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Is Walmart Actually Benefiting Local Farmers?

In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites Leah Douglas 9 comments

Since 2010, Walmart has worked to buy more produce from local farms. The company currently reports that 11% of its produce comes from local producers. But it seems that most of the local farms partnering with Walmart are classified by the USDA as "very large", with millions of dollars in annual sales. Will it actually benefit farmers, or will the situation turn out to be one where the benefit really is transferred to Wal-Mart?" More

Walmart to Expand Local Produce Purchasing: Do You Agree?

Leah Douglas 36 comments

Last week, Wal-Mart announced that they intend to double the sale of local produce in their stores by 2015. This goal is part of a larger sustainability project, which includes efforts at reducing energy expenditure and greenhouse gas emissions from stores and warehouses. The cumulative impact could be huge, but there are a few issues with the new plan. More

Why Ben & Jerry's Relationship with Walmart Is Actually Good For the Future of Food

Sweets Erin Zimmer 49 comments

When Ben & Jerry's released a limited-batch Chocolate Flourless Cake ice cream flavor exclusively at Walmart this year, they were criticized by fans. "Talk about selling the soul of a product!" But the hippie-dippy Vermont ice creamery is trying to work with the multinational corporation to change food systems. More

Walmart's Exclusive Ben & Jerry's Flavor: Flourless Chocolate Cake Ice Cream

Sweets Brad Thomas Parsons 36 comments

We thought we had sampled all of the new 2010 Ben & Jerry's flavors when word got out about an elusive new exclusive: Flourless Chocolate Cake. Find out if this new flavor warranted a 30-mile roadtrip to the nearest Walmart. More

Wal-Mart Accused of Knock-Off Girl Scout Cookies

Erin Zimmer 26 comments

First the sweatshops and employee discrimination, now Wal-Mart is selling impostor Thin Mints and Tagalongs. More

Hispanic Foods Moving Out of the 'Ethnic Aisle'

Erin Zimmer 5 comments

Hispanic products may no longer be hiding in supermarket aisle corners like the gluten-free breads and Manischewitz yolk-free noodles. Several major chains are expanding their specialty offerings to capture business from Latinos, the country's fastest-growing population and already almost one-sixth of the U.S. total in 2008, according to this MSNBC report. Walmart is in the process of converting two stores (one in Phoenix, the other in Houston) into Supermercados aimed at Hispanic shoppers. According to the Walmart website, the Houston store opened in late April and has a bakery with over 40 traditional sweet breads and fresh corn tortillas, and a meat department with milanesa (kind of like the Hispanic schnitzel), fajitas, and arrachera (similar to skirt steak). This... More

Serious Green: A Preview of 'Food, Inc.' in Theaters June 12

Carey Jones 13 comments

"Though heavy-handed in places, Food, Inc. is both a chilling expose and a practical manifesto." "You can change the world with every bite," ends the film Food, Inc., in theaters on June 12. Directed by noted documentarian Robert Kenner, with Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser on the production team, Food, Inc. takes a sharply critical look at Big Agra--the corporations that manage an enormous percentage of America's food supply by controlling the nation's beef, poultry, corn, and soy industries. Pointing fingers squarely at corporations driven by profit motive rather than product quality or consumer health, along with the government agencies that allow them to do so, Food, Inc. finds plenty of villains to tackle, blaming them for obesity, illness... More

Possible Paula Deen-Inspired Candle Scents

Raphael 18 comments

The recent news that Wal-Mart is going to sell a line of scented candles based on Paula Deen's recipes got us thinking: What are the scents going to be? Serious Eater Tahitinova clued us in that Linens 'n Things already sells them, but the scents are uninspired: Vanilla Bean, Banana Oatmeal Chip Cookie, Dark Rum Cake, Coconut Pound Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, and Banana Cream Pie. I thought we'd get some honest Southern smells that might literally come out of Deen's kitchen. Scents like cornbread. Bacon. Pecan pie. Mac and cheese. Fried chicken. Pancakes with maple syrup and tons of butter. Bacon-donut egg burger. Velveeta fudge. Deep-fried butter. What other scents should there be?... More

It's Going to Smell of Deep Fried Butter

Raphael 8 comments

Wal-Mart is set to sell a line of candles that will be "food-scented based on popular recipes of celebrity chef and Food Network television personality Paula Deen."... More

New Green Milk Jug Design Cuts Costs But Is Difficult to Pour

Emily Koh 16 comments

The gallon milk container has a new look at Wal-Mart and Costco—one that's designed to cut shipping costs, be more environmentally friendly, and keep milk fresher. It also costs less, at $2.18 at one Sam's Club, down from $2.58. There's been some crying, though: Some customers complain that the boxy and spoutless shape makes them "feel like novices at the simple task of pouring a glass of milk." In fact, the jugs have caused so many gripes that Sam's Club now holds in-store demonstrations with milk and cookies to teach customers how to pour milk:... More

Salmonella Scare Halts Tomato Sales

Hannah Howard 15 comments

These tomatoes may be safe, but others may give you Salmonella poisoning. Beware. Bountiful grape tomatoes still populate Mickey D's "premium salad," but you're out of luck if you want a tomato slice on your burger. Reuters reported today that McDonald's and Wal-Mart stores have stopped selling certain tomatoes. Chipotle and Target are also nixing tomatoes to play it safe. On Saturday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned U.S. consumers that the Salmonella outbreak—145 reported cases, including at least 23 hospitalizations since mid-April—is linked to raw red plum, red Roma, and red round tomatoes. The FDA says that it is safe to eat cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, and tomatoes grown at home.... More

Wal-Mart's Push for Sustainable Seafood

Alaina Browne 9 comments

Wal-Mart sells more than 50 million pounds of shrimp a year, most of it from Thailand, where the company has put into place new rules requiring the shrimp to be farmed in environmentally sound ways as certified by Global Aquaculture Alliance or Aquaculture Certification Council.... More

Wal-Mart Is Selling Mexican Coke Too

Lia Bulaong 3 comments

Remember last week's story about Costco selling Mexican Coke? This morning, because we love soda with real sugar—and you, too—an update: alaina: mexican coke sighting at napa wal-martlia: link please!lia: or did you see?alaina: no link, i saw it myself!lia: no photo???alaina: it's a coke bottlealaina: nolia: also i did not think "napa" and "wal-mart" were allowed to be in the same sentencealaina: me neither (Alaina is in Napa attending Taste3, the annual conference sponsored by Robert Mondavi Winery that "aims to push the exploration and marriage of wine, food and art.")... More

Man Bites Dog: Wal-Mart gets into organic food

Ed Levine 1 comment

This week the New York Times reported that Wal-Mart is about to get into organic food in a big way. At first glance this seemed like real progress. It conjured up visions of Alice Waters giving out samples of Frog Hollow peaches at Wal-Marts all over the country. But a more careful examination of the story reveals a different scenario. As Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Assocation put it, "This model of one size fits all and lowest prices possible doesn't work in organic. Their (Wal-Mart) business model is going to wreck organic the way it's wrecking retail stores, driving out all competitors." An editorial today in the Times got it exactly right. On one hand... More

Wal-Mart Eats

New York Ed Levine Post a comment

Visiting my son at college in rural Ohio, I found myself in a Wal-Mart for the very first time. We don't have Wal-Marts in NY, so when I walked into the football field-sized Wal-Mart in Mount Vernon, Ohio, I felt... More

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