Today’s News Chum post brings together a number of articles dealing with corporate America and food. Tomorrow will look more at corporations, and what works and what doesn’t.
- They’re Everywhere. This post has loads of interesting infographics about how just a few corporations controls almost everything. Nearly every product we consume is controlled by 10 corporations. Our media? Try six conglomerates. Money? 10 large financial corps control 54% of America. How do they get to us? Emotionally, through their color schemes. But things do change. After all, Nestle is selling Jenny Craig… to the conglomerate that owns Curves.
- Why Does Your Drink Cost So Much? Corporations are enough to drive a man or woman to drink. But they get you there too. Here’s an interesting explanation of why your drinks in the bar cost so much, and how much profit they make on that draft beer. Of course, it’s not just drinks in the bar. That $2 soft drink is probably about 10c of syrup in seltzer water. Never mind, of course, the chemicals therein. [This is why I drink plain black tea.]
- Marketing the Food. Of course, the mechanism behind food marking is another story. Here’s an interesting article on the 20th anniversary of the Food Network… and how it has changed over the years. Yup, just like MTV no longer promotes music videos but is a reality channel, so it is with the Food Network, which is no longer about cooking.
Of course, there is some good food news. Steak and Shake is coming to Santa Monica.