Guess He Couldn't Hold Off His Sausage Any Longer! GI
StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, according to DOJ. The company faces up to a $100 million fine as prosecutors allege the industry's top three companies, StarKist, Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea, conspired between 2010 and 2013 to keep prices artificially high.
Sorry Charlie... You Can't Collude On Prices! GI
The New York City Health Department launched the National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative. The initiative is comprised of a coalition of health departments across the country and other non-profits looking to cut the sugar in packaged foods by 20% and in drinks by 40% by 2025, reported MarketWatch.
More Nanny State BS! Stop Trying To Ruin What We Want To Eat! GI
A 61-year-old who experienced a severe cognitive decline before his death may have had squirrel brains to blame. A new report on the 2015 death in Rochester, New York, finds that he may have suffered from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a rare brain condition you've likely heard of as "mad cow disease." That's what it's called when it's tied to consumption of contaminated beef, but in this case, doctors suspect a different culprit. The man was a hunter, and it was reported that he had eaten squirrel brains, though it's not clear whether he ate an entire brain or just squirrel meat contaminated with brains. He was brought to the hospital after losing touch with reality and losing the ability to walk on his own.
That Story Sounds Nutty! GI
A state appellate court upheld New York City's ban on single-use polystyrene containers, rejecting claims by Dart Container Corp. and a restaurant advocacy group that the city acted arbitrarily in imposing the ban. The panel determined the city's sanitation department rationally concluded that single-use food containers made of expanded polystyrene foam cannot be recycled in New York City "in a manner that is environmentally effective and economically feasible,"
Here's The Sad Part...PS Foam Is Recyclable-Period! Stupid Decision...Just Like Straws! GI
San Diego voted to ban polystyrene food and beverage containers Oct. 15, with an enforcement date targeted for April 2019. The city will offer two-year waivers for businesses that can demonstrate a financial hardship due to the law.
Another Stupid Decision-See Above! GI
Amazon will invest $10 million in the Closed Loop Fund to increase recycling rates in the U.S. The fund, whose backers include Walmart, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, offers low-cost loans to municipalities and companies working on recycling projects. Amazon's investment will increase availability of curbside recycling for 3 million homes, diverting about 1 million tons of recyclable material from landfills over the next decade, reported The Seattle Times.
Hey Amazon! Donate Some Of Your Millions To NY & San Diego For Polystyrene! GI
Walmart is building a high-speed grocery warehouse in Shafter, CA, slated to open in 2020. The facility will move food in and out 40% faster than its existing warehouses, relying on robots to stack and load products quicker and more efficiently. Walmart is piloting devices that unload products in its stores' backrooms faster and testing micro fulfillment centers that automate the selection process for online grocery orders, reported Bloomberg.
See What Happens When You Push For $15 Miniumum Wage! Robots Arrive! GI
Walmart will continue to invest in its "tech-enabled store," which will feature robotics, electronic shelf tags, and its FAST unloader system, according to a BMO report following Walmart's 2018 Analyst Day. It is increasing its inventory of natural and organic items, with increased sales being driven by both new and existing customers. In addition, it will continue to rollout grocery pickup locations, which are expected to reach 3,100 stores by the end of fiscal 2020, and double the amount of stores offering grocery delivery and same-day delivery.
Like We Said Before.... Welcome George Jetson, Robots, & Walmart Shoppers! GI
Save-A-Lot began a brand transformation expected to be completed in 2019, starting with a $100 million investment in cutting prices. The grocer began dropping prices by up to 40% on hundreds of items, calling the initiative a "permanent reset" of its prices, reported Progressive Grocer.
It's Been Mentioned Before... Save-A-Lot Is An Excellent Place To Save!! GI
A letter reportedly signed by Coke, Nestle, Pepsi and Danone urged the Council of the EU to toss out a proposal forcing companies to make sure plastic bottle caps are not detachable. The companies instead suggest a non-binding commitment to recycle 90% of plastic bottles by 2025, reported the Independent.
First Straws..Now... Non-Detachable Bottle Caps! Where Does It Stop? GI
It's Halloween season, meaning candy corn, Mallomars, pumpkin spice everything, and ... cookies with human remains? That's the snack that at least one California student reportedly brought to Da Vinci Charter Academy High School in Davis, per the San Francisco Chronicle, containing the not-appetizing ingredient of a grandparent's ashes. The Chronicle says it was her grandmother's remains, FOX40 says it was her grandfather's, but either way, Lt. Paul Doroshov of the Davis Police Department says nine students were reportedly given the cookies on Oct. 4 (it's not clear how many, if any, ate the cookies)
Grandma's Secret Cookie Recipe Is Always A Crowd Pleaser! GI
Foodservice chains are struggling to fill positions and retain workers, leading to worries that customer satisfaction will decline or operations will fall apart. There were 898,000 open jobs in the accommodation and foodservices industry in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Panera is addressing the issue by revamping its recruitment and training systems, while other chains, like Jack in the Box and Dunkin' Donuts, are investing in automation to cut down on the number of necessary workers, reported Business Insider.
Here Comes More Robots! GI
Cargill Inc. has 1,000 unfilled jobs, largely at the meatpacker level. While the number represents less than 1% of its workforce, company executives claim the shortage is slowing output and hindering production of new higher-margin products. A high global demand for meat is pushing Cargill and other meatpackers to boost worker benefits in order to retain and hire workers, as well as experimenting with automation and robotics, reported The Boston Globe.
There is Definitely A Robotic Theme This Week! GI
Beyond Meat reportedly hired investment banks for an IPO, according to people familiar with the matter. Sources claim the plant-based protein company hired J.P Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, reported CNBC.
