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]

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]