Who The Hell Orders This Crap? What About Standard Chicken Sandwiches & Pizzas? GI
The Kellogg Co. will launch Kellogg's Strawberry Krispies, the company's first new flavor in the line in more than a decade. The company is planning a nationwide rollout via retailers with a suggested price between $3.99 and $5.69.
Mr. Kellogg Was The Original Vegan! GI
Amazon is reportedly exploring bringing its checkout-free store format to airports, according to public records and a person familiar with the strategy. Managers at Los Angeles International and San Jose International Airport have reportedly corresponded with the company about the plan, reported Reuters.
Nothing More Frustrating Than Standing In Line With 20 People Carrying Backpacks & Suitcases! Bravo! GI
Amazon applied to patent technology that would allow robots to access a customer's home or office to deliver packages. The patent application describes a flying drone or other type of delivery robot using a digital key to gain access to the package drop-off destination, reported Puget Sound Business Journal.
Oh Boy, An Army Of Burglar Trained Robots! GI
Nearly three in four U.S. Millennials are interested in trying meat grown from cells, according to an Ipsos study. Nearly 80% of consumers would be open to ordering food delivered from a generic kitchen rather than a branded restaurant. Additionally, Ipsos found consumers believe vending machines can be as good as food from restaurants, if they tackle hot food challenges.
We Have Raised A Generation Of Non-Cookers! GI
Alphabet Inc.'s drone delivery business Wing will launch its first European delivery service in Finland in spring 2019. Wing spent the last 18 months testing drone delivery in southeastern Australia, partnering with local businesses to deliver a range of food and drinks, medicine and household items, reported Reuters.
Be Careful Flying Those Drones In Alabama... Goose Hunting Season! GI
Kroger Co.'s CEO sees "tremendous potential" in alternative business lines, which have "significantly" higher margins than the company's core business. Those businesses include Kroger Personal Finance, which saw record year-to-date profit, and Kroger Precision Marketing, which saw revenue jump 150% in 2018 from 2017, reported Cincinnati Business Courier.
We'll Need A Loaf Of Bread, Gallon Of Milk, A Low Income Housing Loan, And Some Promotional Flyers Please! GI
Amazon ranked highest in net favorability in 2018, according to Morning Consult's The Brands That Defined 2018 report. DoorDash topped the brands on the rise, seeing double digit growth in the percentage of consumers who recognized the brand, along with Uber Eats and GrubHub. Walmart was listed as the brand most people want to buy from.
Did You See That Last Line Amazon? Good Ol' Walmart! GI
Walmart launched a program to allow customers to order online items for delivery while in-store. To use the service, a customer locates a Walmart associate equipped with a handheld device who then orders any product that may be out of stock or unavailable in the right size or color.
Taking Home Delivery To Another Dimension... Shop While You Shop! GI
Meanwhile, Walmart will deploy 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots at some of its U.S. stores by the end of January 2019. Walmart partnered with Brain Corp. for the machines, which can clean floors on their own even when customers are shopping, reported Bloomberg.
Where'd Grandma Go? I Think That Floor Scrubber Ate Her! GI
Altria Group will take a 45% stake in Canadian cannabis company Cronos for $1.8 billion. Altria has a warrant to buy more shares and could grow its total stake to 55%. Altria claims the cannabis industry "is poised for rapid growth over the next decade" and called cannabis "an adjacent category" for its tobacco operations, reported The Wall Street Journal
The Snack Companies Can't Wait Until This Stuff Goes Legal! Munchies Mean Profits! GI
Natural food and drink launches with GMO-free claims grew 366% in Canada over the last ten years, according to research from Mintel. Less specific claims such as ‘all natural product' declined 62% in the same time period. However, research showed there's confusion among some consumers, as shoppers are just as likely to agree that natural/organic foods and beverages offer clear benefits as they are to say that the same product claims are a gimmick.
It's All Gimmicks If You Ask Us! GI
Peru will ban the manufacturing, importation, distribution and consumption of single-use plastic bags within three years. Straws and other plastic products that cannot be recycled will also be prohibited, reported Reuters.
We Didn't Even Know That Peru Had These Things! GI
Austria will ban all plastic bags that are not fully degradable starting in 2020. The government joins France and Italy in introducing bans on non-biodegradable plastic bags, reported The Washington Times.
Meanwhile French Yellow Jackets Riot In The Streets. Are They That Mad About Plastic Bags? GI
The expansion of agricultural employment in Mexico since 2008 is helping fuel a tighter farm labor market in the U.S., according to USDA. Additionally, growth in the nonagricultural aspects of the Mexican economy suggests rural Mexico is not likely to generate a steady supply of farmworkers for U.S. agriculture over the long term.
