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  • You Can Stop Wasting Your Money At Whole Foods

    08/03/2009 7:19:32 AM PDT · by Welcome2thejungle · 65 replies · 1,559+ views
    August 3, 2009 | Welcome2thejungle
    You can stop wasting your hard earned money at Democrat Party HQ...uh I mean Whole Paychecks...whoops Whole Foods Market. The following was reported in the Investor's Business Daily: "Organic food is no healthier than ordinary food, a large U.K. study found. Despite a small number of differences in nutrition between organic and conventionally produce food, no evidence of any extra health health benefit was found, London researchers said. The result was the same for studies of meat, dairy, and eggs." IBD 7/30/09 Seems that slapping an organic sticker on something these days is a license to steal. Thankfully I never...
  • Support Trader Joe's

    06/22/2009 8:50:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 59 replies · 2,334+ views
    Power Line ^ | June 22, 2009 | Scott Johnson
    Beneath the attention of major media coverage, the boycott of Israeli products has arrived in America. Its first (reported target) over this past weekend was the couscous at Trader Joe's. The Atlantic's (Jeffrey Goldberg comments:) "My recommendation: Head to Trader Joe's and buy anything made or grown in Israel. I hear the Israeli couscous goes well with grilled scapegoat, by the way." Rabbi Isaac Jeret of Congregation Ner Tamid in Los Angeles elaborates in an email to friends: As many of you know, one of the most difficult challenges for the State of Israel during its recent war in Gaza...
  • Trader Joe's Under Leftist Assault Over Israel

    06/19/2009 12:06:42 PM PDT · by americanophile · 47 replies · 1,542+ views
    Fousesquawk ^ | June 8, 2009 | Gary Fouse
    I received this message from a colleague alerting me to the fact that Trader Joe's, a well-known market for imported foods and wines, is now under pressure to stop selling products made in Israel (like Israeli cous cous, for example). This effort is being launched by South Bay Mobilization, a leftist, activist anti-Israel bunch in San Jose, California. In addition to its letter to Trader Joe's asking them not to sell Israeli products, this bunch is asking its members to actually go into local Trader Joe's stores on June 20, which if you did not know, is "World Refugee Day"...
  • Judges dismisses supermarket mogul's racketeering convictions

    06/15/2009 1:38:21 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 21 replies · 1,398+ views
    LATimes ^ | June 10, 2009 | Scott Glover
    George Torres' future looked pretty bleak: The supermarket mogul had been stripped of his riches by government prosecutors, convicted in a massive racketeering case and was awaiting a potential life sentence in federal prison. But in a stunning reversal of fortune Tuesday, the government released its grip on Torres' assets, a judge tossed out the most serious convictions against him, and he was ordered set free -- at least for now. The turnaround came after prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles turned over tape-recorded conversations that contained information that was potentially beneficial to Torres' defense regarding at...
  • Wal-Mart to create 22,000 jobs in 2009 (jobs include cashiers, clerks, managers and pharmacists)

    06/05/2009 5:53:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 142 replies · 3,549+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/5/2009 | Associated Press
    BENTONVILLE, Ark. - As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. opens about 150 new or expanded stores in the U.S. in 2009, the company expects to hire about 22,000 people for new positions. Those positions include plenty of cashiers and stock clerks, but the world’s largest retailer will also be adding store managers, pharmacists and personnel workers. Wal-Mart is holding its annual shareholders meeting on Friday, and employees from its stores around the world are spending the week in Bentonville at company headquarters. Unlike many retailers, Wal-Mart has managed to keep sales growing since the recession began in late 2007, helped greatly by...
  • World's Deadliest Spider Found in Whole Foods Produce

    03/20/2009 12:27:54 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 87 replies · 5,388+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/2009 | Fox News
    TULSA, Okla. — One of the most deadly spiders in the world has been found in the produce section of a Tulsa grocery store. An employee of Whole Foods Market found the Brazilian Wandering Spider Sunday in bananas from Honduras and managed to catch it in a container. The spider was given to University of Tulsa Animal Facilities director Terry Childs who said this type of spider kills more people than any other.
  • Grocery Bag Back: Reusable Grocery Bags and Back Injuries?

