Student Group Tells Santa Fe To Ban Plastic Bags To Help "Everybody In The Universe"

Student Group Tells Santa Fe To Ban Plastic Bags To Help "Everybody In The Universe"

Santa Fe believes the children are its future, and as such, its leaders say they are listening very seriously to a group of students who are urging the city to ban plastic bags in grocery stores and other places that use them. The kids have solid reasoning — as one fifth-grader said, “Stop using plastic bags and help everybody in the universe including people who are going to be alive in the future.” [More]

Is Customized Supermarket Pricing Gleaned From Loyalty Cards Creepy Or A Good Thing?

Is Customized Supermarket Pricing Gleaned From Loyalty Cards Creepy Or A Good Thing?

Whether you’re one of those shoppers with way too many grocery store loyalty cards or just a few, swiping those at checkouts could be doing far more than just giving you a few cents off your favorite cereal. Stores like Safeway and Kroger are building up their research on how their customers shop, developing customized pricing on the things you like the most. So is that a creepy invasion of privacy or worth it if you save money? [More]

Are You Overdosing On Supermarket Loyalty Cards?

Are You Overdosing On Supermarket Loyalty Cards?

Just about anyone who has been into a chain grocery store in the last decade is familiar with loyalty programs — and the little barcode cards that can quickly clog up your wallet and/or key chain. But one Consumerist reader thinks it’s time for supermarkets to rethink these programs and just pass the savings on to everyone. [More]

Maine’s Fishermen Facing A Lobsterpalooza Dilemma Of Epic Proportions

Maine’s Fishermen Facing A Lobsterpalooza Dilemma Of Epic Proportions

Want a lobster? Go get it! In fact, why not buy like, seven of them? Do it, really — Maine’s fisherfolk will thank you. Warm weather and good conservation techniques have primed Maine’s waters for a glut of lobster unlike anything the fishing population has seen. It could turn out to be a record lobster harvest — but with this kind of glut, where are all those lobsters going to go? [More]

This Mr. Clean Label Helps You Brush Up On Basic Math Skills

This Mr. Clean Label Helps You Brush Up On Basic Math Skills

Have you ever looked at a 80 oz. bottle of Mr. Clean and puzzled over how many 40 oz. bottles of Mr. Clean would go into this larger size? Probably not, but this label clears up the math question no one really needed the answer to. [More]

Cargill Recalls 30,000 Of Beef Sold In Northeast Over Salmonella Concerns

Cargill Recalls 30,000 Of Beef Sold In Northeast Over Salmonella Concerns

Those living in the Northeast, especially customers of Hannaford Supermarkets, should keep an eye on the ground beef they’re buying. Cargill Beef is voluntarily recalling 29,339 pounds of ground beef over fears that it may contain salmonella. [More]

The Corn Belt’s Sweeping Drought Could Result In Steeper Grocery Store Prices

The Corn Belt’s Sweeping Drought Could Result In Steeper Grocery Store Prices

Due to what many experts are calling one of the worst droughts this country has seen in decades, consumers could start seeing the effects of the Midwest’s damaged grain crops reflected in their grocery store receipts. But don’t stockpile corn flakes — it’s more likely prices will go up for meat and dairy products. [More]

Time For A Refresher: What Is Tare Weight & Why Should I Care About It?

Time For A Refresher: What Is Tare Weight & Why Should I Care About It?

What you don’t know can hurt you — at least when it comes to feeling the pain in your wallet. So if you’re not savvy when it comes to tare weight, you could be leaking money at places like the grocery store salad bar. It’s been awhile since we’ve discussed tare weight, so let’s have a little refresher course, shall we? [More]

The Safeway Hot 100: No Refund Until You’re Proven Innocent

The Safeway Hot 100: No Refund Until You’re Proven Innocent

Michael’s fiancée sent him to the grocery store late one night. He came home with the wrong moisturizing cream, which happens all too often during shopping expeditions based on someone else’s instructions. No big deal. They just brought it back to Safeway the next time they visited the store. He paid cash, but it was still all sealed up and had a Safeway sticker on it. Only the cream’s price tag and popularity with shoplifters meant that the store’s Loss Prevention staff would need to review surveillance tapes to make sure that Michael hadn’t stolen the item. [More]

