Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, which happens to be the only chocolate spread that has its own world celebration day – World Nutella Day is celebrated February 5th – has lost a $3.5 million class action lawsuit filed by a California mother who was “shocked” to discover that a chocolate spread was not healthy.
Did you know that all the Nutella sold in the US comes from a plant in Brantford, Ontario with Californians being the per capita biggest consumers of Nutella in the US.
In her lawsuit filed last year a San Diego mother said she was “shocked” to learn that the hazelnut chocolate spread she was feeding her husband and 4-year-old daughter was full of sugar and fat. She said she felt “betrayed” when she learned the healthiest part of a Nutella breakfast was the bread and milk that children ate with it – probably white bread and whole milk too, eh?
She won, and in the US, Ferrero will give every consumer who also feel betrayed $4.00 for their jar of Nutella provided they also declare that the cannot read the nutritional label on the back of the jar. LOL. Then they take there $4.00 and buy another jar I would think…
What did it in for Nutella? The claim that Nutella could be part of a “healthy breakfast.” Apparently there are some ads in the US which claim Nutella is healthy, or something like that. Full of energy (which would lead me to assume full of calories), I’m not 100% sure.
Sure, anyone capable of reading a label – as my kids do in the grocery stores at the ages of 7 and 5 (and they understand what they are reading) would see that Nutella has a lot of sugar and a lot of fat in it.
As part of the settlement, the front label of Nutella jars will now include info on the fat, sugar and calories of the product.
Oddly enough, Nutella Canada, which is a sponsor of the Canadian Soccer Association, advocates eating a balanced breakfast on its website www.nutella.ca but without directly saying the spread should be part of it.
From their FAQ section:
Q: What is NUTELLA®?
A: NUTELLA® (pronounced “new-tell-uh”) is a deliciously unique spread made from hazelnuts, cocoa, and skim milk. NUTELLA® is a great choice for kids as part of a nutritious breakfast. It contains no preservatives, no artificial colours and is a source of Vitamin E.
All true and very clear…
Those litigious Americans. I’m not sure if this was a good thing or a frivolous lawsuit. Yes it’s good to bring attention for those who may not be able to read labels or have common sense, but then again, Nutella is yummy and most people I spoke to who eat are were perfectly aware that one tablespoon full was plenty and that 2 tablespoons contained the same amount of sugar, etc, as a chocolate bar.
A two-tablespoon serving of Nutella contains 200 calories, 11 grams of fat, 3.5 of which are saturated and 21 grams of sugar. To put that into perspective, a typical chocolate and nut candy bar has 250 to 300 calories and 12 to 16 grams of fat.
Might I recommend the Marshmallow spread instead to that mom instead?
(Please don’t sue me).
So how does Nutella compare to Peanut Butter – you might be surprised…
Nutella per Tablespoon (19g):
6g Fat (2g saturated Fat)
11g Carbs (1g fibre/10g sugar)
0% Vitamin A
0% Vitamin C
10% Vitamin E
Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter per Tablespoon (15g)
8g Fat (2g Saturated Fat)
4g Carbs (1g fibre/3g sugar)
0% Vitamin A
0% Vitamin C
0% Vitamin E
Eating Nutella over Kraft peanut butter (not my peanut butter of choice – I prefer a more natural kinds, like President Choice blue menu Just Peanuts) however with Nutella you eat 10 more calories, save 2g of fat, eat 65mg less sodium, eat 7g more carbs – admittedly more sugar – consume 2% more calcium and take in 10% more vitamin E.
Comments on this item made me laugh because Nutella in the US does have nutritional information on it, however the commercials were misleading stating it was healthy, or part of a healthy breakfast. Whatever it said, it’s chocolate and nuts and that should have set off bells for any parent.
For this post I turned to my trusty editor, 7-year-old Linus, and he read the post then asked me; “If Nutella is made with hazelnuts and chocolate, there is no way it is healthy, Daddy, but can we please buy some!” :)
Some comments I read while researching included;
“What? Chocolate for breakfast is unhealthy?”
“I’m suing McDonald’s because I had a Happy Meal and it didn’t make me happy”.
“I’m suing Axe because I used their deodorant spray and was not immediately surrounded by hot women”.
What are your thoughts, parents? Stupid lawsuit or poor advertising choices for this product?
Mmmmmm… Nutella crepes… For me, not the kids!
The first part of my title is correct. The video did kill the radio star, but the second part of my title is still playing out, although all rhetoric seems to indicate that the end of the Twinkie – and Hostess Foods, is near.I originally posted this on my tax management blog; www.intaxicating.wordpress.com but thought you guys might appreciate it since it involves unions, greed and, heck, twinkies! It is a good story for this urban daddy…
The Twinkie story is an interesting scenario playing out in real life and after reading this, you tell me which side you think is at fault and if you were the other side would you blame them?
