Following up on King Corn news, we just spotted this in the AP:
ConAgra Foods Inc. has removed high fructose corn syrup from its Hunt's brand ketchup.
That's not a big shock -- FFF reported that this was coming -- but also of note in this article:
The price has not changed, the company said.
This is worth noting because cane sugar is most certainly more expensive than corn syrup. The fact that ConAgra doesn't see a need to hike its prices after going to a more expensive ingredient shows how far corn syrup has fallen from favor.Read more
A terrific piece in the New York Times this weekend details the decline of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as a food sweetener in recent years. According to the article, this decline is exemplified by ConAgra's decision this month to pull the sweetener from the ever-popular Hunt's ketchup in favor of cane sugar.
And you know an ingredient is unpopular when Big Food is making a financial call like this one:
Although sugar costs more than high-fructose corn syrup, the price of Hunt’s is not set to increase. Eager for a sales boost from the switch, ConAgra decided to absorb the extra costs.Read more
New consumer research shows that American shoppers are confused and feel misled by some labeling on certain products. From the tellingly titled Shoppers Feel Misled By False Health Halo Of High Fructose Corn Syrup-Free:Read more
This is rich. The corn industry's sleepy, hit-the-snooze-alarm-one-more-time denial that our sugar-saturated food supply is causing obesity rates to spike just got a loud, blasting wake-up call:Read more
It's a hoot when Goliaths start warring, ain't it? Makes the job of Fair Food Fighters soooo much easier when, say, Starbucks decides to rework bakery recipes to exclude high fructose corn syrup (LA Times).Read more
In this NYT article, Sugar is Back on Food Labels, this Time as a Selling Point, reporter Kim Severson says we're seeing an open rebellion against King Corn, and a roots movement to bring back cane sugar. Factory Foodies ConAgra, Kraft, Log Cabin syrup, and even Coca-Cola are all switching some of their product lines to cane, according to Severson.Read more
The video-propaganda Â below comes to us courtesy the CRA, that is, theÂ Corn Refiners Association (which they cop to, briefly, at the :26 mark in very faded text).Â The parody video on the jump page, comes courtesy of El DragÃ³n spending too much time on YouTube.
But let's address the CRA hack job first.