Goods that haven’t left China yet won’t be here in time for the holidays

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  • Shipments from China to the US take about 73 days to reach their destination – two days after Christmas.
  • The problem is only expected to get worse in the coming weeks as record backlogs meet soaring demand.
  • Several major retailers have taken steps to side-step the issue, but it might not be enough.

It might already be too late to start holiday shopping.

The US receives much of its goods from overseas, in particular China, which serves as a primary source for anything from furniture and auto parts to tech and toys. It currently takes an average of 73 days for shipments from China to the US to reach their final destination, according to data from Freightos, an online freight marketplace. But, Christmas is in 71 days.

What’s more, delays are only expected to lengthen in the weeks leading up to the holiday season, rising from levels that are currently 83% higher than pre-pandemic shipping timelines.

For consumers, the lengthened turnaround times mean the longer they wait to shop, the more likely they are to face shortages this holiday season. Shoppers who are ordering goods online might also not be able to receive their items until after the holiday season has passed. While many major retailers like Amazon and Walmart are known for their well-stocked warehouses – even large companies are racing to replenish diminished inventory levels since the pandemic started.

“Shortages are guaranteed,” Jonathan Gold, vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation, told Insider. “Retailers are taking a lot of steps, especially going into peak shopping season, but there’s only so much you can do.”

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Container ships wait off the coast of the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, in Long Beach, California, U.S., September 29, 2021.

Earlier this week, the White House announced a 90-day plan to address the backlogs, but it is only expected to help move an extra 3,500 shipping containers a week from ports in Southern California. Meanwhile, the ports have about 500,000 shipping containers floating along the shore, waiting to dock and unload.

Storms and power outages have also slowed down shipments out of China. In the US, massive backlogs at key ports, railroads, and warehouses have companies scrambling to find new ways to bring in goods. At the same time, the entire industry has been faced with a shortage of truckers and warehouse workers.

UBS analysts noted Thursday that the supply chain has become so fragile since the coronavirus pandemic started that even minor disruptions of one to two weeks “could result in meaningful disruption” this holiday season.

The CEO of a mid-sized toy company, Basic Fun, told Bloomberg earlier this month that his company has about $8 million or 140 shipping containers worth of goods waiting at a single factory in Shenzhen alone.

“I got Tonka trucks in the south and Care Bears in the north,” Jay Foreman, Basic Fun’s CEO, said. “We’ll blow last year’s numbers away [in sales], but the problem is we don’t know if we’ll get the last four months of the year shipped. The supply chain is a disaster, and it’s only getting worse.”

A recent survey from UKG, a workforce-management group, found that about 85% of retailers expect supply-chain disruptions to affect customers.

Many executives were warning customers to order their holiday shopping goods in August and September. Last month, Nike warned investors that they expected there would be shortages of popular products like sneakers due to factory shutdowns overseas and shipping delays.

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“I half-jokingly tell people, ‘Order your Christmas presents now because otherwise on Christmas Day, there may just be a picture of something that’s not coming until February or March,'” UPS President Scott Price said in August.

On Wednesday, Insider reported “supply chain” has become a hot topic in investor meetings. Several major companies have attempted to side-step supply-chain snags. Earlier this month, Coca-Cola announced it was chartering bulk shipping vessels usually reserved for transporting raw materials like coal and iron.

Other companies like Walmart said they have started chartering smaller vessels to avoid backlogged ports like those in Southern California, while Home Depot, Nordstrom, and Levi have shifted to using more air cargo planes.

“Our intent is to meet consumer demand,” Levi CFO Harmit Singh told investors earlier in October. “And economically, if you have to air freight, we will air freight to meet that.”

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12 places to buy wine online – from FreshDirect to Macy’s

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  • Online wine stores are a convenient place to shop for vino without leaving your home.
  • The best places to buy wine online include, ReserveBar, and Drizly.
  • You must be 21+ years to place and receive orders; some states have alcohol-delivery restrictions.

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Hosting large gatherings may be out of the question right now, but sometimes having a quiet night in is enough of an occasion to break out a bottle of wine. It’s even better if you don’t have to leave the house to get it. Online options require minimal energy but deliver on all the perks. Just remember to read the fine print and plan on having someone 21 or older sign for the package.

