That's A Scary Amount Of Money! GI
Coca-Cola is in talks with Aurora Cannabis about developing cannabidiol-infused beverages. The company is particularly interested in drinks that can ease inflammation, pain and cramping. The company is watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world but no decisions have been made, reported Bloomberg.
Things Go Better With Coke... Or Is That Pot Now? GI
Uber is in early talks to buy food-delivery company Deliveroo for several billion dollars, according to people familiar with the matter. A bid for London-based Deliveroo, last valued at more than $2 billion, would mark a major attempt by Uber to dominate the food-delivery business in Europe. Deliveroo is available in more than 200 cities on four continents, reported Bloomberg.
Guess The New Name Will Be Deliveroober? GI
California became the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws, after the Governor signed the law Sept. 20. Additionally, the state approved requiring milk or water to be the default drink sold with kids' meals at fast-food and full-service restaurants, reported The Modesto Bee.
Like We Said On The Show..Sounds Like California Is Making Prison Rules Now GI
A Delaware judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit in which the Papa John's founder is seeking access to the company's books and records. The company argued that John Schnatter wants the records to further his own self-interests, and that much of the information he seeks will be available to him in a separate lawsuit he filed alleging wrongdoing by other board members and CEO Steve Ritchie, reported The Seattle Times.
Sausage, Anchovies, And An Extra Topping Of Documents Please! GI
The Velva City, SD, Commission rejected the lone bid on a land sale after learning it would be leased to Dollar General. City officials declined the sale due to Dollar General threatening existing grocery and drug stores businesses as well as a worker shortage, reported U.S. News & World Reports.
Oh Sure! We Bet Dollar General Is Going To Really Affect Those Sales! HAHA GI
U.S. and Canadian negotiators remain in talks for a new NAFTA deal ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline. Sources familiar with the matter indicate Canada remains firm on high dairy tariffs and wants to keep a dispute-resolution process the U.S. is seeking to remove, reported Yakima Herald-Republic.
Canada Continues To Milk This Deal For All It Can! GI
Walmart may hike prices if tariffs are imposed on Chinese imports, according to a letter the company wrote to the U.S. Trade Representative. Walmart stated the tariffs would impact prices of everything sold in there stores, including food products and beverages, reported Reuters.
Welcome To China-Mart! Check Out Our Red Light Specials! GI
Supermarket sales in Canada decreased by 2.9% between May 2017 and May 2018, according to Statistics Canada. Specialty food stores saw a 10% increase in sales and convenience stores about 7% during the same time period, reported CBC.
What Does This Mean? Ayyyyye! GI
Food away from home expenditures overtook food at home expenditures in share of total food expenditures in 2010, representing a significantly earlier shift than the originally reported date of 2014, according to revised reporting on the Food Expenditure Series by USDA. The expenditures by all purchasers of food between 1998 and 2014 for food at home totaled $22.4 billion, representing a 4.2% decrease from pre-revision reports, according to USDA. Additionally, the expenditures for food away from home increased 2.5% to $13.3 billion.
Sad How We Are Getting Further & Further Away From Home Cooked Meals! GI
A coalition of multinational corporations pledged to reduce plastic pollution as part of a campaign by five of the G7 industrial nations, including Loblaws, Walmart, Nestle Canada, IKEA, Dow Chemicals, the Coca-Cola Company, BASF Canada and A&W Canada. The campaign aims to develop viable alternatives to plastic packaging and ensure 100% of plastics are recyclable by 2030, reported The Japan Times.
Oh Good...In 12 Years We Will Be Sitting On The Porch Not Giving A Damn! GI
80 Acres Farms is building the U.S.' first fully-automated indoor farm in Hamilton, OH. The 150,000-sq. ft. facility will allow the company to provide more just-picked, year-round produce to existing and new customers. The farm will be developed in four phases with the first phase featuring specialty greens including microgreens, culinary herbs, leafy greens and kale, is slated for completion later this year.
More Robots, Probably Less E-coli..But Watch Out For Motor Oil In Your Salad! GI
The Maine lobster industry is looking to shift focus to growing domestic markets as new tariffs make it more difficult to sell to foreign buyers. The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative is placing emphasis on selling more lobsters in the U.S. after China placed a 25% tariff earlier this year and a new EU trade deal with Canada puts the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage, reported Portland Press Herald.
Here's The Good News! Glut Of Lobsters... Means US Buyers Pay Less! GI
The Mediterranean diet may help reduce the risk of stroke in women by as much as 22%, according to a study published in the journal Stroke. The study found that men did not reap the same benefits from the diet, reporting only a 6% drop in risk for males, reported HealthDay.
It "May".. Ask Dr. Wank-off! (see last story below) GI
Starbucks China launched delivery services in the Beijing and Shanghai markets, with plans to expand delivery to more than 2,000 stores in 30 cities by the end of 2018. The delivery program will cover more than half of its current stores in the country before year's end, and the company expects to expand coverage in 2019, reported China Daily.
