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Whole Foods Surprisingly Sources Meat From Tyson And Perdue, Here’s Why

When you go to Whole Foods, something you may expect is a higher quality in your food compared to other grocery stores. We typically associate price with quality, and Whole Foods has gotten the infamous nickname “Whole Paycheck” for a reason.

That’s definitely something that the grocery chain has prided itself on, especially for chicken. Whole Foods has marketed its chicken as hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and cage-free. This is something that they’ve used in attempts to separate itself from “big poultry,” including suppliers like Perdue, that give grocery-store chicken a bad rap. Shockingly, however, it turns out that Whole Foods is in fact at least partially supplying from the same guys as everybody else.

An investigation by Bloomberg revealed that Whole Foods gets at least some of its poultry from chicken-producing giant Perdue, and sells it under its 365 label at a price slightly more than that of a typical grocery store. Whole chickens at Whole Foods, for example, fetch for $4.09 a pound whereas other supermarkets sold theirs for $1.99. Air-chilled, hormone-free chicken thighs sold for 50 cents more per pound at Whole Foods than at a run-of-the-mill grocer, even though they both came from the same Perdue processing facility. Whole Foods has attributed this to the fact that chickens come from different farms.

This continues on with other meat at Whole Foods as well. What’s more, their Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef is actually produced by Tyson, and Meyer Natural Angus brand, which sells its meat to Whole Foods, uses a processing facility owned by Cargill. You can also find the same brands at Target, which is completely surprising.

This doesn’t mean that Whole Foods is necessarily reverting to sub-standard production practices, however. Producers still have to meet extensive requirements if they want their meat in Whole Foods, including the usage of no antibiotics or hormones and certain animal welfare requirements. Many large producers, including Perdue, have taken major steps to fully shift over to these requirements, meaning that the same quality of meat you can get at Whole Foods can now be found at its competitors for a lower price.

Whole Foods, however, is still able to retain customers because of its brand image of loyalty and trust that it provides a better chicken than everybody else. We’ll have to see if that reputation gets damaged as a result of Bloomberg’s findings.

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New Guinness World Record For Longest Pizza Measures 1.2 Miles


This time last year, Naples, Italy was the home of the world’s longest pizza. Guinness World Records clocked in their achievement of dough, sauce, and cheese at 6,082 feet. I was actually in Naples on vacation at the time, obliviously and ironically unaware of the world record event taking place a just a few blocks over.

I was blinded by the delicious pizza I was inhaling curbside of an unmarked Naples alleyway at the time, but when I heard the good ole US of A was attempting to shatter the world record in Los Angeles, I made sure to show up the morning of to make sure I could see our patriots join the world ranks of pizza making.

This past Saturday, pizza history was indeed made in California. After renting out the outer border of the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, a group of pizza artisans had flown in from around the world to construct a new world record pizza, one that measured a tongue-wagging 6,331 feet long.

The pizza, which eclipsed a mile in length, used roughly 17,756 lbs of dough, over 5,000 lbs of sauce and 3,900 lbs of cheese.

The best part about the day was witnessing the custom-made-mobile oven that ran along the world-record-setting table scaffolding that held the pizza up. The gas convection oven on wheels followed the track like a disciplined monorail system, moving at a smooth 17 feet-a-minute. If you’re up for an anxiety-ridden adventure, we live-streamed the entirety of the pizza monorails journey. You can even witness an official judge from Guinness World Records walking parallel the entire length of the pizza, scrutinizing every square inch for sauce, cheese and dough connectivity.

Ironically, it’s our longest live-stream-to-date.

 

The entire effort took the work of over 23 companies and 200 volunteers, with setup beginning 8pm Friday and finishing touches on the pizza ending at roughly 4pm the following day. Close to 2,000 spectators attended the event and had a chance to sample the pizza, but a majority of the food was donated to local homeless shelters and food banks.

Kudos to all parties involved and for such a massive achievement and donation!

#PIZZA

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A Ridiculous Look At Where Our Food Is Coming From [INFOGRAPHIC]

This Thanksgiving 221,000,000 pounds of turkey were consumed, and according to some research from FrugalDad, we now know 30% of those turkeys will come from Butterball. 50% of the groceries people in the US will come from 4 supermarket chains. All of these facts go into a pretty dramatic infographic that lays into “Big Food” pretty heavy (see below).

If even remotely true, one of the scarier bits of information that can be pulled from the graphic is that Big Food will help the average American male consume a body-warping 35 pounds of antibiotics via store-bought meat over his lifetime.

We’ll let the rest of the graphic speak for itself (clicking on the image will pop up a larger version). What do you all think of the findings? Should we be more aware of Big Food? Maybe we should be more active in seeking alternatives to the processed food giants that currently serve our country?