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  • Obama forces successful supermarkets to be sold to a failing company that shuts them down

    10/05/2015 4:35:04 PM PDT · by grundle · 50 replies
    wordpress ^ | O0ctober 5, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Obama forces successful supermarket chains to sell supermarkets to a failing company that shuts them down The Obama administration recently forced successful supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway to sell some of their supermarkets to the Haggen supermarket chain.Six months later, Haggen declared bankruptcy, and said it would close at least 100 of its supermarkets.Grocery strategist Burt P. Flickinger said:“This is the fastest (failure) in modern supermarket history… In all of retail, I haven’t seen anything like this.”This does not surprise me. Obama is a cronyist, and everything he touches turns into bantha pudu.
  • Why did billionaire pay Clinton $15 million?

    glaringly missing from the summary was mention of $15 million in fees paid by Burkle's Yucaipa Global Opportunities Fund since 2002
  • Welcome to a government well-tell-you-what-to-eat world

    07/20/2014 7:02:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/20/14 | Judi McLeod
    The supermarket talking shopping cart Michelle Obama will use to push her over-the-top approved food list is a power push over unsuspecting masses, but would serve as the perfect replacement for her husbands omnipresent rising sun logo. Six years ago, Barack Hussein Obama arrogantly made himself the rising sun in a logo by putting the sun under his stylized O, but his wife may have inadvertently come up with a better logo symbol to represent the empty life Barack Obama is bequeathing Americans: Michelles government-controlled supermarket shopping cart.
  • The 12 Worst Supermarkets in America

    12/09/2013 7:29:55 AM PST · by Daffynition · 197 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | April 13, 2012 ?!? | Blaire Briody
    ...All ratings are based on 24,203 responses, and the four categories service (includes employee courtesy and checkout speed), perishables (food quality), price and cleanliness were scored from very satisfied, fairly satisfied, neutral, fairly unsatisfied and very unsatisfied. All scores are out of 100. The highest-rated supermarket, Wegmans, received a score of 88. The following are ranked from bad to worst....
  • Commissary plan backlash shows difficulty of cutting defense spending

    06/02/2013 5:53:48 AM PDT · by tellw · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/02/213 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. Motion sensors and razor-wire coils ring the ammunition depot on this vast Marine Corps base. Sentries stand watch in the lobby of the headquarters complex. Military police officers patrol the barracks every few hours. But no building here boasts the defenses of the giant, government-run supermarket, whose bright, wide aisles are stocked with seemingly every brand of every food product available in America Heinz ketchup, Oscar Mayer bacon, Lays chips all sold at close to wholesale prices. The cost of ordering the goods, filling the shelves and checking out customers is all borne by...
  • Oh, good: ObamaCare may help raise supermarket prices, too

    02/07/2013 5:52:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 7, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    ObamaCares benevolent promise to help control and curtail healthcare-related costs is already going magnificently bust; why not just extend the consequences of heightened compliance costs and pricey taxes to an entirely other but equally indispensable economic sector while theyre at it, right? As the Federal Drug Administration so munificently explains, part of ObamaCares overall purpose is to help provide Americans with all of the tools they need to lead healthier lives (with a universal healthcare system that requires society to absorb the costs of individuals daily health-related decisions, what choice do they have but to butt into those decisions?) ...
  • Supermarkets cry foul as FDA proposes new food labeling rule under ObamaCare

    02/06/2013 7:37:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/6/13 | Shannon Bream
    If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, your trip to the grocery store could get a tad pricier. Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners -- to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone. (Snip) The rule stems from an ObamaCare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition information on menus. Most in the restaurant industry were supportive of the idea, but when the FDA decided to extend the provision to also affect thousands of supermarkets
  • Albertsons to close 26 U.S. stores

    09/05/2012 8:51:54 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 48 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/5/2012 | Shan Li and Walter Hamilton
    The parent company of the Albertsons supermarket chain is closing 26 stores nationwide, including 18 in Southern California, as it tries to overcome sharp operating losses and stiff price competition from big-box rivals. Supervalu Inc. said late Wednesday that the closings are part of a decision to eliminate about 60 stores nationwide, primarily in its Albertsons and Save-A-Lot chains. Albertsons will have 228 stores in California after the closures. Among the Albertsons locations in Southern California scheduled to be closed by December are stores in Long Beach, Glendale, Northridge and Van Nuys. A store in Culver City closed last month.
  • Why Were Now Paying More For Generic Groceries

