When We Have Reached The Level Of Having A Cup Of Coffee Delivered.. There's No Turning Back From The Lazy! GI
CDC reported seven additional E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce as of Dec. 13, bringing the total to 59 cases. Infections have been reported in 15 states, resulting in 23 hospitalizations. CDC advised consumers to not eat any romaine lettuce harvested from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Barbara counties in the Central Coastal growing regions of California.
The Saga Continues...Lettuce Hope It Ends Soon! GI
CDC reported 87 additional salmonella illnesses linked to ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson Inc. as of Dec. 12. In total, the outbreak rose to 333 cases across 28 states, resulting in 91 hospitalizations.
Is It Us? Or Does It Seem Like There's A Lot More Of This Crap In The News These Days? GI
State and national health and environmental groups petitioned Oregon legislators to impose a moratorium on new or expanding mega-dairies. The groups argue poor state oversight has led to large-scale dairies polluting the state's air and water while pushing smaller- and family-scale dairies out of business, reported The Oregonian.
Sounds Like Some Folks In Oregon Are Not In The MOOOOOO-D For Big Dairy Anymore! GI
An Oregon Senate committee voted to introduce legislative concepts that would institute a ban on plastic straws and a tax on plastic bags statewide. The law would impose a 5 cent per bag tax on single-use plastic bags and would prohibit restaurants from providing single-use plastic straws unless requested, reported The Oregonian.
Of Course...Every Week There's A New Straw Story! It Must Suck Being A Plastic Straw Salesman! GI
Eating and drinking place sales grew 6.9% in November and total food and beverage store sales grew 3.3%, on par with the yearly average, according to Food Institute analysis. The e-shopping segment experienced sales growth of over 13% in October (the lastest data available) heading into the holiday shopping season, the largest growth rate for e-shopping in 2018, and giving online retailers a promising outlook for increased holiday sales growth.
Everybody's Gotta Eat! GI
Researchers found 94% of full-service meals and 72% of fast food meals in five countries contained 600 calories or more, according to a study published in The BMJ. When compared to the data for the U.S., the mean restaurant calorie count in Brazil, China, Finland, Ghana and India was lower only in China. On average, fast food meals contained fewer calories than full-service meals, at 809 vs. 1,317 calories, reported ScienceDaily.
In Other Words.. It's More Healthy To Drive-Thru! GI
Taco Bell will launch a unified Cravings Value Menu featuring offerings between $1 and $5. The launch will fulfill its commitment of launching 20 new $1 offerings by the end of 2018. The company's $1 menu items garnered more than $500 million in sales in 2017 and its $5 boxes generated an additional $1 billion in sales, reported Forbes.
Bet That Old Ad Slogan... "Run For The Border" Has Hit A Wall! GI
Old Bay maker McCormick & Co. filed a lawsuit to stop Primal Palate from using the name New Bae for its spice blend. McCormick argues Primal Palate used taglines like "Out with the Old, and in with the NEW" to capitalize on Old Bay's "fame and goodwill," reported CBS News.
Gotta Give "New Bae" Credit...It Is A Catchy Idea, But They've Made "Old Bay" Very Crabby! GI
Consumers believe Trader Joe's uses more packaging than necessary, according to a petition with over 66,000 signatures asking the company to reduce waste in its produce section. Trader Joe's says over half of its produce is sold without packaging, and customers can buy bananas, onions, bell peppers, avocados, apples and kiwi by the unit. The company is working on switching to biodegradable produce bags, reported SF Gate.
Biodegradable Bags Is A Bad Idea...People May Throw Them Outside Thinking They Will Just Disappear! GI
Ferrero will launch a new recipe and design for Butterfinger in 2019. The recipe uses a larger, Jumbo runner peanut in the bar's core, a higher percentage of cocoa and milk in the chocolate coating, and cuts ingredients such as the preservative TBHQ and hydrogenated oils. The new Butterfinger will hit shelves in late January and be available nationally by early February, reported Business Insider.
Does Anyone Actually Eat Butterfingers? That Candy Bar Was Always Leftover In The Trick Or Treat Bag! GI
The Coca-Cola Co. extended a loan to Ioniqa Technologies, a Dutch recycling company, to help its project to transform hard-to-recycle plastic waste into food grade polyethylene terephthalate. The move is part of Coca-Cola's plan to move to packaging made of 50% recycled material by 2030.
