Does Anyone Buy This Candy Other Than Grandma? GI
Antonio Bramante doesn't see the "happy" in one of McDonald's most famous offerings. The Canadian dad of three says he's cajoled every couple of weeks to take his little ones to McDonald's, and he figures he's forked over hundreds of dollars on Happy Meals. Now he's suing the fast-food empire, citing a Quebec ban on marketing to kids under the age of 13, the BBC reports. It's not so much the fries and nuggets that are firing up Bramante's beef with the restaurant: Per CTV, it's the fact that each Happy Meal comes with a toy, often tied to film franchises like Transformers or My Little Pony, and his kids are constantly haranguing him to go to McDonald's so they can get all the toys to finish off each set. Bramante also claims the restaurant targets kids by putting the Happy Meal toys right in their sightline inside the restaurant.
If He Wins This Suit-These Will Become An "Unhappy Meal" GI
CDC advised retailers and restaurants to not sell or serve romaine lettuce as the product is linked to an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. CDC reported 32 illnesses in the outbreak across 11 states, and the Public Health Agency of Canada reported 18 illnesses with the same strain of the bacteria in Ontario and Quebec.
It Is Definitely Time To Start Planting Our Own Lettuce Gardens! GI
A vaccine in the works could vanquish the fear of bread among the 2 to 3 million Americans suffering from celiac disease. Entering its second phase of testing, immunotherapy Nexvax2 from ImmusanT Inc. promises to help build resistance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and hair and skin products that triggers a harmful reaction in the small intestines of those with a sensitivity, reports Cox Media. Those taking the vaccine would continue to eat a gluten-free diet as they build up their defenses, per Beyond Celiac. But if all goes according to plan, the patients' immune systems would eventually be "reprogrammed" to tolerate gluten, per the Sydney Morning Herald.
Man Does Not Live On Bread Alone, But This Will Help Everyone Enjoy It! GI
Bayer filed an appeal of a $78 million verdict in favor of a California man that alleged the company's Roundup weed killer was a major factor in his cancer. The company's appeal in San Francisco Superior Court argues that the liability verdict and reduced damage award are not supported by the evidence at trial or the law, reported The Seattle Times.
Like We Say Each Week..."Round-Up" More Lawyers... This Ain't Done Yet! GI
The UK sugar tax on soft drinks raised about $197 million since it was introduced in April, according to government statistics. The figure, through Oct. 31, means the tax is on track to raise about $307.5 million for the full year, down from the $640.6 million forecasted as manufacturers reduced the sugar content in their products, reported BBC.
We Still Think The Nanny State Mentality Has Gone Too Far! GI
Amazon is working to persuade brick-and-mortar merchants to accept its Amazon Pay digital wallet, attempting to expand a service now used primarily for purchases online. The company is looking to work with gas stations, restaurants and other merchants that aren't direct competitors. Amazon is offering incentives such as lower payment-processing fees or marketing services to entice merchants to accept its digital wallet, reported The Wall Street Journal.
They Are Slowly Taking Over The World. The USA (United States Of Amazon) GI
Coffee brands on Amazon sold $140 million year-to-date, with Starbucks, Green Mountain Coffee and Nespresso leading the pack, according to data from Edge Market Share. Tea brands sold over $50 million with Twinings, Traditional Medicinals and Stash being the top sellers. Hot chocolate sales passed $6 million with Ghirardelli, Grove Square and Nestle ranking as the top three sellers.
See Comment Above... USA! GI
Quality is the highest-ranking factor that consumers consider when choosing a food retailer, according to Phononic's The State of Grocery Retail Report. Over half of consumers feel grocery retailers could make their lives easier this holiday season by grouping holiday items in one area of the store. The youngest demographic polled (ages 18-24), were especially drawn to convenience, with a quarter of respondents in this age group wanting to see popular items at checkout and pre-made holiday meal offerings.
What Happened To PRICE Being The Factor? Grouping All Items In The Store In One Area? God Forbid We Have To Walk 3 Minutes to Aisle 7! GI
New England-based meal kit service Just Add Cooking ceased operations. In October, the company reported having 700 subscribers and retail meal kits in 13 stores, including Roche Bros, reported Boston Business Journal.
Meal Kit Concepts Don't Seem Logical- Cost Too Much! GI
Blue Apron will pause its pilot program with Costco ahead of the holidays, according to the company. Blue Apron will re-enter Costco in 2019, with plans to expand the program to additional retailers, reported MarketWatch.
Blue Apron Keeps Trying... We Shall See...GI
The global yogurt market is projected to grow to $114.6 billion by 2023. A rising health conscious population base, higher disposable income and a surging demand for organic products are key factors aiding the market. Availability of yogurt with high nutritional value and high protein content is further anticipated to fuel the market during the forecast period.
