The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

Top tweets on foodservice critics in Q1 2021

1. Grace Dent’s tweet on UK restaurants reopening with restrictions

Grace Dent, restaurant critic at The Guardian, shared an article on the hospitality industry reopening in April, following Covid-19 pandemic-related lockdowns. Restaurants will still need to adhere to certain restrictions including serving patrons outside their premises at least until May, despite inclement weather.

The reopening announcement was embraced by enthusiastic patrons, with all booking platforms being flooded with pre-booking requests. On the flip side, the customers who make these bookings could make multiple reservations for the same night and cancel their bookings at the last minute. This could have an adverse effect on the restaurant business, which are already reeling under pandemic-induced financial crisis.

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Username: Grace Dent

Twitter handle: @gracedent

Retweets: 64

Likes: 741

2. Michael Greger’s tweet on the role of curcumin in preventing cancer

Michael Greger, an American doctor and an advocate of whole-food, shared a video highlighting the crucial role played by curcumin or turmeric in blocking carcinogens from entering our cells. The researchers at National Cancer Institute in US examined more than 1,000 substances classified as antioxidants, antiproliferatives and carcinogen-blockers and found that curcumin falls into all these categories.

Curcumin is a chemo preventive agent that can play an important role in blocking the carcinogenesis process including cancer transformation, proliferation, and tumour growth. Further, curcumin has low toxicity and is easily available at low cost. Evidence also suggests that if smokers consume less than a teaspoon of turmeric for 30 days, their DNA mutations will be reduced by 50%, which will significantly decrease the risk of cancer.

Username: Michael Greger

Twitter handle: @nutrition_facts

Retweets: 85

Likes: 249

3. Ryan Sutton’s tweet on Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on US hospitality industry workforce

Ryan Sutton, chief food critic at NY Eater, shared an article on hundreds of thousands of bar and restaurant workers in US being jobless due to the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 372,000 employees working in the food and drink business were removed from their jobs in December 2020 alone, according to data from the US Department of Labor.

The US hospitality industry did not receive any support under the Federal government’s $900bn Covid-19 stimulus package despite being the worst affected by the pandemic. Bars and restaurants, however, can avail small paycheque protection laws. The New York City hospitality industry is the worst affected where employment remained 59% below pre-pandemic levels, according to the article.

Username: Ryan Sutton

Twitter handle: @qualityrye

Retweets: 44

Likes: 72

4. Eric Asimov’s tweet on impact of EU food import tax on US restaurants

Eric Asimov, wine critic at The New York Times, shared an article on restaurants across the US suffering huge losses due to imposition of 25% tariff on food imported from European nations. The former US President Donald Trump’s administration levied import tax on European food items in retaliation of a dispute over aircraft subsidies.

Imposing taxes on European food products, however, disrupted American food businesses, as restaurants serving European food were forced to choose between absorbing the additional costs or passing the costs onto customers. The tariffs did not serve any purpose as suppliers from the European Union redirected their wares to other markets such as Asia.

The tariffs came at a time when the restaurant industry was already reeling under the impact of the pandemic. President Biden, however, can remove these tariffs and provide relief to millions of blue-collar workers in the foodservice industry, the article noted.

Username: Eric Asimov

Twitter handle: @EricAsimov

Retweets: 18

Likes: 61

5. Kim Severson’s tweet on PepsiCo renaming its pancake and syrup brand

Kim Severson, food correspondent at The New York Times, shared an article on Quaker Oats renaming its pancake mix and syrup brand, Aunt Jemina, as Pearl Milling Company. PepsiCo, owner of Aunt Jemina’s parent company, Quaker Oats, decided to drop its 131-year-old name in view of racial protests following the killing of an African American, George Floyd.

Quaker Oats announced that it would abandon the name Aunt Jemina, restyle its packaging and also contribute $5m for supporting the African-American community. The new name is derived from the milling company located in St. Joseph, Missouri, that introduced the self-rising pancake mix, while the rebranded products are expected to hit the stores in June.

Username: Kim Severson

Twitter handle: @kimseverson

Retweets: 18

Likes: 38