Dec 02, 2011 • By

News Bites – December 2, 2011

Here are today’s “News Bites” for Dec. 2, 2011:

“Shopycat: How To Find the Perfect Gift This Holiday Season” – The Official @WalmartLabs blog

*Walmart announced a Facebook app, “Shopycat,” to help consumers quickly find holiday gifts for friends and family based on their tastes and interests. The app uses social data to recommend items from, Walmart stores and other sites including RedEnvelope, Barnes & Noble and ThinkGeek.

Here’s a video, explaining the app:

“Should We All Go Gluten-Free?” – The New York Times (Registration may be required)

*Keith O’ Brien examines the trends in gluten-free products. Several General Mills employees were interviewed for this story.

“Whole Grain Varieties Gaining Acceptance Among American Consumers” –

*Mark Anthony writes about a trend toward a new variety of whole grains with different tastes, textures, and nutrient content.

“A Hunger For Funding” – The Wall Street Journal (Registration may be required)

*Melanie Grayce West talked with Vicki B. Escarra, the CEO of Feeding America, about the struggle to replace declining government money for the fight against hunger. General Mills has a longstanding partnership with Feeding America.

“By Foot, by Bike, by Taxi, Nestle Expands in Africa” – The Wall Street Journal (Registration may be required)

*Devon Maylie writes about Nestle’s investment in food manufacturing and distribution in Africa.

“The New Story of Stuff: Can We Consume Less?” – Yale Environment 360

*A new study finds that Britons are consuming less than they did a decade ago, with similar patterns seen across Europe.

Notable posts from various General Mills communities:

“All-in-One Bacon Cheddar Waffles” – Tablespoon

*Sounds like a great breakfast combination, doesn’t it? Tablespoon contributor Brooke McLay (Cheeky Kitchen), of Colorado Springs, shares this creation.


“A beginner’s guide to couponing to help you save money” – Valley Report (Green Giant)

*Thinking about spending more time to spend less money when you go shopping? Green Giant shared some great tips on getting started in couponing.

“Risk-Taking and Food Allergies” – The Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition blog

*Brent Kobielush, a manager of toxicology at General Mills, writes about the prevalence of food allergies.

Editor’s note: Is there a blog or website we should be reading, and including on this weekly list?

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