Today’s first course?
Just a few weeks after leaders with Trader Joe’s announced that the store would make the transition to a completely cage-free supply chain, leaders with Kroger say they too plan to sell only cage-free eggs in stores by 2025. In 2015, only 15 percent of Kroger’s eggs were cage-free. Although the supermarket chain is not the first major brand to commit to cage-free eggs, it is one of only a few national grocers to do so, joining Whole Foodsand Costco. Kroger’s announcement was made a day after the Humane League, an animal welfare group, launched a campaign to convince Kroger to change its egg-sourcing methods.
It’s that time of the year again: National Pancake Day is back at IHOP today, heralding the return of free short stacks with a voluntary donation to local charities. This year, the chain hopes to raise $3.5 million for Children’s Miracle network Hospital, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Shriners Hospital for Children, and other local charities. Since its first National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised $20 million for local charities. Last year alone, the chain served 6.6 million free pancakes and raised $3.5 million. The free short stacks are being offered until 7 p.m. this evening.
Another Whole Foods product is making headlines, and it’s not the asparagus water. This time, it’s pre-peeled oranges sold inside plastic containers that are the subject of a viral tweet by a Whole Foods customer. The tweet, which now has over 96,000 retweets and 93,000 likes, features a picture of the offending oranges. Gordon writes, “If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn't need to waste so much plastic on them.” Whole Foods is quick to respond, and just hours later tweets back at Gordon. The company says, “Definitely our mistake. These have been pulled. We hear you, and we will leave them in their natural packaging: the peel.” Unnecessary plastic packaging aside, many are making the case that the peeled oranges would be helpful for those with disabilities that would make opening an orange difficult.
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