This Stock Offering Won't Have Any Meat To Back It Up! GI
As cereal sales are on the decline, toy company Funko is seeing success with its line of multigrain cereals, called FunkO's. The products, made by California-based cereal company Organic Milling, benefit from nostalgia and short-term demand, with limited runs of each type of cereal based on a specific pop culture character. While it traditionally takes a year to 18 months for a cereal product to go from conception to shelf, Funko and Organic Milling are completing the process in five to six months. So far, the company has close to 1 million presold boxes for retailers, including Target, reported CNBC.
The Name Just Sounds Funky! Hey... This Cereal Tastes Funko! GI
More than 90% of sampled salts were found to contain microplastics, according to a study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Sea salts were the most likely to be contaminated with plastics, followed by lake salt and rock salt. Sea salts produced in Asian counties had high amounts of plastic compared with other regions, which were linked with contamination levels in surrounding rivers and seawater, reported NY Daily News.
Guess We Need To Change The Old Saying About People... He's Now Plastic Of The Earth! GI
CDC reported 92 infections with an outbreak strain of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken products as of Oct. 17. The outbreak reached 29 states, resulting in 21 hospitalizations. CDC noted the outbreak strain is present in live chickens and many raw chicken products, indicating the outbreak may be widespread in the chicken industry.
So Most Poultry Processors Eliminated Antibiotics & Now The Chickens Are Antibiotic-Resistant? Hmmm..Is There A Connection To This Conundrum? GI
Shake Shack and BurgerFi received A grades in a ranking of burger chains on their policies relating to antibiotic use in their beef supply chains. Aside from Wendy's, which sources 15% of its beef from producers that have cut antibiotics, the other 22 burger chains surveyed received failing F grades for lacking any announced policy to source beef raised without the routine use of antibiotics.
Be Careful...Remember The Chickens... GI
Kroger will launch an imperfect produce line called Peculiar Picks in 2019. It will include items that don't meet the chain's normal specifications and in the past would not have been sold. The move is an effort to reduce food waste, reported Food & Wine.
Woohoo Scratch & Dent Produce! Hey...We Were Going To Throw This Out...But Do You Want To Buy It For A $1.00? GI
New York City was ranked the best city for vegan or vegetarian food consumers, according to a study from Wallet Hub. Portland, OR; Orlando, Seattle and San Francisco rounded out the top five of the study, which tracked plant-based food affordability, diversity, accessibility and quality.
That Makes Sense...Those Are Where Most Of The Vegan Crowd Live! GI
Moving the location of fruit and vegetables in supermarkets can lead to a 15% sales increase without any further messaging or marketing, according to a study published in BMC Public Health. After moving fruits and vegetables closer to the store entrance, researchers saw an increase in the percentage of the store's total sales that were fruit and vegetables, both in terms of items sold and by value of total sales. In addition, the study found the increase in sales following the new location may be maintained over time, reported ScienceDaily.
Hasn't This Been Figured Out A Long Time Ago? Most Produce Is At The Front Of Every Store! If Not..Then Fire Your Damn Store Manager! GI
McDonald's is testing cold brew coffee in over 70 locations in the San Diego market. The coffee is sourced from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms in Guatemala and is prepared offsite, reported The San Diego Union Tribune.
Can Someone Please Explain To Us, What Is Cold Brewed? Plus..Are We Supposed To Be Impressed It's From Guatemala? GI
Kroger Co. is entering the wine delivery space with the launch of a direct-to-consumer business. The grocer partnered with Drinks Holdings Inc. to offer home or office delivery of wine to customers in 14 states, with additional locations to be added in the coming months, reported Bloomberg.
We Wondered When Grocery Stores Would Get Into The Wine Delivery Act! GI
Consumers' perception of food can be altered by their surroundings, according to research published in the Journal of Food Science. Cornell University food scientists used virtual reality to place participants in different settings while eating specific food samples. The panelists were given three identical samples of blue cheese, rating the pungency of the cheese significantly higher in a farm setting than in a sensory booth or a virtual park bench, reported ScienceDaily.
You Are What You Eat & We Guess... Where You Eat Too! GI
Seventy-one percent of consumers say healthy menu items increase their likelihood of choosing one restaurant over another, according to the National Restaurant Association. As a result, 55% of family-dining operators, 57% of casual-dining, 49% of fast-casual, and 41% of quick-service operators said they would add healthier items to their menu.
Makes No Difference To Us! We Eat Where The Food Tastes Good! GI
A potential class action lawsuit alleges Barilla pasta sauce is deceptively marketed as having no preservatives. The suit claims the addition of the preservative citric acid nullifies the "no preservatives" claim, reported Legal Newsline.
So When Did Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits, & Limes Become An Issue With The All Natural Crowd? GI
Walmart agreed to pay $65 million to settle a lawsuit over its refusal to provide seats for its California cashiers. The 2009 class action lawsuit on behalf of a cashier alleged that Walmart violated a 2001 California wage order that employees must be provided seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits, reported Los Angeles Times.
Yep-Keep Those Lawsuits Coming... Robots Are Just Waiting For Your Job...And They Don't Need To Sit Down! GI
The Ketogenic Diet may improve neurovascular function and prevent cognitive decline in animal models, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. The diet, characterized by high levels of fat and low levels of carbohydrates, resulted in significant increases in cerebral blood flow, improved balance in the microbiome in the gut, and lower blood glucose levels and body weight, reported ScienceDaily.
The Diet Du Jour! All This Based On Animal Models? GI