Nothing Like A Home Cooked Thanksgiving Turkey On The BBQ- Wrapped In Bacon! GI
Tesco and the World Wildlife Fund are collaborating on a sustainable food effort, pledging to establish a measure to halve the environmental impact on the average UK shopping basket within 12 months. They hope the four-year partnership's scale will help drive the industry to eliminate food waste and packaging waste, while encouraging customers to eat more sustainably, reported The Guardian.
Blah Blah Blah... Good Luck With That! GI
Plant-based foods, cannabis, and responsible packaging will be some of the top trends of 2019, according to the Specialty Food Association's Trendspotter panel. Other forecasted trends include a shift in interest to regional foods from Africa, South Asia, and Latin America; cassava; and fermented functional beverages.
Love The Fancy Words... Guess Cannabis Sounds Better Than Weed...And WTF Is Fermented Functional Beverages? Ohhhh BOOZE! GI
Meanwhile, Tyson Foods predicts the top trends of 2019 will include personalized foods to promote health and beauty; transparency; and more protein in more forms. Additionally, the company sees the power of smart technology and food; food as a form of self-expression; and fusion of global cuisines at home becoming more popular in the coming year.
I Have No Idea What They Just Said! GI
The U.S. Access to Nutrition Spotlight Index claims the ten largest food and beverage manufacturers lack comprehensive strategies, policies and actions to effectively address the high levels of obesity and diet-related diseases in the U.S. Thirty percent of the products analyzed by the index can be classified as healthy according to independent nutrition criteria, and 14% of the products met nutrition criteria for marketing to children. The index notes nutrition strategies should include improvement in product innovation and reformulation; affordability and accessibility of healthy products; nutrition labeling; and consumer education.
Every Food In Life DOES NOT HAVE TO BE HEALTHY! GI
A $3.5 million man-made oyster reef will be built in Galveston Bay as part of an effort to preserve Texas' oyster population. The construction on the 50-acre Galveston Bay reef will begin in the winter as the oyster harvests in the bay decreased 88% between 1999 and 2016, reported The Modesto Bee.
Hmmmm..Could All Those Oil Spills In The Bay Have Anything To Do With This? GI
An EPA internal watchdog raised doubts if treated sewage sludge that farmers use as fertilizer is safe. The treated sewage, known as biosolids, is full of nutrients to enrich soil, but has an equal amount of pollutants that makes it unable for EPA to state whether, and at what level, the pollutants found in biosolids pose a risk to human health or the environment, reported St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Of Course It Does! Biosolids Is A Nice Way To Say Sh*t! GI
Eating more protein may reduce the risk of seniors' disability and help them live longer, according to a study published the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Specifically, the study found dietary protein slowed age-related loss of muscle mass, allowing seniors to maintain an active lifestyle, reported HealthDay.
Pass Us Some Protein Powder With Our Prune Juice! GI
Panera Bread began delivering breakfast. It is the first national restaurant company to offer breakfast delivery using its own drivers instead of using a third-party delivery service, according to the company. Currently, delivery is available in 381 cafes and Panera plans to offer the service to an additional 30 by the end of 2018.
The Laziness Of It All...Heck Why Even Get Out Of Bed! GI
Poultry operator Zacky Farms filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Zacky listed between $50 million to $100 million in debt to 200 to 999 creditors, according its bankruptcy filing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The largest creditor is Western Milling, owed about $8.3 million, reported The Fresno Bee.
The End Of An Era! The Turkeys Must Have Gobbled Up All The Money! GI
The Portland, OR, City Council approved a measure limiting the distribution of plastic straws and utensils. The new rule will install a by-request policy for the products starting July 1, 2019, reported The Oregonian.
Just Another Straw Story! Portland People Can Now Sleep At Night With That Straw Nemesis Gone! GI
A Mexican entrepreneur filed a criminal complaint against Coca-Cola in a dispute over a new drink that aims to boost brain performance. The Mexico City prosecutor's office found that the drinks manufacturer should pay Jose Antonio del Valle $344.5 million in damages, while federal prosecutors are separately investigating whether Coca-Cola committed industrial property theft, reported Financial Times.
WOW-That's A Lot Of Pesos! GI
Providing an exceptional in-store experience and high food quality are key drivers for keeping supermarket customers happy and loyal, according to research by Vixxo. The study found 87% of consumers prefer to shop in-person, a preference that spanned different age groups. Selection was a key driver, as most Americans like the advantages of being able to inspect and pick out their own products. Others said they simply favor the atmosphere and experience of shopping in brick-and-mortar stores.
