Kiko's Food News, 2.3.12

Low cattle supplies in 2012 (the herd is the smallest its been in 60 years) are expected to drive up beef prices for the second year in a row: (full story)

Tackling challenges of access to fresh and healthy food for all, a brother-sister duo have opened a new kind of grocery store at “the intersection of food justice and high-concept retail” in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood of Atlanta; as they say, “if Jay-Z and Kanye can create a lifestyle brand that people in urban and suburban areas aspire to, regardless of their actual income, why can’t we do that with organic food?” (full story)

Food Shift, an organization working to collect unwanted, good quality food from stores and bakeries and deliver the products to agencies that feed low-income people, is partnering with grocers to grow the amount of food that can be fed to people instead of wasted: (full story)

Replacing what used to be “a suitcase of papers on the back of an agronomist’s motorcycle”, iPads are making their way to coffee co-ops and farmers in East Africa, Mexico, and South America; they come loaded with training videos in a variety of languages related to everything from agronomy best practices to growing protein-rich mushrooms out of coffee production waste: (full story)

Alli from our grocery team, Emily Olson of Foodzie and Caleb Zigas of La Cocina share their tips for successfully launching a small food business: (full story)