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Three Nebraska farmers agreed to plead guilty to knowingly marketing non-organic corn and soybeans as certified organic. Prosecutors claim the trio sold non-organic grain directly to customers and to an Ossian, IA-based company from 2010 through 2017. All three operated an organic farm in Overton, NE, and farmed other fields that were not certified, reported CBS News.
Just Think Of All The Organic Crazies Who Thought They Were Eating Organic All That Time! Hahaha Priceless! GI
A proposed class action lawsuit claims The Hershey Co.'s Brookside dark chocolate products deceive consumers into thinking the candies do not contain artificial flavoring. According to the complaint, the packaging on the products intends to give consumers the impression they are buying a premium product with only natural flavoring, instead of a product that contains artificial flavors, reported Legal Newsline.
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Red Lobster will no longer automatically give out plastic straws to customers. Patrons will have to ask for a straw if they want one starting in November and that by the end of 2020 it will start replacing plastic straws with an eco-friendly alternative, reported The Modesto Bee.
Keep The Straws...Just Give Me Another Cheese Biscuit! GI
Uber's CEO is considering moving the company back into the grocery delivery market. Uber's restaurant delivery business hit $6 billion in bookings earlier in 2018, with the executive noting "a lot more people are going to be eating at home...you can absolutely see grocery as being an adjacency," reported PYMNTS.com.
Uber Is Making Tons Of Money On Lazy People! GI
The U.S. Postal Service proposed a 9% to 12% increase in fees for the shipping service used by Amazon. The changes, if approved by regulators, will go into effect on Jan. 27, 2019, reported CNBC.
Uh-Oh Prime Members... We See A Price Increase Coming... GI
Target Corp. signed deals with half of the 2018 class of startups from its Target + Techstars accelerator to test products and services in-store. Among the startups is Cooklist, an app that shows customers recipes they can cook with the groceries they already have, and Flashfood, an app designed to reduce food waste connecting grocers' surplus food to consumers, reported Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Cooklist? Wow...Guess There Are Lots Of People Out There With No Cooking Imagination! GI
Maine and Massachusetts exported about $1.4 million worth of lobster to China in August, an 83% drop from June sales. Overall, the U.S. shipped $8.6 million worth of live lobsters to China in August, a 25% drop from June, the last month before retaliatory Chinese tariffs were instituted on U.S. seafood products, reported Portland Press Herald.
Good News If You Like Lobster! Supply & Demand- Road Sign: Cheap Lobsters Ahead! GI
Chewing gum may be an effective delivery system for at least some vitamins, according to a study from Penn State. The researchers found certain vitamins were released into the saliva of study participants who chewed supplemented gum, particularly water-soluble vitamins such as vitamins B6 and C, reported ScienceDaily.
They Really Needed Grant Money For This Study? Didn't We Know This Already? Anyone Ever Heard Of Gummy Bear Vitamins? GI
A San Francisco Superior Court judge gave a tentative ruling to grant Bayer's motion for a new trial in regards to Monsanto's glyphosate-containing weedkillers. The judge ruled the plaintiff failed to produce clear and convincing evidence of malice or oppression by Monsanto, a requirement for allowing a jury to award punitive damages, reported Reuters.
Hey Dude... Time To "Round-Up" Some More Lawyers! GI
Walmart submitted a patent application for a shopping cart that can track a customer's heart rate, temperature, speed, and other data. The cart would transmit the information to a server for analysis about how shoppers respond to certain store conditions, but would not collect any personally identifiable data, reported Digital Trends.
That Story Is Just Way Too "Big Brother" Creepy! GI
Forty-one percent of American and Canadian consumers would try food infused with cannabis if it becomes legal, according to a study from AT Kearney. In addition, 25% of respondents said their perception of a non-alcoholic beverage company would improve if they became involved in cannabis, reported CNN.
Note...Perhaps 83% Of The Participants Were Smoking Pot During The Survey! GI
One in three U.S. adults eats fast food on any given day, according to CDC. Men were more likely than women to eat fast food at lunch, but women were more likely to report eating fast food as a snack. The percentage of adults who consumed fast food decreased with age, while increasing with higher family income.