If you’re looking for an ongoing delivery service, check out our guide to the best wine subscriptions. Otherwise, you’ll find a list below of the best places that will deliver wine straight to your door.

Here are 12 solid options for delivering wine to your door

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All-American Buzzworthy Wines 11-Pack (small) is like a “Shark Tank” for independent wines, and it has an “Angel” membership program that crowd-funds independent wine labels across the globe. Angel members get up to 60% off listed prices, among other perks, for depositing $40 a month into a wine “bank account” they can use whenever they want. also gives out $100 vouchers often. You can get one by taking a 30-second quiz on the site.

Currently, you can grab a $100 voucher for six bottles of wine. Choose from a case of reds, whites, or a mix of both.

Shipping: charges $10 in shipping fees for orders under $100. For orders $100 and more, delivery is free — except for Hawaii (+$70) and Alaska (+$130). Wines will be delivered Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday during regular working hours, but make sure that there is someone over 21 years old who can sign for the package. For a full list of where it delivers, head over here.

Note: was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of here.


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Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs Champagne (small)

ReserveBar is an online premium wine and spirits store with prices to match. It carries everything from scotch, gin, and wine to moonshine, cocktail mixers, and Perrier-Jouët x Sugarfina gift sets.

The company has a luxury collection, limited edition bottles, and top trending gifts to skim through. It also offers high-end gift packaging and custom engraving, perfect for those looking to gift a really good bottle of liquor with a personalized message. High-brow options aside, ReserveBar also has plenty of wine for less than $50.

Currently, you can use the code “SHIP99” at checkout to get free shipping off orders $99+. 

Shipping: Shipping fees depend on your state and the weight of your order, but the base costs are $15.97 for ground shipping, $34.97 for two-day express, and $67.97 for overnight express.

All shipments must be signed for by a 21-year-old adult. Products have a “ship to” section that shows which states allow delivery of that particular liquor or wine. Select cities can use ReserveBar Express and get fine spirits and Champagne delivered to their door the same day.

Note: ReserveBar was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of ReserveBar here.

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Brut Grand Cordon with Red Velvet Gift Bag (small) boasts the world’s largest online wine selection, plus the convenience of home delivery or pick-up from convenient local stores (like Walgreens) that may be open late or on weekends. It’s a good place to find old favorites, discover new wines, and shop collectible and boutique wines. As an additional perk, sells gift baskets, glassware, and other wine accessories.

Currently, new customers save $20 off purchases of $100 with the code NEW2021.

Shipping: Shipping depends on the number of bottles and total size and weight of your order but can reach $30 per order. If you want to pick it up yourself, there are more than 10,000 participating locations, including Walgreens, Duane Reade, and Safeway. If you choose this option at checkout, you’ll get an email when your order is ready for pick-up, and you’ll have five days to grab it. However, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, we suggest calling the location beforehand to double-check that you can pick it up. also has an annual $49 membership called the StewardShip program that gets you free shipping on every order for a full year with no purchase minimum. Either way, an adult signature is needed to get your package.

What to buy:

Wine Insiders

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Wine Insiders is essentially an online wine store with both individual bottles and a lot of multi-pack options, including six-bottle cases based on themes like Thanksgiving, Halloween, and staff picks. You’ll also find curated selections from Geoffrey Zakarian, Chef Ludo, and more. There’s also a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

Shipping: There’s $14.95 shipping on orders of three to five bottles and free shipping on orders of six bottles or more. Currently, Wine Insiders ships to all states except Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Utah.

All shipments must be signed for by an adult over 21 years old, and packages can’t be left on your doorstep or delivered to a PO box. Fees may apply if your wine returns to the company as undeliverable. If you work during the day, it’s smart to send your box to a convenient local pick-up location or your business address to ensure delivery. 

Note: Wine Insiders was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy: 


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The Rosé Collection (small)

Vinebox immediately stands out for its unique vials of wine, which give individual pours but still maintain the full flavor and mouthfeel of the wine. Every three months, Vinebox sends you a box of nine of these “glasses.” They contain seasonal varieties, wines you should be drinking right now, and other fun picks. With each box, you’ll also receive up to $30 in credits to buy the full-size versions. 

