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Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Officially Back at Starbucks for 2017
Fall has become synonymous with one particular squash-themed beverage: the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The Starbucks drink has spiked in popularity and each year fans eagerly wait to learn when the drink will make its debut. If you’ve been twiddling your thumbs waiting for your favorite coffee drink, then I have good news: Starbucks announced today that its fall menu has officially been released and it includes the Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL.
Sep 5, 2017
Amazon Prime Will Now Deliver Wine to Your Door in One Hour
If you had any doubts about Amazon taking over the food and beverage industry, here’s even more evidence: You can now order wine on Amazon Prime and they will deliver it to your door in an hour. Yes, wine in one hour is now possible. Amazon’s Prime Now is a super-fast delivery service where you can buy anything from chapstick to clothing to toothpaste.
Sep 1, 2017
Amazon Might Be Testing Out Ready-to-Eat Meals
Amazon is a solid player in the grocery delivery service and, with its recent acquisition of Whole Foods, it is slated to become a major player in the brick-and-mortar supermarket scene too. Now the e-commerce giant may also be planning to tackle takeout. Motley Fool reports the company is testing ready-to-eat meals that don’t mandate refrigeration.
Aug 18, 2017
Aldi’s New Partnership with Instacart Is a Total Game-Changer
When it comes to delivering groceries to homes, Amazon has a firm understanding of what works and what doesn’t. But the e-commerce company is going to face some fierce competition: Discount supermarket Aldi is slated to partner with Instacart, a grocery delivery company that allows consumers to shop for groceries online and then have them delivered to their door in a matter of one to two hours.
Aug 15, 2017
Halo Top Just Announced a Special New Flavor for Fall
It was only last week that Halo Top announced seven additional flavors to their roster. We were blessed with additions like “Pancake & Waffles” and “Rainbow Swirl.” Well, Halo Top has another pint up their sleeve, and I have a feeling you’re going to be very excited about this addition. Just in time for fall, the low-calorie ice cream brand is releasing a pumpkin pie flavor. Who needs a PSL from Starbucks when you can eat ice cream? No one, that’s who.
Aug 11, 2017
Starbucks Just Released Two New Pumpkin Spice Products
Do you hear that? That soft, but forceful whooshing sound? It’s the sound of summer coming to a close. You might be sitting beachside this weekend with a cold beverage, but Starbucks has other plans that involve cable-knit sweaters and cozy nights by the fire. It might only be the second week of August, but this week the coffee giant announced that two new Pumpkin Spice Latte products will be hitting grocery shelves near you.
Aug 11, 2017
Your Avocado Toast Habit Is About to Get Cheaper
Avocado-lovers received some bad news earlier this year — their favorite fruit was going to cost them more money as the market rate reached record highs. A Bloomberg report warned that a combination of growing demand and a smaller crop would make the price of avocado steeper than usual in 2017, and it did. At the time, the going rate for a box of avocados was double that of last year, reaching a 19-year high. Oof.
Aug 2, 2017
An Increase in Male Grocery Shoppers Could Lead to Supermarket Changes
There are more men wandering grocery store aisles, reports a new survey from Men’s Health. The survey — which only questioned men (insert eye roll) — found that 84 percent of men are the main grocery shoppers in their households. That’s 19 percent higher than what was the case 10 years ago.
Aug 2, 2017
Coke Zero Is on Its Death Bed and Consumers Are Grieving the Loss
Coca-Cola announced a major change in its product lineup on Wednesday. It’s no-calorie drink, Coke Zero, will be swapped out with a new beverage — featuring a new recipe, new design, and new name — called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. The drink will make its debut next month. According to the company, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is the “new and improved Coke Zero.” Fans of Coke Zero in the United States are furious, devastated, and grieving the loss of the drink.
Jul 28, 2017
Amazon Has Already Stepped into the Meal Kit Market
Amazon is the Jack of all trades: It’s an online marketplace, has its own video and music streaming service, owns upscale organic retailer Whole Foods, and has a popular home assistant (Hi, Alexa!). Now the company is slowly dipping its toes into the meal kit market. As GrubStreet reports, Amazon has been selling meal kits since late June. It looks like they are currently being sold in a limited quantity and most likely to expand.
Jul 19, 2017
You Can Totally Justify Eating This New Ben & Jerry’s Flavor for Breakfast
Ben & Jerry’s has a brand new ice cream flavor, and it’s big news for Phish Food fans. The Vermont-based ice cream company has made no apologies for its love of Phish over the years (rumor has it the company even gives employees the day off for local Phish shows) and even honored the band with its own ice cream flavor back in 1997.