Interesting...Thank God 87% Still Want To Shop In A Store! The Delivery Folks Aren't Going To Be Happy With This Study! GI
More than 4 in 10 Americans plan to shop online for some or all of the groceries needed for their Thanksgiving or holiday meal, more than twice as many as in 2017, according to RichRelevance's Digital Grocery Survey: 2018 Holiday Edition. Amazon is the top online grocery destination for shoppers, followed by big-box retailers such as Walmart and Target, and then traditional supermarkets like Safeway and Kroger. The top Thanksgiving items consumers plan to purchase online are bundled ingredients for side dishes, canned items like cranberry sauce and beverages including alcohol.
Guess 40% Of These People Didn't Read The Study In The Story Above! GI
The average cost of a Thanksgiving Day meal for 10 is $48.90, a 22-cent decrease from 2017's average, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual survey. The average cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined steadily since 2015 and is now at its lowest level since 2010. Turkey costs slightly less than last year, coming in at $21.71 for a 16-lb. bird, down 3% from 2017. The survey results show retail turkey prices are the lowest since 2014, attributed to ample supply.
$4.89 Per Person At Home... Hmmm Restaurants Charge $30-$50 Per Person! GI
Meanwhile, analysts predict smaller turkeys will be more popular this Thanksgiving due to smaller families, guilt over wasting leftovers and a preference for free-range poultry. Bell & Evans is working with a breeder to make smaller turkeys, while Butterball LLC offers a Li'l Butterball that can be as small as 6-lbs., reported Bloomberg.
PS-There Is Not Much Waste If You Make Turkey Soup Afterwards! GI
Pacific Rim flavors, sustainable packaging, faux meat snacks and hemp-infused products are among the trends expected emerge in 2019, according to Whole Foods Market. Additionally, seaweed and frozen snacks could become more popular in the coming year.
Seaweed? No Thanks! I'll Stick With The Baby Spinach! GI
Workers are reportedly returning to Mexican avocado groves following a 16-day strike, according to the Mexican avocado growers' organization APEAM. Newly harvested fruit will begin crossing the U.S.-Mexican border as early as Nov. 15, but grower-shippers believe it will take at least two weeks for the pipeline to be filled again, reported The Produce News.
Thank God! We Were Worried About The Super Bowl Guacamole! GI
Clearwater Seafoods was granted a U.S. patent for a system that better identifies how ready a lobster is for market. The camera-based system is expected to determine the meat content and quality of lobsters as they ride a conveyor belt during processing, reported Portland Press Herald.
Sort Of Sounds Like The Process We Go Through At Airport TSA! GI
Limiting carbohydrates and eating more fat may help the body burn more calories, according to a clinical trial published in the BMJ. The study found those placed on a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet burned up to 250 more calories per day over 20 weeks when compared to those given high-carbohydrate meals, reported HealthDay
Our Interpretation Of This... EAT MORE BACON & Lose Weight! GI
Chick-fil-A began offering delivery from more than 1,100 restaurants in partnership with DoorDash. Deliveries will be made to customers within a 10-minute radius of participating restaurants.
Isn't That 10 Minute Radius Issue Dependent On How Fast The Driver Speeds? GI
Starbucks Corp. will lay off about 350 corporate employees, or about 5% of its non-restaurant workforce, in its marketing, creative, product, technology and store development departments. The restructuring is an attempt to speed innovation and boost slowing sales, reported Fortune.
Sales Are Slowing Because McD's And Wawa Have Better Coffee For A Buck! GI
Boston will enact a plastic bag ban, effective Dec. 14. Shoppers will need to bring their own bags or pay a minimum of 5 cents for a business' reusable bags. Bags used to pack meats, produce and frozen foods will be exempt from the ban, reported The Boston Herald.
Bostonians Can Now Sleep Better At Night With The Portland Folks! GI
Walmart is partnering with Ford to test grocery delivery with self-driving cars. The pilot program will take place in Miami-Dade County, FL, using Postmates as its delivery partner, which is already connected to Ford's digital platform.
If You Get In An Accident With A Self Driving Car...Who Do You Exchange Insurance Info With? GI
The Plant Based Foods Association launched the Certified Plant Based program, which specifies the criteria required to make a certified plant-based food claim. Foods eligible for certification include meat alternatives, egg substitutes, milk alternatives and other dairy alternatives such as plant-based cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream.
