Domino’s in Glasgow Adds Kilts as an Official Uniform

No matter where Domino’s sets up shop, the international chain has never shied away from embracing local flavors—and at their new location in Glasgow, the Scottish influence extends beyond pizza toppings. Staff members can be seen wearing official kilts made with Domino’s exclusive tartan, Adweek reports.

The wardrobe update follows a Domino’s survey that found that two-thirds of their Scottish employees would enjoy wearing a kilt to work. (Only a third of the general Scottish workforce could say the same.) The company hired Ken MacDonald of Houston Kiltmakers to create the special design. The pattern, which comes in Domino’s signature blue and red, has been inducted into the official Scottish Register of Tartans.

“Domino’s has been in Scotland for over 20 years so we have strong ties and affinity with the country, the people, and the culture,” Scott Couper, the manager at Domino’s Glasgow Central, said in a statement. “The kilt is very much a family tradition in Scotland and that is how we see ourselves at—one big family all striving for the same goal of delivering freshly made, great tasting food to pizza lovers all over the country.”

The kilt is optional, so employees who aren’t partial to the breezy, patriotic garb can keep their trousers on. But Domino’s makes it clear there’s one area where they won’t bend to tradition: Underpants must be worn at all times.

Scottish Domino's employees wearing red and blue kilts

Domino's pizza next to kilt uniform worn by Scottish employees

[h/t Adweek]

All images courtesy of Domino's UK

Ground Beef Targeted by Massive Recall Might Still Be in Your Freezer

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More than 132,000 pounds of ground beef produced by Cargill Meat Solutions were recalled on September 19 due to a risk of E. coli O26, according to a news release from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The affected beef was produced and packaged on June 21, so you may want to check your freezer for any burger patties or homemade bolognese sauce you stored away over the summer.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers,” the agency said in a statement. “Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

Cargill Meat Solutions is based in Colorado, but these products have been shipped across the country. One death and 17 illnesses have been linked to the outbreak so far, with the dates of illness ranging from July 5 to July 25. According to the FSIS, people usually become ill within three to four days of exposure to E. coli O26. Symptoms include diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting.

The recalled products have the establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA inspection mark on the package. To see the 12 varieties of ground beef that were affected, click the following link [PDF].

How Maggots Could Lead to More Sustainable Agriculture

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A decade ago, two brothers started recycling food waste into feed for animals by letting the food chain run its natural course. In other words—they got into the maggot business. Now their South Africa-based company, AgriProtein, is planning to expand its fly farms into an international network, CNN Money reports.

Jason and David Drew founded their company in 2008 with the goal of cultivating fly larvae (a.k.a. maggots) as an eco-friendly protein source. Today, many farmed animals, such as fish and chicken, are fed fish meal: a type of feed made from dried and ground-up fish. Fish are a cheap protein source, but the high demand for animal feed has led to them being harvested at an unsustainable rate.

AgriProtein's solution to the feed industry's sustainability problem involves tapping into a resource that can be found wherever there's food waste. To create its products, the company's two fly factories in Cape Town and Durban each take in 276 tons of food waste every day. The flies lay 340 million eggs on the waste daily, and those eggs hatch into the maggots used to make the feed.

Theoretically, the process could have wide-reaching effects at every stage of the agriculture industry: Human-generated food waste that would otherwise rot in a landfill is used to nourish the protein, which is then used to feed livestock, which ends up as food for humans.

The Drew brothers' "nutrient recycling" concept attracted research funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and today AgriProtein is valued at more than $200 million. The fly farms are limited to South Africa for now, but the company plans to open 100 factories in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. If their efforts are successful, the brothers could inspire other insect farmers to embrace the maggot revolution.

[h/t CNN Money]

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