Start with these ingredients;
Enriched wheat flour, sugar, corn syrup, niacin, water, high fructose corn syrup, vegetable and/or animal shortening – – containing one or more of partially hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed, canola oil and beef fat, dextrose, whole eggs, modified corn starch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, con starch, corn flour, corn syrup, solids, mono and diglycerides, soy lecithin, polysorbate 60, dexterin, calcium, calcium caseinate, sodium stearoyl lactlate, wheat gluten, calcium sulphate, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, yellow #5, red #40.
Put that all together and you get a Twinkie, which was invented in 1930 by a baker at the Continental Baking Company when they realized that several machines used to make cream-filled strawberry shortcake sat idle when strawberries were out of season. So the bakers created a snack cake filled with banana cream, and called it a Twinkie. During World War II when bananas became rationed, the company switched to a vanilla cream filling. In 2007, banana-cream Twinkies were permanently restored (although I have never had one).
On January 11th, 2012, Twinkie manufacturer Hostess filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Hostess – maker of Twinkies, Ho Ho‘s, Wonder Bread, etc., blamed in on their customers deciding to consume healthier foods. On the brink of closing down, Hostess hired a new CEO who accepted a wage of $1.00 to see them through bankruptcy protection, which may all be for not as workers at Hostess Brands have threatened to strike if the company imposes “unfair” contract terms, including wage cuts.
The workers are members of the Teamsters Union which represents about 7,500 of the company’s 19,000 employees, said that more than 90 percent of its Hostess members voted to authorize a strike if “unfair contract terms” are approved as part of its bankruptcy proceedings.
Now bankruptcy is nothing new for Hostess which – founded in 1930 – previously filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and re-emerged in 2009. The company has about $860 million in debt.
Here is the hold up; The company’s new CEO, Gregory F. Rayburn – who dispels the myth that their industry is bound to fail as consumers reach for healthier and healthier foods, citing booming markets in chocolate – said Hostess wants to cut annual pension contributions from $103 million to $25 million. Hostess also wants to change work rules that sometimes require two trucks instead of one, and they want to outsource deliveries to small stores.
The union has announced they will reject the offer, make a new proposal, and are willing to strike which could spell the end of Hostess and would ultimately see the 7,500 unionized workers put the other 12,500 workers out of jobs too by their actions.
Apparently employees already accepted big concessions back in 2008 and back in February then union voted to authorize a strike, and the union vowed Saturday that workers would walk off the job if the bankruptcy judge agrees to the company’s cuts.
Hostess countered by saying if workers strike, they will be forced to shut down the company and liquidate assets.
I read through several articles but could not figure out why the union was digging in their heels and taking such a harsh stance which would ultimately shut down the company and force both unionized and non-unionized workers out of jobs. I worked in a unionized environment for almost 11 years and say what you will about unions, they are looking out for the best for the employees…
The I found this missing tidbit of information:
Before the company filed for bankruptcy protection, eight top executives got pay raises last year of up to 80%.
In April, some of the executives sided with the CEO and agreed to accept $1 a year in income until the company comes out of bankruptcy or December 31st, presumably with all these reduced pension costs, whichever comes first. some of the other executives wisely gave up their pay raises altogether.
Boy, the optics here look bad. Why votes yourselves a raise if the company is heading into bankruptcy? That looks bad to the employees, it looks bad to the creditors who are getting $0.10 on the dollar and it looks bad publicly. Then again, the unions need to understand by striking they are not looking out for the 7,500 employees they represent but their actions are impacting 15,000 employees and because there are non-unionized workers does that mean no one looks out for them too?
This is an ugly battle and the outcome will be playing out in the media over time.
(P.S. It’s an urban legend that Twinkies have a shelf life of 25 years. According to experts a Twinkie has a shelf life of 7-10 days.)
- Video Killed the Radio Star. Will Unions or Corporate Greed Kill the Twinkie… (intaxicating.wordpress.com)
- Twinkies and HoHos are on Strike (friendseat.com)
I learned something new on the weekend about my youngest child, my daughter Berry.
I learned that when she is upset (or hurt) that she holds her breath until she passes out.
But she didn’t just do it once this past weekend, she actually did it twice.
To say she had a rough weekend would be an understatement.
The first time she pulled this stunt she was already 30 minutes past her bed-time and was in the kitchen with me eating cheese strings as a before bed snack. She was sitting at the little plastic table on the little plastic chair and I had to go to the washroom, so I asked her to stay sitting there, and eat and drink until I returned. The boys were already upstairs in bed.
Did Berry listen?
If you said “no” out loud I’m giving you a funny look right now, but you would be correct. She ran down the hall to see me than ran back into the family room, however from the bathroom, I heard a “THUMP” wich could only be the sound of a child smashing into a solid wood coffee table.