    03/19/2009 4:25:44 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 23 replies · 696+ views
    Associated Content ^ | March 19th, 2009 | Bobby Tall Horse
    Paper grocery bags are bad. Plastic grocery bags are evil. To "save" the planet and not be labeled as a delinquent, you must use reusable canvas or cloth grocery bags. It would appear that soon there will not be a choice of what you use. You will use the reusable grocery bag or not be shopping!
  • Grain Costs Down, Groceries Not

    03/15/2009 11:55:43 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 95 replies · 1,585+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 13, 2009 | Scott Kilman, Laruen Etter
    Commodity prices are down, but the bad news for consumers is that U.S. farmers are responding by cutting back their planting and production, reducing the chances of lower prices reaching the supermarket. Clay T. Mitchell of Buckingham, Iowa, said he will reduce his corn acreage 26% when the planting season starts in mid-April. The 930 acres of corn that the 35-year-old farmer plans to grow would be his smallest effort ever, even though corn has long been his most profitable crop. He is planting more soybeans, which don't need expensive nitrogen fertilizer. "Farming is very strange right now," said Mr....
  • (WSJ)Consumers Cut Food Spending Sharply --- Markets and Restaurants Feel the Pinch

    02/22/2009 2:39:29 PM PST · by dennisw · 78 replies · 2,242+ views
    Consumers have cut back sharply on food spending, shunning restaurants, opting for generic products over brand names, trading in lattes for home-brewed coffee and shopping for bargains. That is hurting sales and profits at many food processors, grocery chains and restaurants. First, consumers have been trading down to lower-priced items. Second, he thinks many households dug into their pantries for staples rather than going to the store, a trend that can't continue indefinitely. "You can't contract at this rate for long," he said. "It's just shocking." Cindy Greco, a 45-year-old Chicago resident, said she's shopping more at Costco Wholesale Corp....
  • Store Clerk Who Shot, Killed Robber Won't Be Charged Brizzi: Shooting Was Justified

    12/24/2008 1:09:54 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies · 1,048+ views ^ | 23 December 2008 | NA
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A grocery store employee who shot and killed a robber when he pointed a gun at a woman with a child will not be charged in the shooting. Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said Tuesday that Miguel Mondragon, 29, was justified in shooting Christopher Barreto, 23, during a robbery at the store Sunday night. Police responded to a holdup alarm just after 8 p.m. at El Michoacana Supermarket at 6240 W. 34th St. and found Barreto shot and critically injured. He was transported to Methodist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses told police that Barreto had ordered...
  • Wegmans slashes food prices (recession causes price cuts, free market works)

    11/09/2008 6:57:51 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 55 replies · 457+ views
    Finger Lakes Times ^ | Friday, November 7, 2008 11:06 AM CST | By JIM MILLER
    Canandaigua, NY--Local shoppers have been watching their grocery bills increase for months, but some relief is on the way. In anticipation of lower fuel and production costs, Wegmans has cut prices on hundreds of items, with reductions ranging from 10 to 30 percent. Signs will go up today and over the weekend pointing customers to the lower-cost items, said spokeswoman Jo Natale. In a message posted on the company Web site, owners Danny and Colleen Wegman said the price cuts were made in anticipation of Wegmans’ costs falling in the future. They said they don’t mind making a little less...
  • Safeway Grocery Stores - Obama buttons (Vanity)

    10/09/2008 4:12:37 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 78 replies · 2,797+ views
    Vanity ^ | October 9, 2008 | wac3rd
    I was coming through the grocery line today when I encountered a female, middle-aged African American cashier sporting three (3) Obama political buttons on her smock. I paid for my items and promptly called Safeway's Pleasanton, CA headquarters and asked for the Public Relations office where I spoke to the Director. I asked her if Safeway, Inc. was officially endorsing Barack Obama as one of their cashiers clearly was showing political partisanship in the workplace. She said, "No, we have a strict dress code of no athletic, political or religious insignia". She asked for the store address and assured me...
  • Free grocery bags targeted for extinction in California