Jul 17, 2017
These New Meal Kits from DINNERLY Offer Affordable and Efficient Cooking
In the last couple years the meal kit industry has exploded, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Trying to find the right recipe to fit your dietary needs, plus grocery shopping, and then prepping all the ingredients to actually make the dish takes time. Meal kits offer you back time in the kitchen, without having to order takeout (again) or going with another bowl of cold cereal. The only problem with meal kits, of course, is that they’re normally pretty expensive.
Jul 11, 2017
Will Amazon Robots Replace Whole Foods Employees in Warehouses?
Online retailer Amazon announced earlier this month its plans to acquire Whole Foods, an upscale grocery chain with 460 physical stores, for $13.7 billion. Amazon is known for its use of technological innovation for behind-the-scenes efficiency, which raises a great question about what is in store for Whole Foods and its existing employees.
Jun 29, 2017
What Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods Means for Instacart
Last Friday, online retailer Amazon announced it is acquiring Whole Foods — the upscale grocery chain started in Austin, Texas, in 1980 that has over 460 brick-and-mortar stores in the United States, Britain, and Canada — for $13.7 billion. With Amazon being the world’s largest online retailer, the future of Whole Foods’ partnership with startup Instacart, which delivers goods to a consumer’s doorstep, remains unclear.
Jun 23, 2017
Amazon Is Buying Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion
If you ever had any doubts about Amazon taking over the world, rest assured that it’s happening. Amazon is coming for your groceries. The company announced Friday morning that they agreed to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, a massive deal that launches the e-commerce site straight into the supermarket business. It’s no secret that Whole Foods has been struggling in the past year.
Jun 16, 2017
Grocery Shopping at Walmart Is Going to Get a Lot More Efficient
Walmart is experimenting with making grocery shopping more efficient than ever for the consumer. The budget retailer has rolled out self-service kiosks — or giant 20-foot-by-80-foot vending machines — for all your grocery needs. While the concept already exists in the United Kingdom, the first U.S. testing location is the parking lot of a Walmart Supercenter in Warr Acres, Oklahoma.
Jun 15, 2017
Lidl’s Grand Opening Prices Are Real and They’re Spectacular
This week the European grocery chain Lidl is launching nine new grocery stores in the United States (you can see the full list here). If you’ve been freaking out about the new chain finally coming to the U.S., then you’ll be even more excited to see the company’s leaflet with pricing and specials for the store’s grand opening on June 15. The store features in-house brands that can’t be found elsewhere, and have a cult following similar to Trader Joe’s goods.
Jun 14, 2017
Lidl Announces Locations of First 9 Grocery Stores in the U.S.
American shoppers will soon be able to peruse the aisles of a popular European grocery chain called Lidl in nine different locations in the country.
May 30, 2017
Starbucks Is Introducing the One Thing That Can Make Your Iced Coffee Even Better
Your iced coffee from Starbucks might just get a whole new makeover. Starbucks is currently experimenting with coffee ice cubes, which means your favorite summer beverage won’t be diluted after a few minutes in the sun. The new offering is coming to select franchises and it’s going to cost customers 80 cents more. But what people get in return may be well worth the extra money. The coffee ice cubes will not be made from leftover coffee.
May 19, 2017
America’s Favorite Fruit Is About to Get a Whole Lot More Expensive
Avocado-lovers need to brace their wallets, as prices of the healthy fruit are going to continue increasing. Bloomberg reports that a combination of growing demand and a smaller crop will keep the cost of avocados high this year. Right now, a 22-pound box of Hass avocados from Mexico cost $27.89. That’s double what it cost last year and the highest prices have been in the past 19 years. Part of the reason is growing demand.
May 4, 2017
This New Starbucks Roastery Is Basically the Disney World of Coffee
Starbucks has plans to go from “grande” to “trenta” for their new upscale location on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The Seattle-based coffee company announced their plan to open an interactive 43,000-square-foot, four-story Roastery in the windy city. The location should be up and running by 2019.
Apr 27, 2017
This Mainstream Supermarket Wants to Buy Whole Foods
If grocery chain Albertsons has its way, it’ll be adding a fancier supermarket to its roster: Whole Foods. According to the Financial Times, the private equity firm that owns Albertsons is looking to acquire the Austin-based upscale grocer, known for retailing organic and natural products. The Financial Times reports, citing anonymous sources, that Cerberus Capital Management is in discussions with bankers to place an offer on Whole Foods.
