Hormel Foods reports lackluster results as COVID continues to takes its toll
With Thanksgiving turkey in sight, Hormel Foods Corp. reported lackluster financial results Tuesday on weakness in its food service business due to shuttered restaurants and cafeterias.The Austin, Minn.-based food company, like the rest of the meat industry, continued grappling with the fallout from COVID-19 that has increased production costs and remained a constant threat to its workforce in its fourth quarter.The protein-centric company missed earnings expectations and delivered an unforeseen revenue decline for the quarter ended Oct. 25.Profit fell in the quarter to $234.4 million, or 43 c...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: People of color need healthier food
In this time of racial reckoning, the likes of which our nation has not seen since the 1960s, one reconciliatory step is often overlooked: increasing the ability of people of color to obtain healthy food.The novel coronavirus does not discriminate, but it sadly reflects and exacerbates centuries of systemic racism that created racial health disparities in our country. According to a recent study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, Black and Latinx people are twice as likely to contract the virus as their white counterparts. Part of the reason for this is a lack of access to nutritious food...
Tribune News Service
Smaller turkeys. Yams to go. Or a Thanksgiving lobster? COVID-19 will transform holiday meals.
CHICAGO — Leslie Highberger usually celebrates Thanksgiving with her husband’s extended family, at a different destination each year. Last year they all met in Naples, Florida. Twenty people gathered for the fall feast.This year there will be no flying or large gatherings as COVID-19 cases rise and fears of spreading the virus to loved ones cloud the holiday. Highberger, 30, and her husband plan to have two Thanksgivings close to home, each with about six people. One dinner will be with her husband’s father in Wisconsin and the second with her parents in the Chicago suburbs.“They will still wa...
What are we drinking during the pandemic?
It might not be surprising to learn but people are drinking more than usual during the pandemic.And there’s more than anecdotal evidence to back that up. According to a study conducted by the Rand Corp. and published last month in the journal JAMA Network Open, American adults reported drinking 14% more than the year before.Those findings tend to match up with previous research, including data from marketing research firm Nielsen, that has shown total alcohol sales outside of bars and restaurants increasing roughly 24% since mid-March.The reasons for the sustained increase are pretty apparent:...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
SC Republican Lindsey Graham wins US Senate race, defeats challenger Harrison
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Overcoming the toughest challenge of his political career, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham won reelection to a fourth term Tuesday night, defeating Democratic nominee Jaime Harrison.Fox News and the Associated Press called the race at about 10 p.m.Republicans were in high spirits at the state GOP’s victory party at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. There, about 150 people gathered and cheered whenever Graham and Harrison’s race results popped up on the television screens, showing the senator in the lead.As of about 10:30 p.m., Graham led with about 55% of the vote to Ha...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Coin circulation is improving, but some stores reeling from a summer of few coins still ask customers for spare change
CHICAGO — Coins were in short supply last month at El Nopal Bakery in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood as the coronavirus pandemic and statewide shutdowns stymied the flow of coins through the economy.“We were almost at zero change last month. … About 50% of our customers pay with cash,” owner Ozzie Ocegueda said.The bakery placed a sign on its counter asking people to pay with exact change or a debit or credit card. At times, the bakery worked with customers to round up or down the amount due, or gave them a cookie if the store couldn’t provide change, he said.“You got to be able to acco...
Daniel Neman: How kids can explore the world through food
ST. LOUIS — We are in the midst of a pandemic. Perhaps you’ve heard about that.One of the results of the pandemic is that people around the world are traveling much less than they did, and that Americans in particular aren’t allowed into many other countries.But children, at least, can still travel the world from the comfort of their own homes. They can travel the world through the magic of food.Global Foods Market, in Kirkwood, Missouri, is one of the area’s largest international grocery stores. It has recently released what it calls Cultural Exploration Kits, a way for children to learn abou...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
After their mom died from COVID-19, her kids give a final toast with a beloved, hard-to-find token of her youth: Tab diet soda
CHICAGO — Kathleen Berger died in May from coronavirus-related causes, leaving behind eight kids and a legacy encapsulated by a bright pink soda can.Berger, who was 73, was a voracious consumer of Tab, the saccharin-infused cola known for its distinctive packaging, vaguely metallic taste and aerobic studio vibe. Introduced in 1963 by the Coca-Cola Co., it was once the nation’s dominant diet soda, producing a legion of fans so hard-core they called themselves Tabaholics.But Tab lost its mojo over the decades, surpassed by Diet Coke and other carbonated descendants, and Coke finally dispatched t...
Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here's why your food bills are still stubbornly high.
Eva Rosol was stunned during the summer when a rotisserie chicken that she could normally find on sale for $6 suddenly set her back $15.Rosol, a resident of the Chicago suburb Westmont, Ill., who lost her job as a substitute teacher when COVID-19 shut schools in March, could afford it thanks to the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits the federal government offered during the first four months of the pandemic. But those extra benefits expired in late July.Now Rosol, 54, who has a business degree and is seeking a job in sales, receives $108 weekly in unemployment aid. Meanwhile, her hus...
Sonics legend Shawn Kemp to open Seattle's first Black-owned marijuana dispensary
SEATTLE — Just a stone’s throw away from where he used to rattle rims and enthrall the green-clad fans inside KeyArena, Sonics legend Shawn Kemp is embarking on a new endeavor. The “Reign Man” is opening up a cannabis shop called “Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis,” which will become Seattle’s first Black-owned dispensary.The dispensary “Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis” located at 3035 1st Ave. will open Friday, Oct. 30. Kemp will be joined by his former teammate and Hall of Famer Gary Payton for a ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 12:45 p.m. and the shop will officially open its doors to the public at 1 p.m.“I’...
The Seattle Times