    08/25/2008 2:36:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 198+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/25/8 | Jim Downing
    The plastic grocery bag is fighting for its crinkly life.From the city of San Francisco to Los Angeles County, more than a dozen local governments around the state have proposed or passed plastic-bag restrictions, ranging from recycling mandates to outright bans.Now, a proposal in the Legislature would put a 25-cent fee on all disposable bags – paper or plastic – given out at drug and grocery store check stands starting Jan. 1, 2010. It has won key support from the grocery and retail industries and faces its next legislative step today. Those in favor of the fee, led by Assemblyman...
  • Food Giants Race to Pass Rising Costs to Shoppers

    08/08/2008 6:30:16 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 66 replies · 1,075+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8 August 2008 | SCOTT KILMAN
    Companies throughout the food chain are changing the way they do business in response to soaring grain costs, and consumers are likely to bear the brunt in the form of rising food prices. Farmers are making the broadest cuts to their livestock herds in decades, meaning meat at the supermarket will likely cost more in coming years. Middlemen are trying to shorten the duration of supply contracts to 90 days from one year so they can pass on higher costs more quickly. And food brands are shrinking the contents of their packages, from ice-cream cartons to beverage containers. ...In another...
  • Future Uncertain for New Whole Foods at Hilldale (WI)

    08/06/2008 2:12:23 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 25 replies · 67+ views ^ | August 6, 2008 | Doug Shore
    The construction of a new Whole Foods grocery store at Hilldale Mall may be in jeopardy. On Tuesday, Whole Foods reported a 30 percent drop in the company's profit for the third quarter, and announced it will reduce the number of stores expected to open in fiscal year 2009 from 21 to 15.The company, which is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol WFMI, reported its earnings late Tuesday. The stock was trading around $20 recently, a 13 percent plunge."The challenging economic environment appears to be negatively impacting our sales," John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods, said in...
  • L.A. City Council votes for ban on plastic shopping bags

    07/23/2008 4:36:20 PM PDT · by LAforme2008 · 20 replies · 127+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 23. 2008 | David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    The council plans to ban plastic carryout bags in the city's stores by 2010, unless the state imposes a 25-cent fee on those who request them.
  • Seattle officials propose 20-cent grocery-bag fee (Jan 1, if city council approves)

    05/04/2008 5:12:17 PM PDT · by Stoat · 113 replies · 115+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 3, 2008 | Sharon Pian Chan
    (edit)   Nickels and City Council President Richard Conlin proposed a 20-cent "green fee" Wednesday on all disposable bags to encourage customers to carry their milk and eggs home in their own bags. Forget the canvas sacks at home? Shoppers at grocery, convenience and drug stores will pay the price starting Jan. 1, if the City Council approves. A family buying six bags of groceries a week would spend $62.40 a year in bag fees. The city will issue one free reusable shopping bag to each household."The answer to the question 'Paper or plastic?' should be 'Neither,' " Nickels...
  • Supermarket trials carbon labels

    04/28/2008 10:22:30 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies · 95+ views
    BBC ^ | April 29, 2008 | BBC
    Supermaket chain Tesco has announced that a range of its own-brand products will carry labels showing the size of the goods' carbon footprints. Tesco said it would label 20 items, including light bulbs and potatoes, during a two-year trial of the scheme, which is operated by the Carbon Trust. Shoppers will be able to see how much carbon is emitted over the life of a product - from manufacture to disposal. The store said it was introducing the labels in response to consumer demand. "Customers tell us that it is very important to them," said David North, Tesco's community and...
  • Families' annual grocery bill rises by £800[UK]

    04/24/2008 2:21:23 PM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 64+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 24 Apr 2008 | Harry Wallop and Rosa Prince
    Families are having to spend almost £800 more on their annual grocery bills as the highest rate of food inflation for a generation drives up supermarket prices, research suggested yesterday. The cost of a basket of 24 basic items such as tea bags, milk, cornflakes and pasta sauce at the three biggest stores has risen by 15 per cent over the past year.   Compare prices of 24 grocery items A kilo of Tesco garden peas has increased from £1.10 to £1.79; a dozen medium free-range eggs from Sainsbury's has climbed from £1.75 to £2.58; and a bag of fusilli...
  • Going Green With Gas Means Groceries Get Higher