Shipping: Shipping is free. Currently, Vinebox ships everywhere in the US except Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. You can also ship to any UPS Store or FedEx Office location and pick up your box there. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of Vinebox here.

Dry Farm Wines

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Friends of the Farm Wine & Social Club (small)

Dry Farm Wines’ focus is on sustainably grown, natural wines. That means they’re free of additives and sugar, they have lower alcohol content, and they’re lab-tested for purity.

According to Dry Farm, the government approves of the use of 76 additives, and since wine bottles are not required to have contents labels, you don’t get the full picture of what you’re drinking. The company imports all of its natural wines from small family farmers around the world, but mostly from Europe. 

Shipping: All ground shipping is free, while expedited shipping has a small fee. Dry Farm Wines only ships to the US, but it offers helpful advice for finding natural wines if you’re located elsewhere. 

It takes three to six business days for orders to arrive on the West Coast and five to seven business days on the East Coast. Currently, delivery requires an ID check but no signature. 

What to buy: 

We’re currently testing Dry Farm Wines and will report back with our experiences soon.


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Monthly Wine Subscription (3 bottles) (small)

California-based winery Winc, which sommelier Brian Smith co-founded, uses an online Palate Profile, along with your own ratings, to recommend and ship wines tailored to your tastes as a subscription. Or, you can buy bottles a la carte.

The wines, which come from winemakers all over the world as well as Winc’s own vineyard, start at $13 a bottle. There’s no fee or commitment to join, and you can skip a month’s shipment any time you want. 

You can get $20 off if you buy four or more bottles right now. 

Shipping: Member shipping is $9 if you order three or fewer bottles and free if you order four or more bottles. Non-member shipping is $15 per order. Shipping typically takes 3-7 business days, but Winc is currently experiencing delays of 5+ business days.

Note: Winc was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of Winc here.


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Monthly Wine Subscription Introductory Offer (6 bottles) (small)

When you first sign up for Firstleaf, you’ll get six bottles of wine for just $40. Afterward, you’ll be automatically subscribed to get another six bottles for $90. Firstleaf prides itself on its custom algorithm that predicts which one of its many award-winning wine options you’ll like, and if you don’t like a bottle, you’ll get a refund. Outside of the subscription, you can also buy individual bottles from its store. 

Shipping: Shipping is always $9.95 per order and takes about 2-5 days to arrive. Firstleaf ships to all states in the US except Alaska, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Note: Firstleaf was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy: 

Read our full review of Firstleaf here.

Bright Cellars

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Monthly Wine Subscription (small)

Two MIT grads are behind the monthly wine club Bright Cellars, which sends four new wines each month for $80. The company has a competitive curation process — it says it only picks one out of every 12 wines it tries for the monthly collections and promises to show you hidden gems from vineyards in Italy, Spain, Portugal, South America, and more. 

Shipping: Shipping is $8 per order. Bright Cellars ships to the US, and you should receive your order in about seven business days. 

Note: Bright Cellars was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy: 

  • Wine picks depend on your quiz results. There is no store where you can buy individual wines. 


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FreshDirect is one of the best grocery delivery services in New York City. It has a limited delivery scope, but it carries pretty much everything (including beer, wine, and liquor) that you’d pick up at your local store. Like a regular store, it also runs weekly deals. 

Shipping: Check eligibility via zip code. FreshDirect delivers to counties on the East Coast. Depending on your location, delivery minimums start at $30, and delivery fees start at $5.99. 

For a morning or early afternoon delivery (two-hour time slots), you must place your order by 6 p.m. the day before. For a late afternoon or evening delivery (two-hour time slots), you must place your order by 11 p.m. the day before.

Note: FreshDirect was previously experiencing increased demand and limited delivery windows due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delays or limited delivery slots with your order. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of FreshDirect here.


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Like ReserveBar, Drizly offers other kinds of alcohol in addition to wine. Best of all, it delivers the exact wine you need in under an hour, and it doesn’t mark up prices. Most of its 3,000+ wine offerings are affordable (less than $20) and nearly half of its stock is red wine. 

