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Grocery Packaged Food What's New

Cheetos Mac And Cheese Boxes Are Now Available At Walmart

The boxed mac and cheese shelves of grocery stores just got a new competitor, as Cheetos has officially entered the fray.

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The new boxes of Cheetos Mac N Cheese use the proprietary Cheetos seasoning and come in three flavors: Bold and Cheesy, Cheesy Jalapeno, and Flamin’ Hot.

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They’re the latest in a line of several Cheetos products that have shown up in both fast food and grocery stores in recent years, ranging from Cheetos Popcorn to boxes of frozen Mac N Cheetos, and even Cheetos-topped fried chicken sandwiches at KFC.

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You can pick up these boxes at Walmart stores nationwide, and they’re also available for order online through Walmart.

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Cheetos plans to roll them out to even more retailers in 2021. They’re available in a box or single cup format at a suggested retail price of 98 cents, putting it on par with longtime standards in boxed mac and cheese like Kraft when it comes to cost.

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Grocery Health Science

Walmart Requiring Face Masks To Enter Starting July 20th

Walmart has added on to the growing list of retailers implementing face mask requirements for customers to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.

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Starting on July 20th, all Walmart customers will need to be wearing a face mask to gain entry into stores to shop. Walmart will be deploying trained “Health Ambassadors” to remind guests of the new requirements.

At Walmart’s Costco-like subsidiary, Sam’s Club, complimentary masks will be available for members, who can also purchase face masks inside of the store.

Walmart has cited the CDC in their decision to add this policy, saying that “face coverings help decrease the spread of COVID-19, and because the virus can be spread by people who don’t have symptoms and don’t know they are infected, it’s critically important for everyone to wear a face covering in public and social distance.”

The new policy was announced the same day that Starbucks’ own face mask requirements are scheduled to take effect. It also comes shortly after CDC Director Robert Redfield stated that if everyone wore face masks and practiced social distancing, COVID-19 could be controlled within 1-2 months.

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Packaged Food Sweets

Hostess’ New Limited Edition S’MORES Cupcakes Arriving At Walmart

Unfortunately with the state of the world right now, we won’t be sitting around a campfire with our closest friends sharing some freshly made s’mores any time soon this summer, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the flavors of the popular outdoor snack.

Hostess just released a limited edition line of S’mores Cupcakes that folks can enjoy from home.

The new snack aisle sweets are made with a graham cracker-flavored yellow cake, toasted marshmallow-flavored creamy filling, and is topped with a chocolate icing.

You can find these new S’mores Cupcakes exclusively at Walmart locations nationwide beginning July 9. While it may not recapture the magic of a campfire hang, it might tide you over until it’s safe to gather again.

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Packaged Food Sweets

Krispy Kreme Now Has Packaged Doughnuts Sold At Walmart

Let’s face it. No one wants to sit through the drive-thru line at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Fortunately Krispy Kreme has now launched a line of doughnuts you can buy in stores.

Beginning June 22, you can find Krispy Kreme Doughnut Bites and Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers in the snack aisle at your local Walmart.

Krispy Kreme’s Doughnut Bites are available in Original, Chocolate, and Apple Cinnamon with 20 bites per box. The Mini Crullers will be available in Original or Blueberry with eight crullers to a box.

You can find the new Krispy Kreme Doughnut packs at participating Walmart locations nationwide.

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Deals Health News Packaged Food Plant-Based What's New

Beyond Meat’s Burger Patty Priced The Lowest It’s Ever Been: $1.60

As meat prices soar, plant-based patty producer Beyond Meat is making an attempt to appeal to the masses.

The company will be releasing its Cookout Classic 10-pack, a value of their well-known plant-based burgers, which will be for sale in most Targets and Walmarts nationwide for $15.99.

“The new offering will be available through mid-August, or until supplies last, and is intended to narrow the price gap between plant-based meat and animal protein, making delicious, nutritious and sustainable plant-based meat more accessible to more people,” said the company in a statement via email. 

The release comes at a time when meat prices are the highest they’ve been since 1974, which the brand hopes will leave typical meat-eating consumers a bit more open to trying plant-based burgers. 

“This forward-looking pricing represents an important milestone along our journey to make Beyond Meat more accessible to all consumers,” said CEO Ethan Brown.

According to CNN, a secondary, less consumer centric reason is that the company has an excess amount of the patties, which were destined for restaurants pre-COVID, and hopes to get rid of the stock.

This plan is only a part of the company’s ever-expanding reach, as they’ve recently inked a deal with Yum Brand’s (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) Chinese storefronts and tested burgers in McDonald’s Canada. A direct-to-consumer website will be released this summer, as well. 

Hounded by restaurant shutdowns or not, Beyond Meat appears to be chugging along and trying to turn a negative situation into an opportunity for expansion. 

Whatever the reason the Cookout Classic pack exists, for consumers or for the brand, it does. And, it’ll soon be available at a store near most people. For fans of the product, any sign of the company’s (understandably) premium-priced burgers getting a price slash is a good signal of things to come . 

