Consumer Confidential: Why Is the Food Industry Dead-Set Against Warning Labels?

Consumers are frequently told that it’s their responsibility to make informed decisions. Otherwise, let the buyer beware. So it’s striking that some industries seem to work overtime preventing people from having all the information needed to choose wisely. A recent Field Poll in California found that 78 percent of California voters support placing labels on sugary drinks that warn of possible health hazards, up from 74 percent two...

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Once Rare, Cage-Free on the Rise
Jan17

Once Rare, Cage-Free on the Rise

Forreston, Ill. — Inside a long barn next to rolling fields, Rod Wubbena looked out over 12,000 or so brown hens scratching in the wood chips and fluttering onto perches. The chickens have always been cage-free at Phil’s Fresh Eggs, headquartered in the small farming town of Forreston in northwest Illinois, one of the first commercial egg farms in the U.S. to market and produce cage-free eggs. Now that niche is vanishing. “I always...

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Big Food Adapts to Changing Tastes
Jan10

Big Food Adapts to Changing Tastes

Minneapolis — Grocery store favorites like Betty Crocker and Hamburger Helper are hurting. Cheerios, still the nation’s No. 1 cereal brand, needs some help. Customers are eating more fresh produce and meats, more and more often bypassing the center aisles where Big Food companies like Golden Valley-based General Mills reign. They also are turning to products from newer companies, which are having an easier time finding a niche in the...

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Emerging From Shadows, Pot Industry Tries to Build Brands
Jan10

Emerging From Shadows, Pot Industry Tries to Build Brands

Denver — Snoop Dogg has his own line of marijuana. So does Willie Nelson. Melissa Etheridge has a marijuana-infused wine. As the fast-growing marijuana industry emerges from the black market and starts looking like a mainstream industry, there’s a scramble to brand and trademark pot products. The celebrity endorsements are just the latest attempt to add cachet to a line of weed. Snoop Dogg calls his eight strains of weed “Dank From...

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Fast-Food Giants Battling It Out in Latest Price Fight
Jan10

Fast-Food Giants Battling It Out in Latest Price Fight

New York — Another price fight is breaking out among the country’s biggest burger chains, this time with meal combos designed to make people forget about the once ubiquitous dollar menus. The new “bundled offers” show how hungry McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s are to win over deal seekers, and how quickly a popular idea gets copied in the fast-food industry. The latest trend on the value front popped up in late 2015 after Wendy’s...

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