    02/26/2008 12:02:37 PM PST · by slackattack19 · 47 replies · 135+ views
    The ^ | 2/23/08 | Dan Taylor
    I'm not as worried about gas prices as I am wheat prices. I can ride the bus if gas gets too expensive but I can't eat my neighbors bread. If we keep taking all the corn in the country and using it for our little ethanol transportation experiment we have less corn to feed cows and less land to plant in wheat. Fewer cows get slaughtered but their are also fewer amber waves of grain to behold. The cow problem solves itself over time because we just sell the ones we have sooner at a lower price and don't breed...
  • Shoppers warned bigger bills on way

    02/24/2008 5:30:07 PM PST · by Iris7 · 139 replies · 529+ views
    Financial Times ^ | February 24 2008 | Javier Blas
    When William Lapp, of US-based consultancy Advanced Economic Solutions, took the podium at the annual US Department of Agriculture conference, the sentiment was already bullish for agricultural commodities boosted by demand from the biofuels industry and emerging countries. He added a twist – that rising agricultural raw material prices would translate this year into sharply higher food inflation. “I hope you enjoy your meal,” Mr Lapp told delegates during a luncheon. “It is the cheapest one you are going to have at this forum for a while.” His warning that a strong wave of food inflation is heading towards the...
  • US store chain cuts sales of food from China

    02/12/2008 6:29:09 PM PST · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 161 replies · 439+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb 12, 08 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US grocery chain Trader Joe's said Monday it would stop selling food imported from China due to customers' concerns about the products' safety. "Our customers have voiced concerns about products from this region and we have listened," Trader Joe's spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said in a statement. "All single ingredient food items sourced from mainland China are scheduled to be out of our stores by April 1," she said. "We will continue to source products from other regions until our customers feel as confident as we do about the quality and safety of Chinese products."
  • Whole Foods Ditches Plastic; Will [Madistan] Follow?

    01/23/2008 5:34:32 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 36 replies · 684+ views ^ | January 23, 2008 | Lynn Welch
    Looking out his office window Tuesday, Mike Dailey spotted something hanging in a tree. It was a plastic shopping bag. "Maybe that's part of the problem," said Dailey, an engineer with the city of Madison and adviser to the city's Commission on the Environment. "They're out there blowing all over the place." Difficult for some cities to recycle and a trash collection nightmare, plastic bags have made it on the environmental hit list of some cities, and now retailers. Whole Foods on Tuesday announced that it would end use of plastic in all of its stores. Stores will deplete inventory...
  • Some grocery coupons go digital (snip -> click)

    01/14/2008 8:21:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 59+ views
    AP ^ | 01/13/08 | DAN SEWELL,
    Some grocery coupons go digital By DAN SEWELL, AP Business Writer Sun Jan 13, 2:20 PM ET Some coupon users are clicking instead of clipping these days to get their grocery discounts. Supermarket chains are trying out paperless, or digital, coupons, to help the thrifty-minded save time while saving money. Shoppers load the online discounts onto their store loyalty cards, receiving the credit at the checkout. Grocers see the innovation as a way to build customer loyalty, drawing consumers who are increasingly spending time online to their Web sites and ultimately, their stores. The move could increase coupon use by...
  • President Bush Discusses Health Care, Economic Growth

    11/01/2007 7:17:15 AM PDT · by fabrizio · 2 replies · 96+ views
    (2007 Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Products Association Fall Conference) Renaissance Hotel Washington, D.C THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for coming. Thank you all. Please be seated. Billy, thank you. I asked Billy where he works. He said, well, I run Sunny Delight beverage company. I said, well, Billy, I quit drinking. (Laughter.) He said, that's not that kind of alcohol. I thank you all for having me. Billy, thank you for your kind words. He's from Cincinnati. I was in Cincinnati the other day, stopped off and got some ribs, and he tried to ask me to compare Texas ribs with Cincinnati ribs....
  • Trader Joe's Just Says No To China

