The popular Mexican casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill saw its stock prices soar on Friday by more than 15 percent, a day after representatives from the company said they would likely need to increase prices to cover supply changes to almost entirely non-GMO items for its menu.
Founder and CEO Steve Ellis said that a price increase somewhere in the 3-5% range should be expected as the company continues to search for non-GMO alternatives to its current cooking oils, corn flour and corn starch in its products. No date was given this week as to when the shift to more non-GMO ingredients would be completed in 2014, however.
Earlier this year Ellis said, “We decided we’d rather try to avoid GMO ingredients until perhaps the science is more clear,” said Ells earlier this year. “There are some things that we just can’t, today, get non-GMO.”
But the company, despite its impressive size (which has been growing due to strong customer support) has remained committed to resolving customer concerns over the GMO ingredients and will continue to pursue more alternatives.
They are also looking for more sources of antibiotic-free and hormone-free meats that are not from animals fed GMOs as well. Ellis added that it’s especially hard to ensure on a large scale that animals are not fed GMOs. If that’s the case, customers may want to choose vegetarian options when patronizing the restaurant to be sure they will be able to avoid GMOs.
Despite the possible price increases, stock of the company soared on Friday, with a closing rate of $510. The stock had traded in the low $200 range earlier in the year due to economic fears, but it has persevered and shown that food made from real ingredients (current GMOs notwithstanding, but at least they’re working to fix that) at a higher price can work.
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In a shocking new study, seventy-six percent of the sticky, golden stuff sold as honey in the US isn’t actually honey, according to the FDA. Over three-fourths of honey recently tested in supermarkets contained zero traces of pollen, and is often diluted with high-fructose corn syrup.
In fact, only a small handful of local or organic chains passed the test. Even supermarket honey labeled “organic” only had a 71% chance of actually being honey. This is a sick, cynical, and dangerous. Major grocery stores are packing their shelves with “honey” without bothering to ensure that they’re selling us the real thing. If 150,000 of us sign this petition, we’ll deliver it to the top grocery chains and force them to stop ignoring this issue.
Tell Safeway, Aldi, Kroger, Walmart and other grocers to remove fake, adulterated honey products from their stores.
The only reason that you would need to filter out the pollen from honey would be to disguise its origin to get around FDA restrictions on the importation of Chinese “honey” that is diluted with high-fructose corn syrup, and contains heavy metals, banned antibiotics, and carcinogenic pesticides.
According to Mark Jensen, head of the American Honey Producers Association, “In my judgment, it is pretty safe to assume that any ultra-filtered honey on store shelves is Chinese honey and it’s even safer to assume that it entered the country uninspected and in violation of federal law.”
This is consumer deception at its most basic level. The honey industry has undergone a boon recently as consumers move towards natural sweeteners, and big business is taking advantage of our wish to eat natural food, instead selling us cut-rate, fake “honey” while pocketing the profits. We need to send a clear message that we want real food, and real honey, on our shelves. Sign the petition today and make sure that your friends and family know about this shocking scam.
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Annie’s Chief Executive Officer John Foraker said yesterday that the General Mills takeover will help boost distribution of the company’s products while preserving its mission.
“Annie’s has proven you can indeed do well by doing good,” he said in a note to employees. “These values and the magic of the Annie’s brand are key elements of our success -– and something General Mills admires.”
“These are very talented people and they’ve built a really good brand. The key for us is figuring out which capabilities we have to help them,” said General Mills CEO Ken Powell.
“You sold the “soul”of the business. The foundation (soul) that many of us bought into originally.”
“Very disappointed to hear this. Will never purchase Annie’s again.”
“To buy Annie’s now is to ultimately put dollars into General Mills’ fat pockets. I will miss you, white cheddar shells.”
“Sadly, you are missing the bigger picture. We purchased your products as a way to show the world we were anti-GMO. To keep our dollars out of their pockets. Being owned by a company that supports GMO agriculture and is against GMO labeling means we can not, and will not buy your products. Even if you want to stay true to your mission, you no longer have that control. You gave that up, along with your consumers that chose you over General Mills.”
“For our family purchasing Annie’s was a way to vote with our dollar. We were able to support a quality business and provide quality food to our family. Now if I were to purchase an Annie’s product I would be supporting General Mills, which would be against everything that I believe in. You sold out and you cannot spin this away.”
“Oh Annie’s… I’m saddened by the news that you have been acquired by General Mills. I refuse to spend my money on a company that lobbies for and supports non-GMO labeling and Monsanto. I am very sorry the money was more important than your principles. Regardless of whether you change your recipes, or stay organic, General Mills does not deserve my family’s funding, and by default, neither do you.”