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7 Places To Celebrate National Pizza Day (Photos)

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From the infectious beats of singer-songwriter Miguel and American rapper Travis Scott comes the song “Sky Walker,” which has been described as the quintessential “celebratory song.” One verse in Miguel’s synth-driven melody truly captures the sentiment of National Pizza Day — as well as a good philosophy to live by: “Celebrate every day like a birthday.”

To assist in your celebration, here is a lineup of seven incredible pizza slice deals happening on February 9, National Pizza Day!

Baskin-Robbins, “Sweetheart Polar Pizza”

This one’s a departure from the usual cheese slice, but true to the birthday theme, Baskin-Robbins’ “Sweetheart Polar Pizza” is both a cake and a pizza. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at participating locations, you can get a free sample of this double-fudge crusted pizza pie, topped lavishly with Love Potion #31 Ice Cream, marshmallows, and festive heart sprinkles.

California Pizza Kitchen, “Cauliflower Pizza”

If balance is your friend, then cauliflower pizza is your soulmate. California Pizza Kitchen’s veggie-based crust is officially available at all locations, and for National Pizza Day, the restaurant will be substituting its classic thin crust for cauliflower crust — for free!

Chuck E. Cheese, “Thin & Crispy Pepperoni Pizza”

Chuck E. Cheese isn’t just for strung-out kids laboring over candy and pinball machines. It’s also a place where adults can become one with their youthful spirit. So, it’s totally within reason to cash in on a few rounds of Skee-Ball between slices of pizza. Luckily, Chuck E. Cheese is offering a BOGO deal you’d be sorry (and hungry) not to take advantage of. A large Thin & Crispy Pepperoni Pizza is yours free when you buy any large pizza when you use the code 5555.

Papa John’s, “Dual-Layer Pepperoni Pizza”

Are you more meat than cheese? If so, Papa John’s is looking at you. For a limited time, the pizza delivery company is offering $10 Dual-Layer Pepperoni Pizza — a meat-heavy pie with regular pepperoni and larger deli-style pepperoni.

Pizza Hut, “Two-Topping Pizza Special”

When you sign up for Hut Rewards, you’ll get a cool 30 percent off on all its pizzas for this pizza holiday only, so it behooves you to act fast. On top of this tasty deal is a $5.99 medium two-topping pizza special when you buy two or more pies, which is easy considering how fast those slices go.

Round Table Pizza, “Personal Pizza”

This popular West Coast pizza chain is giving away a handsome deal. Customers who purchase a Pepsi fountain drink between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. will receive one free personal pizza with your choice of cheese or pepperoni. Swing by after work and make it a pizza dinner!

Whole Foods, “Take-and-Bake Pizzas”

For a quick and healthy dose of pizza on this wonderful national holiday, stop by Whole Foods for a take-and-bake pizza in tasty varieties like goat cheese and pesto, and spinach and mushroom for just $9.99.

Now, it’s time to chow down and eat like it’s your birthday!

Source: Delish / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Chew Boom, PureWow, Chuck E. Cheese, Foodbeast, Brand Eating, Round Table Pizza, Whole Foods Market 

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Edible Cookie Dough Bars Now At Whole Foods (Photos)

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If the thought of getting E. coli or salmonella hasn’t changed your habit of eating cookie dough scraped from the sides of the bowl, then we’ve got a Doozie for you.

Soozie’s Doozies edible cookie dough is your one-way ticket to guilt-free (and bacteria-free) gluttony. The Doozie whole foods edible cookie dough bars are available in five flavors: Chocolate Chip, Birthday Cake, Candie Coated Chocolate, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate Peanut Butter Macadamia.

All natural, non-GMO, preservative-free ingredients are used to make each bite extraordinarily delicious. It took the company two years of research and development to create their patented cookie dough recipe — one that doesn’t stick together like other cookie dough brands and stays on the shelf for much longer without any artificial ingredients.

The company was picky about what could go in a Doozie. No artificial ingredients. No bleached flours. No genetically modified ingredients. No hydrogenated oils. So you wonder … what exactly is in a Doozie? Nothing weird, just 14 ingredients — chocolate, enriched wheat flour, vanilla extract, cane sugar, eggs, milk, canola and palm oil, salt, baking soda, natural flavors, oats, cinnamon, and butter — all of which are generally used to make homemade chocolate chip cookies from scratch.

