Thanksgiving is Becoming Less Affordable

Thanksgiving is one of the most iconic American holidays, along with Christmas and the Fourth of July. But while other holidays are bringing in even more revenue as time goes on, why is Thanksgiving becoming less popular? Through economic and environmental struggles, Thanksgiving is recieving the rough end of the stick from both.

The entire market has been on a decline for the past year. While some billionaires who control it are thriving, most have been facing hardships. During the pandemic, when the customers of these large enterprises were dependent on the online capabilities of their applications, the market was doing great, and promoting companies that were not even remotely connected to the outbreak. Now, as we slowly get more accustomed to our previous ways, our dependency online has diminished, bringing down the market.

Along with this, the raging issue of global warming has also impacted the situation. According to Brad Rubin, “The virus doesn’t usually flourish in warm temperatures, but this season was different”. The global temperature has been at a rise for so many seasons in a row that viruses have adapted to it. The fluctuation in weather has offset the environment, and livestock aren’t able to survive in the harsh conditions. 2.5% of the national turkey population has died off, most of that coming from the turkeys that were supposed to be for human consumption. This is causing a 23% price increase in turkeys, meaning that many families will not be able to afford the now-expensive bird.

One way to save money in today’s economy is to consider not buying a turkey at all. Chickens are a healthier alternative that are much cheaper due to a higher production. If you insist on turkey, maybe consider buying just the breast. The breast itself has also experienced a price jump, one even higher than the jump of the entire bird. But if you calculate a weight to price ratio, the breast is still a better option than the entire bird. For other parts of the Thanksgiving meal, try out canned cranberries. Many people prefer canned cranberries over fresh anyway, so now, it’s their time to shine. With potato prices rising, sweet potatoes and yams are becoming seemingly better choices. It is always smart to improvise, and buying in bulk is the next best solution. You might not want to buy multiple turkeys, but you could buy a lot of potatoes (whether they are sweet or not) and use some of them now, some of them later. Canned goods have a long life, so the cranberries will last a few Thanksgivings.

In January, the price for a dozen eggs was $1.20. Now, it’s at $3.50. With prices growing at such fast rates, it is hard to see a future without outrageous prices for staples of cuisine. We don’t know anything for sure, but if we want these hard times to end, we can all work together and help. By making the planet healthier, the animals that live on it will become healthier too. Make smart decisions, and realize that every action has its own effect.

Sources:
https://www.fooddive.com/news/thanksgiving-dinner-costs-increase-wells-fargo/635364/
https://www.fooddive.com/news/eggs-turkey-prices-increase-price-hpai-outbreak-bird-flu-poultry-disease/631345/

Sprite Changes Iconic Green Bottle

Sprite is the 6th best-selling soda in the world and has been consistently making the Top 10 since the 1960s. A simple citrus-flavored soft drink, they weren’t anything special. But their bright green plastic packaging was different from anything else on the shelf. It looked more appetizing than it would have looked without the green bottle. So why did they change it?

Sprite says that their Lemon-Lime drink will “now [be] made with clear plastic to help this bottle be re-made”. Clear plastic is a better material to be recycled than colored plastic because less energy needs to be used in the dying of color and further organization. The billions of Sprite bottles that will and have been produced since August 1st, 2022, can now be used more efficiently.

However, many sources have been suspicious about whether Sprite truly has good intentions. The manufacture of green plastic has very similar carbon emissions to the manufacture of clear plastic, so there isn’t any difference there. The Coca Cola Company stated that the recycling benefits were the true reason for the change. But recycling plants sort the plastics by color anyway, and reducing just green plastics won’t have that big of an effect. People have suspicions that The Coca Cola Company simply wants their Sprite bottles to be less recognizable. Take this image, for example.

A majority of the bottles are clear. They could be from any brand, so without labels, no company can be blamed. The second most common color? Green. And when you see green bottles, you can immediately blame Coca-Cola for their Sprite bottles. Now that Sprite also has clear bottles, they can join the majority and won’t be singled out anymore.

Sprite is always going to be a part of the biggest soft drink manufacturer in the world, Coca-Cola. They might make it look like they want to help out, but they are targeting the lesser informed. Stay knowledgable and healthy!

Sources:
https://www.sprite.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_(drink)
https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/27/business/sprite-green-bottle/index.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/sprite-retiring-iconic-green-plastic-bottle-60-years-rcna40396

Monster Energy is Bringing New Products to the Market

Monster Energy Logo, history, meaning, symbol, PNG

Monster is an extremely influential brand in the soft drink and energy drink markets. It is brings in over 35% of the revenue in the entire energy drink market, second to Red Bull. Since 2002, Monster Energy has become a huge name and developed a large base of loyal customers. Now, after 20 years of selling non-alcoholic drinks, Monster Beverage is acquiring Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective.

