Bits and pieces: Trader Joe’s, Wal-Mart and other food news from the web, 1.24.11

Oh, snap. Is a Trader Joe's coming to Louisville? Photo courtesy of A Girl with Tea via Flickr.
  • Seems like there’s a lot of drama going around about a Trader Joe’s coming to Louisville. Business First of Louisville cites anonymous sources who say the specialty grocery store chain will make a home in the Shelbyville Road Plaza in St. Matthews. The Courier-Journal says Trader Joe’s is indeed “eyeing” Louisville for a new location. But wait, now the Courier-Journal blog Derby City Cents says it’s not going to happen – at least for two years. Yikes. Chris Otts from the C-J says that the latest on Trader Joe’s is that the store is interested in Louisville; the Derby City Cents post was an older entry. Sorry for the mix up.
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  • Kraft has invented a vending machine that scans and analyzes your face to determine what you want to eat, according to Gawker. I can’t decide if this is awesome or creepy.
  • Wal-Mart will lower the amount of unhealthy salts, fats and sugars in its Great Value-brand packaged foods, according to an article in the New York Times. From the article:

The initiative came out of discussions the company has been having with Michelle Obama, the first lady … Aides say it is the first time Mrs. Obama has thrown her support behind the work of a single company.

  • Hillbilly Tea, a previous $10 Challenge site, hosts a knitting group on Sunday nights. Check out Consuming Louisville for more information. The restaurant has wonderful food, and the addition of knitting makes the place even better.

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