Things I noticed at the grocery store…

This weekend my family and I took a trip down to the new Loblaws at the old Maple Leaf Gardens! I’ve been hearing SO much hype about the “cheese wall”, the Ace Bakery section & all of the great things this new location offered. I remember when it opened my sister even raved about the red carpet. Yup, there was a red carpet!

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Illegible Labels

I know for me, it happened, (and still happens) ALL of the time. And sure, maybe this is one of the many reasons why I need to move out… but till I do, I’m finding fault with the food companies and for that matter, the government too! Take a look at the photo below and you may have an idea about what I’m talking about, or click continue reading & I’ll set up the scenario for you.

Spicy? Hummus

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Food News – Shoplifting

Very similar to a dunce capThe holiday season is upon us. You know how I can tell? It’s a Monday and the mall is packed full of people. Buying your loved ones gifts is both generous and kind, but what about those who aren’t spending any money for their presents? According to AdWeek,  some retailers gear up to do about 20-40% of their annual sales during this time of the year, but are likely to lose $119 billion to shoplifters. With the economy still in the dumps, locally & globally, it’s understandable that compared to 2010, shoplifting is up 6%. However, people aren’t stealing things they need, the most popular items are based on temptation. About one in 11 people will shoplift, and 75% of shoplifters are adults… with jobs.

So what are people most likely to get their hands on this year? The top 10 items people are stealing are the following:

  • 10. Nikes
  • 9. Chanel No. 5
  • 8. Let’s Rock Elmo
  • 7. Polo Ralph Lauren
  • 6. Axe
  • 5. Gillette Mach
  • 4. iPhone 4
  • 3. Electric tools

But the top 2 are especially interesting…

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The Salad Dressing Dilemma

When you make salad dressing at home, what do you put in it? Olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, maybe a little salt and pepper? If you’re creative maybe even some honey mustard, or jam (just maybe not together). But we don’t always have time to make our own dressing. That’s why sometimes, it’s just easier to buy it. So you pop over to the grocery store and after perusing the shelves decide on this product…

Kraft’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette. But did you read the ingredient label? Probably not, but luckily for you! I did…

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What to notice on the grocery store shelf

Something I thought was worth mentioning…

Has anyone out there ever seen something like this at your local Loblaws or (in this case) Walmart and thought anything of it?

Walmart Store Shelf

As a smart consumer, you may have thought any of the following things:

  1. Wow, that’s not very nice of Walmart to just put their Great Value brand right beside the Quaker Chewy bars.
  2. It’s not personal, it’s business. Good for Walmart! They are doing what any smart business would do; placing products where people will find them.
  3. Which one should I get!? One’s cheaper, but the cheap one tastes different… doesn’t it? How different are they?

As someone who has works in the food industry, I’ll let you in on a little secret, sometimes… both the cheap and expensive versions are created by the same company! Shocked? Well you shouldn’t be….

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