    10/20/2007 7:08:11 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 75 replies · 222+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 20, 2007 | By Stephanie Zimmermann
    Trader Joe's, the hip, wholesome food store with 15 locations in the Chicago area, said Friday it will phase out foods imported from China amid concerns that standards on "organic" products from the country aren't as stringent as they should be. Alison Mochizuki, spokeswoman for the Monrovia, Calif.-based grocer, e-mailed a statement saying the grocer will phase out single-ingredient products from mainland China by Jan. 1. Trader Joe's will be phasing out all foods made in China from stores in Chicago and around the country. "We feel confident that all of our products from China meet the same high quality...
  • Publix to offer 7 popular prescription antibiotics for free

    08/07/2007 4:44:54 AM PDT · by TheTruthAintPretty · 84 replies · 2,455+ views
    CAPE CORAL - Publix supermarket chain said today it will make seven common prescription antibiotics available for free, joining other major retailers in trying to lure customers to their stores with cheap medications. The oral antibiotics, representing the most commonly filled at the chain's pharmacies, will be available at no cost to anyone with a prescription as often as they need them, Publix CEO Charlie Jenkins Jr. said. Fourteen-day supplies of the seven drugs will be available at all 684 of the chain's pharmacies in five Southern states. The prescription antibiotics available under the program are amoxicillin, cephalexin, penicillin VK,...
  • Store axes workers for watching soldier's funeral on company time

    07/09/2007 12:06:34 PM PDT · by CT-Freeper · 60 replies · 1,803+ views ^ | July 08, 2007 | Associated Press
    JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Two grocery store employees have been fired after they didn't punch out while viewing a 300-vehicle procession funeral procession for a soldier who was killed in Iraq. Polly's Country Market store produce manager Ron Klimmer and produce retail clerk Michael Wahr received notice of their firings in letters from the company mailed to their homes, said United Food and Commercial Workers Local 951 business representative Scott Gould. They were punished for watching the June 19 funeral procession of Army Sgt. Matthew Soper. The Jackson resident died June 6 in Bayji, Iraq, of wounds from an improvised...
  • Jury nixes illegal alien's suit over fall in grocery store

    06/29/2007 1:54:05 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies · 1,910+ views
    MediaNews Group ^ | June 29, 2007 | TERRY VAU DELL
    A Butte County jury has found a Gridley supermarket not liable to pay civil damages to an illegal alien who slipped and fell on a grape inside the store. The plaintiff, who suffered a fractured kneecap in the incident, had sought over $400,000 through her lawyer for past and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The jury was not specifically told the shopper was an illegal alien, only that she "couldn't legally work in this country." Superior Court Judge Barbara Roberts read a stipulation to that effect to the jury after the woman's San Francisco attorney, Rafael Crespo Jr.,...
  • Newest Trend: Personal Scanners at Food Stores

    06/16/2007 5:06:12 PM PDT · by CAWats · 66 replies · 1,511+ views
    SCAGGSVILLE, Md — Stephanie Cerneck doesn't go through the checkout line at her supermarket anymore. Or even the self-checkout line. She uses a personal scanner offered by the Bloom grocery store near her home, scanning each item as she takes it off the shelf and bagging as she shops. When she's done, she pays at a terminal at the front of the store. "When I come up to the checkout, everything's already bagged, I go to my car, I'm done. No waiting in line," she said at the suburban store between Washington and Baltimore. The handheld scanner lets customers keep...
  • Beer Samples in Grocery Stores, Good Call Wisconsin!

    04/18/2007 9:54:44 AM PDT · by MUCollegeRepublican1 · 25 replies · 754+ views : The Triumvirate ^ | 4/18/07 | Brandon Henak
    Daniel posted awhile back on a bill, proposed by a Democrat (hey, I found some common ground!), that would allow grocery stores to provide 6 ounce samples of beer to their was just passed by the Wisconsin State Senate unanimously...
  • Giuliani off the mark on grocery costs

