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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The REAL State of the Union

Brother, can you spare some mac n cheese?

According to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times, sales of boxed macaroni and cheese experienced a significant rise over the last year. The product, first introduced by Kraft 70 years ago, has experienced 10% growth while the microwavable version experienced a 50% increase in sales.

Consumer research firm, NPD Group, reports that 1/3 of all Americans and 1/2 of the country's children will consume mac and cheese in any given two week period - Almost always as a main meal.

When Kraft first introduced it's stovetop macaroni and cheese dinners in 1937, it was a time when people in the United States were searching for foods to help them compensate for dairy rations and difficulty purchasing meat as well as the devastating effects of the Great Depression.

Today, with milk and gasoline prices at $3 per gallon, $2 loaves of bread, and an economy sliding quickly into recession, it appears that the mac and cheese producers are once again filling a niche in the market - the families who must choose between food and utilities. And, sadly, that's good news for many who are used to only bad in today's America under the Bush regime. . .

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6 Comments:

Blogger Parson said...

Yeah, it's mac 'n cheese for dinner here tonight. yum.

title="comment permalink">February 06, 2008 11:51 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I never did eat meat, but my husband and kids do. Lately, I've cut way back on the meat meals for them and they eat vegetarian about 4 times a week. Lucky for us, most of my kids are grown so I only have to buy milk for my son and I (my husband never touches the stuff). My daughter in PA said that milk is $4 a gallon there and there is some kind of law that says that the price of milk is set and stores can't sell it cheaper than the set price. She has two small children to feed and she's living on a small, fixed income.

title="comment permalink">February 07, 2008 9:51 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Parson - I do NOT miss "the hungry years". ..

Mary Ellen - We're all huge carnivores around here. I have no use for milk either; other'n to make mac and cheese. ;)

title="comment permalink">February 07, 2008 9:08 PM  
Blogger Hill said...

Carnivore.

Milk sucks.

Mac n' Cheese as the main course also sucks.

:(

title="comment permalink">February 08, 2008 6:06 AM  
Blogger Vic DeMize said...

When things were really tough, we didn't get the boxed stuff. It was mac 'n' cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches all made from the goodness of surplus Gub'ment cheese. Yum!!

title="comment permalink">February 08, 2008 1:47 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Hill - DAMN straight!

Vic - I REMEMBER gub'ment cheese! DAMN, I really AM old!

title="comment permalink">February 08, 2008 11:33 PM  

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