Are marshmallows candy? It's a sticky question for state sales taxes

Nov 22, 2022
Most states don't tax groceries. But the treat used in candied yams and s'mores tests the definition.
Marshmallows — the roastable, toastable sweet — are taxed differently depending on a state's definition of candy.
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On Buffalo’s east side, inflation intensifies the daily struggle to buy food

“I have to get less food,” one shopper said. “So I plan very carefully with my food stamps.”
Shoppers at a mobile farmers market in east Buffalo, New York, where many residents struggle with access to grocery stores.
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Food is more expensive because it's getting more expensive to make food

Sep 14, 2022
Farmers are paying more for equipment and supplies. Drought in the Great Plains has hurt corn and wheat. The Ukraine war also plays a role.
Extreme drought has hurt corn production in the U.S. this year.
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Why the price of groceries is going up faster than a meal out

Aug 10, 2022
In part, that’s because restaurants don’t want to scare away customers.
"If consumers were truly, truly worried," says economist Jennifer Lee, discretionary spending on things like restaurant lunches "would be one of the first areas they would cut back on."
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As inflation mounts, a prime culprit is the price of meat

Oct 20, 2021
Consumers are seeing rising prices for food, particularly beef, pork and poultry. That's forcing some to shift their eating habits.
Disruptions in the food supply chain, including labor and transportation, feed into the higher cost of meat.
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How much should we buy at the store as COVID-19 spreads?

Mar 17, 2020
People are walking a fine line between underdoing it and overdoing it.
Shoppers stock up at a Costco in Glendale, California, on March 14.
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Coming soon to a produce aisle near you...

Jul 23, 2019
What the Cosmic Crisp means for the apple industry.
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For public good, not for profit.

Deal between sushi giants highlights "grocerant" trend

Jul 3, 2019
It just might be that the American grocery store is the new mall food court.
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Your grocer really wants you to have chicken tonight

Jan 5, 2018
At a lot of markets, the rotisserie bird is the hottest-selling item, pun intended.
Grocers are going to some lengths to keep the price of rotisserie chickens down.
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Whole Foods may no longer be called "Whole Paycheck"

Aug 25, 2017
Amazon is planning to slash the prices of some items at Whole Foods, like bananas and salmon, starting Monday.
A view of a Whole Foods Market in Brooklyn, New York. 
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