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Monday, January 17, 2011

Calorie Information on Menus Doesn't Sway Diners

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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You know that idea of making restaurants include calorie counts on their menus so people can make more informed, healthful choices? It's not working. Time has a study by Duke-National University of Singapore of an unnamed Washington State taco chain that shows consumers aren't swayed by knowing how many calories they're consuming. The new labeling might not be in vain, though. Embarrassed by some of their ridiculously high calorie counts, some restaurants are reformulating their recipes and menus, including the one in the study.

Those calories might be getting more expensive. The Washington Post explains why grocery store stocks are under pressure. Last year the Supervalu chain, which locally owns Shop n' Save and Save-a-Lot, lost $202 million in the third quarter. They're not expecting things to get better. "'This is going to be a challenging year going forward to manage inflation,' Supervalu CEO Craig Herkert told analysts Tuesday. 'It's just a fact and we believe these inflationary measures are going to impact consumers.'"

With increased commodity prices partially responsible for the impending grocery price inflation, what's up with all those massive farm subsidies? The New York Times ran an editorial yesterday, urging Congress to cut billions of dollars in federal farm subsidies.

Today's recall? More ground beef. KRDO Radio in Colorado reports that Colorado Meat Packers in Denver has recalled 2,234 pounds of beef trim headed for further processing. The beef was "improperly labeled and potentially adulterated."

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