Easy Fix..Open The Floodgates For Caravans! That Was A Joke BTW! GI
CDC reported nine additional E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce grown in California's Central Coast, bringing the outbreak total to 52 cases across 15 states. Nineteen hospitalizations have been reported.
Hmmmm...See Story Above...From Where Do You Think This E-coli Crap (Literally) Comes From? GI
Pizza Hut plans to focus on delivery and renovate around 550 restaurants in the U.S. each year. The chain is working to develop delivery-centric locations, which are much smaller than a typical Pizza Hut. In addition, it has begun refurbishing its locations with a sleeker, more modern design and transitioning some dine-in modeled stores to be more like fast-casual restaurants. The company's U.S. president, who said he is "dissatisfied" with Pizza Hut's growth, notes these upgraded pizza shops saw 30% growth after reopening, reported CNBC.
Good For You Dude... But Guess What? You Need To Work On The Pizza Recipes Too! GI
Chick-fil-A reported a positive reaction to its meal kit pilot program at 140 Atlanta-area restaurants. The company did not say whether it will expand the program, but stores that sold the kits experienced an uptick in sales. The company will analyze recipe preferences, rotation, inventory management, marketing tactics and supply chain management to improve the program, reported Forbes.
Somebody Needs To Show Chick-fil-A How To Cook Some Decent Waffle Fries! GI
Publix opened its first supermarket on a main college campus at the University of South Florida. The store is being leased to Publix for a contract term of at least 25 years and has full-service floral and seafood departments, despite having a slightly smaller footprint than many of the chain's other locations, reported The Tampa Bay Times.
Great Idea! Now Teach College Students How To Cook! GI
Trader Joe's placed second in Glassdoor's ranking of the best places to work in 2019. H-E-B, Wegmans Food Markets, Costco Wholesale, Wawa and Publix all placed within the top 15, reported Business Insider.
Have To Admit! Those Trader Joe's Employees Do Seem Extremely Happy...Maybe Too Much At Times! GI
More than 27% of consumers plan to buy groceries online for their holiday dinners, according to Quotient Technology Inc. and Coupons.com. Seventy-four percent said they will use digital coupons when buying groceries online, compared to 17% who said they won't use coupons and 9% who plan to use paper coupons. When asked why they use digital coupons for groceries, 69% said digital makes it easy to save.
Tried Digital Coupons But Screwed Up My Phone With The Damn Scissors! GI
Nearly two-thirds of consumers globally prefer to buy goods and services from companies that reflect their personal values and beliefs, according to research from Accenture. Sixty-five percent say their purchasing decisions are influenced by the words, values and actions of a company's leaders. Consumers are attracted to organizations that are committed to using good quality ingredients, treat employees well, and believe in reducing plastics and improving the environment.
Where Do These People Come From In These Surveys? We Don't Give A Sh*t About The Words, Values, And Actions Of A Company's Leader! GI
The majority of consumers are aware of the claim "farm versus wild caught" in regards to seafood, according to a Nielsen survey. The "dolphin safe" claim had the highest positive response, meaning consumers are more likely to purchase products because of this claim, but only 23% of consumers are aware of it. "Farm raised" had the highest awareness rate, with 27% of respondents saying they would be less likely to purchase seafood with that claim
Once Again..Where Do They Find These People? GI
More high-fat focused and ketogenic products are expected to hit the market in 2019, along with collagen and bone broth products and mushroom-centric foods, according to Natural Grocers' top nutrition trends for 2019. Awareness of added sugar in foods and fostering a friendlier relationship with food that focuses on simple, clean ingredients in products made with whole, real foods will also be important to consumers.
What The Hell Is "A Friendlier Relationship With Food"? Sounds Kinky! GI
Average fast food hamburger prices jumped 54% to about $6.95 over the past decade, while chicken sandwiches increased 27%, according to Datassential. Both items outpaced overall U.S. price inflation highlighting the trend of more expensive fast food. Menu prices at fast food restaurants are nearing prices at fancier, more modern chains, which is starting to be an inhibitor of growth, reported Bloomberg
No Kidding! A Trip To Fast Food Joints Can Cost A Family Of Four Around $40-$50! GI
Three animal rights groups are challenging a Kansas law banning secret filming at livestock facilities. The federal lawsuit argues such investigations are a form of free speech, as similar laws in Utah and Idaho were struck down as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, reported The Fresno Bee.
Oh Great... Peeping Toms In The Hen House! GI
Dollar General expects to open 975 stores in 2019, with additional plans to remodel 1,000 mature locations and relocate 100 stores, according to the company's CEO. Of the remodels, Dollar General expects 500 to be in the Dollar General Traditional Plus format, and expects to add fresh produce departments to 200 stores, reported Seeking Alpha.
