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]

Lunchables Fall Victim To The Grocery Shrink Ray

Lunchables Fall Victim To The Grocery Shrink Ray

Consumerist reader Mike has been noshing on Oscar Mayer Lunchables — you know, the pre-packed meat/cheese/cracker things — for years. To him, they were a dependable way to have a quick and cheap bite to eat for lunch in the office. That is, until they felt the ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZAAAPPPP! of the patented Grocery Shrink Ray. [More]

L.A. Bans Plastic Supermarket Shopping Bags

L.A. Bans Plastic Supermarket Shopping Bags

The movement against plastic shopping bags gained a lot of momentum today after the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 to phase out the use of plastic shopping bags at supermarkets. [More]

Safeway's New 'Easy Scoop' Ice Cream Easier To Scoop Because There's Less Of It

Safeway's New 'Easy Scoop' Ice Cream Easier To Scoop Because There's Less Of It

Safeway’s Lucerne house brand ice creams have been repackaged, and now come in a round container branded the “Easy-Scoop Package.” That’s a nice redesign, and round containers are easier to scoop from. Only, as reader Ryan points out, maybe the ice cream is easier to scoop now because there’s now a half-quart less of it. [More]

General Mills Must Defend Claim That Fruit Roll-Ups Are "Made With Real Fruit"

General Mills Must Defend Claim That Fruit Roll-Ups Are "Made With Real Fruit"

It’s been a while since we heard any updates on that class-action lawsuit against General Mills over its claims that Fruit Roll-Ups are “made with real fruit.” Well, yesterday the judge in the case gave it the go-ahead to proceed. [More]

Save Two Whole Cents With This 'Smoking Hot' Frozen Pizza Deal

Save Two Whole Cents With This 'Smoking Hot' Frozen Pizza Deal

These Roman frozen pizzas normally cost all of $1.68. Who can afford that in this economy? That’s why Wisconsin chain Pick ‘n Save has them marked down to only $1.66 each. If you buy six, as recommended, you save twelve cents. And have a freezer full of cheap frozen pizza. Is that really where you wanted your life to end up? [More]

Safeway Says It Is Moving Toward Crate-Free Pork Suppliers

Safeway Says It Is Moving Toward Crate-Free Pork Suppliers

Safeway is joining the ranks of other food providers, announcing that it plans to stop using any pork suppliers that put pregnant sows in cages as part of the production process. Animal rights groups call caging or crating pigs inhumane. [More]

High School Drama Class Produces Entire Musical About Wegmans

High School Drama Class Produces Entire Musical About Wegmans

Northeastern grocery chain Wegmans inspires the same kind of fanatical devotion in consumers as iPhone releases or “Twilight” movie premieres. So when a Wegmans store opened in Northboro, Mass., people camped out overnight awaiting their opportunity to storm the bulk candy aisle and buy $6 prepared meals, or something. Students in a local high school’s advanced drama class tapped into the zeitgeist, and have created an entire musical about the chain. It may be the world’s longest grocery store commercial. [More]

People Realize Chicken Thighs Taste Good, Now Cost Same As Breasts

People Realize Chicken Thighs Taste Good, Now Cost Same As Breasts

For too long, chicken thighs were the ignored child of the chicken meat family, relegated to bulk packs at ridiculously low prices. For people that knew what to do with the less-desired but more flavorful dark meat, it meant tasty meals that didn’t break the bank. But the secret is now out, and consumers are starting to pay top dollar for the one-time bargain poultry parts. [More]

Report: Pervy Employees At German Supermarket Chain Secretly Filmed Female Shoppers

Report: Pervy Employees At German Supermarket Chain Secretly Filmed Female Shoppers

Guess what? America isn’t the only country where store employees get a kick out of secretly spying on customers. According to a new report out of Germany, managers of several supermarkets of the Aldi discount chain have been filming female shoppers as they bend over refrigerators, reach for stuff on shelves and walk around stores. [More]

Consumer Groups Ask FDA To Stop This "Corn Sugar" Silliness Already

Consumer Groups Ask FDA To Stop This "Corn Sugar" Silliness Already

It’s been nearly two years since the Corn Refiners Association began running ads referring to High Fructose Corn Syrup as “corn sugar,” in spite of the fact that the Food & Drug Administration hadn’t yet approved this name change for food labels. The FDA still hasn’t gotten around to making a decision on the matter, and a number of consumer groups are tired of waiting for a decision. [More]

The Supermarket Tricks You Need To Avoid To Save While Shopping

The Supermarket Tricks You Need To Avoid To Save While Shopping

You might have a good set of tactics while shopping at your local supermarket. But are you savvy to the subtle ways food stores (and other retailers) get you to buy more? There might be a few tricks you’ve fallen prey to in the past. [More]