No Wonder We're All Fat! Wow! I'll Take A Double Cheeseburger Combo Please! GI
The value of vanilla reached $600 a kilogram in Madagascar, where about 80% of the world's vanilla is harvested. The price is up from $50 a kilogram in 2013 as growing Western demand for the flavoring is partly driving the price spike and supply diminished by a cyclone that ravaged crops last year on the island, reported The Seattle Times
Soon There Could Be Vanilla Drug Dealers On Every Corner! GI
Estimated crop damage could reach $1 billion in Georgia from Hurricane Michael, according to state agricultural officials. Peanut growers could lose $150 million, pecan growers $200 million and soybeans farmers $30 million. The hurricane hit the state with only 5% of pecan, 30% of vegetables and 50% of peanut harvest completed, reported Southeast Farm Press.
Wishing The Best To All Affected...One Of The Risks Of Living On The Water! GI
Seed oils may help lower LDL cholesterol, according to a study published in the Journal of Lipid Research. The researchers found solid fats like butter and lard had the most negative effect on LDL cholesterol, while the best performing alternatives were oils from seeds, such as sunflower oil, rapeseed oil, safflower oil and flaxseed oil, reported ScienceDaily.
How Many Times Is This Going To Be Researched? Oh..As Long As There Is Grant Money! GI
Adding too much cream and sugar to coffee can negate its health benefits, according to the American Heart Association. The association noted federal dietary guidelines say three to five cups of coffee daily can be a part of a healthy diet, but that the guidelines focus on plain black coffee and excess calories from sugar and cream can result in negative effects on cardiac health, reported HealthDay.
Yep...Sorry Those Mocha Mocha Frappe Venti Things Aren't Healthy Bud! GI
The Orthodox Union is reportedly considering the possibility of certifying lab-grown meat , including the previously off-limits kosher bacon. Berkeley, CA, startup Mission Barns is one company that hopes to create kosher bacon, reported The New York Times.
You Can't Make This Stuff Up! KOSHER BACON! We Can't Wait For Those Test Tube Pigs To Be Done! GI
The Trump administration plans to allow the year-round use of gasoline with 15% ethanol. Nebraska's governor expects increased consumption of higher ethanol fuel will spur demand for Nebraska-grown corn. The ethanol proposal still must go through an EPA rule-making process, which would likely delay its full implementation until summer 2020, reported The Columbus Telegram.
Ethanol Screws Up Car Engines And Sensors! Invest In Car Repair Companies! GI
Kroger and Home Chef introduced in-store meal kits in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin with a full roll-out expected in 2019. The meal kit line has a rotating selection that offers four choices each week. Additionally, the companies are testing Home Chef Express, a quick-cook meal kit that's ready to eat in about 15 minutes, reported Cincinnati.com.
Ha! Weren't These Called Swanson Hungry-Man TV Dinners Back In The Day? GI
Sears Holdings may be preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to people familiar with the matter. The company's CEO is reportedly looking to cut more than $1 billion from its $5.5 billion debt, unload $1.5 billion worth of real estate and sell $1.8 billion in assets, reported New York Post.
Not A Food Story..But Just Sad! The End Of An Era! GI
China is considering cutting the amount of protein required in food for pigs to reduce soybean purchases from abroad, according to the China Feed Industry Association. The state-run association proposed reducing the minimum requirement for crude protein levels in pig feed as well as setting a maximum level, reported Minneapolis Star Tribune.
No More Protein Shakes For The Piggies! GI
Sweden's heatwave increased some producers' raw materials costs by as much as 40%, according to a report from the Swedish Food Federation. Bakeries and dairy, pasta, cereal and meat producers are forecast to see even higher costs this autumn and next spring, reported The Local.