Apr 27, 2017
Introverts, Rejoice! You Can Now Get Grocery Samples by Mail from Sam’s Club.
One of the best things to do when walking down the aisles of a wholesale retailer like Costco or Sam’s Club is to try all the samples. Oh, you want some cheese? Here you go! Oh, you’d like to try that new drink on sale? No problem! This offers consumers a risk-free way of trying new products without having to make a purchase they’ll potentially later regret. For the retailer, it introduces consumers to a new item they can buy, which can possibly increase sales.
Apr 12, 2017
Traditional Grocery Stores Can’t Keep Up with Digital Shopping
Those who regularly shop at the grocery stores may have noticed a trend over the past few years: the prices are getting better and better. It’s not an illusion — chain supermarkets have been lowering their rates to keep up with the competitive times. USA Today reports the pricing scale is offering shoppers great bargains, but it’s taking the axe to grocery store’s profits.
Mar 24, 2017
This French Grocery Store Commercial Will Make You Cry
Grocery stores are wonderful places for many of us who love food — places of solace, joy, adventure, and family. What they really aren’t is romantic. Until now. French grocery chain Intermarche has just figured out how to make even the most mundane chore during the weekday nostalgic, romantic, and downright beautiful with their sweet commercial (and to be honest, this is really more like a mini movie than a commercial).
Mar 17, 2017
Whole Foods Is Celebrating Pi Day with the Sweetest Deal
The 14th of March is commonly known as Pi Day around the world — a holiday celebrating the mathematical constant Pi, which is approximately 3.14159 and has 6.4 billion known digits. Lucky for you, you don’t need to be a mathematician to take part in this special day. In fact, Pi Day is really just an excuse to have as much pie and pizza as you can possibly handle. Don’t have time to make your own sweet or savory pie? Whole Foods is here to help you out.
Mar 14, 2017
Lidl Supermarket Could Be Big News for Trader Joe’s and Aldi Fans
Grocery stores are the stuff of cults and obsessions — just ask anyone who has ever stepped foot inside of a Trader Joe’s. Our readers have shared their love for many a grocery store, including the big-hitters like Costco, Whole Foods, and Aldi, but there’s a new store coming to the United States that might just be the new favorite in town.
Feb 17, 2017
Here’s Why Everyone Is Freaking Out About Cabbage in the U.K.
There’s a vegetable shortage in the U.K. that has Brits freaking out and buying a whole lot of seeds. After floods and storms in southern Europe destroyed crops, there’s a deficit for iceberg lettuce, broccoli, courgettes, eggplants, and vegetable of the moment, cabbage. The deficit has U.K. retailers rationing supplies across the country. Experts anticipate the shortage to last until April or May. Lettuce is especially vulnerable since it is sensitive to temperature.
Feb 9, 2017
Amazon’s Supposed Automated Grocery Store Will Have as Little as 3 Human Employees
Online shopping platform Amazon is working on its first physical convenience store and, according to reports, an automated grocery store could be next. The New York Post reports Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has toyed with the idea of a two-story grocery store equipped with a staff of robots and as little as three human staff members.
Feb 9, 2017
Whole Foods’ New Feature Is a Meal-Prepper’s Dream
Whole Foods has always been a bit of a playground for food-lovers. Patrons are used to sushi made in front of them, artisanal water from all ends of the earth, and the option of reusable grocery bags. This new produce butcher feature, however, really puts things over the top for meal prep-lovers.
Feb 1, 2017
Scientists Are Redesigning Grocery Stores to Help You Eat Healthier
What will it take for people to consume more vegetables? Scientists are exploring this exact point in a very specific location: the aisles of grocery stores. Researchers at the University of Oxford are working with British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to see if redesigning the store can nudge consumers to purchase more fruits and vegetables. One proposal is to place vegetarian alternatives to meat products on the same shelves.
Jan 25, 2017
Trader Joe’s Wine Tasting Room Comes to Bay Area
If you live in the Bay Area and are a Trader Joe’s aficionado, your Saturday nights are about to become a whole lot greater. The Mercury News reports the second Trader Joe’s in the region (in Menlo Park) has been approved to maintain a wine and beer tasting area.
Jan 13, 2017
Did You See the Trader Joe’s Float at the Rose Parade?
If you’re obsessed with Trader Joe’s, you’re in good company. Everything from the cult grocery chain’s cookie butter to its frozen section has devoted fans. That’s why it’s no surprise that this beloved grocery store gets its own float in the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. Did you catch this year’s creation in the lineup? The float, which was themed “All Aboard!
