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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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Albertsons Is Merging With Rite Aid, Creating New Supermarket & Health Brand

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Out of all the popular grocery chains, Albertsons was always my favorite. I remember walking home from school and picking up some fried chicken from the deli, a jalapeño cheddar bun, and a Monster energy drink to fuel the rest of my evening.

As I grew older, I saw less Albertsons stand the test of time. The two locations closest to me shut down, forcing me to find other locations slightly further. Now, though, it looks like there’s hope left for our beloved supermarket chain.

In a bold move to expand their reach, Albertsons announced that they will be merging with pharmacy retailer Rite Aid.

Supermarket News reported that under this merger, a majority of Albertsons private label products will now be sold at Rite Aid stores. Albertsons’ existing in-store pharmacies will also rebrand into Rite Aid. Both stores will then unite under a new, yet to be announced, name and branding.

Because some Rite Aids and Albertsons stores are pretty close to one another in proximity in certain regions, it’s still unknown whether there will be closures once the merger happens.

Patrons can expect the deal to be finalized in the latter half of 2018.

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The 12 Funniest Stand-Up Bits About Food

The only activity that comes close to the satisfaction of cooking and eating is simply talking about food. Honestly, just discussing food—or hearing someone else do it—hits the spot in a strange, beautifully rewarding way. It doesn’t even have to be during an in-person conversation. We’re ready to adore poems about food, read essays about food, flip through magazines about food, but, most of all, hear comedians joke about food.

It’s true. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a flattering observation about food. It can be a savage takedown of certain kinds of diners, restaurant chains, or culinary trends. While there’s a lot we love about food, there is totally a lot to laugh at—eating poorly when we know it’s bad for us, eating differently around our crushes, or even just trying to cook a simple meal and it going terribly wrong.

So let’s serve up some of our absolute favorite stand-up bits about food, covering everything from fast food shame to the weird way we go about grocery shopping. Seriously, what better way is there to burn off calories from cooking and eating all that food?

“Hot Pockets” – Jim Gaffigan

“I was looking at a box of Hot Pockets. They have a warning printed on the side. It says, ‘WARNING: You just bought Hot Pockets. Hope you’re drunk or heading home to a trailer, you hillbilly. Enjoy the next NASCAR event.”

“Cooking” – Maria Bamford

“People always say how easy it is to cook, but it is not any easier than not cooking.”

“Blue Food” – George Carlin

“Where the hell is the blue food? Every other color is represented.”

“KFC” – Patton Oswalt

“Can you take all those food items and pile them in a single bowl for me and I’ll just eat them like a Death Row prisoner on suicide watch?”

“Eating Around Men” – Iliza Shlesinger

“When you first meet a guy that you like, you can’t eat the way you want to on a date. You can’t. You can’t have that fourth plate of ribs on a date… I found out.”

“Pickle Juice” – Hannibal Buress

“I don’t like throwing out the pickle juice. It just feels wasteful. So lately I’ve been dipping my fingers in the pickle juice and then I flick it on my sandwiches for flavor.”

“Cheddar Bay Biscuits” – Kyle Kinane

“It should come as no surprise when I tell you that I belong to the Facebook fan page for Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits… for obvious reasons.”

“Fig Newtons” – Brian Regan

“I looked at the serving size — two cookies. Who the hell eats two cookies? I eat Fig Newtons by the sleeve.”

“Burger King” – Dane Cook

“First job I had? Burger King. My brother got me the job, too. My brother got me the job. He was the manager and he got me the job. You would think that would be cool, because he was my bro. But he was a dick. He thought he was the Burger King!”

“Airline Food” – Ellen Degeneres

“[Flight attendants] have this attitude, and they can afford to have the attitude, because they have the power. They have the peanuts. They have these six peanuts that we need.”

“McDonald’s” – Jim Gaffigan

“It’s fun telling people you go to McDonald’s. They always give you that look like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know I was better than you.'”

“Supermarket Experience” – Jerry Seinfeld

“Food is so complicated as an adult. You see people in the supermarket, just sweating it out. Nobody knows, ‘What do I eat?’ The protein, the carbs, the fat content; oh my god, fat content. Just walking up to each other, ‘What are you eating? Maybe I’ll eat that.’ The whole supermarket itself is designed to break down your sense of having any life outside the supermarket. It’s like a casino.”