Speaking Of Hot! We Always Liked Swedish Women! GI
Norway's Cermaq is testing facial recognition technology for fish designed to detect disease and cut mortality rates. The company's iFarms technology will create a health record for each fish based on the spot pattern around their eyes. Cargill expressed interest in bringing the technology to aqua farms and Ceramaq is aiming to roll out the technology along Norway's Atlantic coast in six years, reported Bloomberg.
This Looks Fishy To Us! Talk About Giving Someone The Fish Eye! GI
One third of gluten-free restaurant dishes may actually contain gluten, according to a study presented to the American College of Gastroenterology. About half of the "gluten-free" versions of pizza and pasta dishes at restaurants were found to still contain gluten, and gluten contamination was higher during dinner than at breakfast, reported Today.
This Is Just Funny! But Hey They Thought It Was Gluten Free..That's All That Matters Anyway! GI
The IRS issued guidance for the deductibility of food and meals under the tax law enacted in December 2017. Under the IRS' guidance, 50% of what a business spends on meals remains deductible, there is no longer a requirement that there be a business discussion at the meal and no requirement that an owner would have more than a general expectation of getting income or some other specific business benefit at some future time, reported The State.
The Rules Finally Caught Up With What Has Been Happening Anyway! GI
Dollar Tree may pull items off shelves and take other steps to offset higher costs due to the U.S. trade dispute with China, according to the company's CEO. The tariffs will hit about 10% of Dollar Tree's merchandise, including food, forcing the company to pull back on investment in new stores, reported Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Bet You A Dollar They Ain't Happy! GI
Syria's wheat crop is the smallest in three decades as war and drought cut production by around 30%, according to the UN FAO. Output of 1.2 million metric tons is at its lowest since 1989, as the country's agricultural industry faces high production costs, lack of quality inputs and damaged or destroyed infrastructure, reported Reuters.
Yep It's Tough To Run A Tractor When Terrorists Are Standing In The Field! GI
Costco's food courts produce about $1 billion in sales for the company, as it sold 135 million hot dog and soda combos in 2017. In addition, the company's planned chicken plant in Nebraska is expected to produce roughly 100 million rotisserie chickens a year, reported CNN.
Hot Diggity Dog That's A Lot Of Combos! GI
Home grocery delivery could cost an average of $100 more per month for a family of four, according to Checkbook.org. The consumer group's shoppers found Shipt's markup at Quality Food Centers is 14%, while Instacart's markup at Costco is 23%, reported KOMO News.
More Proof That Smart People Are Making Lots Of Money Off Lazy People! GI
Instacart is reportedly on track to surpass $3 billion in grocery orders in 2018, more than double its business from 2017. On average, Instacart customers purchased about three times a month from January to August, spending about $88 each time, according to TXN, reported The Information.
See Comment Above... GI
Austin, TX, banned restaurants from throwing away leftover food and scraps. The city's recycling ordinance, which requires excess food to be donated or composted, is part of Austin's plan to reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills by 90% by 2040, reported Newsweek.
This Is Beyond Belief! If We Lived In Austin We'd Be At City Hall Making A Lot Of Trash Talk! GI
Save-A-Lot will reduce prices on more than 500 items, with reductions ranging from 10% to 20%, primarily on private label items, according to a company circular. The grocery chain also launched a new corporate logo on some of its promotional materials, reported Winsight Grocery Business.
We've Said It Before..One Of The Best Places To Buy Your Fresh Meats! GI
The Scottish government may place restrictions on supersized soft drinks, free refills, multi-buys and high-sugar food displays at grocery store checkouts. The new rules would apply to supermarkets, convenience stores and fast food restaurants, and possible restrictions to online sales will also be explored, reported BBC.
When Did Scotland Become Communist? GI
The Hershey Co. is implementing strategies to increase impulse buys online. It has been testing a countdown clock that lets shoppers add a Hershey product to their basket within the given time, inviting shoppers to add its products to earn free shipping, and recommending Hershey products to round out a recipe. In the three months ending in July, the company's e-commerce sales surged more than 30% compared with the previous quarter, reported CNN
Like Feeding Candy To A Society Of Babies! GI