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You Never Have to Eat Alone, Maybe

Millennials love food adventures for sure, so why not take this concept to grocerants?

A trend to watch carefully is being called "Eat With Strangers Apps," or "EWSAs". In this era of shared everything which have grown quickly into huge businesses with very high financial valuations,  shared rides from Uber & Lyft and shared overnight stays from AirBNB, might indicate that sharing food…

May 26, 2016 Watch Video


Are You Eating Too Much Sugar From Fruit?

Now that sugar will be even more detailed on packaged food labels, what about foods that don’t carry a label?

Sugar is a topic that has been the center of a lot of attention lately; most recently for it’s updated appearance on the nutrition facts panel – added sugars will be called out separately from total sugars. Health research also has sugar front and center, whether it’s one of the main culprits…

May 25, 2016 Read More

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Fake Food Art and The Mini Food Trend

Here’s What’s Happening This Week in Food News!

Fake Food Art in Japan

Do you remember, back when you were a kid, looking in the windows of coffee shops and drug stores and seeing those very tacky plaster of Paris painted ice cream sundaes? Or French fries? Or glass of Coke? Even the local bar had fake mugs of beers and…

May 25, 2016 Watch Video


New SNAP Rules and Convenience Stores, Burger King-Themed Saunas, Vintage Foods

Check out this week's lineup for Lost in the Supermarket - a weekly podcast on the latest controveries in food hosted by Phil Lempert and Sally Smithwick

Proposed changes that would require stores to carry more varieties of food to participate in the SNAP program are causing concern. Some small convenience stores feel like the requirements are unrealistic and will cause them to drop out of the program, leading to less food access for low…

May 24, 2016 Read More

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Want to Win $500,000 for Your Supermarket?

Add excitement by building teams and pooling our intelligence to solve problems and issues we all face!

The Chicago Community Trust and Kinship Foundation have come together and created The Food to Market Challenge, to improve the supply of local and sustainable food in the Chicago area. It’s a winner take all competition that will…

May 24, 2016 Watch Video


The Battle Of Added vs. Naturally Occurring Sugars On Food Labels Is Coming To Supermarket Shelves

Industry groups vow to continue to fight up until implementation becomes mandatory on July 26, 2018.

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The Food and Drug Administration on Friday finalized the rules for the new Nutrition Facts label

May 23, 2016 Read More

Product Reviews

Phil's Food Reviews for May 23rd, 2016

This week Phil reviews: Post Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate, Kuli Kuli Moringa Green Energy Shot Coconut Lime, Organic Gemini Peeled TigerNut Raw Snack Original, RW Garcia 3 Seed Gluten Free Crackers Sweet Beet, Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter Chocolate.

Individual Review links with nutrition information and product breakdown are listed below.

 Post Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate

May 23, 2016 Watch Video

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