Grocery Humor

Is it Ranch 99 or 99 Ranch?

There’s been a great debate over how to properly say 99 Ranch Supermarket. I’ve heard it both ways: 99 Ranch and Ranch 99. All my life I’ve been saying ‘Ranch 99’ with my whole chest. Why? It just rolls off the tongue a lot easier, the flow is just much better when said that way.

Alas, the actual supermarket finally weighed in on the old debate today via an Instagram post, and well, Team Ranch 99 takes the L.

And so, 99 Ranch it is. Ah well, I’m still getting all my Asian groceries from there anyways.

Photo: 99 Ranch Market

Grocery Packaged Food What's New

Creamy Truffle Burrata Cheese Spotted at Trader Joe’s

There’s something about a happy little mound of creamy burrata cheese that entices any and all. It’s mozzarella leveled up! Now imagine it with a lavish hint of black truffle and you’ll get the new Truffle Burrata Cheese that was spotted by @traderjoeslist.

This new cheese just landed at Trader Joe’s locations, with this particular snapshot taken at one in West Hills, California.

At $5.99 for a tasty 80z tub of truffled goodness, it’s already one of the best deals you can find in the popular grocery store.

Photo: @traderjoeslist

Grocery Packaged Food

Costco Is Selling 5 Pound Servings of Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a surefire top 3 Thanksgiving side dish and I say that with my whole chest. Simply put, there’s a mass of folks like me who can’t get enough of it at every Thanksgiving feast. If you’re of that lot, know that Costco is now selling 5-pound ready-to-eat packages of mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes, as spotted by Instagram account @thecostcobuys.

The ready to heat and serve packages are the perfect compliment to a brimming gravy bowl and our hungry appetites. It’s nice to have a mashed sweet potatoes option for those looking for a less savory option.

Because every Thanksgiving feast is naked without some proper mashed potatoes, Costco should be the move to snag the 5-pound packages.

Photo: Instagram – @thecostcobuys

Grocery Packaged Food What's New

Takis Taco Shells Now Available at Walmart

Taco nights in America are about to get a fun addition with the new Old El Paso taco shells flavored with Takis hot chili pepper and lime. There’s a ridiculously longer name for this, so here it is for journalistic purposes: Old El Paso Takis Fuego inspired Hot Chili Pepper and Lime-Flavored Stand ‘n Stuff Taco Shells. Trust I will not be saying all that again.

Okay so back to these Takis Taco Shells. These shells are scorched with that signature fuego of Takis hot chili and lime, and feature a flat-bottom for easier plating.

These new Old El Paso Takis Taco Shells are available at Walmart stores nationwide now, with additional retail distribution at later dates.

Grocery Packaged Food Plant-Based

Beyond Chicken Tenders Now Available Nationwide at Walmart

Consumer demand for more plant-based options continues to rise, that’s why it’s quite clutch that Beyond Chicken Tenders will be available this October to consumers nationwide for the first time at Walmart and other major chains, with additional availability expected to be added later this year.

Key details about Beyond Chicken Tenders that are quickly making them the go-to for plant-based alternatives include 50% less saturated fat tha regular chicken tenders, and no GMOs, antibiotics, hormones or cholesterol. 

Unlike the pea-based protein in Beyond Burgers, Beyond Meat revealed that the protein-packed faba bean uniquely delivers the taste, texture, and culinary experience of traditional chicken tenders. 

Grocery Packaged Food

The Frozen Dumpling Delivery Empire Built During The Pandemic

Chances are that if you’ve been in California for the past year or so and are a dumpling fan, you’ve heard of Cali Dumpling. Started in Southern California during the pandemic, the frozen dumpling delivery service has since expanded its reach to as far north as Sacramento, effectively selling dumplings across most of the Golden State.

Born as a way to help keep local restaurant employees paid, Cali Dumpling has since become its own operation, with an exclusive factory churning out over 30,000 handmade dumplings every day.

