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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: They love Wal-Mart!
They hate Wal-Mart!

By Tim Carman

The latest in food news, ideas and philosophy, just in time for your lunch break.

* Dissecting the Wal-Mart healthy food announcement (long-form) (Atlantic Food)

* Dissecting the Wal-Mart healthy food announcement (short-form) (Twitter)

* And rising from out of the ashes...your dinner! (Chow)

* Cameras no longer allowed at Food, Wine & Co. (Bethesda magazine)

* Noodle soup in a roll. (Twitter)

* Montgomery County residents eat 16 pounds of solid fat a year. No wonder I feel like a tub of margarine. (WaPo)

* An underground network of female butchers. (Los Angeles Times)

* While visions of pigs danced in their heads. (Twitter)

* A tale of two mistresses. (India Today)

* Small pies will be the new cupcakes. (Boston Globe)

By Tim Carman  | January 21, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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WalMart wants to place stores in NYC. This will be their "in". It's hard not to be cynical...

About a year ago, I heard a talk by a farmer about the problems of getting our local produce into chain markets. One of them demanded the produce be packaged as they want and then shipped about 300 miles to their distribution center where it is entered into their computer system and then shipped back. You see, everything they sell has to be entered into their computer system because the chain gives local managers no leeway - they can't enter items into the system. They can't even break, say, a package of five separately packaged goods to let you buy one if the chain decides to wrap them together.

I'm lucky our local market doesn't have a true computerized registers. The owner can buy whatever he wants, and so there are lots of good local fruits, vegetables and meats there.

Posted by: fran12567 | January 24, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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