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#RizzNews: Dad’s Cookie Company delivery driver carjacked Tuesday afternoon. American soda consumption plunges to a 31-year low AND LOTS MORE


Dad’s Cookie Company delivery driver carjacked Tuesday afternoon

via ksdk.com

ST. LOUIS – A longtime South St. Louis business was targeted by thieves for the second time this summer. This time, one of its workers was threatened. A Dad’s Cookie Company delivery driver was carjacked at gunpoint in the middle of the day outside the business.

The business is located on Louisiana Ave. and Keokuk St. It started as a family owned bakery in 1912 and became Dad’s Cookie Company in 1938.

“The original Scotch Oatmeal,” production manager Tim Altmann said. “That’s what they come for.”

Deliveries are a big part of the business but the company is down one delivery van now.

“Our driver, he parked right in front of this sewer over here right on the other side of this alley,” Altmann said.

Altmann says the company’s main driver had just returned from making a delivery. When he exited the van, he noticed a blue two-door sedan in the alley.

“As soon as he got to about that yellow pole, the passenger in the vehicle, he jumped out and put a gun to his head and said, ‘Drop your keys or I drop you.'”

The 61-year-old complied. The suspect in the van and the driver of the two-door sedan fled the scene.

“He did the right thing,” Altmann said. “He just gave them his keys and they left … without him being hurt, so that was the main thing.”

Altmann says they’ve since borrowed another employee’s minivan to make deliveries.

“Everybody will get their cookies this week, just so you know,” Altmann said.

Still, crime hurts.

“My driver came in and he was just shaking,” Altmann said.

And the company has dealt with it before.

“We had been broken into a couple months ago, a month and a half ago I guess, on a smash and grab,” Altmann said.

Though, it’s not enough to move away from the place they’ve been for so long.

“You think about it, but then you want to keep the nostalgia of this place I mean you’d just lose the ambience,” Altmann said. “I’ve seen this neighborhood in its up times and its down times.”

The stolen cookie delivery van is described as a white 2011 Ford Econoline E250 van. Altmann says it doesn’t have a large logo on its body, but there is a small sign in the windshield.

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The Most Annoying Drink You Can Order On A Plane Is…

via bostonherald.com

One of the worst places for impatience to set in is on an airplane. When your dry mouth hits at a high altitude, it’s like a perfect storm for grumpy behavior.

Some advice: don’t order a Diet Coke if you’re ever in this situation.

According to a flight attendant on flight blog These Gold Wings, Diet Coke takes the longest to pour. The flight attendant says the high altitude makes carbonated drinks foam up more, and Diet Coke is the worst. In fact, the soft drink is so slow, they can usually fulfill three other drink orders in the time that’s wasted waiting for the bubbles to go down on one Diet Coke.

This all might seem minor, but the flight attendant explains that on full-service flights, it can make a huge difference, writing: “Pouring Diet Coke is one of the biggest slow downs in the bar service and on the shorter flights those precious seconds count!”

But the flight attendant does share a handy way of speeding up the Diet Coke pouring process. The method involves turning the can fully upside down and pouring carefully inside the cup.

“The Diet Coke doesn’t come out of the can when flipped upside down until you lift it up and tilt it slightly. This is because the air pressure is keeping the Coke in the can. It makes pouring the Diet Coke very controllable and reduces the chances of spilling or overflow,” the flight attendant writes.

Drinking Soda with a Meal Makes You Store More Fat


 Sugary drinks like soda are the largest source of sugar in the average American’s diet.  And there are a lot of empty calories in there that can make you gain weight.  Now here’s ANOTHER reason to skip that soda and drink water instead . . .



Researchers in North Dakota just did a study to find out how your body metabolizes food when you’re drinking soda, or anything that’s high in sugar.  And they basically found it tricks your body into storing more FAT.



They did two tests.  One where people had sugary drinks with meals that were high in protein.  And one where they had the same meal, but their drink had no sugar in it.



It turned out that when people had that extra sugar, it slowed down the way your body metabolizes fat by 8%.  So more calories ended up getting stored as fat.



Having a sugary drink also made people more likely to crave salty, unhealthy food four hours after they ate.  Which won’t help your waistline either.



They still need to do more research to confirm the findings.  And all the people in the study were at a healthy weight.  So it’s not clear how that extra sugar affects your metabolism if you’re already overweight.



But if you needed another reason to drink less soda, there you go. 




American soda consumption plunges to a 31-year low

via usatoday.com

Soda consumption in the United States fell to a 31-year low in 2016, according to Beverage-Digest. That decline can mainly be attributed to waning demand among health-conscious consumers.

Here’s how much each drink category grew between 2015 and 2016, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation.

The theme is easy to spot: Lower-calorie products like value-added water (sparkling, flavored, and “enhanced” waters), bottled water, coffee and tea are attracting more shoppers. Higher-calorie products, like sugary sodas and fruit beverages, are fading.

That would seem like terrible news for Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) and PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), but both companies have been diversifying away from sodas with bottled water, teas, sports drinks, and other higher-growth beverages.

Coca-Cola has exposure to the energy drink market through a large stake in Monster Beverage, and PepsiCo is well-diversified in packaged foods with Quaker and Frito-Lay products. The soda market will likely remain challenging, but shrewd companies will roll with the punches and change up their product mix.