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Kroger Is Selling Boxes Of Food At Cost To Feed The Hungry

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With the holidays coming up, I often remind myself to take a beat and think of those less fortunate. Whether that means donating any cash I can spare, some old clothes, or even some canned food laying around the house, every little bit helps.

To help the process of feeding the hungry go a lot smoother, Kroger stores assembled boxes of food that can easily be purchased and donated to those in need.

All 107 Kroger locations in the Mid-Atlantic Division have begun selling boxes of non-perishable and nutritious food that customers can buy and donate to Feeding America food banks as a part of the company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Initiative.

At $7.99, the boxes are filled with items like oats, beans, canned veggies, canned meat, peanut butter, rice, canned fruit, and juice. Each box is able to provide enough food to last 10 meals.

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Since 2013, Kroger has donated one billion meals through a combination of food and funds donations. Kroger plans to eliminate food waste entirely within the company by 2025.

Customers can find the boxes on display at the front of 107 stores, with more than 10,000 boxes donated to Kroger locations and will be available for purchase through December 31.

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Kroger Supermarket Bans Plastic Bags Across U.S., Others Could Follow

Kroger shoppers will have to get used to bringing in their own reusable bags, as the supermarket chain announced it would eliminate single-use plastic bags by 2025.

That means all your local Cala Foods, City Markets, Copps, Dillons, FoodsCo, Fred Meyer Stores, Fry’s, King Soopers, Mariano’s Fresh Market, Metro Market, Pick ‘n Save, Quality Food Centers (a.k.a. QFC), Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Smith’s Food and Drug will be affected by this change.

 

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Several states already have implemented such bans by law, as Californians and Floridians can attest to, but Kroger is the largest grocer to put a plastic bag ban on all its stores nationwide, regardless of state law.

Of course this ban, as most plastic bans, is in an effort to reduce waste, which makes organizations such as Green Peace happy.

 

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Don’t be surprised if other major grocery chains follow, as we saw a chain reaction of plastic bans, just earlier this year. When McDonald’s banned single-use plastic straws in the U.K., we saw companies like Starbucks. Even Disney implemented straw bans of their own.

While it might mean that we can no longer reuse their bags as our home trash bags, hopefully it’ll all be worth it if, like, the world doesn’t burn of our own doing.

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Kroger’s New ‘Low Cow’ Ice Cream Pints Are A Clear Shot At Halo Top

It seems like everybody is coming for Halo Top these days. After Breyers created their own knockoff of the low-cal, high protein ice cream, Kroger is now jumping into the mix. Like Breyers Delights, their new Low Cow ice cream is very similar to Halo Top’s brand.

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Halo Top is enjoying massive success with their protein-infused frozen dessert as of late, having just hit Walmart and CVS. With that popularity, however, comes attention and competition. Kroger, who owns Ralphs, Harris Teeter, and others, has decided to take their own shot at mimicking the titular brand.

Like Halo Top, Low Cow advertises its calories on the front. While Halo Top pints typically roll in at 240-360 calories each, Low Cow’s range is more restricted at 240-280 calories. It also advertises a hefty 24 grams of protein per pint, which is comparable to Halo Top’s 20-24 grams. Additionally, Kroger went all in on the cleaner label and non-GMO route, incorporating ingredients like monkfruit sugar and erythritol to lower sugar content.

The thing that sets Low Cow at an advantage from a marketing stand point, however, is price. Ourselves (along with others) have identified the ice cream’s price as $3.99 per pint. That’s just under a dollar of Halo Top’s average price of $4.89 per pint. Overall, Low Cow is cheaper than Halo Top while competing on calories and protein. That should make Halo Top quiver in its boots, considering Kroger’s massive distribution capabilities.

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Of course, none of that matters if Kroger’s new ice cream can’t match Halo Top in terms of flavor. Our team at Foodbeast took a crack at Low Cow’s vanilla and lemon cake flavors to judge that for ourselves. Overall, the lemon cake flavor was icier than Halo Top’s creamy dessert, but had a decent flavor and better texture than Breyers Delights. As for the vanilla pint, Foodbeast Editor-In-Chief Elie Ayrouth ranked it above both Halo Top and Breyers Delights in a comparison test.

Thus, Kroger’s new Low Cow ice cream has the potential to compete with Halo Top on price, health claims, flavor, and texture. Considering how massive Kroger is, they can easily put a dent in Halo Top’s growth strategy. Halo Top better watch out, because between Kroger and Breyers, the competition in the low-calorie, high-protein ice cream aisle is getting fierce.

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Drunk Guy Strips Down And Poops On Supermarket Checkout Counter

Some people get so drunk that they end up doing something stupid, thus metaphorically shitting the bed. One man in particular got so far beyond that level of drunk that he decided to shit the counter…more specifically, the checkout counter at Kroger. Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 11.28.51 AM

Colin Murphy, a 23-year-old muppet-looking hipster with the world’s most Irish name, walked into the Hyde Park Kroger right outside of Cincinnati on Sunday, May 29, reeking of booze and slurring his words. According to the police report, Murphy “entered Kroger Hyde Park and stripped naked in front of employee.”

After, presumably, swinging his dick around at everybody like he was waving to a friend from afar, Murphy then hopped up onto the self-checkout counter, also known as the “U-Scan It,” and proceeded to drop a fat deuce right on the scanner. Legend says that the scanner somehow picked up a barcode and priced it at $1.49 a pound.

Shortly after this entire fecal debacle, Murphy was found and arrested. Police charged him with disorderly conduct and public indecency.

 

 

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Shards Of Glass Cause Major Bimbo, Sara Lee and Nature’s Harvest Bread Recall

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Bimbo Bakeries USA just voluntarily recalled a batch of its bread products for possible shards of glass from a lightbulb that burst in one of their factories.

Bimbo Bakeries makes breads for the Sara Lee, Kroger, Bimbo, Nature’s Harvest, Great Value and L’Oven Fresh brands, and is urging customers in certain states to return bread with the “best buy” dates of August 31 and September 1.

The reason for the recall is three separate customer calls about glass being found outside of the bread.

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Bimbo said all of the products with those dates have now been taken off shelves and no other breads should have any problems.

Peep the list below of affected breads below and see if you need to return yours:

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