    02/09/2012 8:52:15 PM PST · by rawhide · 28 replies ^ | 2-2-12 | Martha C. White
    When the economy hit the skids a few years ago, we responded with tactics that have gotten us through previous recessions: We stopped eating out and traveling as much, curbed our discretionary spending and chose generic items for basics like groceries. But then something strange happened: We began to prefer many of those store brands. Increasingly, were willing to pay even more for them. Whats going on here? According to the Wall Street Journal, stores have raised the prices of private-label nonperishable food by 5.3%, compared to a 1.9% increase for goods made by national brands. Store-brand versions of perishable...
  • If Supermarkets Were Like Public Schools

    05/04/2011 9:00:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | MAY 5, 2011 | DONALD J. BOUDREAUX
    Suppose that groceries were supplied in the same way as K-12 education... Each family would be assigned to a particular supermarket according to its home address. And each family would get its weekly allotment of groceries"for free"from its neighborhood public supermarket. No family would be permitted to get groceries from a public supermarket outside of its district. Being largely protected from consumer choice, almost all public supermarkets would be worse than private ones. In poor counties the quality of public supermarkets would be downright abysmal. Poor peopleentitled in principle to excellent supermarketswould in fact suffer unusually poor supermarket quality. Responding...
  • E. coli bacteria found on 50 percent of shopping carts (Reusable shopping bags too)

    03/02/2011 8:10:47 PM PST · by Innovative · 37 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 1, 2011 | Linda Carroll
    Researchers from the University of Arizona swabbed shopping cart handles in four states looking for bacterial contamination. Of the 85 carts examined, 72 percent turned out to have a marker for fecal bacteria. The researchers took a closer look at the samples from 36 carts and discovered Escherichia coli, more commonly known as E. coli, on 50 percent of them - along with a host of other types of bacteria. Shopping cart handles aren't the only thing you need to worry about when you go to the local supermarket, Gerba added. In other research, he's found that reusable shopping bags...
  • Supermarket Inc: Inside a $500 Billion Money Machine (TV special)

    01/30/2011 2:56:06 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 37 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/30/11 | CNBC
    The typical modern American supermarket stocks 48,000 items, each battling for precious shelf space. How do they get there? Why are they arranged the way they are? Did you know that some stores use heat maps to track which aisles you walk down and which ones you don't? Or that they put the milk at the end of the aisle so you're forced to pass a hundred other items on your way to get it? It's all done to gain an edge in a cutthroat business built on razor-thin margins. CNBCs Tyler Mathisen goes behind the scenes for a...
  • Winn-Dixie to close 30 stores; 120 corporate jobs being eliminated (MMM...MMM...MMM)

    07/28/2010 10:49:51 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 38 replies · 3+ views
    Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. on Tuesday announced it will close 30 of its 514 stores, and cut 120 jobs in its corporate and field support staffs as it deals with a continued weak economy. The Jacksonville-based supermarket chain wouldn't say which stores are closing until company officials can inform the employees involved, which should happen by the end of Wednesday. The stores being closed "can't operate efficiently or profitably" in this economy, CEO Peter Lynch said. "We just don't see a lot of good things down the road," he said. "These steps are being taken to position the company for another...
  • Remarks by the First Lady, Senator Bill Frist, Mayor Cory Booker and Dr. Jim Gavin...

