Official estimates predict sales of organic foods will reach as high as $13 billion this year. Some producers are focusing their marketing efforts on the 50-something crowd, who remember eating meat as children, before it was commercially grown, and can appreciate the flavor of chemical-free meats.
Dominick's, a Safeway-owned grocery chain, has downsized the deli at its Lincoln Park store in Chicago in favor of an in-store Starbucks and a bakery, a move that resulted in a 20% increase in sales, said a company vice president. Meanwhile, a new flagship Dominick's location is under construction in downtown Chicago.
Minnesota legislators are considering laws that will require stores to restrict access to over-the-counter medications that are routinely used in illegal home labs to make methamphetamine. Under the proposed laws, medications containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are found in cold and allergy medications, would have to be kept locked behind a checkout counter and could not be sold to those under 18.
The Fairtrade label, which ensures food with its mark is cultivated under good working conditions, is growing at the rate of 40% to 90% a year. British supermarkets Tesco and Co-op are boosting their fair trade products, as Britain is now second to Switzerland in terms of fair trade consumption. Click here to watch a video on fair trade goods.
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said the amount of beef recalled in the Washington state BSE case was almost four times larger than initially reported. "The total amount was actually less important than identifying the number of stores and other facilities that received the product," a USDA spokesman said. The recall ultimately involved 38,000 pounds of meat, though initial reports cited an amount of 10,400 pounds.