Doozie Bars are ready-to-eat, and according to their website “a bar that you can grab when you’re on the go!” Not to be mistaken for energy bars, cookie dough bars are a candy aisle staple, but if you’ve made it this far without salmonella poisoning, then sure, let’s consider the Doozies your confectionery Clif bar. You can buy edible cookie dough from whole foods.

Food blogger, The Junk Food Aisle, spotted the Doozie Bars lurking between the aisles of Midwest grocery chain, Meijer. However, these delights can be found in national grocery stores like Whole Foods, Kroger and Ralphs, as well as Soozie’s online store for $2 each. “Your mom always said you can’t eat raw cookie dough, but now you can!” says their website.

Soozie’s Doozies also makes refrigerated cookie dough in resealable packages if, unlike this writer, you have a cookie batch limit of fewer than 20. The cookie dough boasts the same all-natural ingredients as the bars and comes in six sweet flavors — Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Blueberry, Sugar Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, Double Chocolate Candy, Milky Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Macadamia.

Sources: PopSugar, Soozie's Doozies / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Soozie's DooziesTags: cookie dough whole foods, edible cookie dough, Soozie Doozie's cookie dough bars, whole foods
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Did You Buy Whole Foods Chicken Salad? It Got Recalled (Photo)

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If you have a container of Whole Foods’ buffalo chicken salad at home, you may want to throw it out.

The famous grocery chain is pretty well known for offering a reliably high standard of quality in exchange for the often high price tag, but it seems that even for them, mistakes happen — and I’m not talking about selling skinned fruit or halved avocados this time.

As it turns out, Massachusetts-based Willow Tree Poultry Farm issued a massive recall for their 12.5-ounce individual plastic containers labeled as “buffalo style chicken salad,” the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on their website on July 1.

It is labeled as a Class I Recall with a high health risk. The USDA describes this recall classification as having “a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The news release notes that the recall affects approximately 440 pounds of tuna salad misbranded as chicken. It does not label the tuna — an allergen to some — on the package.

The affected products have the establishment number “P-8827” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were distributed to Whole Foods stores in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

“There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products,” notes the FSIS release. “Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”

Still, the release urges those who bought the “chicken salad” to either throw the item away or return it to the store — just don’t eat it.

A Willow Tree spokesperson told Fox News that the chicken packages had accidentally been filled with cranberry-apple tuna salad and that the company provides some “private label” products to select Whole Foods stores and that only those items at approximately 35 stores were affected.

Fox News notes that Willow Tree also recalled more than 200 pounds of Whole Foods “chicken salad” in January after it was discovered to contain egg salad instead.

Sources: USDA FSIS, Fox News / Photo Credit: Osbornb/Flickr, USDA FSIS

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Whole Foods Is Lowering Prices So You’ll Shop There

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You know what they say about Whole Foods. When you go there, you have to use your “Whole Paycheck.” Well, hopefully that won’t be true much longer, since the chain is working on lowering prices so more people can shop there.

Grubstreet reports that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has an executive from Target helping with this goal. Part of what will make this possible is a more limited selection of products in-store. Currently, Whole Foods stores carry anywhere from 35,000 to 52,000 items, and this number will have to decrease to make room for more national brands, which can be more affordable.

Some worry this will take a bit of the charm away from the grocery chain, which many think earns its loyal customers because of its ability to offer a wider selection of products not found anywhere else. Mackey says that the idea is to strike a balance between the local items and the national items. This way, prices can be lower overall.

According to Market Watch, this effort comes after the store’s longest stretch of same-store sales declines since 1992. With the health food trend growing, you’d think that Whole Foods would be doing especially well; however, bigger chain stores that are known to be more affordable, such as Kroger and Albertson’s, have eaten into the profit Whole Foods could have gained by this trend. These grocery stores are offering a larger selection of organic and natural foods than they once did, and they’re offering these products at lower costs. Sure, they may not have the selection Whole Foods has, but the price difference makes up for that.

Mackey says that the Whole Foods culture is “still very unique,” and that “What Whole Foods needs to do is to take the best ideas of the traditional supermarket industry and integrate them into our company.”

This could prove successful for the chain, which will likely bring in more business if it can lose that pesky “Whole Paycheck” reputation. I know many, myself included, who go to Whole Foods for select items, then go to other stores like Trader Joe’s for everything else because it’s cheaper. I probably speak for most of us when I say it would be great to get all of our shopping done in one place!

