New York CNN Business  —  Spam is cool. The 85-year-old canned block of meat has undergone a cultural reinvention. Hormel (HRL) has sold a record amount of Spam for seven straight years, and 2022 is on pace for another such milestone. The conglomerate behind Skippy and Jennie-O turkey says it can’t make Spam fast enough and is increasing production capacity. Spam is a trending ingredient on TikTok and on the menu at fine-dining restaurants in coastal cities. In 2019, a […]

Volunteers Jill Smythe, left, and Lois Grey sort food for the agency shopping area on May 18 at the Food Bank of Alaska in Anchorage. The agency shopping area is where partner agencies can get food to distribute through their own programs. (Loren Holmes / ADN) More and more Alaskans need help with food as prices spike at the gas pump and on grocery shelves, while pandemic relief dollars dry up, local providers say. “Most of our partners are saying […]

On a Thursday morning, a long line of cars, stretching down Vernor Highway and West Grand Boulevard, headed for a drive-thru in Southwest Detroit, where people picked up the basics — milk, chicken and an assortment of vegetables.  Among them, Bianca Martinez, a 35-year-old mom of three, who came to the event, put together by Southwest Solutions and Gleaners Community Food Bank, for the second time since last fall.  Items at the grocery store are pricey, she said. So, too, is gasoline. Martinez — who left her […]

Vegetable oils and dairy products push FAO Food Price Index higher Rome – The gauge for world food prices went up in January, largely catalysed by supply-side constraints for vegetable oils, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported today. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 135.7 points in January, 1.1 percent higher than in December. The Index tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities. The FAO Vegetable Oils Price Index led the […]

On the weekends at the Dallas Farmers Market, the longest lines aren’t made up of folks in search of super-fresh produce. Instead, they’re queued up outside Vegan Vibrationz, the market’s beloved meat-free food purveyor that recently upgraded to a brand new food truck. A full-on phenomenon in Dallas, Vegan Vibrationz attracts droves of diners each week, in search of its quesadillas stuffed with smoky jackfruit and mac-and-cheez, chicken-fried oyster mushrooms, and mac and cheese tossed with “lobster” made from konjac, […]

The United States “committed a big crime” by killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s new foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership on Saturday. Tehran’s representative to the gathering organized to help reduce tensions in the region, emphasized that Iran helped Iraq defeat Sunni extremist Islamic State group and praised Tehran’s close ties with Baghdad. Soleimani, who was Islamic Republic’s top operative in the region, playing a central role in expanding its proxy network and […]

Volunteers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Gastonia were a well oiled machine Sunday afternoon as they worked to feed the hungry around the world. Volunteers in hairnets gathered around a table, as the process began of stuffing clear plastic bags with a pack of vitamins, dehydrated soy protein, dehydrated veggies and a scoop of rice.  Bags were then pushed forward to others to weigh, seal, and then pack up. The bags of food help support Rise Against Hunger, an international […]