Is Chipotle Ever Going To Get Their Germs In Order? We Doubt It! GI
FDA will accept public comment regarding manufacturers who wish to voluntarily label their foods as being made with or without bioengineering, or the use of bioengineered ingredients, to ensure that labeling is truthful and not misleading. The agency will accept public comment for 60 days.
Who Really Cares! Bring On The BioEngineering! Though The Pure Among Us May Disagree! GI
Whole Foods Market is launching two pickup options in Sacramento, CA, and Virginia Beach, VA, with other locations to come this year. Prime members will be able to order groceries to be delivered to their cars outside of stores in as little as a half hour. One-hour pickup is free for orders of at least $35, while half-hour pickup will cost $4.99, reported The Seattle Times.
The World Is Getting Lazy! Heck That's How I Exercise..I Go Grocery Shopping! GI
Whole Foods Market customers report a better overall experience since Amazon took over in fall 2017, according to a survey from Morgan Stanley. The top change observed at Whole Foods during the past six months was better quality of products, followed by lower prices. The survey notes almost 70% of survey respondents who shop at Whole Foods were also Prime members, while Walmart customers represent the lowest percentage of Prime members, at 48%, reported Austin American-Statesman.
Favorite Line Of The Article: The Walmart Customers Not Being Prime Members! GI
HAY! Straws aims to capitalize on plastic straw bans by marketing wheat straws. The startup is working with farmers in the U.S., Southeast Asia and South America to obtain wheat stalks, which in many cases, were previously viewed as a waste product, reported Bloomberg.
Oh Geez, Now We Are Going To Be Sucking Through Old Hay Straws? Stupid! GI
Hoffmaster Group acquired paper straw maker Aardvark Straws from Precision Products Group. Hoffmaster has a six- to nine-month plan for expansion and ramping up Aardvark's production to meet increased demand, reported USA Today.
Has Anyone Figured Out How Many Trees Must Die To Make These Straws? I Thought We Needed Trees To Suck Up CO2 Not Mountain Dew! GI
Soy protein may have a positive effect on bone and metabolic health in women, according to research from the University of Missouri. The study found women might see improved bone strength by adding soy-based whole foods, such as tofu and soy milk, to their diet, when compared to a corn-based, soy-free diet, reported ScienceDaily.
Oh Boy More $ Spent For A Worthless Study! "May" & "Might"! Key Words! GI
MOD Pizza is the fastest growing chain restaurant based on U.S. foodservice sales, according to data from Nation's Restaurant News. Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, Shake Shack, First Watch and Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant rounded out the top five. The fastest growing segments of the restaurant market are bakery-cafe, chicken, counter-service Mexican, convenience stores and beverage/snack.
We Haven't Even Heard Of Most Of These Restaurants! GI
Only about 2% of people with Amazon's smart speakers have made a purchase with their voices so far in 2018, according to people briefed on the company's internal figures. Of those customers, about 90% didn't try it again. However, 20% of customers have engaged more broadly with Alexa voice shopping to track orders that were likely made on other devices, reported The Information.
Because People Don't Speak Anymore..They Only Text! GI
Plant-based seafood company Good Catch raised $8.7 million in a Series A round of funding led by New Crop Capital, along with retailers such as Thrive Market and Fresh Direct. Good Catch will launch three shelf-stable albacore tuna-like products in November, and in early 2019, plans to release roughly three to five frozen offerings, reported Fast Company.
Tuna-Like..Fish-Like.. How About Real? We Don't Need Fishy Tasting Spinach! GI
Robotic trucking startup Kodiak Robotics raised $40 million in Series A funding. The company plans to use the funds to staff engineers and field a test fleet of artificial intelligence-enabled trucks, reported Forbes.
Robots Are Going To Take Over The World! Someone Call R2D2! GI
USDA scientists developed a way to streamline the process of inserting multiple genes into a crop plant, according to a study published in The Plant Journal. The technology is expected to speed up the process of developing new varieties of potatoes, rice, citrus and other crops that are better equipped to tolerate heat and drought, produce higher yields and resist diseases and pests.