    04/02/2010 10:51:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 492+ views ^ | April 1, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home Briefing Room Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the First Lady For Immediate Release April 01, 2010 Remarks by the First Lady, Senator Bill Frist, Mayor Cory Booker and Dr. Jim Gavin at Foundation Chair Announcement Conference Call Via telephone 11:02 A.M. EDT MRS. OBAMA: Well, good morning, everyone. This is Mrs. Obama. Its good to have you all on the line. Thank you so much for joining us as we take another very important step forward in the work to address Americas childhood obesity crisis. This...
  • How men amuse themselves in Supermarkets

    11/06/2009 3:59:45 AM PST · by Vanders9 · 85 replies · 4,240+ views
    Tesco | 11/06/09
    Proof of what can happen if a wife or girlfriend drags her husband or boyfriend along shopping This letter was actually sent by Tesco's Head Office to a customer in Oxford, UK : Dear Mrs. Murray, Whilst we would like to thank you for your valued custom and use of the Tesco Loyalty Card, the Manager of our store in Banbury is considering banning you and your family from shopping with us, unless your husband stops his antics. Below is a list of his actions over the past few months all verified by our surveillance cameras: 1. June 15: Took...
  • Supermarkets an endangered species in S.F.

    09/18/2008 7:57:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 161+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/18/8 | C.W. Nevius
    It was business as usual at the Cala Foods supermarket on Nob Hill this week. Customers lined up six deep at the cashiers and shoppers crowded the well-stocked aisles. So why is the store closing in 2010?The simple answer is money. Although Cala is making money, the profit margin for a large supermarket isn't large. Food costs are up, vendors are charging more to deliver products. Wages and insurance costs are rising. But more than that, supermarket sites are some of the last large real estate lots in the city. Eager developers are making such generous offers that store owners...
  • Supermarkets 'Mislead With Omega 3 Claims' (UK)

    10/24/2007 8:58:08 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 44+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-25-2007 | Harry Wallop
    Supermarkets 'mislead with omega 3 claims' By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 2:13am BST 25/10/2007 Supermarkets and food companies are misleading customers by making baffling health claims about omega 3, an organisation has claimed. Omega 3 is found naturally in oily fish, such as salmon or mackerel The fatty acid has become increasingly popular in recent years after some studies suggested that it can help reduce the risk of heart disease. However, parts of the food industry have been accused by the consumer group Which?of "riding the money-making omega 3 wave". A survey of 2,405 of their members...
  • Mugabe Has Lots Of Food At Local Shop

    07/27/2007 7:14:29 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 729+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-28-2009 | Sebastien Berger
    Mugabe has lots of food at local shop Last Updated: 2:38am BST 28/07/2007 Shoppers in the supermarkets of Harare have nothing left to buy. But in Borrowdale Brooke, where the countrys senior politicians live, everything from lobster to single malt whisky can be found at a price The shelves in Zimbabwe's stores are bare, but in a leafy suburb of Harare it's a different story, Sebastien Berger reports Robert Mugabe's local supermarket is unlike any other shop in Zimbabwe. Elsewhere there are gaping empty shelves where bread, butter, sugar, meat and the staple maize meal should be. But at...
  • 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...
  • Supermarkets Alert For Mass Turkey Recall (Bird Flu - UK)

    02/09/2007 7:38:45 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 357+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-10-2007 | Rebecca Smithers - John Vidal - Paul Lewis
    Supermarkets alert for mass turkey recall Chief scientist raises possibility of emptying shelves of packaged meat Rebecca Smithers, John Vidal and Paul Lewis Saturday February 10, 2007 The Guardian (UK) Sainsbury's has seen a 10% slump in poultry sales. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA The government's chief scientist said yesterday that packaged turkey meat might have to be removed from supermarket shelves in a mass product recall, as the official inquiry into a bird flu outbreak at a Suffolk farm widened. The frank admission by Sir David King came as the government's Food Standards Agency confirmed it is looking at the possibility...
  • Blasts At Ukrainian Supermarkets

    04/22/2006 8:07:48 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 322+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-23-2006 | Helen Fawkes
    Blasts at Ukrainian supermarkets By Helen Fawkes BBC News, Kiev Two blasts went off almost simultaneously Fourteen people have been injured by explosions at two supermarkets in eastern Ukraine. The stores were packed with shoppers when the blasts - which were almost simultaneous - occurred at around 12 noon local time. The two supermarkets, in the city of Kharkiv, are about a kilometre apart from each other. According to Ukraine's interior ministry the blasts appear to have been caused by homemade bombs. Motive unknown The devices were planted in the supermarkets' lockers where customers are able to leave their bags...
  • Where Have All the Supermarkets Gone? (NYT re NY)

