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For every cup of strained yogurt that’s produced in our country, two cups of whey are created as a byproduct. Whey can be a problem for the environment if it enters into the waste stream. It’s naturally acidic, and it can damage surrounding ecosystems by disrupting the pH of groundwater, resulting in lower crop yields, depleting oxygen levels in waterways and negatively impacting aquatic life.

Pork producer Smithfield Foods announced a pledge to halve food losses and achieve zero-waste-to-landfill certification within eight years. They plan to meet these goals by targeting the prevention of food loss and waste before it arises, recovery of wholesome food for donation, and recycling of food loss and waste to other uses, such as animal feed, compost and energy generation.

The Celebration of Women in Wine, which will feature unique, educational, and interactive wine and dining experiences, will take place from March 30-April 3, 2022 in the Napa Valley wine region.  The tour is being sponsored by Demeine Estates, a Napa Valley based fine wine marketing and sales organization that represents many of the female-lead wineries featured on the tour.

The goodness of the holiday season has transformed Sprouts Farmers Market with fresh, new items to discover across the store and online. Now through November 22, customers can reserve turkeys and holiday meats, prepared meals and party trays online at sprouts.com/holiday. Sprouts stores will be open Thanksgiving 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Christmas Eve 7 a.m.–7 p.m.; closed Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve 7 a.m.–8 p.m.; and New Year’s Day 7 a.m.–10 p.m. (regular hours).

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Saints + Council, a new restaurant serving seasonal menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside a non-traditional service model, is set to open winter 2021 at the reimagined Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta (1221 Peachtree St., Suite 130) Monday-Sunday from 7am-11pm. Founder William Pitts, who spent a decade with Cafe Intermezzo, most recently as CEO, brings this new restaurant to the thriving Atlanta restaurant scene. Alongside Pitts, Craig Knapp will serve as general manager.

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