Walmart joins Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign
January 20th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
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The largest grocery chain in the country has announced an extensive five-year plan to make its food healthier and more affordable. Walmart, which serves roughly 140 million consumers a week, announced the initiative as a collaboration between its corporation and first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign.

"To more and more of our customers, living better means the ability to walk into our stores and find foods that will help their families live healthier lives," said Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart. "And importantly, to find these foods at prices they can afford."

Saving money and living better do not always go together when it comes to food. Often highly processed foods rich in sodium, trans-fats, or added sugars are less expensive, and thus more affordable, than fresh produce. Access to healthy foods is also an issue; so-called "food deserts" exist throughout the country, leaving many Americans with minimal access to healthy fare.

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January 20th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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Even during tough economic times, Baltimore's Charm City Cakes manages to thrive. Tom Foreman speaks with proprietor and Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman about his many-layered approach to building a sustainable business.

January 20th, 2011
01:35 PM ET
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Wendy's/Arby's Group shares spiked almost 6% Thursday morning after the fast food giant announced it may sell its struggling Arby's roast beef sandwich chain to focus resources exclusively on the Wendy's brand.

Sales at Arby's North American restaurants open at least 15 months fell 5.9% during the third fiscal quarter, following a 7.4% drop in the second quarter and an 11.5% decline in the first quarter.

Wendy's/Arby's (WEN) chairman Nelson Peltz said "the reality is that the Wendy's brand, given its relative size and scope, is the key driver of shareholder return, and we believe we should focus on the execution of the compelling growth opportunities at Wendy's."

The company said it is working with UBS Investment Bank to explore "strategic alternatives" for Arby's, including a sale of the chain.

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Lunchtime poll – you all still drink beer, right?
January 20th, 2011
12:05 PM ET
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Everyone knows that food writers lead an intensely glamorous life, what with the daily truffle rubdowns, the in-office Lafite fountains, the personal ham concierges and that little card that allows you to eat in any restaurant in the world for free*.

We're thinking that we may perhaps be out of touch with the American zeitgeist, because our inbox keeps filling up with pitches about Super Bowl-themed cocktails.

We get it - the liquor companies and restaurants of the world need to sell their schnaaps and lingonberry cream vodka at times of the year other than Christmas and Sveriges nationaldag. We still feel the need to come down from our heirloom salsify and edible platinum tower to ask - is everyone really guzzling down Mike Tomlin-tinis and Rex Ryan-ritas, or is it still, as we suspect, just beer?

*Absolutely none of that is true. Except for the ham butler.

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Box lunch
January 20th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The folks from the land down under are turning away from their pints and toward their wine glasses. - Telegraph

  • Food Network's ratings are fizzling like day-old seltzer. - NY Post

  • South Korea has killed more than one million animals in order to stop a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. - Time

  • A Tucson taqueria serving up African lion tacos has some picketers roaring with anger. - Arizona Daily Star
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January 20th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Wanna get a gig at Whole Foods? It's going to take more than a quinoa fetish and a penchant for sustainable perch. Better have a great attitude, or you're not getting past the team vote. Yes - the employees have a say on their prospective co-workers, and they'll see right through a snow job says co-founder and CEO John Mackey.

Is the hoop-jumping worth it? The editors of Fortune magazine seem to think so. This video is part of their series "Best Companies to Work For 2011."

Watch Whole Foods' hiring recipe on CNN Money

January 20th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Breakfast buffet
January 20th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

Crunchy, chewy, wholesome, gooey! January 20 is National Granola Bar Day.

When inventor Stanley Mason created the granola bar years ago, he probably didn’t realize he’d be making life easier for soccer parents everywhere (who has time to cut up orange slices, anyway?). What’s faster than stuffing a pre-wrapped snack in your kids’ smelly backpack?

On the other hand, if you’ve got the time to make yours from scratch, don’t skimp on the dried fruit and nuts. Think of your granola bar like a big bowl of cereal filled with all your favorite things, but less messy.

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Coffee klatsch
January 20th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.

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