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As organic goes mainstream, consumers can expect price breaks

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2014 by bistrokids

or many consumers, the obstacle to buying organic food has always been the price.

“I would buy a lot more organic if it were cheaper,” said Eden Prairie resident Brandi Erlendsson. “Now I buy organic fruits and vegetables just for my kids.”

But as mainstream grocers and food companies push more aggressively into organics, Erlendsson and other consumers who buy only a select number of organic products may soon get what they want — organic products at or near the price of conventional products.

Wal-Mart and Target are leading the charge to more affordable products. Both announced last month an expansion of more than 100 organic and natural products.

Ninety-one percent of Wal-Mart’s shoppers would choose organic over nonorganic products if they were priced closer to conventional, according to the company. Later this year it will introduce the organic Wild Oats line as its exclusive private label at prices comparable to ­conventional foods. Customers will save 25 percent against comparable organic products, according to Wal-Mart.

Even Whole Foods, which opened four additional locations in the Twin Cities recently, realized that it can no longer lead the market with its high prices and profits. “Competition is more intense right now than we’ve ever possibly experienced before,” said Whole Foods co-CEO John Mackey on a conference call with investors. The company has had to lower prices, although it has done so quietly to avoid any perceived decline in quality.


Organic food: Still more than an elitist lifestyle choice

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2012 by bistrokids

It happens like clockwork; every few months, a rant against local and/or organic food appears in one of the papers of record. The author is nearly always an educated man who uses the words “elite” and “elitist” at least 175 times while defending today’s corporate food system and implying directly or indirectly that changes to the status quo — which often inherently begin with those who can afford to make them — should be seen as suspect at best, and downright damaging at worst.

There was James McWilliams’ 2009 book, Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly, and the whole array of anti-locavore screeds that accompanied it in the Atlantic and The New York Times. And among the many others that have come since were James Budiansky’s 2010 claim that locavores needed math lessons and Canadian academic and author Pierre Desrochers’ recent book, which argues that “locavores do more harm than good.”

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Buyer Meet and Greet – Manhattan, Ks. Dec. 6th.

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2011 by bistrokids

Interested in selling your locally grown foods to area restaurants and retail outlets?

Join us for a Producer-Buyer “Meet & Greet”
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Clover Room, Pottorf Hall, Manhattan
Local food buyers and area farmers will have the opportunity to meet, network and learn next Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pottorf Hall in Manhattan at a Producer-Buyer “Meet and Greet.”

Presented by the Kansas Rural Center’s Our Local Food program and Riley County K-State Research & Extension, the networking event is intended to bring together farmers, chefs and other area food retailers who are interested in boosting area local food sales in north central Kansas.
Farmers can expect to make connections with chefs and other retail food buyers interested in their products, gain information to aid in winter planning for next year, and network with other farmers. Chefs and retail food buyers can expect to make new connections, share information about what they are looking to buy, and network with others who are seeking to strengthen the local food scene in the region.
Featured speakers will include representatives from Little Apple Brewery, Manhattan; People’s Grocery, Manhattan; Wood Fashion Cafe, Salina; and Bon Appetit Cafe, Topeka.
The event is free. Click here to register today! For more information, visit, email, or call 785-393-9996 . Our Local Food – Kaw River Valley, the region hosting this event, aims to increase local sales of foods grown within 16 counties along the Kansas River.

We hope to see you there!
Julie Mettenburg, Executive Director, Kansas Rural Center and
2011 Coordinator, Our Local Food – Kaw River Valley
Mercedes Taylor-Puckett, Program Director, Our Local Food
Kansas Rural Center