NY Times weighs in on POM vs Coca Cola

22 Apr

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/business/skeptical-justice-scolds-coca-cola-on-juice-label.html?_r=0

It’s not clear which side prevailed in the POM vs Coca Cola case..

22 Apr

The Supreme Court will make their ruling on this case sometime this summer, but in the meantime we can all speculate. Here is one take:

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Manufacturers/POM-v-Coke-at-the-Supreme-Court-Who-came-out-on-top

Funny how the Supreme Court can make a decision, but the judge in Massachusetts is taking forever…it has been 1 1/2 years since that independents vs OSpray lawwuit was filed. Nada.

Transcript from the POM vs Coca Cola case in SCOTUS

21 Apr

http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/12-761_8m58.pdf

I haven’t read it yet. Will do

Don’t forget, US Supreme Court today

21 Apr

is hearing the POM vs Coca Cola case. 11am. Eastern.

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Regulation/POM-v-Coca-Cola-false-advertising-spat-heads-to-Supreme-Court-but-what-does-this-mean-for-your-label

So who exactly is leading the price of sdcs down?

21 Apr

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This was found at Costco this past Friday. For two weeks, OSpray is offering a rebate that prices scds at 8 cents an ounce. $1.28lb.  For a company that controls, what, 80% of production capacity they must be desperate to unload inventory. To my knowledge, independents haven’t come close to this type of pricing. This is in line with the Spray pricing in the last Usda bids, where Spray was considerably under the market.  At this pricing, the Ocean Spray members will be just as miserable as the rest of us, and soon.

upcoming Coca Cola vs POM in the SCOTUS

8 Apr

In a couple of weeks POM takes on Coca Cola in the Supreme Court. This is more legalese than I can manage, but I’m kinda following it on the SCOTUS blog. The arguments are on April 22. Here is the American Beverage Association’s brief in the case, which lays out their side of the story:

http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/12-761-bsac-American-Beverage-Association.pdf

March in cranberry country Wisconsin

25 Mar

This winter has been one for the record books in Wisconsin. Cold. (made ice!) Snowy (filling up those reserviors!) Wind (we were all covered up, no problem) Sand. (yup, see “made ice”). Now we wait for a melt and thaw. It is coming, you can feel it. The big question for many is how did the vines do… and what will those buds look like?

While everyone is waiting for spring, the handlers are making their spring rounds and promising not much. There are questions about the marketing order and committees are working through the details, for example, how does concentrate that comes off an sdc line equal in barrels vs whole berries? Things like that. The CMC has sent out their first set of forms to growers, and the growers must fill them out and send them back. Lots of work is being done by lots of volunteers and employees to enact this volume regulation.

Did you see the results of the latest USDA cranberry purchases? I will attach a spread sheet on the selling prices and quantities. In EVERY bid, Ocean Spray was the lowest price, and in some cases substantially lower than the next price. Makes you wonder, eh? Who is driving the price down?

USDA Purchases 2014

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