Sources: Grubstreet, Market Watch / Photo Credit: Whole Foods Market/Instagram

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Whole Foods Is Changing The Game With A Produce Butcher

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Do you ever go to the grocery store looking for the specific ingredients of a recipe, only to find that you have to buy a whole bushel of carrots although your recipe just calls for one or two? A lot of produce is sold that way … celery, cabbage, radishes … I could go on. Whole Foods has apparently changed the game, though, with their very own veggie butcher.

Popsugar reports that one Whole Foods in New York City is already putting its veggie butcher to the test. Shoppers can come up to the counter, choose the produce they’re looking for, and ask for it to be chopped, sliced or prepared however they’d like it. Imagine taking all of that time and stress out of meal-prepping!

According to a press release, the New York location has only just opened in Bryant Park, and with Whole Foods being “the nation’s leading natural and organic supermarket,” the location couldn’t be more perfect, sitting at one of the city’s busiest intersections. The North East region of Whole Foods seems pretty excited to be opening the store, and to be offering new services to the community.

“We couldn’t be more proud of how our team and vendor partners have continued to innovate our offerings here in New York City,” one spokesperson for the region said. “Our culinary team has worked tirelessly to ensure this store is a premier dining destination that meets the needs of all the residents, office workers, daily commuters, and tourists who walk through our doors.”

This particular location also features a juice bar and “News Stand,” conveniently open early for morning commuters. It also offers a tahini cart that makes the condiment fresh from sesame seeds right there in the store. If that’s not enough, the store has a “Harbor Bar,” where fresh lobster rolls and oysters are served, wine and beer on tap and Turkish-style artisanal breads. Whew! It’s like a food wonderland for those of us who have a special passion for cooking and/or eating.

So, when will the produce butcher make his or her way to the rest of the Whole Foods stores in the U.S.? The rest of us could also use some of that added convenience!

Sources: Popsugar, Whole Foods Press Release / Photo Credit: Whole Foods/Instagram

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Whole Foods Predicts 2017’s Biggest Food Trends

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Alright, Instagram foodies of the world! The end-of-the-year list I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. Whole Foods has released its official predictions for which foods are going to be crazy popular next year, thus clueing you in to what you should be Pinteresting, snapping photos of, ordering at brunch and sharing online.

Are you so excited?

Whole Food’s popular food list for 2017 was shared by Business Insider, and spans an impressive array of items from alternative noodles, chips made out of coconuts, wellness tonics and cauliflower in magnificent hues of purple.

As for who actually came up with the predicted popular selections, that would be the people in charge of tracking consumer behavior when it comes to purchasing Whole Foods products.

So let’s get specific with the top 7.

The first product to have on your radar is coconut. Apparently, you’ll be able to find a wide range of coconut products, featuring the delicious nut as an ingredient in coconut flour tortillas, coconut chips, coconut sugar aminos, and more. 

Secondly, the rainbow bagel has finally met its match in purple foods. From tortilla chips to cauliflower, potatoes and asparagus, purple-hued foods are about to have their heyday (and probably pop up all over your feeds).

Byproducts are in in 2017, which means more yummy foods with less terrible waste!

“Whether it’s leftover whey from strained Greek yogurt or spent grains from beer, food producers are finding innovative — and delicious — ways to give byproducts new life,” Whole Foods told Business Insider.

Tonics are also on the rise, so if you’re a fan of alternative medicine, you’ll have your pick of different botanicals and elixirs.

If you’re tired of the standard ketchup, mayo or mustard, interesting condiments are seeing a surge in popularity, with Whole Foods recommending to look out for “black sesame tahini, habanero jam, ghee, pomegranate molasses, black garlic puree, date syrup, plum jam with chia seeds, beet salsa, Mexican hot chocolate spreads, sambal oelek or piri piri sauce, Mina Harissa, and Frontera adobo sauces (ancho, chipotle, and guajillo varieties).”

Perhaps its no surprise that pasta alternatives are also in style, what with gluten-free diets being so prevalent these days. Alternative-grain noodles made out of kelp, vegetables, lentils, chickpeas or other plant-based solutions are all the rage.

Finally, Japanese food is prevalent for 2017, with flavors like seaweed, sesame oil, mirin, miso and ponzu growing in popularity.

