie into an elaborate #brand stunt KFC has in the works.
I wish Michael and Nelle all the very worst. And I hope their wedding planning is a long, drawn-out trail of misery, and you know why, Nelle. You know why!!! #GH55 #GH #GeneralHospital #NelleSmells— KFC (@kfc) June 27, 2018
- Related: Burger King and Budweiser are teaming up on an elaborate #brand stunt by bringing back Budweiser’s old “whassup” commercial. The two are also obnoxiously tweeting back and forth at each other.
2009: "As Twitter grows, it will increasingly become a place where companies build brands, do research, send information to customers, conduct e-commerce and create communities for their users." - Time— Seo (@Kaneryyy) June 27, 2018
- Also related: Burger King has another elaborate #brand stunt going in Saudi Arabia, where the chain is giving away free “Whopphers” at its drive-thrus to women who recently gained the right to drive in the country. Did BK learn nothing from its rivals’ International Women’s Day fiascos?
- A Toy Story-themed restaurant opens at Disney World this weekend. Here’s a sneak peek at the menu.
- Blue Apron has a new line of meal kits inspired by Fox’s animated series Bob’s Burgers. Three burger recipes are available, and they were designed by Alvin Cailan, chef at the terribly named Los Angeles breakfast juggernaut Eggslut.
- After hearing about children being separated from their parents at the United States-Mexico border, a 6-year-old with a lemonade stand raised $13,000 to benefit the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Service.
- Things aren’t all bad in America. The country has built up a record stockpile of cheese.
- Angry chef Gordon Ramsay is getting a second season of his new restaurant makeover show, 24 Hours to Hell and Back.
- MAD Symposium, chef René Redzepi’s annual conference that brings chefs together in Copenhagen, is launching a book series. The first book is called You and I Eat the Same, and it “explores immigration and the many ways the movement of ingredients, food, and people make the world better.”
- Finally, Spike Feresten, writer of the Seinfeld episode “The Muffin Tops,” responds to McDonald’s plan to steal Elaine Benes’s idea and sell muffin tops at breakfast. “What I thought about was the money,” Feresten tells TMZ. “The money I’m going to make from this multinational corporation. That’s what I thought about. You’re going to have to pay me a billion dollars. But I’m going to use that money very wisely; I’m going to buy a bigger car collection than Jerry Seinfeld and make him feel bad.”