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This Anaheim Market Is A Mexican Food Wonderland

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Growing up in a city that’s 78 percent Latino, I spent a pretty good amount of time in Mexican-style markets that sold fresh tortillas, Mexican candy, and ingredients specific to Mexican cuisine. When my boss told me there’s a new, giant Gonzalez Northgate Market in Anaheim, my first thought was, ‘This dude’s probably never been inside a marketa, and is all worked up over nothing.’

I was originally skeptical, but from the very first steps I took inside the Anaheim store, I knew it was different. This Northgate Market is a Mexican supermarket on steroids.

As soon as we walked in, there was a little hut that sold street-style corn, like you’d find while perusing the streets of Los Angeles. They literally had the boiled elotes on deck, topped them with butter, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili powder, and salsa.

I was immediately impressed, thinking to myself that I no longer had to chase down the elotero down the street, as he books it on his mobile cart.

After that, every station in the supermarket felt like my childhood, and I could tell they didn’t just throw up a new grocery for the hell of it. There really was a lot of attention to detail.

It’s not unusual for a grocery stores to make fresh bread, but I was really impressed by the handmade churros, as I was able to grab them straight out out of the fryer, while they sprinkled them cinnamon and sugar, and joined it with fresh caramel.

It’s the little things, like such freshly made treats, that really made a good first impression.

As I walked around the store, and browsed around the different meat and seafood departments, nothing made me happier than seeing that they had free sample stations. These weren’t your typical microwaved chicken nugget samples you get at Costco. I had the choice between three different cooked taco meats that the booth had ready, and with a little tortilla supporting it, I was basically able to sample a handful of mini tacos. Then as I walked a little down, there was yet another free sample booth where I tried some of their ceviche and aguachiles.

I can’t think of any damn place whose sample game was that legit.

One of my rules of thumb for great taco spots is fresh handmade tortillas. I’m going to have to apply that to grocery stores now, and Northgate passes that test with a tortilleria on the far back corner. There were a couple of dudes back there, just cranking out tortillas as they came through a belt like that one I Love Lucy episode.

The whole store really does have a Disneyland feel. Well, a Disneyland of Mexican food, and the last thing that I really loved was the Whole Foods-like hot bar. You won’t exactly find health-friendly soups like at Whole Foods, but if you’re into pozole, albondigas, and other Mexican-inspired soups, this is a soupy dream come true. Not to mention you can just roll up and grab pre-made tamales.

It’s safe to say I was impressed by the store, when I was so ready to write it off. If you want to go through a pretty legit Mexican market feel that has pretty much everything, Northgate in Anaheim did a pretty damn good job of providing that experience with its newest super duper market. Northgate said there are similar, new markets like this one in La Habra, and Norwalk, California. If this is the future of supermarkets, count me in.

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Supermarket Shopper Becomes Possessed And Freaks The F*** Out [WATCH]

If you’ve ever seen The Exorcist, then you’ll be able to recognize the chilling side effects of a demonic possession. Whether or not you believe in them is solely up to you, but the following video certainly might change your mind.

The video, taken from a CCTV camera inside of the supermarket, depicts the woman picking up a product that mysteriously falls from the shelf. After touching it, the woman suddenly begins to seize up. A local bystander sees the whole thing unfolding and begins to approach the woman, until she jerks her head back and unleashes a flurry of blood-curdling screams, scaring the female bystander shitless.

Later on in the video, there are several other instances of items randomly swinging around or falling off of the shelf. In the last ten seconds, we see an item fall from the shelf with no one else around. While faking something like that could probably be pretty easy (fishing line and tape, some sort of timed activator, etc.), the overall reactions from all the bystanders makes it hard for me to believe that it’s fake. What do you think?

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This Danish Supermarket Only Sells Expired Foods and Everyone Loves It

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First World countries are striving to end world hunger, yet they are guilty of wasting a ridiculous amount of food themselves.