Shipping: For one-hour delivery, the fee is $5 per order. In New York City, most stores offer delivery for free, but some areas may have increased fee zones and higher minimums based on your address. 

For larger shipments, shipping fees can vary depending on the store you order from, but it will be a flat rate price. You’ll see the final shipping cost in your cart when you check out. 

What to buy:

Read our comparison of Drizly, Minibar, and Saucy. We’re currently testing Drizly and will report back with our experiences soon.

Macy’s Wine Shop


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Yes, Macy’s delivers expertly selected wine to your door. You can buy by the bottle or by selections of six or 12. You can also shop by style, price, and vintage.

You can get six bottles for under $9 per bottle (plus free shipping), but it’s worth noting that those deals are part of the Macy’s wine club. Unless you cancel, you’ll receive a new case every three months, and you’ll be charged for it. However, there’s no obligation to continue, and you’ll get an email reminder before you’re charged. 

Shipping: Unless otherwise stated, shipping is $14.95 for three to five bottles and free for six or more. 

What to buy:

Check out our other great wine guides

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The FDA could authorize the first COVID-19 pill in December – here’s who may be eligible

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Pills seen with the Merck logo in the background.

  • The FDA will meet to discuss Merck’s COVID-19 pill in late November, which means the treatment could get authorized in December.
  • The drug seems to prevent vulnerable people from requiring hospitalization or dying.
  • Here’s how the pill works, who might be eligible to receive it, and where to find it.

The first-ever COVID-19 pill could be available before the end of the year.

This week, Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize their antiviral pill for COVID-19. An FDA advisory panel will meet to discuss the request on November 30 – the first time such a panel has evaluated a COVID-19 treatment. (It did not hold meetings about the other COVID-19 treatments authorized so far.)

If the pill meets the FDA’s standards for safety and efficacy, the agency will likely greenlight the drug in December.

Merck’s pill was found to halve the risk of hospitalization or death among adults with mild to moderate symptoms. Just 7% of people who received the pill in a clinical trial were hospitalized or died, compared with 14% of those who got a placebo. Each of those groups contained nearly 400 people.

The drug could fill a major hole for doctors looking to treat sick, unvaccinated patients – particularly as the winter threatens to drive up cases.

“If you can stop the virus before it makes someone very sick, then it’s a game-changer,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said during a Facebook Q&A earlier this month.

Antiviral pills, Ryan added, are the “holy grail” of treatments.

Here’s what to know about Merck’s pill.

Who will be eligible?

Merck’s pill, molnupiravir, probably won’t be available to everyone who gets COVID-19.

To participate in the company’s trial, adults had to have at least one factor that put them at risk of severe COVID-19, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, or being over age 60. Participants also started the treatment within five days of developing symptoms, so those who have been sick for longer than that may not be eligible.

Merck’s trial also looked exclusively at unvaccinated people, so it’s not yet known whether the treatment will be recommended for those who get breakthrough cases after getting vaccinated.

Why is a COVID-19 pill necessary?

So far, the FDA has fully approved just one treatment for COVID-19: the antiviral remdesivir, which is administered via injection. That drug has been found to shorten recovery time for hospitalized patients, but it’s not a treatment for mild or moderate COVID-19.

The FDA also authorized the emergency use of monoclonal antibodies, drugs that help keep people with mild or moderate symptoms from developing severe COVID-19. These come in two forms, infusions or injections – both of which are administered at hospitals or clinics. Though monoclonal antibodies are free to the public, they can cost the government more than $2,000 per dose.

So drugmakers have been working to develop cheaper, less invasive treatments.

Merck’s fits the bill: The drug would cost the government around $700 per treatment (though it would also be free to Americans). That full regimen consists of 40 pills – four capsules twice a day for five days. The drug will likely be available as a prescription at pharmacies.

But it’s not a replacement for vaccines, which still offer the highest chance of avoiding hospitalization or death.

Capsules of molnupiravir, an antiviral drug developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics that could treat COVID-19
Molnupiravir is an oral antiviral developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics to treat COVID-19.

