chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on September 27, 2013 06:33 PM
Food waste is a huge problem in America and globally, with up to 40 percent of perfectly good food being trashed in the US, according to a study by Harvard and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Yet there's a lack of nutritious food in US inner cities and elsewhere.
So the ex-president of Trader Joe's is trying to put supply and demand together to create a new form of food retailing. Doug Rauch plans to open a new market, the Daily Table, in Dorchester, Mass., early next year to sell "repurposed" food as is, and in lightly processed form like a fast-food restaurant.
"It's [an] idea about how to bring affordable nutrition to the underserved in our cities," he told NPR, using food that "is, to a large degree, either excess, overstocked [or otherwise] wholesome food that's thrown out by grocers ... at the end of the day because of the sell-by dates. Or [it's from] growers that have product that's nutritionally sound, perfectly good, but cosmetically blemished or not quite up for prime time. [So we] bring this food down into a retail environment where it can become affordable nutrition."Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Dale Buss on July 17, 2013 05:49 PM
Chobani yogurt, one of the country's fastest-growing CPG brands, is the latest to come under scrutiny from an activist group over its use of GMOs.
GMO Inside, an organization led by environmental group Green America, is calling on the Greek-yogurt segment leader to stop marketing its products as "real" and "natural" until it stops using milk from cows that are fed genetically-modified feed. The move represents one of the first attempts by US GMO activists to target dairy brands in addition to the cereal, bakery and grocery brands that have previously come under fire.
"So much of the GMO crops are going to animal feeds, so if we could change the way this is happening it could help to convert a lot of cropland back to non-GMO production," Elizabeth O'Connell, campaign director for the GMO Inside NGO, told Advertising Age.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 8, 2013 02:45 PM
Back in January, Whole Foods Market co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey made it known that he wasn't a fan of Obamacare, comparing it to fascism. The move by Mackey had plenty of folks vowing that they'd boycott the 350-store upscale market, but the company's second-quarter earnings report says something completely different.
Second-quarter net income grew 20 percent to $142 million, according to Reuters, and total sales rose more than 13 percent to $3.03 billion. The company also raised its full-year expectations per share to between $2.86 and $2.89. Since the end of the quarter in mid-April, same-store sales have gone up 9.4 percent.
Not too shabby for a retail brand that is gaining more and more competition. Part of its success is because the chain decided to reach out to more customers by adding more locations and lowering prices in a bid to beat its "Whole Paycheck" reputation. The long-term expectation is for Whole Foods to have 1,000 stores in the U.S. and beyond.Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 6, 2013 12:42 PM
It hasn't been a good year for meat eaters. Dozens of reports of horse meat being marketed as beef streaked across Europe, affecting retailers like Bird's Eye, Taco Bell, Ikea and Tesco. Most recently, six people have died in China from an avian flu outbreak, which led to the execution of thousands of chickens and has ultimately caused Chinese consumers to swear off poultry, dragging down grocers and QSR chains like KFC, which have seen double digit declines in sales.
However, the meat wars aren't over. Trader Joe's is now the focus of an effort by the Consumers Union, which took the grocer to task with a full-page ad in The Los Angeles Times saying that the company is “selling meat from animals fed a steady stream of antibiotics,” the L.A. Times reports.
The funky grocer, whose majority of products are private label brands (its own) responded, noting that it “also sells a selection of antibiotic-free chicken, beef, turkey, ham and lamb,” and that it “also offers private label goods that shun genetically engineered ingredients.” However, Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports magazine, says that the privately owned grocer has refused to meet to discuss the issue.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 24, 2013 08:56 AM
Netflix CEO says company is "on probation" despite soaring subscriptions.
Coach reveals ready to wear collection in bid to add luster.
NFL pressures fan to nix Harbowl trademark.
Acer writes down value of brands.
Air Canada CEO defends higher airline fees.
Apple stock plunge highlights investor expectations.
Barclays new CEO swings the axe in Asia.
Benetton turns down the shock tactics.
H&M to stage first Paris Fashion Week show in eight years.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 25, 2012 09:04 AM
Apple takes a subtle dig at Samsung in new iPhone ad as its supply is tested by record sales thanks to use of thin display.
Burberry tops London Fashion Week tweets thanks to One Direction's Harry Styles.
Dave & Busters prices IPO lower than expected.
Diageo is in talks about buying stake in United Spirits.
Estee Lauder develops brand just for China.
Ford's CMO promotes social- and product-dirven brand.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 21, 2012 02:02 PM
Google’s Android mobile operating system is #1 on the top 20 brands favored by the LGBT community, according to the researchers at YouGov BrandIndex. Last year, Google's YouTube topped the annual LGBT ranking.
The 2012 LGBT buzz list includes four Apple-related and several other tech and social media brands, and looks quite different from last year’s ranking, with 12 new brands making the top 20: Android, iPad, Target, Samsung, Aleve, Kindle, Advil, PBS, LG, Starbucks, Comedy Central, and Skype. Disneyland and Disney World share fourth spot, reflect the parks' annual LGBT days and outreach to the gay community.
“Gay consumers number 15 million and counting, spending $743 billion annually” in the U.S., according to LGBT marketing agency Prime Access. Falling out of the top 20 this year: Google, Amazon, Whole Foods, Claritin, HBO, Lowe's, Cheerios, Food Network, M&Ms, Nike, Trader Joe's and Bose.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 28, 2012 08:59 AM
BlackBerry-maker RIM plans to slash staff.
P&G will change candy-resembling Tide Pods on child safety concerns.
Formula One wins court challenge overturning 'F1' trademark.
Amazon will sell pre-paid wireless service in Japan.
Apple applies for patents on advanced stylus.
Two years after BP oil spill, tourists return to US Gulf.
Cisco pulls the plug on its Cius tablet.
ExxonMobil to vote on gay protections.
Facebook is reportedly developing a smartphone (with ex-Apple engineers).Continue reading...