    04/10/2007 7:36:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 99 replies · 1,785+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/07 | Phillip Rawls - ap
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani hasn't done a lot of grocery shopping lately — at least based on his answers about the cost of milk and bread. Campaigning in Alabama on Tuesday, the former New York City mayor portrayed himself as a fiscal conservative and an aggressive fighter of terrorism who has a lot in common with the Deep South state. But when asked about more mundane matters — like the price of some basic staples — Giuliani had trouble with a reporter's question. "A gallon of milk is probably about a $1.50, a loaf of bread...
  • Grocery Industry Prepares For Pandemic Bird Flu With Little Government Oversight

    02/20/2007 7:35:09 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 700+ views
    OC Register ^ | 2-20-2007 | Timberly Ross
    Tuesday, February 20, 2007Grocery industry prepares for pandemic bird flu with little government oversight By TIMBERLY ROSS The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. – Stocking up on food is as simple as a trip to the grocery store, a veritable land of plenty for Americans. ''It's so easy when you have three grocery stores in your vicinity,'' said Becky Jones of Omaha, who stocks up once a week for her family of three. ''You think: how could you possibly not get what you needed?'' But will fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, bread, milk and other household staples still be available if...
  • TV Karts just what the glazed-over ordered

    10/07/2006 5:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 294+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 6, 2006 | Lori Borgman
    Apparently, the pimp-my-ride craze is now hitting grocery carts. A New Zealand firm is test-marketing brightly colored plastic shopping carts designed for children. Each cart seats two, has a top-load overhead storage bin and comes with small a DVD player in the dashboard. The TV Kart, which resembles a cage (one would hope that is purely coincidental), offers Barney, The Wiggles and Bob the Builder. Children are now able to watch television from the comfort of home, in the car on the way to the grocery store, while at the grocery store, in the car on the way home from...
  • The Wal-Mart You Don't Know (Shades of A&P and Sears historic practices)

    09/23/2006 11:42:39 AM PDT · by dickmc · 76 replies · 2,393+ views
    Fast Company ^ | December 2003 (Vlasic,etc), January 2006 (Snapper) | Charles Fishman
    The Wal-Mart You Don't Know The giant retailer's low prices often come with a high cost. Wal-Mart's relentless pressure can crush the companies it does business with and force them to send jobs overseas. Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?
  • Did Arabs Accidentally Get Canned Pork By Mistake?

    09/13/2006 8:26:14 AM PDT · by laotzu · 69 replies · 1,809+ views
    San Antonio Lightning ^ | 9/13/06 | SAL Political Snitch
    The "Case of the Double Labels" is still under investigation, but a spokesperson for the company that makes the product called "Hill Country Fare Bacon Grill Lucheon Meat" -- an HEB(grocery store) house brand -- did confirm from the canned meats markings are that of pork. The can and labels were produced by food giant Tyson Foods. What can't be explained is how an Arabic label for "Al Haloub Cow" brand was underneath the Hill Country label. (See previous story below.) Archie Schaffer III is Senior VP of External Relations at Tyson Foods' headquarters in Arkansas. He confirmed that an...
  • Shoppers make Wegmans No. 1 grocer in the U.S.

    09/01/2006 3:45:06 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 178 replies · 5,776+ views
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | 9/1/2006 | Bob Niedt
    Consumers report that Wegmans is No 1. The regional supermarket chain, based in Rochester, sits atop the latest Consumer Reports magazine retail rankings of 54 U.S. chains that sell groceries. They include traditional supermarkets and warehouse clubs, limited-assortment discounters and boutique stores. Consumer Reports surveyed 24,000 readers and compiled 38,000 reports from April 2004 until June 2005. The results are published in the October issue of the magazine, which subscribers started receiving Wednesday in Central New York. It goes on sale in stores Tuesday. Joan Eve Quinn, speaking for Consumer Reports, said after the data is collected, it takes Consumer...
  • California Korean grocery group sues Andrew Young over remarks

    08/30/2006 10:05:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 1,862+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/30/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES A Korean grocers' group sued former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young for libel for claiming that they and other market owners "ripped off" blacks. The suit, filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, also names the Wal-Mart store chain and seeks at least $7.5 million in damages. The former Atlanta mayor resigned as head of a Wal-Mart advocacy group on Aug. 18 amid controversy over comments he made to the weekly, black-owned Los Angeles Sentinel. In an interview, Young said that Wal-Mart competition had forced smaller, "mom-and-pop" stores out of his neighborhood. "But you see, those are...
  • Christian Radio Host Holding Texas Grocery Chain Accountable