    03/22/2006 6:45:14 AM PST · by summer · 61 replies · 1,406+ views
    NYT ^ | March 22, 2006 | Terry Pristin
    D'Agostino on University Place [Manhattan] is closing after two decades. Once you could find them every few blocks or so in prime neighborhoods of Manhattan, but these days the local chain supermarket seems to be heading the way of the five-and-dime. Among the latest casualties is a D'Agostino market on University Place near Union Square, which is closing after two decades in that location. FreshDirect, the online grocery service, has about 150,000 customers and takes in about $200 million a year, much of that from Manhattan. The last A.& P. in Manhattan, at 70th Street and West End Avenue, shut...
  • Tesco considers bid for Albertsons: paper

    09/18/2005 10:32:04 AM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 11 replies · 567+ views
    Reuters via ^ | September 18, 2005
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's largest retailer Tesco has sent an in-house team to the United States to consider a bid for Albertsons (ABS), the American grocery chain with 2,500 stores, the Business paper reported. Earlier this month, Albertsons said it had hired investments bankers to explore its options and would consider putting itself up for sale, with a price tag of $7.6 billion, as it grapples with intense competition from Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Tesco, which reports half-year results this week, has yet to find a vehicle to enter the lucrative U.S. market and is using the team to identify takeover...
  • Superbugs found in chicken survey

    08/16/2005 6:34:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies · 482+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/16/05
    Significant numbers of chickens on sale in UK shops are contaminated with superbugs, a scientific survey commissioned by BBC One's Real Story suggests.Of the British-grown chickens analysed, over half were contaminated with multi-drug resistant E.coli which is immune to the effects of three or more antibiotics. More than a third of the 147 samples, which included overseas and UK produced chicken, had E.coli germs resistant to the important antibiotic Trimethoprim which is used to treat bladder infections. The Health Protection Agency scientists testing the meat also found 12 chickens had antibiotic resistant Campylobacter. And VRE, or Vancomycin Resistant Enteroccci, were...
  • Angst in the checkout line and other pet peeves of shoppers

    06/29/2005 11:26:32 AM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 15 replies · 468+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 29, 2005 | Gwen Schoen
    Are you one of those people who stands in the quick-check line at the grocery store and counts how many items the person in front of you has in his cart? Would you like to holler "move it" when another shopper blocks the aisle? We gave readers a chance to vent their frustrations with grocery shopping. Oh, the tales we heard!
  • S.F. debates fee on bags at groceries

    01/24/2005 12:22:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 691+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Sun, Jan. 23, 2005 | Mary Anne Ostrom
    Choose paper or plastic at a San Francisco grocery, and it could cost you extra. Tuesday, the city's Commission on the Environment will ask the mayor and board of supervisors to move a proposal ahead that would make the city the first in the nation to charge grocery shoppers 17 cents for each plastic or paper sack.
  • Restaurants, Supermarkets Confront Tomato Shortage

    11/17/2004 7:07:11 AM PST · by crushelits · 13 replies · 642+ views ^ | Wednesday, November 17, 2004 | Griff Witte
    Fried Green Cucumbers It's been a rough few months for tomatoes. They've been swirled in California floods. They've been smashed by Florida hurricanes. They've been picked at by Mexican bugs. The result has been a national tomato shortage that has sent prices climbing like a vine seeking light. With costs up and quality down, some national restaurant chains are reconsidering their marketing strategies to keep the thought of juicy, tender tomatoes off customers' minds, or switching recipes to make up for the absence of certain hard-to-find varieties. The popular Juice Joint Cafe in Northwest Washington, meanwhile, has at least...
  • Supermarkets Shift To Self Checkout Lanes

    06/06/2004 4:36:52 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 140 replies · 559+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 6/5/04 | AP/Ira Dreyfuss
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Supermarket checkout clerks are going the way of the bank teller - available if you want one, avoidable if you don't. Self-checkout machines, which let customers scan, bag and pay for their own groceries, offer shoppers a chance to avoid the lines at the checkout stands. "This is like an ATM for them. It's quicker and easier," said Jennifer Panetta, a spokeswoman for the six-state Harris Teeter chain, based in Matthews, N.C. "They are in pretty much all our stores." About one-quarter of grocery chains are trying them now, with some 34,000 machines in use in stores...
  • Norways Supermarkets Engage in Not So Subtle Boycott of Israel

