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]

Whole Foods Says It Won't Sell Any Unsustainable Seafood

Whole Foods Says It Won't Sell Any Unsustainable Seafood

Whole Foods, that bastion of all things labeled “organic,” has taken another step deeper into the environmentally-friendly pool by announcing they will stop selling fish or other seafood caught in depleted waters or through ecologically damaging methods. [More]

There Are Now 900,000 Fewer Pounds Of "Pink Slime" Being Produced Each Day

There Are Now 900,000 Fewer Pounds Of "Pink Slime" Being Produced Each Day

With several supermarket chains — including Kroger and Safeway — opting to stop selling ground beef that contains “lean, finely textured beef,” the ammonia-treated filler affectionately known as “pink slime,” the company that pumps out the stuff has had to suspend production at three of its four slime-making facilities. [More]

The Man Who Helped Bring Bagels To Supermarket Aisles Has Passed Away

The Man Who Helped Bring Bagels To Supermarket Aisles Has Passed Away

Raise some lox and your knifeful of cream cheese to pay homage: Murray Lender, the man who was widely credited with bringing the family business, Lender’s Bagels, from a small bakery to grocery stores nationwide, has passed away at 81. [More]

How Can I Protect The Public From Potentially Spoiled Cheesecakes?

How Can I Protect The Public From Potentially Spoiled Cheesecakes?

Somewhere in New York City, there is a rebellious grocery store that doesn’t follow the rules. Except the rules this store ignores don’t make it hip and interesting. They might make people sick. Every time Angela goes to the store, she notices a shelf of baked goods–cheesecakes and pies–that are supposed to be refrigerated, but aren’t. Store employees don’t seem to care, and the city health department has more important things to worry about. It’s only Angela left, standing up for perishable food and for justice, and she doesn’t know what to do next. [More]

Safeway To Stop Selling Ground Beef That Contains "Pink Slime"

Safeway To Stop Selling Ground Beef That Contains "Pink Slime"

It’s been a bad year for “lean finely textured beef,” better known by the less-tasty moniker “pink slime.” The ammonia-treated beef trimmings that have been used as ground beef filler for decades is quickly becoming a pariah at U.S. grocery stores like Safeway, which has announced it will no longer sell the stuff. [More]

Bagel Battle Royale: Consumer Reports Chows Down To Find The Best

Bagel Battle Royale: Consumer Reports Chows Down To Find The Best

While you shouldn’t even bring bagels up with a New Yorker if you’re not prepared for a fight, the brave, expert testers over at our smarter siblings Consumer Reports took on a bready battle of epic proportions, as they sought the best bagel you can find in stores nationwide. [More]

There Are Enough Oranges For Your Morning Squeeze So Stop Stressing

There Are Enough Oranges For Your Morning Squeeze So Stop Stressing

Remember when fungicides from Brazil and other orange-producing countries was going around tainting loads of juice and everyone was freaking out like, “Argh, now where will I get my Vitamin C from?!?!?” ? Don’t worry, guys. The government says there won’t be a shortage of the beloved citrus. So calm down. [More]