The World Is Reaching A New Level Of Laziness! GI
Monsanto asked a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who claimed the company's Roundup weed killer caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The company alleges that the trial failed to prove that Roundup or similar herbicides caused the cancer and presented no evidence that Monsanto executives were malicious in marketing Roundup, reported The Wichita Eagle.
Maybe We Should Start Drinking Round-Up If This Is The Money We Can Get! GI
Amazon could open 3,000 AmazonGo cashierless stores by 2021, according to sources familiar with the matter. The company believes eliminating meal-time logjams in busy cities is the best way to reinvent the brick-and-mortar experience, and is developing a concept that blends foodservice and convenience formats, reported Bloomberg.
This Concept Still Seems Like A Paradise For Thieves! We Shall See! GI
The Hershey Co. will deploy a mobile customer insights center to help retailers with information regarding the snacks category. The expandable tractor trailer will make 25 stops before the end of the year, offering strategies for store layouts and checkout counters, reported MarketWatch.
This Is Simple-Forget Trailer-People Buy Snacks On Impulse By The Cashier! GI
California tomato processors harvested an estimated 1.1 million tons for the week ending Sept. 15, bringing the estimated season total to 9.8 million tons, according to the Processing Tomato Advisory Board. The total is up from the 8.5 million tons at the same time in 2017. It is estimated another 1.1 million tons will be harvested the week ending Sept. 22.
Damn That's A Lot Of Maters! GI
U.S. milk production in the 23 major states totaled about 17.2 billion-lbs. in August, an increase of 1.4% from August 2017, according to USDA. National production totaled about 18.3 billion-lbs., up 1.4% from the year-ago period.
Can't Remember The Last Time I Drank A Glass Of Milk! GI
Avocado producers in California, Mexico, Chile and Peru are expected to ship about 49.0 million lbs. the week of Sept. 23, according to the Hass Avocado Board. The board reported about 48.4 million lbs. shipped the week of Sept. 16.
Wow! That's A Lot Of Guac! GI
The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research is working to convert residual fish by-products into high-quality, functional ingredients. Their goal is to more efficiently use biomass resources from larger fish, such as bass, cod and salmon, to provide health benefits to consumers while maintaining a low environmental impact, reported ScienceNordic.
Something Smells Fishy About This Idea! GI
The scent of coffee alone could be strong enough to boost cognitive performance, according to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. The study found that a group of people who took the Graduate Management Aptitude Test in a room with the scent of coffee scored higher than a control group who took the test in a normal room. A follow-up survey indicated participants reported they believed they would feel more alert and energetic when engaging with the coffee scent, reported Star2.com.
This Study May Mean Starbucks Will Soon Be Selling Coffee Air Fresheners! GI
Restaurants must pay waiters and bartenders minimum wage when engaged in tasks unrelated to their main jobs and do not offer tips, ruled a U.S. appeals court. At issue was a federal law that allows an employer to pay workers who receive tips as little as $2.13 an hour as long as their tips earn them minimum wage, reported The Modesto Bee.
Think It's Time For Us To All Get A Server Job! GI
A new bill would allow California small-scale home food producers to sell up to $50,000 worth of goods per year. The Homemade Food Operations Act, if approved by the governor, would make California the first state to permit the sale of home-cooked food, reported East Bay Express.
A New Way To Get Tax Money In CA? GI
Sales of General Mills snacks were down 4% last quarter due to a 20% drop in Fiber One bar sales. Cereal sales were up 1%, bolstered by unicorn marshmallow in Lucky Charms and the return of artificial colors and flavors to Trix, reported Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Those Horny Little Unicorns! GI
CDC reported 2,173 cases of domestically-acquired cyclosporiasis in the U.S. between May and August. The agency noted that multiple large outbreaks contributed to a markedly higher caseload for the disease when compared to the same periods in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, FDA reported new investigative methods helped it identify cyclosporiasis outbreaks during summer 2018. The agency detected Cyclospora in domestically grown cilantro that was tested as part of an ongoing sampling assignment of herbs, representing the first time it identified the parasite in any domestically grown produce.
This Story Is Filled With Lots Of Crap! Literally! GI
Chick-fil-A is building a new restaurant concept in Nashville. The restaurant will focus heavily on delivery and catering, with a walkup area for customers to place to-go orders, reported The Tennessean.
They Still Have Greasy Waffle Fries! GI
Beyond Meat burgers will be back in stock at A&W Food Service of Canada Inc. on Oct. 1. The burgers were more popular than the company expected and sold out nationwide weeks after they were added to the menu in July, reported Bloomberg.
