The precarious future of the planet affects everyone, and we often hear about the immediate human impact of natural disasters stemming from climate change. But what happens when an entire generation grows up listening to and watching negative news about the environment? How does it affect the health of their psyche?
“Unretirement is becoming more common, researchers report. A 2010 analysis by Nicole Maestas, an economist at Harvard Medical School, found that more than a quarter of retirees later resumed working. A more recent survey from RAND Corporation, the nonprofit research firm, published in 2017, found almost 40% of workers over 65 had previously, at some point, retired.”
“The value of reading to our kids — for them and us — is reinforced by the growing body of research on the topic. Just last week, a meta-analysis of 19 studies published in the journal Pediatrics found that reading aloud was significantly beneficial to children and their parents.”
“America’s drunk shopping habit hits $30.43 billion. Are Americans making poor decisions after drinking? Nearly half of American adults (46%) who drink alcohol regularly admit to making a purchase while under the influence — an estimated 68 million people, drawn from Finder.com’s study of 2,000 American adults.”
Yelp Data Scientist Carl Bialik says German food ranked number 83 of the 100 biggest restaurant categories in growth. Unfortunately, all across the country, German restaurants are calling it quits. Converting traditional German eateries into biergartens and transforming menus into fresh takes on German cooking could be the trend that saves them.
“What does 2018 have in store for beer?” the editors at FSR Magazine asked leaders in the craft beer segment. “They say the future carries so much promise. They gazed into the crystal growler and saw what trends are fermenting for 2018.”
Food truck owners can look to the future for ways to grow their business and create more culinary magic with the help of food trends. Adopting upcoming food trends can keep a business current and competitive and give cooks the inspiration needed to be a trendsetter too. Check out these ways food truckers can incorporate food trends for 2018 into their food trucks.
Pinterest analysts are seeing twists on traditional celebrations in what Pinners are Pinning. “Pinners are big-time planners. They’re three times more likely to plan an event, and use Pinterest to find easy ideas and new twists on the traditional, for both everyday celebrations and major milestones,” according to Pinterest’s press release on the top 100 trends.
With restaurant traffic stuck between a 1 percent increase and flat for several years now, U.S. restaurant chains are turning to value deals, new menu items, or optimizing menus to focus on high performing items in order to drive more customer traffic, according to The NPD Group. Total U.S. restaurant traffic ended 2017 flat and had it not been for a 1 percent increase in quick service restaurant visits, an increase primarily driven by chains, traffic would have declined, reports NPD, which continually tracks the foodservice industry.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals announces its official list of the top landscape trends of 2018. As the voice of the multibillion-dollar lawn and landscape industry, NALP annually forecasts trends that will impact landscape planning, design and maintenance within the coming year.
“Fake news” accusations appear to have created a “credibility crisis” and impacted public trust in the media, Karla Jo Helms, founder and CEO of JoTo PR says, “but we’ve seen an increase in the number of media outlets carrying news to the public — and the amount of content the media is putting out.”