Smaller turkeys may be hard to find as COVID-19 shrinks Thanksgiving plans
DETROIT — The [more intimate Thanksgiving gatherings expected this year](While there is no turkey shortage across the board, Brian Weberman, director of poultry for Kaps Wholesale, a distributor in Detroit’s Eastern Market district, said consumers can expect to face a harder time finding smaller turkeys.Most small turkeys are hens or female. Larger turkeys, those that weigh more than 16 pounds are male and called Toms. About 40 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation, an advocate for the turkey industry.“There’s no need for a 28-pound turkey,” W...
Detroit Free Press
Ford Explorer ranks among lowest scoring models in reliability survey
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. was hit with more bad news Thursday, thanks to the problematic launch of its Ford Explorer.Ford’s namesake Blue Oval brand placed 22nd in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports, down six spots from last year. The luxury Lincoln brand placed last at 26th, down 11 spots.The 2020 Auto Reliability Surveys are based on data collected from Consumer Reports members about their experiences with more than 300,000 vehicles. The survey findings were announced at an online news conference before the Detroit-based Automotive Press Association.Among new or r...
The Detroit News
Washington state stockpiles N95 masks as hospitals see demand rise in new coronavirus wave
SEATTLE — Sitting in a Washington state government warehouse are more than 30 million N95 masks — enough to provide every one of the state’s health care workers nearly 100 masks each.They’re sitting there even though nearly all of the state’s hospitals are reusing their N95s or otherwise conserving supply, as the nation faces a looming shortage and Washington’s COVID-19 cases spike to the highest levels in the pandemic.Does the stockpile represent careful planning by state officials for this surge, or a missed opportunity to provide about $90 million of needed masks?Some in the industry suppor...
The Seattle Times
How the pandemic changed home buyer and seller behaviors
The coronavirus pandemic, combined with low interest rates, spurred home buyers and sellers to change how they lived. The pandemic also changed some of their behaviors when they entered the market, according to a report the National Association of Realtors released Wednesday.Those buying homes after the start of the pandemic bought higher priced homes, purchased more often in the suburbs, and planned to spend fewer years in their new homes, according to the association’s nationwide survey of recent home buyers and sellers in July. Those selling early in the pandemic felt more urgency to sell a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pickup buyers: 'This is what I need' during coronavirus pandemic
Attitudes of pickup owners have shifted in a big way with COVID-19, based on a new study from CarGurus.com.“We learned how the pandemic may have helped to spur pickup truck purchases,” said Madison Gross, director of customer insights at the automotive research and shopping site.Part of the reason is the time to do more home improvement projects and the need for a vehicle to haul bulky stuff. If people were pondering a truck, they pulled the trigger.Madison Gross, director of customer insights at CarGurus.com, just finished a survey on consumer behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. The foc...
Detroit Free Press
Home bakers bought more butter, lifted profits at Land O'Lakes
Before even hitting peak holiday baking season, Land O’Lakes Inc. is having a banner butter year.The Minnesota-based dairy and feed cooperative reported limited third-quarter results Friday that reflected the shift in demand resulted from the global pandemic.While net sales for the quarter ending Sept. 30 were down slightly to $2.9 billion, profit skyrocketed on soaring consumer demand for dairy products. Land O’Lakes tallied net earnings of $66 million, compared to $12 million in the same period a year ago.That huge increase in profit was in large part due to Americans eating, cooking and bak...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
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...
How COVID-19 is changing the design of a Florida condo because of buyers' desires
MIAMI — The pandemic has changed condo buyers’ wish lists. The Four Seasons took note.The Miami-based developer Fort Partners is altering the design of its Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale, Louise Sunshine said, strategic adviser to Fort Partners. Several upgrades are in the works: high-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, filters; UV lighting in elevators; a Tensui water filtration system; stronger WiFi connection in each unit; wardrobe-sized lockboxes for each unit’s deliveries; and Retina and face-recognition technology for access throughout the building and into each residen...
Commentary: Understanding the landscape of Facebook's dominance
Facebook clearly dominates social media.But showing how and what Facebook monopolizes is tricky, especially if you’re a regulator pursuing antitrust action against the company.The “Roadmap for an Antitrust Case Against Facebook” published by the Omidyar Network in June begins to make this case in the U.S. But more is needed.Properly defining the market Facebook dominates will be critical to the success of any federal effort to rein in the excessive power Facebook has over civic life and online display advertising.It should also help the public better understand why such a popular and useful we...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: Don't tread on our competitors and suppliers
As a new and growing social media platform, Parler has experienced firsthand some of the types of misconduct by Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google detailed in the recently released House Antitrust Report on Big Tech. You might think that if anyone would support the solutions offered by the House Democrats and Republicans — as well as the just-filed antitrust suit against Google — it would be us.Apple once threatened to remove Parler from its app store unless we agreed to remove from our platform member-generated content that it deemed offensive. The company will not permit us to implement part...
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