As Consumer Demand Recovers, Meat Prices Are Going Up

As Consumer Demand Recovers, Meat Prices Are Going Up

Chicken producers like Tyson and Pilgrim’s Pride slashed production in 2008 as feed prices went up and consumer demand for meat fell — but now as the economy recovers the demand is going up — along with prices. [More]

Swine Flu Presents Grocery Store Marketing Opportunity

Swine Flu Presents Grocery Store Marketing Opportunity

Reader Ian spotted this display at his local supermarket.

Oh, Popchips, Say It Isn't So!

Oh, Popchips, Say It Isn't So!

A little over a week ago, we brought to you a heart-warming tale of good publicity, free stuff, and tasty snacks from PopChips. Lurking in our files, though, was evidence that Popchips have been savagely zapped by the Grocery Shrink Ray.

Grocery Store Just Can't Stop Selling Expired Yogurt

Grocery Store Just Can't Stop Selling Expired Yogurt

Esther doesn’t want much. She just wants to buy some yogurt that hasn’t expired. It seems that’s too much to ask of her local Safeway near Baltimore.

Jewel-Osco Grocery Stores Implement Price Cuts …I Think

Jewel-Osco Grocery Stores Implement Price Cuts …I Think

Jewel-Osco, a Chicago-area grocery chain, implemented some much-publicized price cuts a few weeks ago. Let’s see how they’re doing with that.

http://consumerist.com/2009/03/20/is-it-safe-to-buy/

Is it safe to buy meat when the “sell by” date is about to expire? How safe is it to buy beef or fish at a reduced price because the “sell by” date is about to expire? What are signs of bad steak? Does browning around the edges indicate it’s spoiled? [CR]

http://consumerist.com/2009/02/23/what-the-hell-even-people/

What the hell? Even people who make CANNED SOUP are hurting. [Bloomberg]

Eventually, If This Trend Continues, Bags Of Chips Are Just Going To Be Empty

Eventually, If This Trend Continues, Bags Of Chips Are Just Going To Be Empty

Everyone knows that bags of chips are sold by weight and they look big, but are only half full, yadda yadda — but these photos from reader Taylor made us laugh anyway. The bag of chips is only 1/4 full.

Whole Foods Fires Employee For Stopping Shoplifter

Whole Foods Fires Employee For Stopping Shoplifter

It must be pretty easy to shoplift at Whole Foods because if any of their employees touch you, they’ll be fired.

Recession Special: $2,299.99 Roast At Costco

Recession Special: $2,299.99 Roast At Costco

Reader Patrick points out a roast that could save the economy single-handedly — 15 lbs of Wagyu beef from Costco for $2,299.99.

Recession Bargain: Lobsters Are Cheap, Cheap, Cheap

Recession Bargain: Lobsters Are Cheap, Cheap, Cheap

The New York Times says that due to the recession there is a glut of available lobster, which is driving down prices.

"High-End" Supermarket Wegmans Slashes Prices To Stay Competitive

"High-End" Supermarket Wegmans Slashes Prices To Stay Competitive

Wegmans, an “upscale” grocery chain with stores in 5 Mid-Atlantic states, is cutting prices to stay competitive during the post-Wall-Street apocalypse.

Oil Prices May Go Down, But Don't Expect Your Grocery Bill To Shrink

Oil Prices May Go Down, But Don't Expect Your Grocery Bill To Shrink

Now that the price of oil has dropped — you should expect some of those skyrocketing grocery bills you’ve been paying to drop, right? Yeah… probably not.

Recession's Arrival Confirmed By Weird, Confusing "Canned Soup War"

Recession's Arrival Confirmed By Weird, Confusing "Canned Soup War"

Reader Michael noticed these weird, soup-bashing ads in some Detroit-area newspapers yesterday. It seems that Progresso and Campbell’s have launched some negative campaign ads — smearing each other for using MSG in their soup. Is the world ready for a canned soup war? If it is, should we be depressed about it?

Could You Survive Spending Only $25 A Week For Food?

Could You Survive Spending Only $25 A Week For Food?

The Illinois Food Bank Association issued a challenge to Illinoisans — could they survive by spending only $25 a week for food? $25 a week is the average weekly food stamp benefit that an individual receives in Illinois. Could you make such a small amount last while still eating nutritious meals?

Walmart's 2 For $5 Hot Dog Deal Is A Trap!

Walmart's 2 For $5 Hot Dog Deal Is A Trap!

Reader Albert says he took this photo at his local Walmart in Olathe, Kansas. As you can see, Walmart has set a trap for people who love hot dogs and hate math.

Walmart Register Scales Off By As Much As 5 lbs

Walmart Register Scales Off By As Much As 5 lbs

Maybe there’s a localized outbreak of inaccurate grocery store scales happening in Kansas City, MO — or maybe grocery store scales in general are just not very accurate? A local KC news team decided to randomly test some grocery store check out scales to see if you were being charged the correct amount for your green beans and whatnot. 5 out of 30 of the scales tested were inaccurate. The news team also went through 2,000 state inspections and found the most egregious examples of malfunctioning scales.

Hysteria: Great, Now Whole Foods Is Making You Broke And Fat

Hysteria: Great, Now Whole Foods Is Making You Broke And Fat

The New York Sun says that salad and prepared food bars (at Whole Foods, for example) are making you fat. Why? Supposedly, the containers they give you are huge and lead you to unwittingly buy “supersized” portions of food for lunch.