“Japanese-inspired eating is on the rise, and it doesn’t look anything like a sushi roll,” Whole Foods told Business Insider.

Sources: Business Insider / Photo Credit: Steffi DeRobertis/Instagram

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Tyson Foods Is Investing In Vegan Meat

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Here’s some great news for those of you who are interested in cutting your meat consumption, but aren’t quite ready to give up your favorite chicken, beef and pork dishes.

Tyson Foods, which The New York Times reports as the country’s largest meat processor, announced that it is the first big meat company investing in Beyond Meat. The undisclosed amount Tyson paid gives them a 5-percent stake in the meat alternative company.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Beyond Meat, it is a company based in California that actually constructs meat-like products from protein sources such as peas and soy.

I’m sure most of you have tried fake meat products that don’t really measure up to the real thing; however, reviews for Beyond Meat products — such as its Beyond Burger, a plant-protein burger that oozes and even seems to bleed just like a real meat-patty — consistently praise them for their meaty taste and quality.

“The quality of the Beyond Burger is amazing,” Monica McGurk, a former Coca-Cola executive who joined Tyson in the spring as senior vice president in charge of strategy and new ventures, told the Times. “We think it’s a game-changing product that gives us exposure to this fast-growing part of the food business.”

As it happens, now is the perfect time for a meat processor to begin investing in meat alternatives, seeing as the Plant Based Foods Association claims that $4.9 billion in sales have gone toward plant-based products for the 12 months through June.

In other words: Americans have an appetite for fake meat, and they’re willing to pay good money for it.

“The question in my mind with these acquisitions is always why they’re being done,” Michele Simon, executive director of the Plant Based Foods Association, told The New York Times. “The most positive view is that this means the meat industry is shifting away from animal meat to plant-based meat, but I don’t think we know that’s the case yet — it could also be a way of distracting attention from their industrial meat business.”

Ethan Brown, the founder and chief executive of Beyond Meat, has a more positive outlook toward the investment, and hopes that vegans and vegetarians understand that a move like this could influence more people to go meat-free as the stigma of alternative protein lessens.

Brown said to the Times: “I’m hoping, though, that they and others will see this as part of a deliberate course of action to get out of the penalty box that’s the ‘alternative’ section in the supermarket and get into a mainstream discussion with the consumer.”

Sources: The New York Times / Photo credit: Ángel Franco/The New York Times

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Forget Cockroach Milk; Banana Milk Is The New King Of Non-Dairy Alternatives

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Truly, if 2016 is going down as anything, it will be as the year of the alternative dairy-milk options.

Pea milk, cockroach milk, — the world is your lactose-free oyster these days, and now Fresh Start Beverage Co. is offering up yet another option.

“We are the first company to actually make milk from a universally loved fruit — bananas. We call it Banana Wave,” H.E. Neter Kush Ben Alkebulan, co-founder and chief beverage officer, told the Miami Herald, adding that the company’s mission is to help bolster humanity’s collective health.

The milk harnesses the superfood qualities of bananas — its packed with potassium, vitamin C, fiber, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids (the ones that are good for you) to provide you with a lactose- and gluten-free milk alternative. 

Additionally, the beverage (which is a puree of seeds, grains, and bananas) is low in sodium (no water retention!), low in sugar, and contains no cholesterol. Calorie counters will be happy to note that it is also only 150 calories.

At the moment, the milk can be found at Whole Foods supermarkets in Florida; however, co-founders Alkebulan and Trendolyn Hopkins report plans to get their products in Walmart, Kroger, and Publix stores, hopefully by next year.

Sources: Miami Herald, Banana Wave / Photo credit: Banana Wave/Facebook (2)

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Meet The First “Bleeding” Vegan Burger Now Sold At Whole Foods

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With the accessibility of dairy and gluten-free alternatives on the rise, it was only a matter of time before a plant-based stand-in for meat made its debut in the marketplace — its bloody debut, in fact.

As of May 24, the first “bleeding” veggie burger has arrived on the scene. The company Beyond Meat has begun slinging the Beyond Burger — a plant-based alternative to the traditional hamburger that actually bleeds thanks to the inclusion of pulverized beets, according to The New York Times.

Available at a Whole Foods in Boulder, Colorado, the Beyond Burger will be packaged as two four-ounce patties for $5.99, and can be found alongside the case where poultry, beef, lamb and pork are sold.