Jan 3, 2017
Oreo Candy Bars Exist and They Sound Magical
Just when we thought the good people at Nabisco had reached the limits of innovation with Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos, they’ve surprised us once again. Oreo has teamed up with German chocolate brand Milka to concoct ingenious Oreo-filled milk chocolate bars. The crossover candy bars debuted in Europe last year in two varieties: “Milka Oreo Big Crunch Candy Bar” and “Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar.
Nov 22, 2016
The Fastest Line at the Grocery Store, According to The New York Times
What’s your strategy for choosing the shortest line at the grocery store? Do you just go for length of the line? Do you try to decipher if anyone standing in line is actually together? Do you look to see how many baskets versus carts are in line? A new study by Christopher Mele for The New York Times suggests a new way to get through the line faster, and it’s not what you think. According to Mele, you should choose the shortest line where shoppers have the fullest carts.
Sep 12, 2016
These Are the Most Popular Trader Joe’s Products of 2015
For the last seven years, Trader Joe’s has asked customers to vote on their favorite products. From baked goods to beverages to produce, these are the things customers loved to buy from Trader Joe’s in 2015. Did your favorite product make the list? According to loyal customers of Trader Joe’s, the cookie butter is the overall fan favorite. It was also the number-one pick last year, so it’s interesting to see that this trend is still holding strong. Have you tried it yet?
Jan 5, 2016
Why Your Grocery Store Serves Sushi
I grew up in a world where putting powdered butter-like flavoring over broccoli was common, and eating curdled dairy by the spoonful was completely fine — but raw fish and cucumbers wrapped in rice was absolutely terrifying. Sushi has come a long way. While I can count on one hand the number of family members who’d eat even a simple California roll, I’m happy to say it’s become a norm in the grocery store.
Dec 17, 2015
Here’s a Visual Guide to the 34 Ingredients in Cool Ranch Doritos
New book Ingredients takes popular processed foods and photographs their individual chemical components. So what does it take to make Cool Ranch Doritos? The 34 ingredients you see pictured. Turns out even the cheese in Cool Ranch Doritos is composed of 10 flavors and chemicals. This book delves into other popular foods, like Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and Quaker Instant Oatmeal, and visually explores just how processed modern food production has become.
Sep 22, 2015
5 Grocery Store Myths That Need to Be Stopped
There are many theories, myths, and misconceptions about how and why grocers operate.
Apr 14, 2015
Demand for Local Food Is Growing, But Farmers Markets Aren’t
Even though consumers are still clamoring for locally produced food, NPR has declared that we’ve hit the peak of farmers markets. Why? Turns out there are better ways for farmers to get their food to your tables. Quartz looked at two of the more popular ways for farmers to connect with consumers: farm-to-school programs and digital marketplaces like Farmigo.
Mar 17, 2015
Here Are the Most Popular Trader Joe’s Products of 2014
For the sixth year in a row, Trader Joe’s has released its Customer Choice Awards. From the best slice of bread, to customer’s favorite cheese, all these products are true stars at the grocery store. Can you guess which product received favorite overall for 2014? The winner for the favorite product overall at Trader Joe’s last year was cookie butter! Are you surprised? No? Neither was I.
Jan 8, 2015
Dum Dums Mystery Flavor: Finally Revealed!
As you eat your way through your Halloween candy stash, you might stumble onto a few Dum Dums, those ubiquitous little lollipops that have been around since 1924. And maybe you’ll even have a Mystery Flavor pop, its wrapper covered in question marks — is it pineapple-banana? Cherry cola? What is Mystery Flavor? We finally have an answer. According to Mental Floss, Mystery Flavor is created when the same candy equipment is used to make two different flavors.
Nov 1, 2013
Starting the Season with Greens, Beets, and Oh-So-Sweet Strawberries
Every year I look forward to the start of my CSA. For the last few years I was part of a CSA in Brooklyn, but after a recent move to Boston I’ve had to start fresh with a whole new farm. So, in the spirit of change and the summer season, I’m going to be sharing my CSA box with you every week — what fruits and vegetables I receive, as well as how I plan to eat my way through it.
Jun 27, 2013
The New Sriracha? 25 Condiments That Could Be the Next Must-Have Thing
We all know it to be true: sriracha is amazing, and everyone should have a bottle in their fridge. But as with most cool kids on the block, there comes a time when young upstarts show up and vie for people’s attention. So what’s the next ‘it’ condiment?