    07/11/2006 11:03:00 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 105 replies · 2,939+ views
    AgapePress ^ | July 11, 2006 | Jody Brown
    San Antonio, Texas -- site of the famous 19th-century battle at the Alamo -- is now host to another potential battle that is brewing, this one between homosexual activists and conservative Christians. The battle is centered on, of all things, a statewide chain of grocery stores. The H-E-B Grocery Company, with headquarters in Kerrville, began more than 100 years ago with one tiny family store. It now boasts over 300 stores across the Lone Star State and in northern Mexico and more than 56,000 employees. It also boasts of giving millions of dollars annually to charitable organizations, educational initiatives, and...
  • Whole Foods Market bans sale of live lobsters

    06/16/2006 12:26:34 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 108 replies · 2,007+ views
    AP via ^ | 15 June 2006 | Liz Austin
    Customers craving fresh crustaceans will have to look beyond Whole Foods Market Inc. after the natural-foods grocery chain decided Thursday to stop selling live lobsters and crabs on the grounds that it's inhumane. The Austin-based grocer, which has stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, spent seven months studying the sale of live lobsters from ship to supermarket aisle, trying to determine whether the creatures suffer along the way. In some stores, they experimented with "lobster condos," filling tanks with stacks of large pipes the critters can crawl inside. And they moved the tanks behind seafood counters and away from...
  • Shut up & walk your lobster (Whole Foods Considers Stopping Lobster Sales)

    06/13/2006 7:18:16 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 102 replies · 2,846+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 6/13/06 | John Kelso
    No wonder people think this town is goofy. The Whole Foods Market chain headquartered here in Austin is thinking about stopping the sale of live lobsters because it could be cruel to the lobsters. "We're reviewing the entire process literally from boat to plate to see if we can make some significant improvement in that whole supply process," Whole Foods spokeswoman Kate Lowery said. One way Whole Foods could make some significant improvement would be to release all the lobsters into Town Lake. That way I could collect them and eat them. Still, on Thursday the Whole Foods leadership will...
  • The Organic Food Fad is officially dead

    06/04/2006 11:08:53 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 248 replies · 5,478+ views
    Federal Review ^ | Sunday, June 04, 2006
    The New York Times reports that Wal-Mart, the bane of all limousine liberals and aging hippies, has entered the "crunchy granola" market: Beginning later this year, Wal-Mart plans to roll out a complete selection of organic foods — food certified by the U.S.D.A. to have been grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers — in its nearly 4,000 stores. Just as significant, the company says it will price all this organic food at an eye-poppingly tiny premium over its already-cheap conventional food: the organic Cocoa Puffs and Oreos will cost only 10 percent more than the conventional kind. Organic food will...
  • Wal-Mart after bigger bite of organics

    05/13/2006 10:05:38 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies · 440+ views
    NW Arkansas News / NY Times ^ | May 13, 2006 | Melanie Warner
    Most of the nation’s major food producers are hard at work developing organic versions of their best-selling products, like Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Kraft’s Mac & Cheese. Why the sudden activity ? In large part because Wal-Mart wants to sell more organic food — and because of its size and power, Wal-Mart usually gets what it wants. As the nation’s largest grocery retailer, Wal-Mart has decided that offering more organic food will help modernize its image and broaden its appeal to urban and other upscale consumers. It has asked its large suppliers to help. Some organic food advocates applaud the...
  • Robert B. Wegman; Supermarket Innovator

    04/28/2006 7:58:59 PM PDT · by Dan Nunn · 20 replies · 779+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/22/2006 | Matt Schudel
    Robert B. Wegman, 87, who introduced the idea of one-stop shopping at his family-owned chain of supermarkets, which are the envy of the industry for their unparalleled levels of customer and employee loyalty, died April 20 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. The cause of death could not be learned. In more than a half-century at the helm of Wegmans Food Markets Inc., Mr. Wegman built an innovative company that combined business success and humanitarian ideals. He pioneered the concept of one-stop shopping and the superstore, with bakeries, imported foods, cafes and photo labs all under one roof. He...
  • Grocery shake-up raises bagful of questions