Now one country is launching an initiative to change that irony by opening its first food waste supermarket. Denmark has opened its first-ever charity market, which sells surplus produce that are past their fresh date or damaged in such a way that they wouldn’t be sold on the shelves of a typical grocery store.

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The store called WeFood in Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen sells their produce for 30 to 50% of their value at normal markets. The store is designed for the environmentally conscious and budget-limited consumers who are looking to save money and the planet. Per Bjerre from the Danish NGO behind the initiative, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, explained to the Independent:

“WeFood is the first supermarket of its kind in Denmark and perhaps the world as it is not just aimed at low-income shoppers, but anyone who is concerned about the amount of food waste produced in this country. Many people see this as a positive and politically correct way to approach the issue.”

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According to statistics, 700,000 metric tons of food are thrown away in Denmark annually. That is the figure after the country reduced its food waste by 25% over five years. Worldwide, 1.3 billion metric tons of food is wasted each year. The number is “ridiculous,” Danish Food and Agriculture Minister Eva Kjer Hansen remarked.

WeFood is collaborating with other supermarkets, chains and importers to provide the products. Volunteers pick up the supplies to help stock WeFood’s shelves. France has taken a similar course of action by banning food waste and requiring supermarkets to donate unwanted food to food banks and charities.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark

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This Market Chain Just Dropped Candy From Its Checkout Lines

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That temptation of grabbing that last-minute candy bar at the grocery checkout line is all too real. East coast supermarket chain Aldi wants to get rid of that tempation for its shoppers.

Aldi has announced they’re losing the checkout sweets at their stores and replacing them with healthier alternatives, The Chicago Tribune reports. This includes getting rid of chocolates and sugary bites and replacing them with dried fruit, granola bars and trail mix.

The company wanted to give customers a way to “feel good” about the checkout choices they make when it comes to snacks.

With nearly 1,500 in the United States, Aldi wants to finish its transition by the end of 2016. Locations of Aldi stores in the United Kingdom have already finished swapping out sweets.

Those who immediately go to that angry place, calm down. You can still walk to the other side of the store where they sell candy. You just won’t find them at the checkout line.

You may also remember Target testing something similar a while back.

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Deadly, Erection-Inducing Spider Found Living In Supermarket Bananas

A Welsh woman got the surprise of her life when she discovered the cocoon of a deadly spider on a banana meant for her daughter.

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Maria Layton noticed a little more than potassium on the first banana she pulled from the bunch, but when the more visible cocoon on the second one began to move, she sprang into action. She locked the bananas in a sealed container and threw it in her freezer because she had read it was the way to kill such spiders.

Layton knew what to do because Brazilian wandering spiders, aka banana spiders, have garnered substantial media coverage in the UK over the past couple of years. More often, they make their way into people’s homes, carefully hidden in the bananas. But in 2013, a Tesco supermarket had to be shut down for several hours after one was found in a box of bananas.

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The spider gets its name from the way it wanders the forest floor at night and hides in bananas during the day. Banana spiders are considered the deadliest arachnids in the world and can kill victims in as little as two hours.

Their venom can also create a four-hour erection in male victims (and is being studied for use in erectile dysfunction medication), but is more likely to bring about a rapid and painful deterioration of bodily functions if untreated.

So, don’t get any ideas.

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Layton’s bagged bananas were in her house for an entire day before she discovered the spiders, so she frantically tried to get help from authorities or Tesco, to no avail.

“I spent about an hour and a half ringing round trying to get some help,” Layton told the Bristol Post. “[Mean]while I had this potential killer spider in the house.”

Though she managed to get hold of several Tesco customer service representatives, they didn’t offer more than an apology or a refund. A spokesperson stated that it wasn’t their policy to send a professional out to the home to assess the potential danger to the family, despite the company doing so in other cases in Essex and Staffordshire, England.

Tesco’s borderline indifference could be simply attributed to the company not wanting to send anyone to Wales. I get that. It’s the New Jersey of the UK with more complicated accents.

Thankfully, no one’s been hurt in any of these situations, but this is additional bad press for the already ailing Tesco. Good thing corporations aren’t people.

Oh, wait.

H/t Bristol Post