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Target hits a greener bullseye

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: January 26, 2010 - 1:04 PM

Target announced today that it is eliminating the sale of farmed salmon in all of its stores and replacing it with wild Alaskan salmon. The announcement was applauded by Greenpeace. To see a copy of the supermarket scorecard, check out this link 

The green path is rarely neat and easy, which is probably why some consumers and businesses struggle. Tim Lauer of Coastal Seafoods in Minneapolis said that 25 years ago farm fishing was considered the greener alternative, but things have changed. Farmed fish today are often in a concentrated area of the ocean. The area can get polluted iwth its own waste. Hormones and other chemical additives may be used for feed. Lauer says that some farms are better than others, but unless consumers can go to the retailer and ask about how the fish was raised, salmon consumers are better off choosing wild caught Pacific salmon. Those looking for certified organic salmon from the U.S. won't find any yet, said Lauer, but Coastal stocks a certified organic salmon from the U.K. 

This is another example of the greening of Target. Last year the company started to give shoppers a nickel if they brought in their own re-usable shopping bags instead of taking Target's plastic ones. Thanks for taking the high road, Target.  

Cub has best bird buy: Turkey for 39 cents per pound

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: November 9, 2009 - 9:45 AM

Last week Wal-Mart impressed frugal families everywhere by selling frozen turkeys for 40 cents per pound. The only problem is that people who heard about the deal late in the week went away empty-handed. Wal-Mart indicated in their ad that quantities were limited and they meant it.

But locally-based SuperValu comes to the rescue with frozen Jennie-O birds that are in stock at this writing and priced less than Wal-Mart at 39 cents per pound. Weights will vary depending on the selection, but Cub Foods spokeswoman Lee Ann Jorgenson said that, unlike Wal-Mart, rain checks will be issued if the turkeys are out of stock at any Cub store. Should Cub be out of stock, shoppers who have Cub's ad from Sunday's A section can take it to SuperTarget or Wal-Mart SuperCenter for a price match, assuming Target has Jennio-O turketys in stock.

Cub's offer is good through Saturday, Nov. 14 (limit one). Wal-Mart's ends Tuesday, Nov. 10 (limit two). Both offers beat Target's price (88 cents per pound on Butterball) and Aldi (99 cents per pound Butterball).

P.S. Some but not all of the Jennie-O turkeys have the pop-up thermometer. Jorenson said that free pop-up thermometers are available at any Cub meat counter.

Wal-Mart turkeys: Supplies spotty

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: November 6, 2009 - 2:45 PM

Thanksgiving is a cheap holiday. Supermarkets fall all over themselves to offer low prices on traditional turkey and fixings. Case in point? Wal-Mart's Wednesday ad featuring a frozen whole turkey for 40 cents a pound (limit two, various brands), Green Giant canned vegetables for 50 cents, Ocean Spray cranberry sauce for 88 cents, five pounds of red potatoes for $2, Heinz gravy (12 oz.) for 75 cents, and Stove Top stuffing (6 oz.) for 78 cents. It's a dinner for a family of eight for less than $20, says Wal-Mart.

The hitch is finding the turkeys in stock. A reader said the Red WIng store is sold out. I called the meat department in Shakopee and was told that all Twin Cities' stores are sold out and may not get more in before the promotion is set to end on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

I checked with the PR department at Wal-Mart for an update on availability and am still waiting to see if they expect more birds to fly in. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile if you still have the ad which was in the A section in Wednesday's Star Tribune, you can take it to Target to have them price match all of the items except the potatoes and the turkey. Target won't price-match items unless a brand name is specified.

Want a $10 free entree delivered? Here's how.

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: August 3, 2009 - 10:00 AM

 Denny's gave away more than 2 million free breakfast meals after its promotion advertised during the Super Bowl. But Minnesota-based Schwan's is out-giving Denny's by offering $10 in free merch online. Go to the Schwan's site after 11 a.m. Saturday and sign up to get an entree worth up to $10 free, including free home delivery.

The offer is open to anyone who has not placed an order in the last 14 weeks. The first 500,000 customers to sign up will get the deal. When Denny's did its promo, its website received 40 million hits, causing it to crash. Let's hope Schwan's is prepared for the onslaught. The offer is supposed to last for several weeks until they reach 500K but whom are they kidding? FREE FOOD!!!

Want a $10 free entree delivered? Here's how.

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: August 3, 2009 - 10:00 AM

 Denny's gave away more than 2 million free breakfast meals after its promotion advertised during the Super Bowl. But Minnesota-based Schwan's is out-giving Denny's by offering $10 in free merch online. Go to the Schwan's site after 11 a.m. Saturday and sign up to get an entree worth up to $10 free, including free home delivery.

The offer is open to anyone who has not placed an order in the last 14 weeks. The first 500,000 customers to sign up will get the deal. When Denny's did its promo, its website received 40 million hits, causing it to crash. Let's hope Schwan's is prepared for the onslaught. The offer is supposed to last for several weeks until they reach 500K but whom are they kidding? FREE FOOD!!!

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