#GoodNewsNextWeek: Little Pantries On Your Sidewalk Give Shelf-Stable Help

Source: MediaMonarchy
August 15, 2016

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: Ireland jails banksters, Canada frees patsies, Arkansas shares pantries, UK cops pay up, Aldi goes organic, pot gets cheaper *and* goes to the Oregon State Fair. Notes/Links:

Ireland Jails 3 Top Bankers Over 2008 Collapse, Opposite Of What US Did
http://bit.ly/2biR6eE

Canada Day Bomb Plot Couple Freed After Judge Rules Police Entrapped Them
http://bit.ly/2bA4kW0

Update 1: Canada Couple Freed In Terror Entrapment Case Swiftly Rearrested
http://reut.rs/2ag6cyW

Update 2: Why Do Police Need To Manufacture Terror?
http://on.thestar.com/2btH0Fo

Like Little Libraries & Community Fridges, Little Pantries On Your Sidewalk Give Shelf-Stable Help
http://bit.ly/2aWBVd7

‘Decentralized Uber’ App Delivers 1,000 Meals In Austin, Texas
http://bit.ly/2aPiwcA

US Giving Back Lots of Land In Okinawa, But Still Not Leaving
http://bit.ly/2aZd445

Corrupt Anti-Corruption Cops To Pay Journalist £10,000 Over Illegal Intercepts
http://bit.ly/2aZdyY5

Aldi Goes Organic, Bans Toxic Chemicals From Shelves
http://bit.ly/2bcVTLu

Study Shows Potheads Pay Less For Legal Weed
http://bit.ly/2aZckMF

Inaugural Cannabis Fair Being Set Up In Oregon
http://bit.ly/2aPiFgk

Cannabis Fair Winner To Be Displayed At The Oregon State Fair
http://bit.ly/2blqK8S

This Grocery Store is Replacing Candy in its Checkout Aisles with Healthy Alternatives

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Source: NaturalSociety.com
Mike Barrett
April 25, 2016

In an attempt to improve buying decisions for its customers, Grocery chain Aldi announced earlier this year that it will be replacing the candy in checkout aisles with more healthful alternatives, such as trail mix, granola bars, and dried fruit. The change will go into effect by the end of 2016 in each of the company’s 1,500 stores.

Aldi CEO Jason Hart told Convenience Store and Fuel News (CSFN):

“We are…stocking stores with even more nutritious options. We truly care about our customers and we’re responding with guilt-free checkout zones and increased food options they can feel good about.

By introducing Healthier Checklanes and through a number of other initiatives, we are doing our part to remove temptation at checkout and stocking stores with even more nutritious options. At ALDI, we truly care about our customers, and we’re responding with guilt-free checkout zones and increased food options they can feel good about.”

Included in the initiative is also the expansions of organics. The German grocery chain, which is rapidly expanding throughout the United States, currently operating nearly 1500 stores across 32 states, is making great strides to offer healthy, organic foods at an affordable price. The company also became become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides toxic to bees, including the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam, from all produce sold in their stores.

In the statement issued by ALDI earlier this year, the company said it is “broadening its product offerings within every aisle, including:

  • Expanding its selection of fresh and organic meat and produce, including the Never Any! brand of meat products that contain no added antibiotics, hormones, animal by-products or other additives.
  • Expanding the SimplyNature line of products, free of more than 125 artificial ingredients, as well as a gluten-free line of products under the ALDI exclusive brand, liveGfree.
  • Highlighting nutritional facts on the front of its exclusive brand food packages for shoppers to easily find key nutritional information.
  • Partnering with registered dietitians through its Advisory Council to provide tips, recipes and meal-planning ideas that make healthy eating easy and affordable for families.”

Consumer advocacy group The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) applauded the move.

Continue Reading At: NaturalSociety.com

Grocery Chain Aldi is Expanding Organics to Meet Consumer Demand

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Source: NaturalSociety.com
Julie Fidler
January 28, 2016

Aldi Inc., a German grocery chain that is rapidly expanding in the United States, is making great strides to offer healthy foods at an affordable price.

The discount grocer plans to introduce Healthier Checklanes in select stores. Instead of candy and chocolate, Aldi will offer an assortment of nuts, trail mixes, dried fruits, and granola bars at its registers. The company says it will roll out the program to its nearly 1,500 stores by year’s end.

“By introducing Healthier Checklanes and through a number of other initiatives, we are doing our part to remove temptation at checkout and stocking stores with even more nutritious options,” said Jason Hart, chief executive officer of Aldi. “At Aldi, we truly care about our customers, and we’re responding with guilt-free checkout zones and increased food options they can feel good about.”

Aldi says it has also removed certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils and added MSG from its exclusive food brands, which account for more than 90% of its products. In addition, it will offer milk free of artificial growth hormones, and its yogurt, sour cream, and cottage cheese will be made with milk containing none of the hormones. [1]

The stores will expand its selection of fresh and organic meat and produce, and will offer a wider variety of gluten-free products under the liveGfree brand. [2]

Other initiatives include highlighting nutritional facts on the front of exclusive brand food packages and partnering with registered dieticians to offer consumers tips, recipes, and meal-planning suggestions.

The news comes near the company’s similar announcement that it will be banning bee-killing pesticides on produce.

Aldi has become one of the world’s biggest food retailers by offering quality products at prices approximately 30% lower than Walmart’s, threatening Whole Foods and 365 by Whole Foods Market, which is set to launch this year.

Continue Reading At: NaturalSociety.com