Based On The Global Warming Crowd...We Won't Need To Worry About Coke Packaging In 2030! GI
More than one in six holiday shoppers will make purchases on their mobile phone this season, with the number more than doubling among Millennial shoppers, according to the Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey from The NPD Group. This is the first holiday season where shoppers ranked free shipping above overall value on the list of factors that will influence where they shop for holiday gifts.
Stay Home...Order Your Gifts Via Your Phone And Just Wait For Your Starbucks Vente Concoction To Be Delivered! GI
China purchased at least 500,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans in its first major purchase since the two countries struck a trade war truce. Two U.S. traders claim Chinese state-owned companies bought at least $180 million of soybeans, with a third trader based in Europe stating the buyers were Sinograin and Cofco and sellers included Cargill, Louis Dreyfus Co. and CHS, reported St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
We Told You The Chinese Would Be The First Ones To Blink! GI
Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue told farmers the agency is working to open more doors for U.S. soybeans in places like Japan, India and Malaysia. USDA will close out 2018 with six foreign trade missions, compared with the typical three to four a year. Seven more are scheduled in 2019, as farmers hope to replace lost sales from China, reported The Wall Street Journal.
If The Chinese Don't Want To Play Ball...I Guess We Just Take Our Ball Elsewhere! GI
Many key commodities are on track to see declines in 2018, underlining how fears of slowing growth, global-trade tensions and a strong dollar have hit prices for raw materials. The Bloomberg Commodity Index is down nearly 7%, led by a more than 15% fall in oil prices while coffee prices declined nearly 23%. A commodities strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch predicts prices will keep drifting lower in the first half of 2019, before stabilizing in the second half of the year, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Supply & Demand Changed By Tariffs & Sanctions & Actually Have Some Silver Linings! GI
Maple syrup production in Quebec decreased 22.4% in 2018, according to Statistics Canada. The total value of Canadian maple products fell 22% to approximately $287 million, while the price of syrup remained relatively unchanged. Production was down in every syrup-producing province except Ontario and Nova Scotia, reported The Montreal Gazette
Wonder If Pancake Sales Are Down Too! GI
Frequent red meat consumption may be linked to high levels of a chemical associated with heart disease, according to a study in the European Heart Journal. Researchers found, on average, blood levels of the chemical TMAO in participants eating about 8 oz. of steak daily tripled, compared to when they were on diets high in either white meat or non-meat protein sources, reported ScienceDaily.
Who The Heck Eats 8 oz. Of Steak Daily? GI
McDonald's Corp. published an antibiotic policy for its beef supply chain. The policy includes provisions for studying current usage of antibiotics by its top 10 beef sourcing markets and establishing reduction targets for medically-important antibiotics by 2020. The company will begin publishing progress on the project in 2022.
No Matter What You Do McD's... The Millennial Crowd Won't Show Up For Big Macs!
Wendy's will implement the Progressive Beef program standards in 50% of its supply chain by 2021. The program focuses on cattle care, food safety and antibiotic use as well as environmental sustainability. Additionally, the company disclosed that it will obtain most of vine-ripened greenhouse farmed tomatoes for its North American restaurants from from U.S. and Canadian sources by early 2019.
We Suppose Dave Would Be Proud! GI
The use of the term "made with whole grain" on Whole Grain Cheez-Its is deceptive as the product's main ingredient is enriched white flour, according to a judge's decision in a class action lawsuit filed against the Kellogg Co. The decision reverses a lower court's dismissal of the case and allows the case the move forward, reported MarketWatch.
Had These Cheez-its And They Taste Like Old Socks! GI
FDA filed a petition on behalf of Impossible Foods Inc. proposing to amend color additive regulations. The company asked to provide for the safe use of soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in plant-based, non-animal derived ground beef analogue products.
It May Look Like A Burger..But Guess What??? It Ain't A Burger & Real Burger Lovers Ain't Going To Eat It! GI
Amazon opened a compact version of its Amazon Go food stores at one of the company's Seattle offices. The store is about the quarter of the size of its normal Amazon Go locations at 450-sq. ft. and is aimed at selling salads and snacks to office workers, reported CNBC
Wow! 450'? That's The Size Of My Living Room! GI
Brick and mortar isn't dead, but a correction is happening where stores that should have never been built are now closing, according to George Blankenship in an interview with BMO. In the U.S., there is 24-sq. ft. of retail for every person, where in Europe there is only three sq. ft. per person, according to Mr. Blankenship. As online shopping grows and the number of shopping centers being built is slowing down, those excess stores are no longer being built or are closing down.