Then came the crying.
I screamed, Urban Mummy and the boys came flying down the stairs and with cheese strings in her mouth, Berry was holding her head, giving us the silent cry (I HATE the silent cry) until she passed out.
Worried she would choke on the food we sat her up and before I could smack her back out came the food and she awoke quite groggy.
I do know that it’s an urban legend that you have to wake someone every hour if you think they have a concussion. That’s only needed for a brain hemmorage. Pretty sure she didn’t have that.
Needless to say, I went into her room every hour that night to make sure she was still breathing.
The second incident happened when she was with me and she stubbed her foot on a toy. The silent cry came, and while crying she held her breath and passed out in my arms.
I’m a huge hockey fan. I have loved hockey for as long as I can remember. I played outside with friends from dawn until it was too dark to see, as a youngster and in the parking lot of York University with friends until joining a league and playing the last 22 years there. I bought jerseys, have tens of thousands of hockey cards, watched triple overtime games and listened to games on the radio when I was too young to stay up and watch it on TV. Geez, I even taped the entry draft. I get geared up for the trade deadline and this year watched the draft lottery.
I think, no I know, this fanaticism ends in my family with me. The game has changed. I don’t like where it’s going and the playoffs are highlighting exactly where. I cannot watch the playoffs. I cannot stand to see another head shot, scrum after the whistle or hit from behind. The hockey is great, but the other stuff… I hate that. I find I’m watching and holding my breath that someone doesn’t get killed during each play. It’s become the wild west out there and I am not happy about it.
As I said earlier, I have played organized ball-hockey in a league for 22 years. I’ve played in the lowest possible competative level, tier 4, and I’ve played in a higher competitive tier, tier 3/ I have even played against tier 2 teams. 22 years. No fights. No attempts to injure anyone, and very few hard feelings after the game ended and hands were shaken – except for the punk who sucked me with an elbow to my mouth which caused my front two teeth to split my mouth open just below the bottom lip for 8 stitches. That one hurt and still pisses me off to this day for not cracking him over the head with my stick after I got off the floor covered in blood and realized if I lifted my bottom lip that I could see right through to my bottom teeth. UGH.
The point… I, unlike many others I have played against and with, at all levels play for the fun of the game. I play for the exercise, for my teammates and if you think I’m playing for fun you could not be more mistaken. I hate to lose WAY more than I like to win. I am uber-competitive and expect everyone to give 100% each shift as I try to do. I’m a lunchpail kind of player. I give it my all, work hard and play with respect for the game, my teammates and for others.
So when I see violence in NHL hockey that goes unpunished I wonder if the NHL is that clueless to see the trickle down effect their actions have on the rest of the hockey playing community.
Finishing your check. Win at all costs. Hitting from behind. Stand up for your teammates… All this bullshit bravado is NHL created. Before this stuff came up if someone whacked you with a stick you either took it or you whacked them back and paid the price. When I’ve had wackos on my teams that I ran for 16 of those years I pulled them aside and told them to cut out the crap or find another team. As a result, I have cut many guys and even some of them have tried to run me when we play against them. It’s their issue. not mine.
“It was a hockey play. I was just trying to finish my hit out there. The last thing I’m going to say his I hope he’s all right.”
That was Phoenix Coyotes player Raffi Torres after he stepped well outside the rules of a NHL game by leaving his feet, at full speed, well after the play to take out one of NHL’s star players, Chicago Black Hawks player Marian Hossa with a shoulder to the head. The puck was so far away from the play that Hossa couldn’t have been expecting the hit, even with his head carelessly down.
Torres… Not going to ask if he’s okay.
Torres… Sent Hossa to the hospital after leaving the ice on a stretcher with a neck brace on.
Torres… He’s the kind of guy who suckers another player in the mouth and splits open his face and doesn’t make sure he’s okay.
Torres is what is wrong with the NHL. The message he sent with that comment will ressonate through all leagues to every child who plays the sport. It’s disgusting to say the least.
What else does the NHL have a problem with? Aaron Ashem, Terry Carkner, Zenon Kenopka, Andrew Shaw and any other player, Chris Simon or Sean Avery who has so little respect for their opponent that they think it’s okay to pummel them – with little regard for the impact these actions have on the league, the fan base and kids who watch this sport.
Carkner, cold cocked and then beat the tar out of New York Rangers Brian Boyle because Boyle, at 6 foot 7 was picking on 5 foot 10 Erik Karlsson of the Senators – a very skilled rookie who will probably win Rookie of the Year this year. I loved that a message was snet to Boyle because the NHL sure didn’t tell him to leave the skilled players alone. The NHL needs players like Carkner to police the game because they have failed so miserably. His actions were horrifying, but the NHL put him in that position.