Thus We Shall Live Longer! Super Foods-Super People! GI
Whole grain carbohydrates may help boost oral health, according to a study published in the Journal of Dental Research. The researchers found more processed forms of starch increased the risk of cavities, while whole grain starches were associated with a lower risk of oral cancer and may offer protection against gum disease, reported NDTV.
Don't Have A Toothbrush? Chew On Some Wheat Straw! Hey Remember That Story Above? GI
The J.M. Smucker Co. signed a renewable energy purchase agreement with Lincoln Clean Energy. By 2020, approximately 50% of Smucker's total electricity use is expected to be fulfilled by wind energy produced at Plum Creek Wind Project in Wayne County, NE, reported CNBC.
With A Name Like Smuckers..It Has To Be Good! GI
Meal kit company Gobble partnered with Walmart to sell its products on the retailer's website. The company's founder noted it aims to distinguish itself from the competition by focusing on busy parents and taking time to find out what they need, rather than only prioritizing rapid growth, reported Fortune.
People Have Lost The Ability To Cook! WTH!! GI
Taco Bell plans to open 300 Cantina locations over the next four years, with 125 being considered for the New York City area. Three Taco Bell Cantinas are already slated to open in the city, reported Food & Wine.
Don't See This Working! But How Has NYC Survived W/O Taco Bell? GI
Kraft Heinz will move to make all of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. The company is working with Environmental Packaging International and the Science Based Targets Initiative to pursue technical alternatives, decrease its overall volume of packaging and reduce emissions, reported Chicago Tribune.
All A Joke... Most Landfills Aren't Prepared For This! GI
Farmers are looking to mechanical harvesting, robotic milkers and other labor-saving devices to combat the worker shortage, according to the Washington State Dairy Federation. In addition, it claims the federal government's guest-worker program is too expensive for some growers and does not work for dairy farmers, as it's designed for seasonal growth cycles and shorter stays, reported The Seattle Times.
Like We Said Before...Robots Are Taking Over The World! Call CP3O! GI
A correlation between obesity and genetics was found to be modified by diet, according to a scientific paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A research group led by a USDA scientist found a specific gene, dubbed APOA2, can result in a higher body mass index. The APOA2 gene encodes a protein that is part of HDL cholesterol.
Wow Imagine That Connection!! Duh Again! APOA2 Sounds Like Another Robot! GI
Schlotzsky's is converting its brand to a fine-casual concept to appeal to more Millennial and Gen X customers. The updates include a fresh design that reflects the chain's Austin, TX, roots and a menu that includes new categories such as tacos and sliders, as well as beer and wine. Currently, 18 restaurants have converted, and all 400-plus units are expected to be "Austin Eateries" by the end of 2019, reported Bizwomen.com.
We Have A Feeling This Is A Bad Idea! Stupid New Name! GI
Zest Labs filed a $2 billion lawsuit against Walmart, arguing the retailer's Eden technology to preserve fruit and vegetable freshness "looks, sounds, and functions" like its Zest Fresh technology. Zest claims it worked with Walmart for years on Zest Fresh before the retailer lost interest in November 2017. Walmart estimated $2 billion of savings over five years from Eden, which Zest seeks to recover for Walmart's alleged theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract and other wrongdoing, reported Reuters.
Don't Think Walmart Has A Chance To Beat This One! Sounds Like A Zest For Trade Secrets! GI
Amazon and other retail and logistics companies started a group to lobby to keep the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) package delivery services "reliable and affordable." The coalition's chairman claims package rate hikes not based on market prices could reduce demand and revenue for USPS, potentially undercutting its ability to deliver to any address in the U.S. Other members of the group include the National Retail Federation, package shipping firm OSM Worldwide, and postal service company Pitney Bowes, reported Reuters.
Just Seems Odd That A Lobby Group Is Allowed To Engage In Price Fixing! GI
FDA confirmed the presence of cyclospora in an expired salad mix of romaine lettuce and carrots made by Fresh Express at the company's Steamwood, IL, facility. The product was intended for foodservice applications and was sent to McDonald's.
Oh Oh..Could There Be Squirts Coming Your Way From McDonalds' Salads? GI