We Are Apparently In The Midst Of A Canned Beer Renaissance

We Are Apparently In The Midst Of A Canned Beer Renaissance

In my youth, canned beer was king, though there was the one guy on the block whose recycling buckets were always overflowing with empty Rolling Rock bottles. But then came the craft beer revolution of the ’90s and slowly but surely cans gave way to bottles and draft beer. For seven years starting in 2002, bottled and draft beers equaled or outpaced the canned stuff in the U.S., but ever since the economy took a nose dive, a growing number of Americans have been cracking open cold cans for their beer-based refreshment. [More]

Should Snapple Sorbet Bars Disclose They Contain Absolutely No Fruit?

Should Snapple Sorbet Bars Disclose They Contain Absolutely No Fruit?

Fruit-flavored snacks are notorious for their lack of fruit content, but most items with “sorbet” in the name at least use some fruit juice or fruit base. And one might look at the box for Snapple Sorbet Bars and think that the phrase “naturally flavored” implies some fruit content. But a look at the ingredients panel says otherwise. [More]

Why The Math On Your Soda Bottles & Cans Doesn’t Always Add Up

Why The Math On Your Soda Bottles & Cans Doesn’t Always Add Up

In the two years since we first covered the complicated rounding involved with soda bottle nutrition labels, some changes have been made with the goal of clearing up things like calorie count and serving size. But some questions still keep popping up, so it’s probably time for a refresher course. [More]

Dixie Cups Originally Marketed As Life-Saving Technology

Dixie Cups Originally Marketed As Life-Saving Technology

While you might think of paper Dixie Cups as things you keep refilling — and then use to practice your trash can jump shot with — while waiting for your oil to be changed or your kid to get their school physical. But the disposable vessels were originally marketed as a way to stop the spread of disease. [More]

People Of Nunavut Tired Of Paying $30 For Coffee, $65/lb. For Chicken

People Of Nunavut Tired Of Paying $30 For Coffee, $65/lb. For Chicken

Almost four years ago, we marveled at the ridiculously high grocery prices in Nunavut, the largest and northernmost Canadian territory. Now, after years of paying $35 for a bottle of V8, $28 for cabbage and a whopping $65/pound for “Best Value” brand chicken, the folks in Nunavut are fighting back. [More]

Should I Be Embarrassed That A Supermarket Cashier Assumed I’m Receiving WIC?

Should I Be Embarrassed That A Supermarket Cashier Assumed I’m Receiving WIC?

Shopping at her local Publix supermarket, Kathleen took some of her wholesome, perishable groceries–dairy and fruit–and put them on the conveyor belt before the rest of her items. This prompted the cashier to assume that since she had put the dairy items first, that she would be paying for those with a WIC check. She could have shrugged, said “no,” and forgotten about the incident. But the false assumption, the volume of the cashier’s voice and the attention that the question drew to her really embarrassed and upset Kathleen. She complained to store management and wants an apology from corporate that is not forthcoming. [More]

Disney Networks To Stop Airing Junk Food Ads To Kids

Disney Networks To Stop Airing Junk Food Ads To Kids

With growing public and regulatory interest in how not-exactly-healthy foods are advertised and marketed toward children, the Walt Disney Company is announcing today that any foodstuffs advertised during kid-focused TV programming on its many channels will have to meet the company’s nutritional standards. [More]

Jennie-O Reverses Grocery Shrink Ray To Add 10% More Fat Back In To Turkey Franks

Jennie-O Reverses Grocery Shrink Ray To Add 10% More Fat Back In To Turkey Franks

Here we thought the grocery shrink ray only worked one way, but Jennie-O is blowing our minds with a subtle reversal of the ray, turning it into a zapper that adds 10% of the fat back in to its turkey franks. [More]

Big Corn Still Believes We Are All So Very Confused About HFCS

Big Corn Still Believes We Are All So Very Confused About HFCS

Yesterday, the FDA concluded its 20-month review of a petition by the Corn Refiners Association to change the name of high fructose corn syrup to “corn sugar,” with a pretty solid “no.” Not surprisingly, the CRA says regulators have done you, the American consumer, a disservice by denying the petition. [More]