    02/19/2006 3:39:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 84 replies · 1,944+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/19/6 | Jon Ortiz
    Northern California's food fight is coming to a store near you. It's already hit Mary Thomatos, a loyal Albertsons customer until the chain closed its J Street store near her east Sacramento home last summer. Now the future of the other 25 Albertsons in the Sacramento region is in doubt after their parent company was sold last month. With Ralphs Supermarkets closing eight area stores soon, the grocery landscape is shifting so rapidly that by summer many consumers may no longer recognize their neighborhood store. Such change, those in the industry say, is something most of us should get used...
  • No Wal-Mart in Northridge, retailer says (Grocery price to remain 20% higher)

    01/17/2006 2:54:04 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 45 replies · 1,114+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 1/17/05 | By Kerry Cavanaugh, Staff Writer
    Wal-Mart has dropped plans to build a store in Northridge, saying Monday that a city request for a full environmental and economic impact study would have delayed the project more than a year. Project opponents cheered the news, saying the community didn't need another mega-store at the congested intersection of Nordhoff Street and Tampa Avenue. The area already has a Target, a Kmart and a mall. Three other Wal-Mart stores are within seven miles of the proposed site. "This is a tremendous victory for the community," Councilman Greig Smith said in a statement. "I've said from the beginning that the...
  • Investment Group Offers To Buy Albertsons

    12/17/2005 12:05:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 178+ views
    KIFI ^ | December 16, 2005
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An investment group has offered to buy Albertsons for nine-point-six (B) billion dollars, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The buyers named in the report are Cerberus Capital, Kimco Realty Corporation and Minnesota grocery chain Supervalu Incorporated. The deal is valued at 26 dollars per share and includes six-point-four billion in debt. If the transaction happens, it would put an end to a three-month auction for Boise-based Albertsons. That began after lagging results and competition from lower-cost rivals including Wal-Mart. Albertsons officials declined to comment on the transaction. They also wouldn't say if the second-biggest U-S...
  • Ralphs Indicted On Federal Charges (Dem. Ron Burkle)

    12/15/2005 2:38:16 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 19 replies · 478+ views
    CBS 2 ^ | 12/15/05 | various
    The Ralphs supermarket chain has been indicted on charges it violated a number of federal labor laws during the 2003 grocery strike in Southern California. The 106-page indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles today. Prosecutors say the grocery chain issued thousands of paychecks to employees hired under false names and allowed the workers to cash the checks at its stores. The indictment also says the chain tried to conceal the practice from the union by sending locked-out employees to work at stores far from the ones where they were regularly employed. Ralphs locked out its...
  • Safeway plans closings (Texas)

    10/19/2005 4:26:53 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 33 replies · 2,013+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Oct. 19, 05 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS
    Safeway, based in Pleasanton, Calif., said it will close 26 underperforming stores by year's end, including nine Tom Thumb stores in Dallas-Fort Worth. It will also shutter 16 Randalls stores in Houston and one in Austin. That will leave Safeway with 62 stores in Dallas-Fort Worth, 36 in Houston and 14 in Austin. It plans to remodel many of the remaining Texas stores to create so-called lifestyle centers, with higher-end products *** Analysts viewed the closings as a better alternative than exiting the market – an option never suggested by the company but repeatedly mulled by industry observers. They also...
  • ENERGY CRISIS (Grocer Pulls Energy Drink of Michael Savage's Son- "Rockstar")

    10/15/2005 6:48:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 73 replies · 7,929+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 15, 2005
    The owner of a Portland, Ore., grocery chain has removed Rockstar energy drinks from the shelves. The founder of Rockstar, Russell Goldencloud Weiner, is the son of Michael Savage, the perpetually enraged talk radio host. Brian Rohter, owner of New Seasons Market, told The Portland Oregonian that Mr. Savage did "his best to take apart the fabric of our society and to attack American values." In 2003, MSNBC fired Mr. Savage after he told a caller he assumed was gay to "get AIDS and die." He continues to employ a similar tone on his syndicated radio show. On, Mr....