Will the pill be easy to get?

The US government has purchased enough of Merck’s pill to treat 1.7 million people, and the company already started manufacturing the drug. Merck hopes to produce 10 million treatment courses by the end of the year, much of which would go to other countries.

Merck has signed licensing deals with Indian manufacturers to help deliver the drug to most low- and middle-income countries, assuming the pill gets authorized in those places. The company plans to vary the price of the treatment by country.

How does the pill work inside the body?

Merck’s pill belongs to a class of antiviral drugs called nucleosides, which can block a virus from replicating inside cells. This particular drug creates mutations in the part of its genetic code that the virus uses to replicate. Once enough of its code is changed, the virus dies out, preventing a patient’s symptoms from getting worse.

“The virus essentially mutates itself to death,” Richard Plemper, a virologist at Georgia State University, recently told Nature.

Are there any side effects?

People in Merck’s trial reported a similar number of side effects regardless of whether they got the real drug or a placebo (40% of placebo recipients had side effects, compared with 35% of those who got the pill).

“We’re very comfortable that the drug will be safe if used as intended,” Daria Hazuda, Merck’s vice president of infectious diseases discovery, said in a press call earlier this month.

This story has been updated with new information. It was originally published October 12.

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I taste-tested 8 limited-edition Halloween cereals, and the ‘Monster Mash’ medley is the best of all worlds

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  • Halloween cereal season is here, and stores are stocking all the classics, including Count Chocula.
  • I’ve tried all of the spooky cereals I could get my hands on and ranked them.
  • The limited-edition Monster Mash is my favorite with elements of all of the classic monster cereals.

I have a problem. I can’t resist walking down the cereal aisle of every store as I search for the latest spooky cereals. If I find something I haven’t tried before, three or four boxes of it go in the cart.

Since we’re deep into October, my pantry has runneth over with limited edition Halloween cereals. My kids are begging me to let them have some, but this is my thing. Plus, it’s still socially acceptable for them to go door-to-door threatening people with tricks for free candy. Get out there and work for your sugar, kids!

If you want to make your kids jealous (or ok, even share with them), here are the best Halloween breakfast cereals in my professional opinion.

First place: Monster Mash

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I caught the thief in the act, and he seems to think it’s funny.

Monster Mash Cereal, available at Amazon, $16.33 (Pack of 2)

Monster Mash is basically the spooky cereal version of the 1980s country supergroup The Highwaymen. Only, Monster Mash has an extra member. New for 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of monster cereals, Monster Mash combines the best aspects of classics Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry as well as short-lived Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute. Together, they form the best Halloween cereal I’ve ever had. The fruitiness takes center stages, specifically strawberry and blueberry. But, you can also taste the chocolatey Chocula influence. Overall, the ensemble plays well together for a balanced delectable treat.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃/10

Some nutritional info: 27% sugar by weight, main ingredient is whole grain corn, 2g fiber and protein

Second place: Chocolate Frosted Flakes with Spooky Marshmallows

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Frosted Flakes Chocolate Cereal with Spooky Marshmallows, available at Amazon, $12.25

This is another cereal I hadn’t tried before. I’m a fan of classic Frosted Flakes. I might even go so far as to say they’re grrrreat. The Chocolate with Spooky Marshmallows version is the most sugar-packed cereal I tested. The marshmallow shapes are a ghost, bat, and Frankenstein’s monster. They didn’t scare me at all, but I’m a grown man. I mostly enjoyed the flavor: a strong chocolate flavoring with sugary marshmallow bursts. The Spooky Frosted Flakes appeared to have more marshmallows than the other cereals on this list, and with its excess chocolate, it did the best job of flavoring the leftover milk.  I also appreciated that the box keeps you entertained for the duration of your dining experience. For instance, did you know that ghosts eat breakfast in the “moaning”?