Trying To Make Fake Plant Stuff Into Real Stuff... Just Eat Your Green Beans & Brussel Sprouts And Stop It! GI
Over half of consumers are willing to pay more for simpler experiences and 64% are more likely to recommend a brand that delivers these experiences, according to Siegel+Gale's World's Simplest Brands index. Among the top ten simplest brands globally are Aldi, Lidl, McDonald's and Subway, while in the U.S., Amazon, Costco, and KFC topped the list.
Simple Simon Met A Pie. Going To The Fair! GI
Wawa will offer catering in the Philadelphia area, including breakfast, lunch, and snacking options. It is currently available in Center City and its immediate surrounding neighborhoods, with more areas to come in the future.
Wawa Did They Say? Didn't See That Coming! GI
The European Court of Justice ruled the taste of food cannot be trademarked. The court determined "the taste of a food product cannot be identified with precision of objectivity" making it ineligible for copyright protection. It was asked for a ruling by a Dutch court seeking advice in a case where a cheese producer wanted its spreadable dip protected, reported The Washington Times.
That Was A Tasteless Ruling! GI
A proposed class action lawsuit was filed against Miyoko's Kitchen Inc. claiming its vegan "butter" should not be labeled as such. The lawsuit argues Miyoko's packaging is "misleading because...the products lack any milk or dairy ingredients" and they don't have the nutritional and sensory "attributes which consumers associate with butter." The suit is seeking at least $5 million in damages, reported New York Post.
Like We Said Above! Makes Sense That The Fake Veggie Stuff Can't Do This! GI
Bayer disclosed another jump in the number of lawsuits alleging sickness due to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. Lawsuits from 9,300 plaintiffs were pending at the end of October, compared with 8,700 at the end of August, reported The Wall Street Journal. Full Story
Round-Up More Lawyers! GI
Amazon selected Queens, NY, and Arlington, VA, as the locations for its new headquarters. In addition, it selected Nashville for a Center of Excellence for its operations business, which is responsible for the company's customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities.
USA= United States Of Amazon! GI
H-E-B expanded a test of frictionless checkout to seven stores in the Austin, TX, area. The H-E-B Go app allows customers to scan and bag their own groceries as they shop and pay using a stored method at a special terminal by scanning a code, reported Winsight Grocery Business.
Guess One Day There Will No Longer Be Cashiers! GI
Kellogg will sell its Keebler, Famous Amos and fruit snacks businesses, as it looks to pare down to focus on its core brands. The company will focus on its morning foods, snacks and frozen foods brands, which it will consolidate into one unit, reported CNBC.
The Poor Little Elves Are Being Sent Away! GI
U.S. consumer demand for chicken is waning as beef and pork become more popular amid reduced U.S. pork exports to China and Mexico. Per capita chicken consumption is expected to rise only about 1.2% in 2019, compared to gains of 4.3% for pork and 2.6% for beef, according to USDA. Quick-service restaurant chains released 54 new hamburgers through September, up about a third from 2017, while releases of chicken products fell 14%, according to Datassential, reported Reuters.
You Gotta Love What The Tariff War Is Doing To Our Domestic Meat Prices! GI
Food makers that bet on pets to make up for falling sales of human food are now facing similar problems. Pet foods with fancier ingredients are taking over market share for mainstream brands, while snacks for dogs and cats are selling faster than meals and new products are putting pressure on prices. Spending on pet food rose 30% per U.S. household between 2006 and 2010, but from 2010 to 2017, it rose just 5%, according to Nielsen, reported The Wall Street Journal.
This Is Not Good News For Chewy.com GI
Avocados from Mexico is opening concession stands at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first of their kind in the U.S., the stands will offer avocado menu items including Avo Toast, Avo-Buffalo Fries, a Guacamole Sampler and an Avo-Chocolate Mousse.
Not Sure If These Are Such A Good Item To Eat Just Before Boarding A Flight! GI
Purdue University is in the process of speeding up technology used to detect foodborne illnesses such as salmonella and E. coli. Purdue's technology involves using a biochip to collect and analyze microbes in food samples. It uses enzyme formulations and software to analyze food microorganisms within four hours, instead of the current two to four days it typically takes.
If People Would Learn To Use A Thermometer And Cook Their Food To Proper Temp... A Lot Of This Would Be Avoided! GI
Milkshakes sold in UK restaurants and fast food chains may contain more than half the daily limit for calories for an adult, according to a survey by Action on Sugar. The charity is calling for a ban on all milkshakes that exceed 300 calories per serving and urged the government to introduce mandatory "traffic light" color-coded nutritional labeling across all menus, reported The Independent.
Now We Have Milkshake Police? Geez! GI