Fresh Take: Tyson Heir Settles With Guilty Plea, And Cracking Open The Issue Of High Egg Prices

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Happy Friday! We’ve almost made it! Take a moment to congratulate yourself. I know I’ve had a full week. What about you? My highlights included interviewing the CEO of the country’s largest fishing company, as well as a fun lunchtime talk with Northwestern M.B.A. students. We’re now in that part of the new year where momentum is building and deadlines are starting to pile up. It can be a lot. I’m trying to balance it all out with lots of face-to-face experiences, and, of course, some good food.

This week, that search for balance brought me to crabs. How could I not while reporting in and around Seattle? While the Alaskan population has been decimated, Washington state’s fresh riverbed Dungeness are doing well. Steamed for a few minutes, dipped in a little butter, and wow.

Full disclosure: I’m still grappling with West Coast time over here. Next week, expect the edition to hit your inbox a bit earlier. In the meantime, enjoy the winter weekend!

P.S. If you’re based in Charleston, reach out: I’ll be in town for a book event on February 7. Come through! RSVP here.

—Chloe Sorvino, Staff Writer

Order my book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat, out now from Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books.

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What’s Fresh

John R. Tyson’s Settlement With Prosecutor Kicks Off What Could Be A Rough Year For Tyson Foods. The company’s share price has fallen since the arrest in November of the CFO, the 32-year-old, fourth-generation heir apparent, on intoxication and trespassing charges. By Yours Truly.

Cracking Open the Issue of High Egg Prices. Corporate consolidation may be partially to blame for rising egg prices, writes Danielle Nierenberg.

Vital Proteins Deepens Its Sustainability Mission With B-Corp Certification. Vital Proteins CEO Tracey Warner Halama discusses how she is on a mission to transform the brand to not only make people look, move and feel their best, but does good for the world, reports Christopher Marquis.

When you wind up at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle and find out that the Dungeness crabs are fresh, in-season and $9.99 per pound, there’s only one appropriate response: a resounding yes! Luckily, it was also my host’s birthday, so I came to the fishmonger with a good excuse to be festive.

Chloe Sorvino leads coverage of food and agriculture as a staff writer on the enterprise team at Forbes. Her book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat, will publish on December 6, 2022, with Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books. Her nearly nine years of reporting at Forbes has brought her to In-N-Out Burger’s secret test kitchen, drought-ridden farms in California’s Central Valley, burnt-out national forests logged by a timber billionaire, a century-old slaughterhouse in Omaha and even a chocolate croissant factory designed like a medieval castle in northern France.

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