To Infinity & Beyond Burgers! GI
Oklahoma City grocer Buy For Less partnered with autonomous vehicle company Udelv to provide driverless grocery delivery services. The project is the first of its kind in Oklahoma and will provide groceries from Buy For Less, and its partner stores Buy For Less SuperMercado, Smart Saver and Uptown Grocery, reported News 9.
The Question We Keep Asking Ourselves....Why Is This Necessary? GI
Calorie counts on menus can decrease the number of calories consumed per meal by about 3%, according to a report from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study authors noted the number of calories dropped, which averaged about 45 calories per meal, was largely due to reductions in calories ordered as appetizers and entrees with little change for drinks or desserts, reported HealthDay.
How The Heck Do They Come Up With These Numbers? And 3%... Who Cares! GI
NOW TO OUR FAVORITE STORY OF THE WEEK!!!!!!!!! WE TOLD YA!! GI
We all know that the nutrition industry has more than its share of fakes, charlatans, and snake oil salesmen. But it was thought that scientific studies published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) had the advantage of being peer-reviewed and critiqued by objective experts.
That may be so. But the scandal involving one of the most popular – and most published – nutrition researchers in the world should make us question everything we've been told about how to eat healthy.
JAMA announced that it is retracting (removing from publication) six studies on nutrition by Cornell University food scientist Brian Wansink. That brings the total number of studies by Wansink that have been pulled to 13. And there are 15 other studies by the good doctor that are under review.
Cornell announced that Wansink is resigning his post at the end of the term. But the damage he has done to the credibility of the nutrition industry – and the social sciences in general – is only beginning to be understood.
As Ars has reported before, the retractions, corrections, and today's resignation all stem from Wansink's own admission of statistical scavenging to find meaningful conclusions in otherwise messy dieting data. The result is that many common dieting tips – such as using smaller plates to trick yourself into shoveling in less food and stashing unhealthy snacks in hard-to-reach places – are now on the cutting board and possibly destined for the garbage bin.
Prior to the scandal, Wansink made a name for himself publishing studies indicating, generally, that such subtle environmental changes could lead to distinct eating and health benefits. He helped cook up the idea for the now ubiquitous 100-calorie snack packs, for instance. And he served up the suggestion to have fruit bowls placed prominently on our kitchen counters.
"There are lies, damn lies, and statistics," Mark Twain said. For Wansink, we might add "and fantasies" to that adage.
It isn't so much that Wansink's conclusions are wildly off base. It's that he fudged the stats to achieve the result he wanted.
Thus, JAMA editors retracted the six articles.
One had appeared in JAMA in 2005. The study claimed to find that large serving bowl sizes at a Super Bowl party were linked to more snack eating.
Three had been published in JAMA Internal Medicine. A 2012 study claimed that hungry people go for starchy foods first over vegetables. Another study in 2013 claimed similarly that hungry grocery shoppers go for more calories but not necessarily more food. And a study from 2014 was reported as finding that the more distracting a TV show, the less viewers watched how much they ate and thus ate more.
The last two retracted studies were from JAMA Pediatrics. One from 2008 suggested that kids who are told to clean their plates by their moms were statistically more likely to request more food. The other, published in 2013, claimed that kids made healthier school lunch choices if they pre-ordered their meals rather than made decisions in the lunch line, where they can smell less-healthy entrees.
Some of these studies were used to justify the reasoning behind the Obama school lunch programs.
The sham data behind the Smarter Lunchrooms program was exposed last year by PhD student Nicholas Brown and by University of Liverpool profressor [sic] Eric Robinson. From there, more of Wansink's work started being called into question. ...
A response from Cornell stated that "because we do not have access to the original data, we cannot assure you that the results of the studies are valid."
Over the years, the basis for many myths about nutrition and what is and what isn't healthy has been created by government itself. Here are 18 myths that have been pushed by government dieticians:
Myth 1: Carbs are bad for you
Myth 2: Fats are bad for you
Myth 3: Protein is bad for you
Myth 4: Egg yolks are bad for you
Myth 5: Red meat is bad for you
Myth 6: Salt is bad for you
Myth 7: Bread is bad for you
White bread vs. whole-wheat bread
Myth 8: HFCS is far worse than sugar
Myth 9: Fresh is more nutritious than frozen
Myth 10: Foods are always superior to supplements
Myth 11: Dietary supplements are necessary
Myth 12: You should eat "clean"
Myth 13: You should "detox" regularly
Myth 14: Eat more often to boost your metabolism
Myth 15: You need to eat breakfast
Myth 16: To lose fat, don't eat before bed
Myth 17: To lose fat, do your cardio on an empty stomach
Myth 18: You need protein right after your workout
Cancer-causing substances that don't cause cancer, food additives that are bad for you except when they aren't, and false claims about the effect of certain foods like salt and red meat on the body make government guidelines regarding our diets suspect.
Confused about how to eat healthy? You shouldn't be. The key word is "moderation" for eating everything. It's hard to go wrong when you don't overeat.