No 'Pink Slime' says Mom

Up in arms about "Pink Slime" in hamburger meat, Moms used their considerable influence to pressure large supermarket chains to remove Lean Finely Textured Beef. Even though the USDA and food industry experts agree that it is safe and wholesome, Safeway, SuperValue, Food Lion and Kroger said they would no longer purchase the product, reports CBS Sunday Morning. They join Publix, HEB, Whole Foods and Costco. Wal-Mart said they would provide options for consumers who do not want it ... Meanwhile, Kraft Foods Inc. said it plans to change the name of its global snacks business to Mondelez International Inc. According to Kraft, "Mondelez" (pronounced mohn-dah-LEEZ') is a newly coined word. "Monde" derives from the Latin word for "world," and "delez" is a fanciful expression of "delicious," or Delicious World. The North American grocery company will become Kraft Foods Group Inc., retaining the Kraft brand for its corporate identity and as the brand for many of its consumer products. Kraft employees were invited to suggest names for the new global snacks company, and the process resulted in more than 1,700 names submitted for consideration. Mondelez International was inspired by separate suggestions from two employees, one in Europe and another in North America. Shareholders will vote on the new name at the company's annual meeting on May 23. If approved, the new name would become effective when the global snacks company launches before the end of 2012. "The Kraft brand is a perfect fit for the North American grocery business and gives it a wonderful platform on which to build an exciting future," said Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO, reports MarketWatch. "For the new global snacks company, we wanted to find a new name that could serve as an umbrella for our iconic brands, reinforce the truly global nature of this business and build on our higher purpose -- to 'make today delicious.' Mondelez perfectly captures the idea of a 'delicious world' and will serve as a solid foundation for the strong relationships we want to create with our consumers, customers, employees and shareholders." Perhaps the name will resonate internationally, but Mondelez just doesn't do it for me ... After 41 years at the Golden Arches, CEO Jim Skinner is stepping down at the end of June, reports the Chicago Tribune. McDonald's veteran and Chief Operating Officer Don Thompson will take on the role of CEO ... Kellogg Co. was named one of the 2012 "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. This marks the fourth time Kellogg has been recognized with this honor ... A&P emerged from bankruptcy to become a privately held supermarket chain, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. "We have completed a thorough restructuring of A&P's cost structure and balance sheet to build a strong foundation for the company's future," said Sam Martin, CEO of the 320-store chain. The company also operates as The Food Emporium and Pathmark ... Several supermarket chains are removing self-checkout lanes as their popularity drops, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. An FMI report shows that 16 percent of customers used self-checkout in 2010, down from 20 percent in 2006. "Self-checkout lines get clogged as the customers needed to wait for store staff to assist with problems with bar codes, coupons, payment problems and other issues that invariably arise with many transactions," said Big Y Foods, which tried self-checkout, then decided to remove it ... The percentage of Americans who followed all seven recommended health behaviors that could reduce the risk for developing heart disease fell from 2 percent in 1988 to 1994 to 1.2 percent in 2005 to 2010, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found, reports WebMD. Researchers reported that younger people, whites, women and those with higher education levels were more likely to meet the health goals ... A Finnish study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who said they experienced burnout at work were more likely to display emotional and uncontrolled eating behaviors compared with those who were not stressed at their job. Study authors recommend addressing work burnout first and assessing eating behaviors in obesity treatment.

 

 

 

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