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Mass Grave Found Under Paris Supermarket

'We expected it to have a few bones,' says Monoprix manager

(Newser) - Good thing shoppers didn't know about this: Archaeologists digging under a Paris supermarket have found more than 200 skeletons, most of them buried neatly in a mass grave, France 24 reports. Management at the Monoprix supermarket wanted the basement cleared for redevelopment, but little did they know: "We... More »

Cops: Grocery Worker Stuffed $1.2K Worth of Meat in Pants

A&P worker charged with grand larceny

(Newser) - Sometimes, a simple plan works best if you're a criminal. And sometimes, that plan to shove $1,200 worth of meat down your pants and walk out of a supermarket undetected doesn't end so well. Police in Cortlandt, NY, have charged Gregory Rodriguez with grand larceny after accusing... More »

3 New Mushroom Species Discovered Supermarket

Scientists put a packet of dried porcini mushrooms under microscope

(Newser) - That scientists discovered three new species of mushrooms isn't all that unusual. That they did so in their local supermarket is why it's making headlines. Scientists in London picked up a packet of dried porcini mushrooms at the grocery store and then used a technique known as DNA... More »

Supermarket's New Power Source: Its Expired Food

'Digestion plant' will turn rotten food into bio-gas

(Newser) - Food in a British supermarket too rotten to be sold is still being digested—by a plant that turns it into electricity to power the store. The Sainsbury's store says it's the first retail outlet in the country to remove itself from the national power grid, receiving electricity... More »

Latvian PM Resigns After Worst Disaster in 2 Decades

Taking his government down with him in wake of supermarket roof collapse

(Newser) - Latvia's prime minister resigned yesterday after accepting political responsibility for the collapse of a supermarket roof in the capital that killed 54 people, including firefighters who rushed in to save shoppers, only to be crushed themselves when a second part of the roof collapsed. Valdis Dombrovskis' decision means that... More »

Supermarket Roof Collapse Kills 45

Firefighters among the dead in Latvian disaster

(Newser) - Hordes of shoppers were picking up food after work in the Latvian capital when an enormous section of the supermarket's roof caved in. Firefighters rushed in to save them, only to be crushed themselves when a second part of the roof collapsed. The death toll from the rush-hour disaster... More »

Ky. Man Spends the Night in Supermarket, Eats 6 Steaks

Also 57 cans of Redi-Whip, a cake

(Newser) - Never let it be said that Trevor Runyon lacked chutzpah—or an appetite. The Kentucky man was arrested yesterday morning after allegedly sneaking into a grocery store, spending the night there, and throwing himself a frankly ridiculous feast. Surveillance video shows Runyon walking into a ValuMarket before closing time on... More »

Whole Foods to Label All Genetically Modified Food

Chain sets 5-year deadline in what could be a 'game changer'

(Newser) - In an industry first, Whole Foods promises that all genetically modified food sold in its stores will be clearly labeled as GMO products by 2018, reports NBC News . The chain says there's a growing demand by consumers to choose, but it's difficult to do so because current law... More »

Supermarkets Cut Prices— Just for You

Marketers gather heaps of data on individuals, tailor coupons to them

(Newser) - The food shopping of the future could look a lot more like buying airline tickets: You might not be paying the same price as the person next to you. That's because Safeway and Kroger—and likely soon other supermarkets—are tailoring personal prices based on your purchase history, reports... More »

Two Bad Santas Rob Supermarket

They spoke not a word—except to demand cash from the register

(Newser) - This is not how the Christmas story's supposed to go: Two men in Santa costumes robbed a supermarket in Berlin, reports Reuters . The men showed up with red coats and beards, and, when asked to remove their costumes, produced pistols and demanded all the cash from the register. They got... More »

Starbucks' Master Plan: Dominate the Grocery Store

Chain plans push to get its products on shelves

(Newser) - Starbucks is planning to stay ahead in the increasingly crowded coffee business by blurring the lines between supermarkets and coffee shops. The chain, which has been struggling since its days of rapid expansion ended, plans a major push to get more of its products into grocery stores and more supermarket... More »

'Bored' Man Streaks Naked Through Supermarket

22-year-old 'didn't have anything to do,' he tells cops

(Newser) - A "bored" Tennessee man has been charged with running through a supermarket wearing nothing but a rubber mask. Police found the 22-year-old in the bathroom of a nearby Hardee’s, which he had entered differently attired—“wearing only an orange hoodie”—and asked employees for clothing. One... More »

Coupon Clippers Go Crazy, Turn Competitive

Tough times drive many to save big, buy in bulk

(Newser) - While the recession has left many cupboards bare, others are sagging as the cash-strapped turn into coupon-wielding obsessives who stock up on months or years worth of groceries on the cheap. While coupon usage peaked in the '90s, it surged 27% last year—mainly due to extreme coupon users, reports... More »

Meet the 'Right-Wing Hippie' Who Runs Whole Foods

No meat for John Mackey; no unions, either

(Newser) - John Mackey is a libertarian, an adherent of Ayn Rand, a skeptic about climate change, a vegan, and the CEO of Whole Foods. The company does $8 billion in annual sales, but Mackey flies commercial and drives a Civic hybrid. Nick Paumgarten investigates this walking contradiction, described by a business... More »

Pollan's 'Rules to Eat By' Hard to Swallow

'Wise ancestors' Pollan advises emulating would have loved a Whopper

(Newser) - Food industry critic Michael Pollan is compiling a book of "Rules to Eat By"—like "If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not hungry"—but his advice that you rely on your ancestors' wisdom for your eating decisions tastes a little off to... More »

Pregnant Woman Turned Down at UK Cheese Counter

Customer lies to get cheddar clerk said was bad for moms-to-be

(Newser) - In a move many husbands might say verges on suicide, a British supermarket clerk refused to sell a pregnant woman cheese, saying she wasn’t allowed the unpasteurized cheddar for health reasons. Janet Lehain, 31, had to promise the female employee behind the Sainsbury’s deli counter she wouldn’t... More »

Supermarkets Slash Prices

Deflation stalks the aisles; Safeway cuts below profit point

(Newser) - Americans are getting a big break on the price of food, as the recession drives down the cost of wheat, milk, and other staples, and supermarkets fight feverishly for sales. After a year of dramatic increases, commodities are way down—the price of corn, for instance, is down 56% since... More »

Prepared Food Aisle Is the New Restaurant

Restaurants take hit as customers opt for cheaper grub

(Newser) - Cash-conscious consumers who’d rather not cook are increasingly ditching restaurant dinners in favor of grocery stores’ prepared meals, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. At some stores, prepared-food sales have jumped 7% to 10%, says an industry consultant. For their part, supermarkets are hawking a bigger and better selection of... More »

Marketers Ditch Fast Food for Produce Aisle

(Newser) - Wary of being associated with fast food, Disney and others are leaving Happy Meals behind and targeting young buyers—well, their parents—by branding everything from eggs to apples, the Big Money reports. Disney properties like Mickey Mouse, Miley Cyrus, and Zac Efron appear on packaging as well as the... More »

Finally, a 'Leak-Proof' Tomato

(Newser) - Dutch scientists say they've built a better tomato, ABC News reports. The “Intense” variety is being heralded as “leak-proof” and an end to soggy sandwiches by Tesco, the British supermarket chain that will sell it. The tomato—the result of a Dutch seed-breeding program—leaks virtually none of... More »

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