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February 21, 2013
Bad News Fish Fans: A recent study of D.C. area restaurants and grocery stores revealed 87 percent of the establishments were misrepresenting one or more of their seafood offerings. The study was carried out at 674 retail locations, pretty much eliminating any chance of a “poor sample size” counter-argument, and has us wondering how we can teach an iPhone to sample our fish before we buy/eat it. source
1,200the average calories consumed by Americans while watching the Super Bowl, according to the Calorie Control Council. We must admit, that figure was a little surprisingly low to us, when you consider it’s still shy of most people’s daily caloric targets, but as always, context matters — eating 2000 healthful calories in a day is still vastly preferable to the usual chips-n’-pizza Super Bowl fare, especially the over 1 billion chicken wings America is expected to eat tomorrow. source
Twinkie deals: Hostess liquidation gets tons of interest
50+companies have signed non-disclosure agreements in order to open discussions with Hostess about the possibility of purchasing one or more of the snack maker’s most famous brands. While the company’s chances are looking increasingly grim, it doesn’t look like the closing of Hostess will be the end of many people’s favorite snacks. The company has also reportedly received several buy-out offers, though none were actionable according to Hostess. source
Pastry News of the Day: Although news of Hostess’ impending liquidation continues to tear at the heartstrings of many Americans, we can rest assured that the Twinkie may, in fact, live on as a subsidiary of Pabst Brewing Company. Ernie is hoping for PBR-flavored Twinkies to emerge from this sale. (It’s like dipping them in water, right? — Ed.) Personally, I’m horrified that two things I do not even remotely enjoy might Voltron together into a dangerous combination of awful that will likely plague any/every social gathering I attend here in Colorado. — Scott @ SFB
Maybe the gap in trust between management and the union had simply grown too wide. The last CEO, Brian Driscoll, had seen a big salary increase. He was abruptly replaced by [Gregory F.] Rayburn earlier this year, who was the sixth head of the company in the last decade. That kind of turnover is not typically a good environment for labor relations, in which a history of past successes between leaders and unions can be drawn upon for future goodwill.
Or more likely, the union workers kept at the strike because the last time the company had threatened liquidation, it didn’t follow through. During its last stint in Chapter 11, the company said “a vote against its last, best, final offer by either of its two largest unions would prompt an immediate liquidation,” the Journal reports. “But when the bakers union gave Hostess just that trigger, Hostess instead decided to take its case back to the court.” When leaders do that, it’s harder for the people who work for them to take the threats seriously the next time around.
Could these Twinkies outlast their parent company? Apparently, Hostess set a 5pm EST Thursday deadline for their striking employees to return to their jobs — or the company would liquidate, resulting in a loss of 18,000 jobs. “We simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike,” the company’s CEO, Gregory F. Rayburn, said Wednesday. The company won’t make a final decision until Friday, but now seems like a good time to stock up on some HoHos. (photo by Christian Cable/Flickr)
Snoop Dogg has adapted his hit “Drop It Like It’s Hot” into a Hot Pocket commercial (“Pocket Like It’s Hot”). As the LA Times accurately notes, the original song’s appeal lies with its “braggadocio and attitude: [Snoop’s] got it goin’ on and isn’t afraid to say so.” source
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