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Last week I participated in a focus group (a group of 50-something women in NYC who were the primary food buyers for their families), and was paid by an advertising agency for our opinions on brands and food issues/concerns. It was fun and friendly, and they gave us snacks and drinks before they made us sit down to doodle, speak about and write down our opinions. Like most well-educated people, I always try to use fresh foods and whole foods, but inevitably, there are some things that you need to purchase packaged. I always thought that I was knowledgeable about who manufactured which brands, but I've since found out that like most people, I don't know nearly enough to make wise purchases at the supermarket. I'm NOT talking about just my family's health or well-being, but the health and well-being of our ENTIRE COUNTRY...well actually, THE WORLD.
For example, among leading food producers in the US, the primary manufacturer (in addition to Con Agra where an employee wiped out several coworkers a week or so ago) is KRAFT Foods, now known as "The Altria Group" (sounds nicely anonymous), owned by Philip Morris. Owned and dictated to by big tobacco. So to do my part in helping to cause the downfall of big tobacco--(not likely to happen anytime soon), I'd like to share the information I garnered with you, my LIS News friends.
FYI, here are some of their brands:
Sanka, Maxwell House, Starbucks,Yuban,Jell-O,
Country Time,Crystal Light,Kool-Aid,Tang,
Nabisco Cookies,Chips Ahoy,Claussen Pickles,
Good Seasons,Toblerone,Lifesavers,Ritz,Post Cereals (all those cool ones I like such as Great Grains and Shredded Wheat), Cream of Wheat, Breakstones, Polly-O, Lightâ€˜N Lively,Oreo,Oscar Mayer,Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Temp-tee Cream Cheese, Cheez-Whiz, Capri Sun,
Louis Rich, Taco Bell Dinners, California Pizza Kitchen, DiGiorno, Jack's Tombstone, Lunchables,
It's Pasta Anytime, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (subsistence for my teenagers), Velveeta, Baker's Chocolate, Calumet Baking Powder, Bull's-Eye BBQ Sauce, Postum, Shake â€˜n Bake, Grey Poupon,
Milk Bone Dog Biscuits (the doggie vote), Dream Whip,
D-Zerta, Jell-O, Knox Gelatine, Cool Whip, Kraft
Margarine, Parkay (Puerto Rico only), Minute Rice,
Nilla Wafers, Honey Maid Graham Crackers, Oreo Cookies, Stove Top Stuffing, Lorna Doone, Nutter Butters, Barnum Animal Crackers, Stella D'Oro, Snackwells, Triscuits, Uneeda, Zweiback (so that babies can participate in encouraging smoking), Peak Freans -- a very serious cookie, Planters Nuts, Jet-Puffed Marshmallows and Altoids.
So if you want a schmear on your bagel, and you don't want to support the tobacco industry, you can't use either Philadelphia brand or Temp-tee.