Ellen’s blog: 2024 trends, FTC suit against Kroger-Albertsons merge & Wendy’s surge pricing debacle

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Friday March 1, 2024

By Ellen Shuster, MS

Here are the 2024 food/nutrition/fitness trend predictions from various groups as

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Ellen Blog: Buying food/health in the news

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Sunday February 18, 2024 By Ellen Shuster, MS As always, buying food and health is in the news: high grocery/fast food prices, the status of

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Ellen’s blog: New foods, health/buying food news

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday February 3, 2024 By Ellen Schuster, MS New foods include more than one cereal, an update: Panera’s Charged Lemonade is the target of another

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Ellen’s blog: The latest supermarkets/groceries, new food options

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Sunday January 21, 2024 By  Ellen Schuster, MS Groceries are the focus this week as some European supermarkets drop some products due to high price

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Elllen’s Blog: Made it to 2024….2024 trends coming soon

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Friday January 5, 2024 By  Ellen Schuster, MS Coming soon…2024 food/nutrition/fitness trends. Now is a good time to look back at 2023 and what took

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Ellen’s Blog: Buying food (subscription services), health and interesting reading

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday December 16, 2023 By  Ellen Schuster, MS As always, the list starts small and grows. Read about interesting news about buying food one grocery

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Ellen’s blog: In the news for December 2023

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday December 2, 2023 Weight loss drugs continue to pop up in the news as does the focus on food costs and there climate

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Ellen’s blog – Time for reading, listening, viewing

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Friday November 17, 2023 The upcoming holiday weekend is an opportunity for some nutrition-related reading, listening to podcasts or viewing online content we might

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In the news…grocers, food prices, weight loss drugs

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday November 4, 2023 A lot is happening at grocers including retailers competing ways to reduce Thanksgiving meal costs, SNAP e-commerce access increasing, food-as-medicine

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Ellen’s Blog: Weight loss drugs have been all over the news

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday October 21, 2023 Weight loss drugs have been all over the news…drug side effects and most prominently, how they may affect the food

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Buying food & about those portable blenders

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday October 7, 2023 by Ellen Shuster, MS It’s all about buying food here but the latest on portable blenders warrants attention: class action lawsuit

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Ellen’s Blog: What’s new or on the horizon

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday September 23, 2023 By Ellen Schuster, MS Self-serve drink machines slowly going away, free textbooks w/snacks in them?, low-fat vegan diet saves money, extreme

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The Heat and Our Health, Our Food

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday August 28, 2023 Extreme heat is the story of the year. It affects our health, our food and our options for staying active.

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Schuster’s blog: Food/health in the news

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday July 31, 2023 Food marketing strategies have changed, moved to different places and gotten more precise to reach consumers (this article doesn’t even

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Schuster’s blog: Food/health in the news

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday July 17, 2023

In the economics of food, there’s some good news about the cost of food overall, yet for

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Schuster’s blog: Food/health in the news

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Friday June 30, 2023 The latest…from poor air quality affecting outdoor activity to foods and our quest for sleep. This interesting article about readability

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Mid-year 2024 trend outlook

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday June 17, 2023

No…it’s not 2024 yet when all the trends for the new year are shared. Instead this article

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Food prices, school meals, plant-based, tech, future reading

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday June 5, 2023

Food prices continue to take center stage in grocery retail. Many shoppers view snacks as cheaper food

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Physical activity, food and health news

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday May 20, 2023

Teens can get a free pass this summer at one nationwide gym, Michelle Obama’s new food company

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Retail grocer news, food/indigenous food news

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday May 6, 2023 Tools to save money, how the retail grocer market is changing and rural communities losing grocers are all forces in

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Food and health in the news

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday April 22, 2023

Much is happening in food and health news and a report about misinformation and science education has

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The Latest Food News

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday April 10, 2023 Food continues to be a fast-changing landscape: how we pay for it, consumer and grocer viewpoints and food waste! Of

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Read about air fryers to extreme food budgeting

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Friday March 24, 2023 A lot is going on in the ‘heads up nutrition educators’ space from Lunchables coming to school meals (at what

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Groceries…they are chock full of news!

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday March 11, 2023

by Ellen Schuster, MS

************************************************************************************** A lot is happening at grocery stores (when is it not?). Interesting new observation…shoppers

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Keep up with new foods/new terms

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Saturday February 25, 2023 by Although the supply chain has

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Last look at 2022, looking ahead to 2023

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Tuesday January 31, 2023 In just a few years everyone now seems to have joined the future casting food and drink trend bandwagon. One

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Beginning 2023: Looking back and moving forward.

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Friday January 13, 2023 As we begin 2023 we look back and forward:
  • U.S. life expectancy drops largely due to COVID and drug overdoses

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Schuster’s Blog: New Year’s resolutions, eating out, grocery aisles and more

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Tuesday January 3, 2023 The New Year often comes with resolutions to eat better or be more active. Many may find this New Year

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Schuster’s Blog: Inflation, grandfamilies, and SNAP

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Thursday December 15, 2022 Families with limited resources are being squeezed on all sides.
  • Overall inflation has slowed yet food prices increased over the

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Schuster’s Blog: WIC Foods, SNAP, Rewards Programs and More

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Friday December 2, 2022 A soft drink vending machine at the checkout of a shoe store? My first thought when I saw this 8

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Schuster’s Blog: Grocery retail, competition, food deserts and more.

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Tuesday November 15, 2022 A new ‘Big 3’ in grocery retail? Higher food prices? Less competition? More food deserts? These are some of the

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Schuster’s Blog: A proposed new definition of a ‘healthy’ claim for food and a new look at foods like SlimFast, pizza and more!

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday November 7, 2022

FDA’s proposed ‘healthy’ claim: background, reactions, impact…

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The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health – now what?

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday October 24, 2022 The recent conference, now in the rearview mirror, was historic considering the last one of its kind was in 1969.

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Schuster’s Blog: High food prices: private labels, other deals/strategies

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Wednesday October 5, 2022 How times have changed! Store brands/private/generic labels were considered as inferior to brand names just a few years ago. The

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Schuster’s Blog: Universal school meals, ultra-processed food, Lucky Charms update and more.

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday September 26, 2022 As some states support school meals, some colleges cut back on dining options, a new cereal on-the-go (no milk needed),

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Schuster’s Blog: School Meals and More

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Friday September 2, 2022 As students head back to school, school meal challenges continue (supply chain issues, staffing, need to charge for meals, school

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Social media, on shelves, sports gambling in grocery stores & more

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday August 15, 2022 Two stories of note:
  • This fall UMass Amherst will be the first university to provide ratings of the carbon footprint of

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Food and Food Buying News

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Tuesday August 2, 2022 From the consumer lens… **INFLATION/ONLINE SHOPPING/COUPONS/BUY NOW PAY LATER (BNPL)/IMPULSE BUYING & SOCIAL MEDIA/SHOPPABLE CONTENT: Inflation prompts interest in food private

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Schusterer’s Blog — Health and Wellness

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Friday July 15, 2022 In an overview, six categories of retail health and wellness are identified:
  1. health
  2. fitness
  3. wellness-oriented nutrition
  4. wellness-oriented appearance (Twinings Glow

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