May 6, 2013 |
Attention dieters: If you want to maximize your chances of success, don't go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. So says a new JAMA Internal Medicine study from two members of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab , where researchers investigate “the psychology behind what people eat and how often they eat it,” as this website puts it. The study authors - Brian Wansink and Aner Tal - asked 68 study subjects to fast for...
April 8, 2013 |
San Francisco-based Ecotality Inc., which operates the nation's second-largest network of public electric charging stations for vehicles, announced today that it plans to install 225 new chargers at Kroger Co. stores in California and Arizona. Kroger is the country's largest grocery chain, and includes Ralphs and Food 4 Less. It will invest about $1.5 million to install Ecotality's Blink charging stations and DC Fast Chargers. The installations in California will be made in Los Angeles and San Diego.
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April 4, 2013 |
Foes of a planned Wal-Mart grocery store in Chinatown filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city of Los Angeles seeking to bar the chain market from opening. The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance L.A., working with the Southeast Asian Community Alliance, said the city's Community Redevelopment Agency board failed to review the Chinatown project before building permits were awarded for the planned supermarket. The nonprofit groups contend that a redevelopment vote was required and are seeking to have the building permits rescinded.
March 21, 2013 |
British supermarket giant Tesco thought it had the Yanks all figured out. Determined to crack the U.S. market, it dispatched executives to live with American families, peek into their refrigerators and trail them on trips to the grocery store. It boasted of revolutionizing how Americans shopped. But slightly more than five years after it opened its first Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market in California, Tesco is considering selling the money-losing chain and leaving the United States altogether.
March 5, 2013 |
Assi Natural Market carries dozens of kimchi products. There are more than 200 kinds of dumplings. Its carts mimic the red and green of Sriracha sauce bottles. All of which seems to indicate a pretty standard Asian grocery. But once it opens this month in Irvine, Assi aspires to be a hybrid of cultures - like the growing and increasingly moneyed population of second-generation Asian Americans it hopes to draw into its aisles. The goal, manager Thomas Yoon said, is to become the Whole Foods of ethnic supermarkets.
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February 22, 2013 |
Sixty cities including Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Pasadena already have acted to ban single-use plastic bags at store checkout lines, and now a lawmaker says it is time for the rest of the state to follow suit. State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has introduced legislation that would prohibit large retail stores throughout California from providing single-use carryout bags to customers starting in 2015. Starting in July 2016, the ban would extend to convenience food stores, food marts and other smaller businesses under SB 405. Stores would be able to sell recycled paper bags, compostable bags or reusable bags to customers.
February 9, 2013 |
The name of the town sings out from a plain green road sign on Route 248 in eastern Pennsylvania. Beersville. One mile ahead. No giant stone pretzels or statues shaped like suds-filled steins mark the entrance to the Northampton County town. Instead, the highway signs stop saying Beersville and start mentioning Klecknersville. Did you miss it? Turns out Beersville, about an hour and a half northwest of Philadelphia, is easy to miss. It has a Facebook page. On it, BeerNerd Beer, Stewart Kraft Brewer, and a guy who calls himself Rickie Bobbie who went to "Nasbar University," all claim to live in Beersville.
February 9, 2013 |
In L.A., grocery shopping is an extreme sport. Weekly, I threaten my husband that I'm going to start keeping a log detailing how many miles and how much time I spend shopping. I can tell you right now the carbon footprint is not pretty. When I was a kid, we shopped at the neighborhood supermarket once a week, where we bought bags and bags of groceries, always the same. When I was very young, a neighbor's husband was transferred to Paris for a year. When his wife came back she gathered all the women around to recount the horror - the horror!
January 10, 2013 |
Supervalu Inc. is selling five of its top supermarket chains - Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and Star Market - to an investor group owned by Cerberus Capital Management for $100 million in cash. Cerberus' AB Acquisition group will also acquire $3.2 billion in debt in taking over the 877 stores. In addition, the investor group said it will try to take between a 19.9% and 30% stake in Supervalu. The tender offer of $4 a share represents a nearly 32% premium on Supervalu's closing price Wednesday.
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December 9, 2012 |
As one model powdered her face with some last-minute blush and another frantically tried to perfect her catwalk strut, a thin girl donning a tight, black trash bag started to panic backstage. Mariah Reyes, one of the student designers, rushed over to comfort her jittery classmate. "Four-second inhale, four-second exhale," Reyes said. "Remember, you look fabulous. " The Franklin High School sophomore had started counting the days until her school's Eco-Friendly Fashion Show weeks before it happened.