Rating: 👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻/10

Some nutritional info: 43% sugar, main ingredient is milled corn, <1g fiber, 2g protein

Third place: Reese’s Puffs Bats

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Reese’s Bats Cereal, available at Amazon, $8.68

Is there a better candy brand than Reese’s? Not in my book. I snatch up anything Reese’s. I still have some unopened boxes of the limited edition Travis Scott Reeses Puffs. When I found out Reese’s Puffs Bats were a thing, I scoured local stores. The bats taste exactly the same as normal Reese’s Puffs, which is fine by me. Reese’s Puffs Bats has an evenly balanced combination of peanut butter-flavored bats and chocolate-flavored bats. I like that the sweetness isn’t overbearing. Interesting fact: This is the only cereal on our list that doesn’t have marshmallows.

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇/10

Some nutritional info: 31% sugar, main ingredient is whole grain corn, has peanuts, 2g fiber, 3g protein

Honorable mention: Count Chocula

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Count Chocula Cereal, available at Amazon, $3.79

Based on an informal survey of my foodie group and Google search volume, Count Chocola is the most popular spooky cereal. It’s also the oldest (a title it shares with Franken Berry). It will always hold a special place in my heart. Consisting of chocolatey whole grain corn bits and marshmallow pieces, Count Chocula is my favorite of General Mills’ monster cereals. Specifically, I like that it turns the leftover milk into chocolate milk so you get an extra treat.

Rating: 🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️/10

Some nutritional info: 33% sugar, main ingredient is whole grain corn, 1g fiber and protein

Honorable mention: Froot Loops with Spooky Marshmallows

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Froot Loops Marshmallow Breakfast Cereal, available at Amazon, $10.09

My neighbor had a rough day last week, and he just offhandedly mentioned that he could go for some Froot Loops. I (begrudgingly) gave him a bowl of this, and his mood improved dramatically. I’m a fan of Froot Loops, and the spooky marshmallows just add to the flavorpalooza. However, I don’t like that it contains wheat since I have to go easy on gluten. Also, the games and jokes on the box are the exact same as the ones on Frosted Flakes and Apple Jacks. 

Rating: 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️ /10

Some nutritional info: 38% sugar, main ingredient is sugar, contains wheat, 2g fiber and protein

Honorable mention: Apple Jacks with Spooky Marshmallows

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Apple Jacks Marshmallow Breakfast Cereal, available at Amazon, $8.34

Apple Jacks with Spooky Marshmallows is remarkably similar to the Froot Loops. They have the same bat, ghost, and Frankenstein’s monster marshmallows and two colors of O-shaped corn/wheat bits. The difference is in the flavoring of the bits. The Apple Jacks taste more like apples. If you prefer Apple Jacks to Froot Loops in general, you may want to go with this instead of our #5 pick.

Rating: 🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷/10 

Some nutritional info: 41% sugar, main ingredient is sugar, contains wheat, 2g fiber and protein

Honorable mention: Boo Berry

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Boo Berry Cereal, available at Amazon, $3.79

Boo Berry was introduced in 1973, two years after its Franken Berry and Count Chocula comrades. I will gladly chow down on Boo Berry if the above options aren’t available, but I think it suffers from low sugar content. After eating a bowl of the spooky Frosted Flakes, Boo Berry tastes bland in comparison. Still, if you love blueberry-flavored sweets and want a relatively low-sugar sugary cereal, Boo Berry is the way to go.

Rating: 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡/10

Some nutritional info: 26% sugar, main ingredient is whole grain corn, 1g fiber and protein

Last place: Franken Berry

Franken Berry snack pack

Franken Berry Cereal, available at Amazon, $17.22 (Pack of 4)

Please don’t email me to tell me that it should be called “Frankenstein’s Monster Berry.” We are dealing with a portmanteau here, and for all we know, “Franken” is short for “Frankenstein’s Monster.” That said, this is essentially the same cereal as Boo Berry, only it’s vaguely strawberry-flavored rather than blueberry. If the strawberry flavor was more pronounced, I’d rate this higher, but as it is, it’s too mild. Still, I hide the box from my kids.

Rating: ⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️/10

Some nutritional info: 26% sugar, main ingredient is whole grain corn, 1g fiber and protein

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A Johnson & Johnson booster shot just got closer to reality, as the FDA’s expert panel unanimously supports an extra dose

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A vial of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

  • After an afternoon of debate, an FDA panel voted Friday in favor of authorizing J&J’s COVID-19 booster shot.
  • The FDA has the final say in reviewing J&J’s application to give an extra dose.
  • A new study suggested Moderna’s or Pfizer’s vaccine also work as a booster for J&J recipients.