Jun 3, 2013
Nutrients in Fruits and Vegetables: Why Choosing Specific Varieties Matters
Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for our health, right? We’ve all heard that for years, and it is true. But according to Jo Robinson, author of the forthcoming book Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health, what really matters is choosing the right varieties of those fruits and vegetables.
May 29, 2013
How Do You Know What Food Labels Mean and Whether They’re Trustworthy?
It may come as a surprise to some, but buying foods labeled cage-free or grass-fed does not necessarily mean that those items are what they say they are, or what we assume they mean.  This can be really frustrating if you are trying to do your best to purchase humane and sustainable food, not to mention that foods labeled with these claims are often more expensive.  Do you pay extra for organic, or non-GMO, or hormone-free foods?  Do you know which labels are reliable?
May 8, 2013
Throw Away Expired Food? Not So Fast.
We’ve all seen those small “Sell by” dates printed on food products. With the holidays over, and the fridge clearing begun, you may find yourself with a few items supposedly past their prime. But how seriously should you take those expiration dates?According to The Salt, “sell by” dates are more about protecting the reputation of the food, and less about food safety.
Jan 2, 2013
How Rotisserie Chicken Became So Popular
Rotisserie chickens—skewered birds roasted in rotating rows and sold everywhere from grocery stores to member-only club stores—are immensely popular, if you didn’t already know. In 2010 six hundred million rotisserie chickens were sold in the U.S. What is the secret to this bird?A recent article in The Washington Post shared a few interesting tidbits into how the rotisserie chicken is made:1.
Nov 1, 2012
A Farmers’ Market Solution to the Bagged Lettuce Dilemma
Many people, myself included, will tell you that buying bagged, pre-washed lettuce mixes makes it easier to eat more salad. More organized folks will point out that washing and drying your own lettuce isn’t that difficult and that bagged lettuce isn’t always that safe. What’s the best way to go? Well, the answer is complicated.I picked up the bag of lettuce pictured above at Happy Boy Farms, one of my favorite stalls at my local farmers’ market.
Jul 10, 2012
It’s True! Yuengling Beer Is Coming To A State Near You
America’s oldest beer maker, D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc., announced plans to expand this week. Are you familiar with this sought-after beer? Remember the first beer you learned to order in a bar? You know, your go-to choice when you were too young to know much about beer except that you were happy to get it? Yuengling (pronounced ying-ling) was mine. It sounded a lot cooler than Bud or Miller and tasted better, too.
Oct 22, 2010
Trader Joe’s Is Carrying Proper Sugar at Last!
We do quite a bit of our shopping at Trader Joe’s. It’s nearby, relatively inexpensive, and well-stocked with many of the fun foods we enjoy (hello prosciutto!). We buy most of our grains and produce items at a local co-op or the farmers market, and a lot of our other food comes from TJ’s. We’ve always been annoyed, though, at the baking section.Trader Joe’s, at least in our part of the world, has never carried “proper” sugar, or sugar you can bake with.
Jan 15, 2010
Trader Joe’s Pasta Wins a Taste Test New York Magazine
May the cheapest pasta win! That’s what happened, anyway, when New York convened a panel to sample different store-bought, dried pasta. At 99 cents a pound, TJ’s was the least expensive pasta of the bunch, and it beat out some very fancy brands. Which grocery store staple came in last?
May 11, 2009
Farmers’ Market Report: Kumquats Los Angeles
We hope you’ll forgive us for writing about kumquats again, but these ones are different! We just can’t contain our excitement over finding these two unusual kumquat varieties at the Hollywood farmers’ market this weekend. They exemplify one of our favorite things about farmers’ market shopping – the unexpected discovery of new colors, textures, forms, and flavors.
Feb 23, 2009
Look! Wax-Dipped Pears in France
Here’s a small, colorful note from my time in France last week. At the market some of the pears had dabs of something bright and scarlet on top. What was it?It turns out that all of the stems were dipped in wax to seal them. My market tour guide, Rosa Jackson, told me later in the week that this was done to keep the pears from ripening too quickly.I’ve never seen this done in the States – have you? Does anyone know why keeping the stem sealed prevents ripening?
Nov 20, 2008
Farmers’ Market Report: Fresh Dates Los Angeles
Last weekend, we found branches full of fresh Barhi dates at the farmers’ market. While we were sampling the crunchy young fruits, the man who grew them urged us to peek around the corner…Along the sidewalk, just behind the Dates by Davall stand at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, are several date palm trees, laden with green fruits. Although we’d seen such trees around town before, we admittedly had no idea they were the same as the dates we snack on.
Sep 17, 2008