Just Can't Drag Myself Into A Dollar General Store... Doubt The Produce We Get Me There Either! GI
Fifty-three percent of consumers say they visit traditional casual-dining restaurants at least once a month, according to Technomic's 2018 Future of FSR Consumer Trend Report. Thirty-eight percent of family-style consumers say they're more likely to visit a chain than an independent and 51% of upscale casual-dining restaurant consumers say they visit these restaurants to celebrate special occasions.
Therefore About 50% Would Rather Eat At Home! GI
Convenience and easy delivery are making consumers more open to buying items such as fresh and packaged groceries online, according to Nielsen's Connected Commerce report. Same-day replacement, free delivery for high-value orders, responsiveness and money back for incorrect orders are some of the features that highly encourage consumers to purchase consumable products online.
We Still Rather Pick Out Our Own Butternut Squash Thank You! GI
Seed butters, African flavors and CBD-infused products will be some of the top trends for 2019, according to Kind Healthy Snacks. It predicts alternative waters like maple and cactus will become popular, while low sugar and meatless products will become more prevalent.
Are They Interviewing People On Mars? WTF! GI
France will delay minimum food price increases until early 2019. The government intends to raise the minimum price threshold on food products by 10% and limit discounts to 34% of a product's price and to 25% of available volumes, in an effort to raise farmers' income. The increases will now be implemented in January or February, before the end of annual price negotiations with supermarkets, reported Reuters.
so Much For The Normal Law Of Market Factors & Competition! No Wonder The French Are Pissed Off! GI
Anchor Glass Container Corp. saw its revenues decline 9% in its third quarter, which it attributed to a loss of revenue from the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, one of its major customers. Snapple switched its glass bottles to plastic in 2018, a move that Anchor Glass management believes it could partially recover from by gaining more new business in the near future. In addition, it has taken on various productivity and cost-cutting initiatives, reported Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oh Good Now We Can Drink Snapple By The Pool! GI
A worsening shortage of long-haul truck drivers is helping cause an uptick in U.S. shipping costs and higher prices at the grocery store, according to Advanced Training Systems LLC. In early January, moving a truckload of refrigerated food from Washington state to New York was priced at about $8,450. Two weeks later, it increased 18% to nearly $10,000. A survey from the American Transportation Research Institute found the top concern for motor carriers and the trucking industry in general is the lack of qualified drivers, sparking a need for the industry to focus its efforts on retaining experienced drivers and attracting a steady stream of younger ones.
Skip College Children! Learn To Drive A Truck! That's Where The Jobs Are! GI
Tuna companies are trying to reboot demand for the fish as they seek to hold on to their dominance in a shrinking market. Canned tuna makers are struggling to connect with younger generations who favor fresher, less-processed options, as well as dealing with competition from newer and more innovative brands. StarKist sees promise in pouches and trendy flavors, as sales of tuna pouches are growing 20% annually, while Bumble Bee plans to come out with a "next generation pouch" for its tuna in summer 2019, reported The Wall Street Journal.
What Happened To Charlie? GI
PureCircle identified a high content of proteins, soluble fibers and antioxidants in the stevia plant and plans to begin commercial production and sale of these new ingredients in the second half of 2019. The new development will enable the company to utilize more of the plant, spreading the cost of stevia raw material across an expanded array of ingredients: sweeteners, flavors, fibers, antioxidants and protein.
Hope These Products Taste Better Than Stevia Sweetener! GI
Half of Canada's chinook salmon populations are endangered, according to The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Of Canada's 16 chinook populations, eight are endangered, four are threatened and one is considered of special concern. Only one, located in British Columbia's Thompson River, is considered stable. The condition of two populations is unknown, reported The Globe and Mail
And Even Though The Dopes In The Earlier Story Don't Like Farm Raised Seafood..Here's A Prime Reason To Do So! GI
Amazon is reportedly testing its cashierless technology in a larger space laid out like a grocery store, according to people familiar with the matter. Although Amazon previously denied plans to introduce cashierless technology to Whole Foods Market, sources predict that would be the most likely application of adapting the technology for larger spaces, reported Fortune.
Not If NJ & NY Legislatures Have Their Say... "Cashierless Stores Discriminate Against People Who Have No Credit!" Oh Boy....GI
Sales of pasture-raised eggs jumped 32% in 2018 through Oct. 8, according to Vital Farms. Free-range egg sales increased 8.5%, cage-free eggs 3.9% and caged birds 0.3%. At the same, pasture-raised egg prices are down to below $5 a dozen compared to $12 a year ago, reported Omaha World-Herald.
Guess That Pasture Full Of Chickens Doesn't Seem So Lucratively Attractive Anymore! GI