If Nashville Predators (how appropriate) defenseman Shea Weber can not be suspended for ramming Detroit’s Henrik Zetterbergs head into the glass like he was in Wrestlemania, what kind of message does that tell the rest of the league? It tells them it’s game on. Win at all costs.
If the NHL wanted to get serious about this crap and remove the black eye from the game – both figuratively and literally, they would cut the benches down from 4 lines to 3 lines from now on. Not only would 3 lines mean the players would be a little more tired but it would mean possibly reducing predatory attacks or staged fighting by removing a 4th line of fringe players whose main goal it is to run guys into the boards, fight and bastardize the beautiful game I came to love as a boy.
I do not like to see the 4th lines of teams on the ice because that means garbage goals, a lot of cycling of the puck and very little finesse and flair which you get with a teams first and second lines. Do I stand up when there is a fight? Yes. Do I slow down on the highway if there is an accident? No. But what gets me going and gives me something to talk about are beautiful goals, sweet passes, bullet-like shots from the point and good sportsmanship. 40 years ago players didn’t wear helmets. 60 years ago goalies didn’t wear masks. No other professional sports leage allows players to fight – let alone staged fighting – and continue to play after.
But the kicker to me is that after coaching ice hockey for 8 years of kids from age 6 up to age 14-15, I have no desire for my two boys to play ice hockey, or even ball-hockey for that matter. I worry for them. The game has gotten dangerous and if the NHL doesn’t care to clean up the rules why should any league not named the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) care to do that. My kids get concerned when someone gets hurt. It bothers them. They don’t like watching it on TV and they sure as heck don’t want to wear the jersey proudly, or learn the rules. It’s too violent for them.
I recall coaching a very dirty 8-year-old boy who had one of those fathers who taught the kid to be a giant shit on the ice. He used to hold, trip, slash and stick anyone who took the puck from him and was very frustrating to coach. All he wanted to do was get revenge. Then one game while going for the puck he purposefully ran right over another player and while the boy was on the ground they exchanged words and my player kicked the other player in the shoulder.
The second he got up and came near the bench I reached over the boards and hauled this kid right off the ice by his chest protector and sat him on the end of the bench. His Dad flew out of the stands like he was going to hit me. I asked the convenor to immediately suspecd this player from the league and I asked the Dad and the kid if they think kicking is okay as it is NOT allowed by the rules.
“But I got away with it. I made sure the referee didn’t see” was what the boy said.
“Too bad I did” was my response.
So for the rest of my houseleague season I played short one boy and we made it to the finals. It was fun, and I think the kids knew they were expected to play within the rules or they were not welcome on my team.
Now I do want, and expect my daughter to play hockey. The woman’s game is all about skill, hard work and respect for others and that kind of hockey I really dig. No macho bullshit. If someone does something to you in the woman’s game your recourse is to wait until they have the puck and take it from them and score. I like that.
It’s not too late NHL. It’s too late if you are the Toronto Maple Leafs – they’ve lost a generation of fans by icing incompetence for 40 years – my boys prefer the Bruins, Penguins, Rangers and Sabres to the Leafs.
Fix it, and fix it now and fix it properly.
To summarize the actual rules already in place which are being ignored or rules that should be added;
Fighting should come with an automatic game ejection and probably repeat offenders a suspension.
No more finishing your check – watching guys chasing other guys around the ice after they have passed the puck to hit him looks dumb. No wonder Americans think the game is a joke. The guy finishing the check is completely out of the play – so not hockey-related, while the other guy gets his stick up to defend himself.
Drop the 4th line. Ice 3 lines of the best, most skilled players you can find.
Ban all hitting up against the boards. In the NHL rulebook that is considered boarding and is a penalty.
Intentional hits to the head – elbows, shoulders, etc. are automatic 10 game suspensions, more if the player that got hit is inured and required to miss games.
Intent to injure – that’s your season, hello Aaron Asham. A cross-check to the face was intent.
Bring the skill back to hockey and get rid of this crap. Then someone can tell Randy Carlyle that the Leafs need to score more, not fight more to be successful.. The Teams’s with the most wins, which usually means the most goals make the playoffs. Teams are not given points for fighting majors.
If the player does not have the puck, he cannot be hit. That according to the rule book is interference. The 3 second rule is crap. No puck, no hit.
It’s all just so aggravating and I know I am not the only person thinking this way when I wrote this early Wednesday morning and the FAN’s Bob Mccown was talking about just this on his Prime Time sports show on the afternoon drive and then again this morning, Rick Tocchet was on the Brady and Lang show and talking about it too.
What is the NHL waiting for.
Make the change already or the league will find itself back behind skeet shooting in popularity in the US.