Still Surprised Anybody Eats This Stuff! Pass Me The Curds & Whey Miss Muffet! GI
The European Food Safety Authority cut its recommended limits of dioxins and related toxins in food. Dioxins can accumulate in the food chain, notably in fatty fish, cheese, eggs and farmed meat. The agency determined that the maximum weekly intake should be cut to 2 trillionths of a gram per kilogram of body weight, one seventh the previous limit set in 2001. Its review of the risks of dioxins found the average exposure among all ages was now around five times the new recommended limit, reported Reuters
2 Trillionths Of A Gram??? There's Probably That Much In My Tap Water! GI
Two class action lawsuits alleging canned squid products are being sold and represented as octopus were filed in U.S. district courts in New York. Roland Foods was named in one suit, Iberia Foods Corp. in the second, and Orbe SA in both, reported Legal Newsline.
Theoretically A Squid Does Look Sorta Like An Octopus! GI
Sainsbury's began stocking edible insects in a bid to boost sustainable food sources that produce fewer greenhouse gases. Edible insect company Eat Grub will supply the Netherlands-farmed crickets to 250 Sainsbury's stores, reported Reuters.
I'll Take Global Warming vs. Eating Crickets For $500 Alex! GI
Organized retail crime (ORC) is continuing to grow, with nearly three-quarters of retailers surveyed reporting an increase in the past year, according to the National Retail Federation. The report found 92% of companies surveyed had been a victim of ORC in the past year and 71% said ORC incidents were increasing. Losses averaged $777,877 per $1 billion in sales, up 7% from 2017's previous record of $726,351.
Is This The Economy Or The Self Check-Out Mafia? GI
Fairway Market launched FutureProof Retail's (FPR) line-free checkout technology in stores across the New York metropolitan area. FPR's solution allows shoppers to scan products around the store using the Fairway Mobile Checkout app and scan a QR code to checkout.
The Criminal Masterminds Have Gotta Love This Concept! GI
About one in 12 U.S. children has a food allergy, according to a study published in Pediatrics. Additionally, the study found that one in five of those suffering an allergic reaction wind up in the hospital to treat it. Peanut allergies were the most common, affecting 2 million children, followed by milk, shellfish, tree nuts and eggs, each affecting about 1 million children, reported HealthDay.
Never Knew There Were So Many! You Are What Mom Eats! GI
USDA and FDA will jointly oversee the production of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry, according to the agencies. An agreement between the agencies allows FDA to oversee cell collection, cell bank and cell growth and differentiation, while USDA will oversee the production and labeling of food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry.
Yep-Let's Just Eliminate The Chickens & Pigs, & Cows And Squeeze Our Foods From A Test Tube & A Turnip! GI
Beyond Meat filed for a $100 million IPO. The company intends to continue to invest in innovation, supply chain capabilities, manufacturing and marketing initiatives, reported CNN.
Beyond Crazy! GI
Officials in Sea Cliff, NY, banned plastic straws, stirrers and single-use cutlery and foam containers. Restaurants, delis, food carts and grocery stores will be prohibited from providing single-use straws and utensils that are made predominantly from polypropylene, and foam containers made of expanded polystyrene. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019, reported Newsday.
Another Straw Story! Soon No More Camel Backs Will Be Broken! GI
A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups and flip-flops, reports the AP. The discovery caused concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world's largest plastic-polluting countries. Rescuers from Wakatobi National Park found the rotting carcass of the 31-foot sperm whale late Monday near the park after receiving a report that villagers were beginning to butcher the carcass, said park chief Heri Santoso. Researchers then found 13 pounds of plastic waste in the animal's stomach: 115 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, a nylon sack, and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces. Indonesia is the world's second-largest plastic polluter after China, per a Science study in January. It produces 3.2 million tons of plastic waste a year, of which 1.29 million tons ends up in the ocean.
The US Is Way Down The Pollution List... And Yet We Are Worrying About STRAWS!!! GI
The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees took a vote of No Confidence in the management of 7-Eleven Inc. The coalition's vote reflects a number of related issues, including the new franchise agreement, which it believes will lead to the continued decline of profitability; failing to devote capital to remodeling and refurbishing; and failing to replace worn out equipment.
Even Though The Stores Are Run Down... We Still Like The Slurpees! GI
Prices of mutton and other sheep meat are hovering near record highs as more people around the world gain a taste for the protein. The wholesale price of mutton from New Zealand, where a third of the world's exports come from, averaged $2.85 a kilogram for the year through Sept. 30, up 45% from the previous year, according to Beef & Lamb New Zealand. Rising U.S. consumption in recent years helped push up prices, at a time when consumers in China, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa are also purchasing more of the meat, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Don't Like Mutton... It Just Tastes B-A-A-A-A-A-D! GI
The cost of food in Rhode Island increased 15% over the past two years, according to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. A week's worth of meals in the state in July grew to $290.69 in 2018 from $252.82 in 2016, with costs increasing for all categories of food except dairy, reported The Wichita Eagle.
Prepackaged Foods Are More Expensive... Food Banks Need To Focus More On Fresh! GI
Unsafe vendor practices at farmers' markets could potentially spread foodborne illnesses, according to a study from Pennsylvania State University. The researchers visited farmers' markets across the state and found less than 24% of vendors had disposable gloves at vending stands and slightly less than half used them improperly. The top problems observed that created opportunities for cross-contamination were lack of adequate handwashing stations and improper glove usage, reported Reuters
The Amish Markets Are Big In PA... Jebediah & Ruth Need To Get Some Gloves! GI