Canarchy is a brewery known for it’s innovated and experimental brewers. New flavors are tested every day, and they are growing twice as fast as the Top 20 retailers of drinks. This growth is what made itself attractive to Monster. Monster uses caffeine to make their drink an energy drink, and their unique chemical taste is easily distinguishable from it’s competitors. Canarchy uses alcohol in their drinks, along with the chemical flavors that belong in their hard seltzers. Though both of these companies are unique, Monster has a bigger plan that goes along with their acquisition of Canarchy.

Caffeine is a highly addictive drug, in and out of energy drinks. The energy is short lived, but it’s reputation is only built on the positives. It does make your heart beat faster, your blood pump faster. It also unnaturally and redundantly jumpstarts your adrenaline. Trying to force your body awake with caffeine is not healthy. But energy drink companies choose to advertise the exciting flavors and attractive logos, that the caffeine is often overlooked. Their customers have gotten addicted to the chemical flavor and the caffeine, and the brand Monster has an extremely positive reputation among it’s customers.

Monster has hooked in many clients over the past 20 years, and their plan most definitely involves a new Monster drink. An alcoholic one. All of their original client base would now be drinking alcohol, and even most of their customers now are of age. The same, iconic, Monster flavor, with an extra kick of alcohol instead of caffeine. What’s not to love? Well, alcohol is one of the easiest substances to form an addiction to, and if people were able to get addicted to caffeine so quickly, then selling alcohol would be a great way to make money for Monster. The facilities that would come in their possession after owning Canarchy would be more than enough for them to become one of the biggest names in a very split alcohol community.

Like most brands, Monster only cares about two things; profit margin and market capitalization. In all the ventures that companies take to broaden their product variety, they are only in it for themselves. To them, addiction is just a loyal customer. This is an extremely messed up way of thinking, but unfortunately, it is the world we live in.

How Mass Production Has Affected Our World

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Mass production. As anyone studying economy can tell you, the demand must always be higher than the supply for a successful business. Even if there is no intention for the product to be exclusive, if you want your product to sell, you need to be needed more by the customers than you need the customer. This is the first rule of economics, but any industry that partakes in mass production thinks otherwise. They always want to have their product at the ready for use by the consumer. We see these trends in the industries of cars, clothes, furniture, and most importantly, food.

Mass production hasn’t always been a problem, and the techniques which built up to it were revolutionary in the world of technology. The production line from Henry Ford in 1913, the Speedee Service System from the McDonald brothers in 1948, and the evolution of industrialism over the last few centuries have all played their own role in this rapidly changing ecosystem. These systems were put in place to maximize efficiency and reduce stress. All business owners wanted to be the head of the most reliable business in its own industry. Ford made cars accessible to the middle class, and McDonald’s advertised their product so that it seemed attractive to every group of people. Quality wasn’t the main focus at the time, but it was still a factor which played a role in the validity of the product. As time went on, mass production has brought down the quality of products. It has gone unnoticed for a long time, because the price has gone down along with the quality.

Mass production has become socially acceptable for a multitude of reasons. The most successful companies in the world all rely on mass production in some shape or form. This gives mass production a good name. Apple is in possession of the facilities to produce 500,000 iPhones in one day! McDonalds do sell over 50,000,000 burgers a day! Without modern techniques in mass production, they wouldn’t be able to reach these milestones.

To sum it up, modern companies require modern solutions to the high demand that exists for any important product. They chose to resort to a method which prioritizes efficiency over quality. And for this, they are rewarded with billions of dollars of revenue. Though we as a species are meant to continue in our progression through evolution, some things should not be treated as collateral damage. The effects that low quality products can have could be detrimental to any consumer’s wellbeing. This is why it is important to stick to high quality foods and appliances.

Breaking Down: Chipotle’s New Protein Option

Chipotle takes up smoked brisket | 2020-11-30 | MEAT+POULTRY

During late September, Chipotle locations around the United States started offering a new meat option; Smoked Brisket. After testing around Ohio and California for almost two years, the message was broadcasted. Chipotle would be changing their protein options, for the first time since Carne Asada.

CMO Chris Brandt says, “We’ve created a differentiated Smoked Brisket recipe that is authentic to our menu and pairs flawlessly with our real ingredients,”. Smoked Brisket is the third innovation that the fast food giant has released this year, along with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, and a Hand-Crafted Quesadilla.

Most critics have a positive opinion on the Smoked Brisket, but when you look at the nutrition information, you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether this is a smart protein option. A serving of smoked brisket totals to 360 calories, crushing the two most common protein options; chicken at 180 calories, and steak at 150 calories. 22 grams of protein puts it just above steak, which tallies in at 21 grams. The 5 grams of sugar come from the brisket sauce. The most surprising fact in your Chipotle brisket journey is the 27 grams of fat in one serving. For comparison, a serving of steak contains only 6 grams. Eating a burrito with Smoked Brisket takes up over 60% of your Daily Value of fat. The 27 grams of fat is the deciding factor in whether a consumer decides to go with the brisket or not.

At the end of the day, unhealthy and fatty meats are okay to eat in moderation. Fats are essential for body growth throughout your life, but remember to stick to the healthier fats. Stay healthy!