    03/29/2004 9:06:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies · 263+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 06:19 Mar 30, '04 | staff
    ( Some of Norways supermarket chains have decided to place special identification stickers on products from Israel. Other Scandinavian countries may follow suit. The Norwegians say the stickers do not constitute a "boycott" of Israel; they just want their customers, who are overwhelmingly pro Palestinian, to pay attention to where these products are produced. Norwegian labor unions have recently refused to off-load Israeli farm produce. Last year, a Norwegian "labor youth movement" organized a demonstration against Israeli singers from the Eurovision song contest. Another Norwegian group has been boycotting Israeli oranges since the early 90s. This group, "Boikott Israel l,"...
  • Wal-Mart getting boost from Lockyer

    02/24/2004 9:44:14 PM PST · by freedomdefender · 7 replies · 199+ views
    Daily News ^ | Feb. 20, 04 | David Stirling
    Wal-Mart getting boost from Lockyer By David Stirling No one has reported seeing Attorney General Bill Lockyer as a greeter at Wal-Mart stores. But from sightings of him on picket lines in front of Southern California supermarkets and partisan speeches at union strike rallies, he is advancing Wal-Mart's business dominance far more than its advertising can do. Over 120 days have passed since supermarket chains Albertsons, Ralphs (Kroger Co.), Vons and Pavilions (Safeway) informed their 70,000-member United Food and Commercial Workers-represented work force that -- due to pressures of Wal-Mart competition -- the company-paid portion of employee health care benefits...
  • Grocers reject binding arbitration to end strike-lockout

    02/04/2004 5:11:20 PM PST · by ladyesk · 36 replies · 329+ views
    AP ^ | February 4, 2004 | Alex Veiga
    LOS ANGELES Supermarket operators involved in a 4-month-old strike-lockout with Southern California grocery clerks rejected an offer from the workers' union Wednesday to have its members return to work immediately if the markets would agree to binding arbitration. In a joint statement issued shortly after union officials announced their offer, Albertsons Inc., Kroger Co. and Safeway Inc. rejected the union's proposal, calling it an effort to "shift the focus" away from the union's "inability" to negotiate a settlement. "Labor disputes are resolved by face-to-face negotiations with people familiar with the issues," the companies' statement said. "Only the parties to...
  • AFL-CIO to control national strategy of Calif. grocery clerks strike (UNION GOONS ALERT)

    01/20/2004 9:48:49 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 13 replies · 148+ views
    AFL-CIO to control national strategy of Calif. grocery clerks strike Associated Press LOS ANGELES - The AFL-CIO has assigned two of its leaders to control national strategy in the strike by grocery clerks at hundreds of California supermarkets. Richard Trumka, secretary-treasurer of the umbrella organization of 64 international unions, will work with Ron Judd to put pressure on the grocery chains by attempting to sway their shareholders, staging demonstrations and making phone calls to executives. About 70,000 grocery clerks from Kroger Co.'s Ralphs, Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Albertsons Inc. have been locked out or on strike since Oct. 11 over...
  • Teamsters Join Calif. Supermarket Strike

    11/24/2003 11:16:37 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 23 replies · 316+ views
    Associated Press (via Yahoo News) ^ | 24 November 2003 | Jeremiah Marquez
    Teamsters Join Calif. Supermarket Strike By JEREMIAH MARQUEZ, Associated Press Writer EL MONTE, Calif. - The Teamsters union said Monday its members will stop delivering groceries to three Southern California supermarket chains where grocery clerks have been on strike or been locked out for more than a month. The move effectively shuts off supplies to Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores during the critical Thanksgiving shopping week. The action, taken after the striking clerks moved to expand their picket lines to regional distribution centers, was called a "silver bullet" by Jim Santangelo, president of Teamsters Joint Council 42 in El Monte....