The Food and Drug Administration’s expert panel voted Friday in support of Johnson & Johnson’s application to offer a booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine.

About 15 million people in the US have received the J&J single-dose vaccine, and Friday’s positive recommendation clears a path for the agency to potentially authorize an extra dose those recipients. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna booster shots, the FDA committee recommended all J&J recipients be offered a booster, regardless of age or risk of severe disease.

J&J is seeking to make a second dose available as early as two months after people got the first shot. The FDA’s group voted unanimously, 19-0, in favor of recommending the additional shot.

The thumbs up comes despite limitations in J&J’s booster data

The committee’s blessing was not without debate. And the FDA is not required to follow the group’s recommendations, although it typically does so.

On Wednesday, the FDA released its own summary of J&J’s application that pointed out several key limitations in the evidence that J&J submitted for a booster shot. The FDA’s review highlighted a lack of high-quality data supporting giving a booster six months following the first dose.

J&J submitted results from a study that included just 17 volunteers who got a second dose after six months. While that data appeared to meet the FDA’s goals for what a booster should do, the FDA’s review stated the results are limited by the small sample size and were also impacted by a subpar lab test J&J used.

There’s far more evidence supporting a second dose of J&J given two months after the first shot. But that dataset, which includes more than 16,000 volunteers, has yet to be independently reviewed and verified by by FDA scientists.

Mixing-and-matching vaccine boosters could be more effective

New results from a mix-and-match booster study were released Wednesday showing that an mRNA booster shot after the J&J shot might lead to a better immune response compared to a second J&J booster.

That trial enrolled 458 people who had been vaccinated with either Pfizer’s, Moderna’s, or J&J’s vaccine, then offered a boost of one of those three brands. J&J recipients saw a significantly larger jump in neutralizing antibody levels with a Moderna or Pfizer booster – respectively a 76-fold and 35-fold increase in antibodies – compared to another J&J shot, which yielded a 4-fold jump on average.

The FDA has been busy reviewing booster-shot applications from Moderna and Pfizer as well. The FDA’s expert panel voted on Thursday to recommend Moderna’s booster shot for authorization.

Pfizer’s booster shot won emergency use authorization in August, with the FDA making a large swath of Pfizer recipients eligible for an extra dose after six months. This group includes the immunocompromised, people 65 years and older, and younger people at high risk of severe COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s expert panel is set to meet on October 20 and 21 to discuss the US booster policy.

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Goldman Sachs executives are annoyed after the company’s CEO moved their offices closer to regular employees

David Solomon
  • Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon moved executives’ offices closer to everyday employees.
  • The move irked executives, who had to give up cushier office spaces with views of the Hudson River.
  • Employees say the company’s top brass are still as distant as ever.

Goldman Sachs executives are annoyed after CEO David Solomon relocated them from cushy offices with views of the Hudson River on the 41st floor into cubicles on the 12th floor closer to the company’s rank-and-file employees, the New York Post reported.

In an internal memo, Solomon said he wanted executives to be closer to the “Sky Lobby,” which is a center of collaboration at the company with couches, a cafeteria, and a gym.

“The Sky Lobby was specifically designed to be the hub of this office,” Solomon wrote in the memo, the Post reported. “There is a natural ‘buzz’ there, and I want our leadership team to be part of it.”

However, sources told the Post that company executives are still distanced from everyday employees by a spiral staircase, and that the executives typically work from the executives’ individual conference rooms. An anonymous source also told the Post that there wasn’t enthusiastic support for the move.

The company did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Though the move was announced in December 2019, it wasn’t implemented until this summer due to pandemic-related lockdowns.

Many Goldman Sachs employees aren’t back to working in the company’s offices full-time, with many preferring a hybrid arrangement where they filter in and out of the office throughout a week. Some junior bankers have also resisted returning to company offices after spending much of the pandemic in their homes around the country.

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