Yep...Most Malls Are Ghost Towns Now! GI
Retail food prices saw virtually no change in November from the prior month, according to Food Institute analysis of just-released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of the 15 segments monitored, nine experienced price declines, while six experienced price increases. The largest declines were in processed fruits and vegetables, coffee, carbonated drinks, and fats and oils. The largest price increases were in bakery products, fish and seafood, and eggs.
Hey Someone Tell Starbucks That Coffee Prices Are Lower! GI
InnovoPro raised $4.25 million from global investors to launch chickpea protein products into more markets. The Israel-based company products include a veggie burger, energy bars and baked snacks, vegan ice cream, egg-free mayonnaise, pudding and non-dairy milk, developed from a 70% chickpeas protein concentrate, reported bizwomen
Hmmm Garbanzo Burgers! Sounds Like A Pea Brain Idea! GI
Just is partnering with Japan's Toriyama to produce lab-grown Wagyu beef. Toriyama will provide the cell lines and its export agent, Awano, will market and sell the meat. Just hopes to begin sourcing cells in early 2019, reported Food & Wine.
So How The Heck Do You Massage A Lab Grown Wagyu Beef Cell And Give It Beer? GI
Israeli-based Aleph Farms is developing lab grown meat that mimics the structure and texture of real beef. Aleph Farms is among several companies working to grow meat in a lab using clusters of cells from animals. While proponents say cultured meat can be produced at a fraction of the environmental costs that come from traditional, large-scale farming, at this early stage of development, producing a pound of meat from cells is still significantly more expensive than that from an animal, reported The Wall Street Journal
No Thank You! GI
Aleph Farms introduced cell-grown minute steak, which reportedly offers the appearance, shape, flavor and texture of beef. The initial products are thin and cook in about one minute.
Oh Great.... Fake-Steak-Ums! GI
Del Taco will test tacos made with a Beyond Meat plant-based protein option. The offering will be available at 16 locations in San Diego, and five in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino, CA, counties. Beyond Meat will be offered as a substitute for any protein in existing Del Taco menu items, such as burritos, nachos and fries
We Aren't Sure There Was Real Beef In A Del Taco Burrito Anyway! GI
Walmart is in the early stages of testing a kitchen robot assistant for its in-store delis. The first autonomous robotic kitchen assistant, powered by artificial intelligence from Miso Robotics, automates the frying process for many of the items served in the deli, including chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and potato wedges, reported Yahoo Finance.
Sam Walton & George Jetson In Biz Together In Heaven! GI
Rakuten Inc. and Walmart Inc. opened the first Walmart e-commerce store in Japan. The store will initially offer approximately 1,200 products, and orders will be fulfilled in the U.S. and air freighted directly to Japanese customers. Walmart plans to continue expanding its product range and adding new product categories from its international assortment.
Wow! That's Gotta Be Some High Freight Charges For That "Ol' Roy" Brand Dog Food! GI
More Americans buy their groceries from dollar stores than from Whole Foods Market, according to an Institute for Local Self-Reliance report. The number of dollar stores nationwide climbed to nearly 30,000 from about 20,000 since 2011. The report notes dollar stores have been particularly successful in food deserts, where there is an absence of traditional grocery stores, reported The Austin American-Statesman.
Simply Because Average Americans Can't Afford The Ridiculous Whole Foods Prices! GI
Seventy-seven percent of Americans would rather eat a homemade meal than go out for dinner, according to Peapod's annual meal planning forecast. The study found 43% of all respondents and 59% of Millennials plan to cook more in 2019. Seventy-seven percent prioritized cost savings as a reason for eating more at home, while 51% cited eating healthier.
The Others Haven't Discovered Fire Yet! GI
Americans increasingly want to stay at home to eat restaurant meals, according to The NPD Group. In the year ending September 2018, dining at a restaurant represented 37% of all visits and remained flat compared to the previous year, while restaurant meals consumed in-home accounted for 32% of all traffic and increased visits by 2%
If You Can't Make It Yourself...Just Sit In Your PJ's & Someone Will Surely Deliver It & Gladly Take Your Money! GI