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Packaged Food

Pringles Launches Limited-Edition SWEET CORN Can

One of the many staples of a proper summer barbecue is some sweet and buttery corn on the cob. While many of us may not be barbecuing outside anytime soon, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy those flavors from the comfort of our homes.

Some needed corn comfort now arrives in the form of a Pringles can. That’s right, the newest Pringles flavor is Sweet Corn.

The chip boasts the sweet and salty flavor of fresh corn, cooked corn, and creamy butter all fused into a crispy bite. Apparently those who have already tried it say it really does taste like sweet corn on the cob — a fantastic sign for any chip that’s flavored after their namesake.

Need to cop a can or too ASAP. Freakin’ love corn.

You can pick up Pringles new Sweet Corn cans now at participating Walgreens locations nationwide while supplies last.

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Cravings Packaged Food Sweets

Biscoff Ice Cream Bars Are Dessert Goals Filled With Actual Cookie Butter

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When we think of Biscoff cookies, our thoughts are transported to a delicate shortbread cookie that’s layered with pronounced flavors of ginger, cinnamon, and caramel. It’s no wonder that many see it as a treat that goes well with coffee or even in its own iteration of Biscoff cookie butter, a marvel in itself. However, it looks like we are now be able to indulge in Biscoff cookies straight from the freezer aisle in the form of ice cream.

Spotted at Walmart locations now throughout the U.S., the Biscoff ice cream bars are a welcome addition to our snacking habits, especially when the delectable bars feature a layer of cookie butter and bits of Biscoff cookies swirled right into the ice cream. Truly they’re like some irresistible concoction straight out of your sweet tooth’s wildest dreams.

No doubt this is all a truly tempting mouthful, but I would not blame you one bit for giving into such sweet temptation.

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Grocery Opinion

Grocery Stores Should Implement Reservation Systems To Curb Panic Buying

For the past couple weeks, the scenes inside of grocery stores can best be described as chaotic In the grocery trips I’ve been to, plus those of many of my co-workers and friends who have shared on social media, entire sections of stores have been cleaned out by everyone stockpiling food and supplies. Lines of customers looking to get extra cases of water or toilet paper form hours before opening.

Unfortunately, this situation has made it hard for many others, including several who are immunocompromised or otherwise can’t shop due to the dangers of exposing themselves to the coronavirus, to obtain just the basics they need to get through the week. Many stores are offering “Elderly-only” hours as one way to fix this, but the store shelves still continue to be wiped out.

This is deeply concerning because it threatens the food security of many people, especially those who may not be able to get to grocers first thing in the morning. Those who can often travel to multiple stores to get just what they need on a short-term basis. Meanwhile, many essentials, including milk, eggs, and other in-demand items, continue to remain out of stock.

However, it’s not a concern of whether we have enough food. Grocery stores have made it clear that is not the case, and are hiring en masse to try to get shelves stocked and supply chains sped up as quickly as possible. At this point, what we need is a drastic solution in order to ensure that more people, and those in need, have the same access to food as those who are stockpiling.

There is a model that some companies and stores have followed that could present a novel solution: creating a reservation system for shoppers to use to shop for the groceries they need, rather than allowing people to stockpile.

A system like this has already been used before by companies like Nike and Disney. Nike will set up reservations to purchase shoes for any hype sneakers they do limited drops on. Disney, meanwhile, had been utilizing “boarding groups” that are called throughout the day for admission to its Rise of the Resistance rides in Disneyland and Disney World before both parks closed.

Disneyland’s system works by opening up reservations for each day at the park’s opening, then cutting them off once a certain number is filled. Anyone who gets a boarding group can then head to the ride when their number is called, and have a two-hour window to enter.

A system like this could work for grocery stores because it would control the amount of people in stores at a time. Combined with the limits some stores are imposing on how many goods you can buy, and it gives stores enough time to restock some major goods or ensure that there’s enough to go around.

Doing this online could be problematic for those without internet access or that show up in person, so it would probably need to be a combination of physically signing up in person as well as online sign-ups, with limits to each.

Could grocery stores be convinced to move to these reservation systems? It’s likely that they would have to set them up themselves (which would require development work) as well as regulate/maintain them. There’s also the possibility that it reduces the amount of purchased goods overall each day, although given that stores tend to run out by lunchtime anyway, that may not be the case.

Whichever the case, there’s clearly a need for some kind of system, as grocers have already started to implement limitations. Some local Trader Joe’s stores, for example, are asking customers to limit the amount of items they purchase. Costco is also informing people that it won’t accept returns on items like water and toilet paper, in addition to other items they run out of regularly these days.

The biggest question of something like this is who would pay for it. Chances are that the government won’t, as they’ve got bigger problems they’re addressing like trying to provide much-needed relief to small businesses (including restaurants).
My guess is that it’s going to have to come from the grocery chains themselves, and they may not want to unless they think such a reservation system is essential to business operations. One can definitely make the argument that it is essential, or at the very least, may help prevent grocers from running out of food daily.

Food shortages aren’t the problem plaguing our grocery stores. People panicking and overbuying in obscene amounts are what’s causing store shelves to go barren. If you find a way to curb that through a reservation system, then you can not only serve more customers, but also ensure those who need food at this time have access to it.