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Retail Sales Slow To A Crawl

Despite the rosy reports coming from Washington, it appears that retail sales have slowed down to a stand-still.  The Commerce Department reported that retail sales figures grew only 0.1% in the the month of April - and forecasts for the summer aren't looking any better

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Source:  JPF via flickr
Source: JPF via flickr
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Untruth’s In Advertising: What The Food Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

It really shouldn't come as a  surprise:  You can't believe everything you read on food packaging.    After all  the food products you consume are packaged and marketed just like any other product, and the companies that produce these groceries are only in business for one reason:  to make money.

However, the buyer must still beware.

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Source:  Nestle
Source: Nestle
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Girl Scout Cookies Become Candy Bars

As Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary, a new product is coming to a store near you;  More specifically, a new product is coming to a CANDY aisle near you.

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Source:  artizone via flickr
Source: artizone via flickr
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No Pink Slime Means Higher Prices For Beef

All the bad press a few months ago about so-called "pink slime" being used as an additive in ground beef has left consumers paying more for their hamburger - just as the calendar turns to the grilling season.  Butchers and meat processors have primarily removed the meat additive in response to the outrage that occurred as American consumers were made aware of LFTB (lean, finely textured beef) additives.

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(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Consumers Douse The Kindle Fire

Initially billed the first true rival to the i Pad, the Kindle Fire sales now seem to have burnt out. According to the latest data, Fire shipments dropped from 4.8 million to less than 750,00 last quarter. The thrill is gone, the hype is over, the shine has worn off. The consumer has spoken. From a 16.8% share of the market to 4% share is just flat out ugly.

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Source: ozgurmulazimoglu via flickr
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New Invention Reduces Flies At Your Favorite Restaurant

Nothing ruins a good meal more than flies.   While there's not much that can be done about a fly-ridden picnic or outdoor barbecue, a new invention hopes to eradicate the pesky flies from your next restaurant visit.

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Source:  jcpenney.com media
Source: jcpenney.com media
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JCPenney’s Morale Problem

Earlier this year, JCPenney rolled out their new look and approach to retail sales - with a reduced emphasis on "sales" and "clearance" and more of an up-scale feel to their operations.  It was a direct effort to combat sluggish sales across the board in their stores.

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Source:  Pasa47 via flickr
Source: Pasa47 via flickr
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McDonalds Introduces Pretzel-Burger In Germany

I've had pretzel chips - I've even eaten a Pretzel Salad!  But a "pretzel bun"?

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Source:  Alice D via flickr
Source: Alice D via flickr
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Organic Food Industry Poised For Growth

If you've noticed that the organic food section of your local supermarket is getting larger with every visit - this news should come as no surprise to you:  Sales of organic food products in the U

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Source:  foodnut via flickr
Source: foodnut via flickr
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Appetite For Kids Meals Wanes

The love/hate relationship that Americans have with fast food kids meals seems to be taking another turn.
Long portrayed as a key contributor to childhood obesity, fast-food kids meals may be losing their appeal to youngsters — and, more importantly, their parents

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Source:  kashi.com media kit
Source: kashi.com media kit
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Kashi Cereal At The Center Of Natural-Foods Boycott

Just how "natural" is "natural"?  The Kellogg-company is about to find out with  their Kashi-brands of cereal.
Kellogg's is facing anger on social media sites because of complaints that its popular Kashi brand of cold cereals doesn't live up to the company's "natural" billing on advertisements and box covers

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Source:  diaper via flickr
Source: diaper via flickr
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Olive Garden Serves 10 Year Old Rum By Accident

You might want to double-check that "kiddie cocktail";  A 10-year old Indianapolis boy was hospitalized over the weekend after being served rum in his drink at an Olive Garden.
According to police, the boy had ordered a non-alcoholic wildberry frullato daiquiri for children but the waitress mistakenly brought back a drink that had rum in it

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