Co-founder Allan Tea, who’s also behind SoCal restaurant brands like Capital Seafood and the Hello Kitty Cafe, initially used the dumpling delivery business to keep his restaurant employees paid. Now, most of them have returned to their normal jobs, he told Foodbeast, and the dumpling factory has an entirely different set of staff.

It’s a strong testament to how Cali Dumpling has grown in the past year and a half. Initially available in just a few cities, weekly delivery is now available across Southern California, and there’s even a few farmer’s markets you can pick the dumplings up at as well.

Where Cali Dumpling stands out most is the quality of their dumplings. Almost everything in the factory is scratch-made, down to different dough types for certain dumplings and hand-butchered pork butts, the bones of which are saved to make meat jelly for the xiaolongbao.

In terms of price, they’re also pretty competitive with high quality dumpling houses. A bag of 30 comes out to $16-$19 depending on which variety you order, averaging 50-60 cents per dumpling. (There’s also a flat $10 delivery fee, all of which goes directly to the company’s drivers.)

For those looking for a new frozen dumpling option that intersects quality and price, Cali Dumpling hits all of those marks and does a lot to help support its employees. They’re also available for wholesalers to purchase, and Tea hinted to Foodbeast that they’re looking to eventually sell the dumplings in grocery stores.

Grocery Packaged Food Sweets

Trader Joe’s Brings Back Pumpkin Ice Cream

Photo: @traderjoeslist

Spotted by @traderjoeslist is Trader Joe’s super premium Pumpkin Ice Cream. Fall season is in high gear and that means all pumpkin everything and everywhere. The seasonal treat is a big hit with Trader Joe’s shoppers, especially at only $3.99, so it only makes sense to comeback in time for the fall festivities.

Besides that, Trader Joe’s also has Pumpkin Spread, Pumpkin Body Butter, and Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix, so make sure to hit up your local one to get in on Pumpkinpalooza.

Animals Grocery News Packaged Food

Whole Foods Pulls Plainville Farms Turkey Products From Shelves After Investigation Reveals Animal Abuse

Plainville Farms, one of the largest producers of turkey-based products, has recently had their humane certification suspended due to an undercover investigation conducted by PETA into their operations. Using a hidden camera, a PETA investigator visited 11 turkey and pig farms and discovered first-hand evidence of animal-cruelty. 

Each of the 11 farms were certified as humane by Global Animal Partnership (G.A.P.), who claims to hold standards which prevent abuse. G.A.P. is a nonprofit created to promote and oversee the welfare of farmed animals. To receive certification, farms must complete a 5-step process. To date, G.A.P. reportedly oversees 290 million farm animals across many of America’s well-known brands. 

Undercover footage of Plainville Farms’ operations reveal the shameful and abusive way workers treat turkeys. The laundry list of maltreatment includes kicking and stomping sick and injured turkeys, grabbing turkeys — which on average weigh 40lbs — by the neck and throwing them across the barn, and even attempting to break their necks by holding the turkey’s body between their legs and pulling. To add to the torturous hodgepodge, the investigator even witnessed some workers simulate sexual acts with turkeys. Despite the evidence, Plainville Farms’ still regards PETA’s remarks as allegations. 

In response to the “allegations,” Plainville Farms’ has issued a statement, which can be read in full on their website’s homepage. In the statement they pledge to fully cooperate with law enforcement in addressing PETA’s accusations. In doing so, all live operations team members will be required to wear body cams. However, PETA doesn’t consider body-cams an appropriate response unless they’re live-streamed to allow public review of the practices. The surveillance footage is reported to be routinely monitored internally and by third-party animal welfare experts, although the third-parties have not been listed. As of today, the individuals featured in the undercover footage have been terminated.

While a police investigation is on-going, Plainville Farms’ products have been pulled from Whole Foods, yet continue to be available at most food retailers and still retains the label “humanely raised.”