Madonna Goes Cuckoo for Coco Water; ‘Meat Week’ is Coming

• Madonna recently invested $1.5 million in Vita Coco coconut water. [NYP]

• Over 37,000 Huntington Beach-produced home ovens are being recalled due to fears that they can catch fire. [O.C. Register]

“Meat Week,” which started in D.C. in 2005 as a joke, is slowly gaining momentum as its founders spread the idea around the country. [Washington Examiner]

• How to explain the place of ramen in Japanese culture? “Well, combine New Yorkers’ love of pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, throw in some Southern barbecue mania, and you’ve still only begun to approximate Tokyo’s obsession with ramen.” [NYT]

• IBIS World predicts Valentine’s Day spending will shift from retail spending to restaurant spending this year due to the three-day weekend. [Chain Leader]

• The consolidation of candy companies has meant the end of many regional candies. [WSJ]

• As sales continue to drop at Burger King, some are criticizing the chain for spending too much money marketing to 18 to 34 year old “super fans.” [WSJ]

• Both interest in culinary school and potential applications of such a degree are on the rise. [NYP]

• Japan’s three biggest beef bowl chains are locked in an out-and-out price war. [NYT]

Madonna Goes Cuckoo for Coco Water; ‘Meat Week’ is Coming