Tag Archives: Walmart

America’s Ongoing Grocery-Price War Has Created the Cheapest Thanksgiving Dinner in 5 Years

Source: Grub Street NY

Don’t forget to say a very special thank-you this Thursday for the U.S. grocery industry’s everescalating battle for shoppers. Several new reports show that the cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is almost the lowest it has been in the past decade, which you can mostly credit …

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Walmart Is Making Punch-Flavored Pickles and Other Gonzo Groceries to Compete With Amazon

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s Whole Foods buyout cramped Walmart’s style, and one way the world’s largest and richest company is fighting the insurgent e-retailer is by having scientists work in a secret, Willy Wonka-style food lab. It’s called the Culinary and Innovation Center, and the point is inventing “exclusive” foods you can’t …

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Walmart Has to Pay $7.5 Million to Shopper Who Broke His Hip Buying a Watermelon

Source: Grub Street NY

A Walmart shopper who broke his hip buying a watermelon can, if he wants, hire a butler to lift the supermarket’s fruit from now on: AL.com reports that Alabama resident Henry Walker will be receiving $7.5 million of the company’s money for injuries he sustained back in 2015, when …

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Walmart Wants Keys to Your House So It Can Put Groceries Directly in the Fridge

Source: Grub Street NY

And you thought Alexa eavesdropping on your conversations was unsettling: Walmart has unveiled a new plan to upstage Amazon delivery, and it involves giving them a key to your house and access to your fridge. The company says that in the future it hopes to “keep some customers’ homes …

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Walmart Opened an Organic Fast-food Restaurant Inside One of Its Supermarkets

Source: Grub Street NY

Walmart — your one-stop shop for Patti LaBelle pies, 9/11-themed Coke displays, and back-to-school rifles — is really trying to diversify its brand image, if the restaurant chain it’s lured to a Florida store is any indication. A location in Orlando has opened a fully integrated …

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Here’s Why German Discounter Lidl Will Escalate America’s Grocery-Price Wars

Source: Grub Street NY

Don’t know what a Lidl is? Most Americans have no clue either, but this is about to change. Short answer is, it’s a crazy-cheap grocery chain (pronounced LEE-dil) that’s already disrupted the retail market back home in Germany, as well as in 26 other countries. It’s now opened 10,000 stores …

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Being a Good-Looking Bartender Finally, Really Pays Off

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Vincent Stipo wears — or can wear — many different hats.

Currently, he’s MSC Retail’s Real Estate and Hospitality Consultant, meaning he’s the guy they bring in to weigh in on restaurant build-outs, or find chefs and restaurateurs spaces which match their new concepts. But he’s also the guy who helped make Palizzi Social Club’s oh-so-magical front-of-house and bar what it is today. Before that, he was High Street Hospitality’s service director and AKA Hotel’s beverage manager, and before that he was a bartender making waves in Philly’s still-just-burgeoning cocktail scene at Vernick Food + Drink.

Now, his actual face ...

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Walmart Recalls Salad Mixes After Dead Bat Discovered Inside

Source: Grub Street NY

An organic salad mix sold at Walmart is being recalled in eight states because people in Florida discovered a dead bat inside their package. Well, portions of a bat might be more accurate: Per the FDA, Express Fresh received a report about “extraneous animal matter” turning …

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Lawsuit Says Walmart’s New Craft-Beer Brand Is a ‘Wholesale Fiction’

Source: Grub Street NY

Angry beer drinkers are dragging Walmart to court over its new line of supposedly “craft” beers (which literally could not have a better name under the circumstances: Trouble Brewing). A class-action lawsuit filed in Ohio claims Walmart knows that nothing Trouble Brewing makes is actually craft, yet the …

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Walmart Quickly Yanks ‘Got Retard?’ Coffee Mugs From Its Website

Source: Grub Street NY

It was a little-known secret, but right up until sometime yesterday, Walmart.com was the spot for the season’s most impossible-to-find stocking stuffer: the “got retard?” coffee mug. In a listing now long gone from the retailer’s site (as well as Amazon’s, where it was