According to Tom Rich, the vegetarian vice president of purchasing and distribution in the Denver region of Whole Foods Market, the Beyond Burger “tasted and felt and chewed like any other burger,” reports the New York Times.

“…And on some level, I just want to be able to eat the same way everyone else eats.”

According to Beyond Meat, the new plant-based burger “looks, cooks, and tastes like ground beef,” includes 20 grams of plant protein, is 100% vegan, and contains no GMOs, soy, or gluten.

“This is what I had in mind when I started the company,” said Beyond Meat-founder Ethan Brown to the New York Times.

“I want as many people as possible to have access to our products. My goals go way beyond food.”

While Beyond Meat has been offering up a variety of veggie-alternatives to meat since 2009 (such as those from Morningstar Farms and Amy’s), the Beyond Burger was a result of the company’s desire to simulate a “fresh” burger than could be refrigerated, according to the New York Times.

“It’s hard to reduce flavor and aroma to an equation, particularly when you need a solution that is simple and flexible,” said Joseph Puglisi, a professor of structural biology at Stanford University, reports The New York Times.

“We were able to get fat distributed throughout a patty — but in meat, fat is distributed in sheets,” he said. “Plants don’t have ligaments.”

For now, the Beyond Burger is only available in Whole Foods in Boulder, where for two weeks a team from Beyond Meat will be on location to grill the Beyond Burgers and listen to customers’ reactions, reports The New York Times; eventually, it will become available in other Whole Foods retailers in the region.

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Sources: Beyond Meat, New York Times / Photo Sources: Beyond Meat

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Texas Gay Pastor Apologizes To Whole Foods For Anti-Gay Cake Hoax

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This past April, a gay Texas pastor named Jordan Brown filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, alleging that a customized cake he purchased from the grocer had an anti-gay slur written on it in icing.

Brown’s initial allegation said that after ordering a cake with the phrase “Love Wins” on it, he instead received a cake with his requested phrase — as well as an additional homophobic slur written directly below it.

On May 16, however, the pastor changed his tune.

According to KVUE, Brown said in a statement that he was “wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story.”

“I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company’s commitment to its values, and especially the baker associate who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions,” he continued.

Since the allegation surfaced, Whole Foods has vocally defended both its employee and the corporation; one day after Brown accused the chain, Whole Foods fired back by denouncing the pastor as a fraud, and vowing to press a counter-suit that sought $100,000, as reported by The New York Times.

“Our bakery team member wrote ‘Love Wins’ at the top of the cake, which was visible to Mr. Brown through the clear portion of the packaging,” Whole Foods wrote in a press release at the time. “That’s exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store. Whole Foods Market has a strict policy that prohibits team members from accepting or designing bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive.” 

“We stand behind our bakery team member, who is part of the LGBTQ community, and we appreciate the team members and shoppers who recognize that this claim is completely false and directly contradicts Whole Foods Market’s inclusive culture, which celebrates diversity,” the release added.

Whole Foods signed off its note with a picture of its team members at the Whole Foods Market Lamar Store in Austin, Texas.

“I apologize to the LGBT community for diverting attention from real issues,” Brown’s Monday statement continued. “I also want to apologize to my partner, my family, my church family, and my attorney.”

Whole Foods has since issued a statement on its online newsroom in response to Brown’s apology:

“We’re very pleased that the truth has come to light. Given Mr. Brown’s apology and public admission that his story was a complete fabrication, we see no reason to move forward with our counter suit to defend the integrity of our brand and team members.”

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Sources: KVUE, The New York Times, Whole Foods Market (2) / Photo credits: Kaplan Law Firm via The Dallas Morning News, Whole Foods Market, Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman

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Everything You Need To Know About The First Whole Foods 365 Store

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If you’ve been holding your breath, wondering what to expect from Whole Foods’ much-hyped 365 chain, you can finally exhale. The first 365 store, which is branded as a hipper, cheaper version of Whole Foods, will open May 25 in Los Angeles, and details about the location are already surfacing.

While there have been numerous reports about what the new 365 stores will include, from tattoo parlors to record shops, the reality appears to be much simpler. Jeff Turnas, president of 365, summed up the concept in just a few words, stating, “At Whole Foods, we love big, round apples. At 365, we love apples too, and get them from the same suppliers, but they may be smaller, less beautiful.”

