July 16, 2018
Leading the news today is a focus on how Prime
Day is about more than discounts on Amazon's Fire tablets and Alexa voice
assistants. Now it's about food. With Amazon now firmly in charge of the
Whole Foods Market chain, which it bought last year for $13.7 billion,
it can throw food deals into its Prime Day promotions that had previously
been pretty much about electronics and merchandise. The big sale includes
savings on organic strawberries, boneless chicken breast and Icelandic cod
fillets at the company's U.S. Whole Foods Market stores.
workers in Spain went on strike Monday to protest working conditions at
the e-commerce giant's warehouses, just as its massive Prime Day sales
kick off. A group called Amazon En Lucha organized the walk out at the
company's fulfillment center just outside the Spanish capital of Madrid.
The strike will last until July 18 and the employees also called for
Amazon workers around Europe to go on strike.
In other news,
officials are hoping that a blockbuster deal with Chinese retail giant
JD.com to export local beef will be possible despite the U.S. Government's
escalating trade war with China. In an exclusive interview with Xinhua
on Tuesday, Jay Bodner, executive vice president of the Montana
Stockgrowers Association, said the win-win deal inked last November in
Beijing is not dead in the water, despite a 25-percent tariff on 34
billion U.S. dollars of imports from China imposed by the Trump
administration last Friday.
granted the first beef import permits to two French slaughterhouses and
two storage sites, ending a 17-year embargo, the French Foreign
Ministry said on Friday. France signed a health and safety agreement last
month with Beijing, opening the way for effective access to Chinaís beef
Even before the specter of a trade war with China and other
countries threatened to cost them billions of dollars,
American farmers were feeling the squeeze from fluctuating crop prices and
other factors that have halved their overall income in recent years.
The threat of counter-tariffs on U.S. farm goods and the impact of
President Donald Trumpís other policies on immigration and biofuels,
though, have some farmers more worried than ever about their ability to
continue eking out an existence in agriculture.
has stopped selling its salads in 3,000 fast-food restaurants in 14 states
in response to an outbreak that sickened people in Iowa and Illinois.
McDonald's has also been working together with the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an
ongoing investigation aimed at finally pinning down the actual cause of
the multistate clyclospora outbreak.
After two years of slight
quarterly declines in food prices, the most recent
Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey indicates a food-cost
increase for a second straight quarter. The survey, taken four times
each year, price-checks 40 basic food items throughout the state in an
effort to gauge current food-price trends. Since the end of 2016, surveyed
food items had dropped by a total of $3.79 or just over three percent.
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