By The Case

Rather than go out to the store to buy only two bottles at once, why not buy a few cases to cut back on store visits?

Lucky’s Market where we shop is limiting tofu to two per customer. All that really does is increase the number of store visits for people who use tofu as a staple protein in their diets.

If all the warehouses are full according to the government, then why not allow grocery stores to stock their coolers and shelves? What are they saving it for? Or are they already in food-rationing mode anticipating worse case scenarios?

Is FEMA doing another Katrina on all of us – saving product for other catastrophic events? FEMA has warehouses full of old product from years ago, that they decided to hoard, after people donated for Katrina victims.

And where are these so-called warehouses? In other countries? People deserve to know the reasoning behind the decisions being made on their behalf.

It seems that the government has locked down isopropyl alcohol. With bedbug season coming up, people need to be using alcohol to wipe down clothing, bags, anything on their person upon entering the house after being outside – especially those who take public transportation or go to the markets.

How about all those delivery vehicles and the people driving them? When bedbugs hit, they appear everywhere. Ambulances, taxis, buses, doctor offices, hospitals, stores and on and on. They go airborne with the air currents.

They don’t need wings to fly – as long as the air moves, they move with it. We were all told to use alcohol to kill them. Now what? They’ll tell us to use soap and water instead? If it worked, I would have been doing it.

So, if the warehouses are full of isopropyl alcohol, then why can’t We The People buy it? We’re not asking for a hand-out. We’ll pay, but not at gouging prices. I thought a law was passed prohibiting gouging?

What happened? The lawmakers passed it knowing they couldn’t enforce it – for the purpose of temporary appeasement? They didn’t really think that the gougers would self-regulate themselves did they? Now that would be naive. And stop telling us to use vodka instead. Is that recommendation coming from the liquor industry?

I have four bottles, but having to spray down my husband when he returns from essential work after being on public transportation, it won’t last long.

I have one hundred masks that just arrived. Those won’t last long either. The same with gloves. We’re going to run out.

It seems there are too many special interests being satisfied during this coronavirus crisis and too little being done for the populace. The rich people will get what they need and the rest of us are told to wash our hands instead.

When we get our government issued stimulus checks, are we going to be able to buy isopropyl alcohol, masks, gloves – the items that We The People need to help keep us safe?

Are vegans going to be able to buy vegan food, or is the slaughter industry driving some of these shortages, hoping that vegans will start eating the slaughtered victims again? Not this vegan, but I’m sure the animal-meat industry has already war-gamed that scenario in favor of themselves.

Open those warehouses the government keeps bragging are full and stock the shelves.

Vita Coco maker thirsts for aluminum as it enters competitive bottled water space


Vita Coco maker thirsts for aluminum as it enters competitive bottled water space

AUTHOR Christopher Doering@cdoering

PUBLISHED June 4, 2019

Vita Coco has become well known for its coconut water packaged in a rectangular-shaped cardboard​ carton. But as consumers increasingly factor sustainability into their buying habits, the beverage maker is turning to the more recycle-friendly aluminum to launch its new premium water.

The idea for its new water brand, Ever & Ever, came after parent All Market partnered with Lonely Whale, an incubator focused on ocean health, to help the company rethink its environmental footprint.

With 75% of aluminum ever produced in the U.S. still in use today, according to the Aluminum Association, it made sense for All Market to embrace the metal, especially for a beverage such as water where the popular plastic bottle is not frequently reused.

“We’re trying to create intrigue with bottles. It definitely doesn’t look like the other water brands in the category, and that is obviously intentional and our mission is to spike a curiosity with someone,” Jane Prior, chief marketing officer at All Market, told Food Dive.

“For consumers who are on the go, live on the go or travel, there is not really a great sustainable option and that was the impetus behind launching the Ever & Ever brand.”

The name, which was chosen to reflect the principle of reusing aluminum over and over again, comes in a blue, white and silver bottle. It’s covered with text talking about recycling and how the bottle could eventually become a hubcap, wind chimes, another bottle or even a pirate hook in a local production of Treasure Island. It’s part of a broader push from All Market to position its portfolio on natural products as not only good for the consumer but the world.

While the packaged water space is “incredibility competitive,” Prior said the company’s sustainability message with Ever & Ever, the staffing it already has in place for its Vita Coco brand and its existing relationships with retailers allow them to more easily move into new product categories.

“This is one of the reasons we feel we can win and compete in the water space,” she said.

Ever & Ever will be sold in New York City starting in June, and online through Amazon before branching into other stores in 2020 after retailers go through their annual reset where they determine which products they carry, Prior said. A 16-ounce bottle will sell for $1.99 each with a 12-pack going for $23.99.

Source: Vita Coco maker thirsts for aluminum as it enters competitive bottled water space | Food Dive

 A-F CHEF Notes: I haven’t tried this sparkling water in an aluminum can.

For decades I’ve read that aluminum was bad for the brain based on findings from brain autopsies of elders with progressive brain impairment diseases, which showed elevated levels of aluminum. So what about now? Is aluminum going to make a comeback and replace the plastic bottle, because it’s easier to recycle?

The writer didn’t mention the water. It’s all about the can, evidently. Does aluminum leach into the can? Why are we still using aluminum cans for small size beers and sodas if the aluminum is bad for us? Why did grandma or grandpa have too much aluminum in their brains if they didn’t drink beverages from aluminum cans? Where did it come from?

The consumer of products in aluminum cans deserves answers to these questions.