Thursday, May 18, 2017

Trump’s New Budget Targets Food Assistance Programs

McDonald's Loss Could Be Supermarkets' Gain, BPA is Back: But Was it Ever Gone?

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McDonald's Loss Could Be Supermarkets' Gain

Have you noticed that those McDonald's "playplaces" seem to be disappearing?

One could argue that with playstations, Xboxes and iPads, kids today would rather play those games than slide down a ladder or climb. And couple that with a report from Technomic, the food-service research and consulting firm, families with kids going to McDonald's fell from 18.6 percent in 2011 to 14.6 percent in 2014. Darren Tristano, president of Technomic, says that "Brands like Chick-fil-A and McDonald's, who have indoor play places — we're not necessarily seeing them expanding and, in some cases, when stores are being rebuilt, they're no longer including these play places." 

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Trump's New Budget Targets Food Assistance Programs
The problem is that too many consumers and lawmakers have little idea of what they actually are, according to a terrific report in the Washington Post. According to the newspaper, "among the stories you may have heard about SNAP: It's rife with fraud.

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BPA is Back
Here is a debate from our archives that you may have missed. We talked to Sonya Lunder, senior analyst for EWG and Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman, Managing Director of Environment and Life Sciences at Steptoe & Johnson LLP on what the debate actually means for manufacturers – and consumers.

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