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Walmart Stores Caught Trashing Food That Hadn’t Even Expired Yet

Source: Grub Street NY

Believe it or not, the world’s largest grocer has actually made strides lately in eliminating food waste — this summer, it instituted a universal best-by label system in stores and now even sells ugly produce. Which is why this new investigation by the CBC must be …

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Walmart Workers Refuse to Make ‘Racist’ Cake for Police Officer’s Retirement

Source: Grub Street NY

Employees at a Georgia Walmart are in trouble for refusing to make a “thin blue line” cake for a police officer’s retirement party because they said it would have been “racist.” Fox News has been keeping everyone in the loop ever since Taylor Wilkes, a friend …

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Walmart Rolls Out a Whole Restaurant Modeled After the Texas State Fair

Source: Grub Street NY

Walmart’s transition into your one-stop shop for blocked arteries continues, and frozen-food-aisle fried Twinkies will merely serve as the gateway drug: A Texas State Fair–themed restaurant could soon occupy a year-round spot inside your neighborhood Supercenter. State Fair Treats, as it’s called, will feature a …

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Walmart Horrifies Shoppers With 9/11-Themed Soda Display

Source: Grub Street NY

Cringe-worthy food-marketing fails are a dime a dozen these days, but maybe never in the history of such bad decisions has there been one that required this amount of forethought:

Yes, that is several hundred 12-packs of Coke products stacked into an elaborate Ground …

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America Reacts With Predictable Horror to News That Walmart Now Sells Deep-Fried Twinkies in a Box

Source: Grub Street NY

We were warned. Just two months ago, we got word that Hostess managed to turn deep-fried Twinkies — previously only available at state fairs and consumed by people who have a severely depleted sense of self-preservation — into a frozen, boxed product that it could sell at supermarkets….More »

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Nearly 150,000 People Have Signed a Petition Demanding Walmart Sell Ugly Produce

Source: Grub Street NY

In March, Whole Foods agreed to sell misshapen produce in order to help combat America’s food-waste problem. The plan wasn’t entirely the grocery chain’s, however — by then, a Change.org petition calling the company out for tossing cosmetically defective produce had amassed 111,000 signers. Now the creators of that campaign,…More »

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Listage: Rising Bourbon Prices; The ‘Live Más’ Lawsuit

Source: Eater Philly

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· Hot Topics: Chefs on the Importance of Awards [-EN-]
· Fast-Food Protests Spread Overseas [NYT]
· Who’s Pushing Up the Prices of Your Fancy Bourbon? [Quartz]
· When Kale and Brussels Sprouts Combine [Modern Farmer]
· Dissecting José Andrés’ culinary visions for ‘Hannibal’ [LVW]
· Wal-Mart Settles Over Listeria-Tainted Cantaloupes [Reuters]
· Restaurant Owner Sues Taco Bell over “Live Más” Campaign [OCW]
· Modernist Cuisine Announces New Cookbook on Bread [-EN-]

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A warming — and calming — stew for a frigid, stressful night

Source: Washington Post Food Section

The recipe had me at “pomegranate salsa.” I was looking for an easy, warming dish to make in the middle of the polar vortex, and the idea of root vegetables, Moroccan spices and a topping of pomegranate seeds, scallions, lime and mint seemed like it would do the trick.

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Shopping Cart: José Andrés Foods and Tribes-A-Dozen egg bread mixes

Source: Washington Post Food Section

■ UP YOUR SHELF GAME, I: Add culinary importer to chef José Andrés’s ever-growing CV. Artisanal pantry items from Spain, his native land, make up the line of José Andrés Foods. A sampling: EVOO Potato Chips; Pa de Pagès rustic Catalan toast, seafood mussels in “escabeche,” sardines in olive oil, sea urchin caviar, white tuna belly in olive oil ($3 to $20). Escalivada (roasted eggplant, peppers and onions in olive oil, tomate frito (puree), Gordial and other olives ($5 to $13). Extra-virgin olive oils by olive type — cornicabra, picual, arbequina — and sherry vinegars such as Gran Reserva ...

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