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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.
READ MORE: http://www.startribune.com/business/258720931.html

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School Lunch Makeover

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2013 by bistrokids

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Boston fast casual determined to keep ‘farm-to-table’ food while franchising

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2013 by bistrokids

Can a fast casual concept based on locally sourced meat and produce find the economies of scale necessary to franchise?

The owners of b.good, a Boston-based better burger company are betting it can.

And with the opening of a new store in Shrewsbury, Mass., childhood buddies Anthony Ackil and Jon Olinto have set sail on a plan to add 35 locations over the next five years. Click here to see a sideshow of photos of the concept.

Alarmed by what they saw people putting into their mouths, Ackil and Olinto set out nine years ago to create a fast casual concept that would turn a profit while not serving nutritionally spotty food.

They expressed their values in their company name — b.good — and today their nine Boston-area stores have carved out a niche by serving natural beef, locally grown vegetables and seasonal items such as ice cream made with locally sourced blueberries.

They don’t quite ascribe to the “farm-to-table” description, Ackil said; they prefer the term “real food.” But they are more than happy to talk to customers about the farms that produced the actual food they eat — it’s part of their business plan. Their restaurants feature wallboards showing the specific farmers who’ve raised the beef and grown the produce served at each location

READ MORE – http://www.fastcasual.com/article/211315/Boston-fast-casual-determined-to-keep-farm-to-table-food-while-franchising

More Parents Purchasing Organic Products

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 9, 2013 by bistrokids

U.S. families are embracing organic products in a wide range of categories, with 81 percent now reporting they purchase organic at least sometimes, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2013 U.S. Families Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study.

Additionally, the majority of those buying organic foods are purchasing more items than they did a year earlier, and new entrants to buying organic now represent 41 percent of all families – demonstrating increased interest in the benefits of organic food and farming.

Produce continues to be the leading category of organic purchases, with 97 percent of organic buyers saying they had purchased organic fruits or vegetables in the past six months. Breads and grains, dairy and packaged foods were also frequently cited (all scoring above 85 percent) among those who purchase organic.

Consistent with findings from previous studies, nearly half (48 percent) of those who purchase organic foods said they do so because they are “healthier for me and my children.” Additionally, parents’ desire to avoid toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers (30 percent), antibiotics and growth hormones (29 percent), and genetically modified organisms (22 percent) ranked high among the reasons cited for buying organic products.

READ MORE:http://www.progressivegrocer.com/top-stories/headlines/consumer-insights/id37775/more-parents-purchasing-organic-products/?icid=homepage

KC Food Circle’s 15th Annual Eat Local (& Organic!) Expos

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by bistrokids

Mark your calendar!

The Kansas City Food Circle is celebrating the 15th year for our Eat Local (and Organic!)

Expos, which kick off the local growing and farmers market season each spring.

Visitors can buy local, organic produce; free-range meat, eggs and dairy; and vegetable

seedlings for home gardening. The Expos are also a great place to learn more about and sign

up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), where you can buy your food directly from

farmers.

 

Saturday, March 30 at the Shawnee Civic Center in Shawnee, KS from 9-2

 

13817 Johnson Drive

Shawnee, KS 66216

 

and

 

Saturday April 6 at the MCC Penn Valley Gymnasium from 9:30-2:30

 

 

3201 SW Trafficway

Kansas City, MO 64111

(between SW Trafficway and Broadway)

 

The Expos also offer opportunities to learn more about local, organic, and free-range food by

providing unique, free workshops each year. This year’s workshops will start with “Real Food

Your Kids Will Love” from 10:00 to 11:00, presented by Beth Bader, local author of The

Cleaner Plate Club. Beth will be giving tips on eating seasonally and locally, especially for

families with a busy schedule. The next workshop will be “Small Scale Aquaponics” from

11:30 to 12:30. Led by Maurice Person of Urban Harvest KC, this workshop will teach

attendees how to start a home aquaponics system and will cover indoor composting with red

wigglers, de-chlorinating and conserving water.

 

We will be handing out free copies of the 2013 KC Food Circle Directory of

Producers, which provides detailed information on KCFC member farmers and area organic

farmers markets. Expo attendees may also join the KC Food Circle and receive a 2013 Eat

Local (& Organic!) Dining Card which provides a one-time 10% discount on 14 area

restaurants that source their food locally, organically, and free-range.

 

This will be the KC Food Circle’s 15th annual expo, a tradition that has grown significantly

since it began in 1999 as part of a food system conference co-sponsored with the Sierra Club.

There were only 10 farmers at the first exhibition, but 250 people (as well as 100 conference

registrants) came for the chance to meet the farmers. The Expos continued to grow attracting

more and more Kansas Citians as the organic food movement gained popularity. In 2004, the

KCFC began holding two events at two different locations in the metro area. Overall

attendance continues to rise, averaging about 2,000 visitors in recent years.

 

The Smokin’ Fresh Streetside BBQ food truck will be serving some

delicious organic BBQ in the parking lots of both events, and Conveniently Natural will be handing out

samples inside at Penn Valley. Both are featured restaurants on the KCFC Eat Local (&

Organic!) Dining Card.

 

Current sponsors of this year’s Expo are Slow Food Kansas City, Sierra Club Missouri, Sierra

Club Kansas, KKFI, and Fresh Connect. Services were provided by Precision Printing and Cannon Social

Media Solutions.

 

The KC Food Circle is a nonprofit organization connecting local eaters and local, organic, and

free range growers for over 20 years.

Contact: Emily Akins, KCFC cocoordinator, 8162254624, emily@kcfoodcircle.org
Click on these links for printable pdf Expo flyers.  Please feel free to share far and wide, and please help us spread the word by putting them up wherever you happen be around town!
See you at the Expos!

Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2012 by bistrokids

Does an organic strawberry contain more vitamin C than a conventional one?

Maybe — or maybe not.

Stanford University scientists have weighed in on the “maybe not” side of the debate after an extensive examination of four decades of research comparing organic and conventional foods.

They concluded that fruits and vegetables labeled organic were, on average, no more nutritious than their conventional counterparts, which tend to be far less expensive. Nor were they any less likely to be contaminated by dangerous bacteria like E. coli.

The researchers also found no obvious health advantages to organic meats.

Conventional fruits and vegetables did have more pesticide residue, but the levels were almost always under the allowed safety limits, the scientists said. The Environmental Protection Agency sets the limits at levels that it says do not harm humans.

“When we began this project, we thought that there would likely be some findings that would support the superiority of organics over conventional food,” said Dr. Dena Bravata, a senior affiliate with Stanford’s Center for Health Policy and the senior author of the paper, which appears in Tuesday’s issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. “I think we were definitely surprised.”

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/science/earth/study-questions-advantages-of-organic-meat-and-produce.html?_r=1

Students to see healthier school lunches under new USDA rules

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2012 by bistrokids
By Sylvia Wood, msnbc.com

Millions of schoolchildren in the United States will see more fruit and vegetables and less fat on their lunch plates under new U.S. Department of Agriculture standards unveiled Wednesday aimed at improving child nutrition and reducing childhood obesity.

“Improving the quality of the school meals is a critical step in building a healthy future for our kids,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “When it comes to our children, we must do everything possible to provide them the nutrition they need to be healthy, active and ready to face the future – today we take an important step towards that goal.”

The changes mark the first overhaul of the school lunch program in more than 15 years and will affect the nearly 32 million children who eat at school. The new regulations will be phased in over the next three years, starting in the fall.

To read more click the following link: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/25/10234671-students-to-see-healthier-school-lunches-under-new-usda-rules