Michelle Obama has partnered with Goya Foods to distribute nutrition resources to Latino parents. While announcing the collaboration at a supermarket in Florida, Mrs. Obama discussed parents' responsibility in helping children eat well; she also acknowledged the role that the economic downturn and limited access to supermarkets have played in fueling higher rates of childhood obesity in Latino communities.
In a Feb. 9 McDonald's Flavor Battle competition, up-and-coming DJs will compete in front of iconic DJs and rappers to win the Flavor Battle Championship Title. The event, a relatively new component of the company's 365Black marketing initiative, will feature a great deal of McDonald's branding: Each DJ, for example, will represent a McDonald's burger.
McDonald's launches a new Happy Meal in Philadelphia that will automatically include apple slices as a side to the choice of Chicken McNuggets, a Hamburger, or Cheeseburger, and choice of beverage. The new meal, which will also come with a smaller portion of fries, will be available nationwide in March 2012.
Food marketing researcher Andrew Cheyne highlights the similarities in personal responsibility rhetoric in Food Network's Paula Deen's Type 2 diabetes controversy and tobacco products. Both share the "everybody knows it's bad for you" argument.