In order to keep prices low, the new stores will also forgo on-site butchers, bakeries, and elaborate displays. All meat will come pre-packaged, baked goods will be sourced from local bakeries, and fruit will be sold out of the crates in which it arrives. Finally, 365 stores will stock a smaller selection of products than their parent stores, focusing on a carefully curated selection of Whole Foods brand products.

Whole Foods’ 365 stores will do more than lower prices, however. The New York Times reports that locations of the new chain will also include exciting, tech-friendly elements and enticing affiliated eateries. The Los Angeles location of 365 will include a robot that serves tea, a sommelier app to help customers select wines, and the first West Coast location of cult-favorite vegan restaurant By Chloe.

It remains to be seen whether the new 365 stores will help Whole Foods recoup its image among younger clientele, but there is no question that the brand is doing everything it can to cater to the tastes of millennials. From vegan cupcakes to ugly apples, only time will tell if the retailer can lure a broader range of customers to its stores. 

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Source: Grub Street / Photo credit: Whole Foods via nymag.com

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FBI Arrests Man For Contaminating Supermarkets With Mouse Poison

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The FBI has arrested the man who confessed to spraying liquid on unpackaged food at various grocery stores in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

According to the Ann Arbor Police, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office has charged the suspect, whose identity has yet to be revealed to the public, with contaminating food. His arraignment is scheduled in the town’s 15th District Court.

On April 24, an employee at Whole Foods Market on 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway spotted the man spraying a liquid substance on top of bars filled with unpackaged salads and hot foods. As his image was clearly captured on the store’s surveillance cameras, the public was able to assist the authorities by providing the FBI and local law enforcement officers with various leads.

The man confessed to spraying a mixture of hand sanitizer, mouse poison, and water on unpackaged food and produce at three grocery stores in Ann Arbor. Although the FBI is investigating over a dozen other stores throughout several Michigan towns, authorities believe it is safe for customers to continue patronizing the supermarkets suspected of contamination.

“If potential risks to food safety were identified, food was placed under seizure, removed from sale, and immediately disposed of,” according to food inspectors’ press release.

Although the liquid mixture consists of various chemicals, the combination is unlikely to be a health hazard, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Sources: MLive, [2] / Photo Credit: MLive

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Marks And Spencer Sells Pre-Sliced Avocado. How Much Convenience Is Too Much?

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Marks and Spencer is experiencing some Whole-Foods-style backlash after debuting a new product, pre-sliced avocado.

According to Mashable, which claims the pre-prepared food is for customers “who are just too lazy to use a knife,” there has been quite a bit of debate about the value of selling the pre-peeled, pre-sliced fruit.

“Customers love an avocado – but they’re sometimes not the easiest to prepare,” said Marks and Spencer Product Developer Erica Molyneaux. “So we’ve done the messy bit for them and created a ready sliced, fully ripened option, perfect for adding to sandwiches, salads or as a simple healthy snack.”

In March 2016, Whole Foods sparked outrage as photos of its pre-peeled oranges hit social media. Many criticized the chain for the seemingly unnecessary packaging and price of the fruit, whereas others commended the brand for providing accessible food for those with arthritis and other conditions that affect mobility. Nevertheless, the controversy led the store to remove the product from their shelves.

As noted in The Guardian, pre-prepared foods are not necessary harmful for the environment. Although the added packaging may seem wasteful, it may actually prevent food waste, which is said to cause much more environmental damage than packaging waste.

Furthermore, as pre-prepared fruit salads, vegetables, lettuce leaves, and sandwiches have been available in stores for quite some time, where should the line be drawn, if at all?

Sources: Mashable, The Guardian / Photo Credit: Marks & Spencer via Mashable

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An Affordable Whole Foods Is Finally On Its Way!

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Whole Foods markets are certainly well known for their high quality products, but also they’re just as known for their high prices.

Finally, Whole Foods fans can rejoice in the news that the first ever affordable location is set to open in Los Angeles!

The store, called 365 by Whole Foods, will include a grocery section as well as a craft brew bar that includes coffee, beer and food. 365 will also include a vegan restaurant, a self-serve tea station and a delivery service through Instacart.

Delish reported that the grocery section of the store will feature value products and a selection of local and national brands.

The brand is planning two more locations — Bellevue, Washington, and Portland, Oregon — in 2016, and another 10 will open nationwide in 2017.

Source: Delish / Photo credit: Delish

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