|Aug. 3, 2015|
Ice-cream recall sends chill through food industry
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
As Blue Bell Creameries LP prepares to resume production of its ice cream after a sweeping recall, its mistakes are fueling broader rethinking of how to keep ice cream and other foods free of deadly bacteria.More
'Good food' vs. 'big food'
The leaders of the so-called good food sector — including Chipotle, Whole Foods and Applegate — are winning big in the marketplace, but they’re losing to their Big Food cousins in Washington.More
Chipotle up, Whole Foods down: The business of trust
Recent quarterly reports have sent shock waves through the annals of food business prognosticators. Chipotle Mexican Grill had taken a serious dip after they seemed to be failing to continue their fast casual juggernaut. In the meantime, Whole Foods continues to fiddle and dissemble.More
Donald Trump surges in new NBC News/WSJ poll
Days before the first Republican debate, Donald Trump has surged into the national lead in the GOP primary race, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush following, a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll shows.
Joe Biden said to be taking new look at presidential run
The New York Times
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign, which would upend the Democratic field and deliver a direct threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton, several people who have spoken to Mr. Biden or his closest advisers say.
Hillary Clinton set to launch $2 million ad campaign
Hillary Clinton will become the first top-tier candidate to hit the airwaves in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire starting Tuesday with a $2 million ad buy for five weeks of television commercials — a gambit intended to get out in front of her competitors and help boost her popularity before the airwaves are cluttered with competing messages from other candidates.More
Obama doubles down on climate rule
The Obama administration on Sunday unveiled a tougher climate change rule for power plants, demanding that generators cut their carbon dioxide output 32 percent in the first-ever limits on the pollutant.
Related: GOP presidential hopefuls blast Obama on climate (The HIll)More
Pacific Rim free trade talks fall short of deal
Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared up over auto trade between Japan and North America, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs.
For new dietary guidelines, U.S. panel looks at the whole plate
Los Angeles Times
When it comes to a healthful diet, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That's the new approach a nutritional advisory committee has taken in its recommendations to the federal government for the upcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.More
School meals are a valuable tool against vitamin D deficiency: Danish researchers
Adding fish to school meals could boost children’s vitamin D levels in winter, research finds. Published in the Journal of Nutritional Science the study looked at the implications of twice-weekly serving so carious kinds of fish for 784 children ages 8- to 11- years as part of a school lunch.More
Vaccination could save birds but stall poultry exports
The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is furthering its efforts on a vaccination to better prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, but poultry exports could dramatically drop as a result.More
Avian flu forces egg replacements, many turn to soy
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before Congress that the federal government is "planning for a circumstance where we are simultaneously having to deal with 500" detections of bird flu this fall.More
Hartman: 'Local' could topple 'organic' and 'natural' on labels
Foods and beverages carrying a 'local' label appear poised to become the leading symbol of trust and transparency to consumers as the authenticity halo of such terms as "organic" and "natural" lose momentum, claims market analyst The Hartman Group.More
PepsiCo, Starbucks partner to distribute coffee, energy drinks to Latin America
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Extending their relationship, Starbucks and PepsiCo, Inc., announced the two companies have partnered to market, sell and distribute Starbucks read-to-drink coffee and energy beverages in Latin America.More
Tyson Foods warns full-year profit may fall short of forecast
Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. meat processor, warned it may not be able to achieve its profit forecast for the year ending September due to export disruptions in its beef business and high cattle costs.More
More men are now primary grocery shoppers: Study
Mom isn’t the only one taking responsibility for groceries these days, new research shows. As shifting dynamics change the way Americans shop for groceries, one of the most notable trends is the diversification of the primary store shopper, according to Rockville, Maryland-based market research publisher Packaged Facts. More
The 'Internet of Things' now includes the grocery store's frozen-food aisle
Every summer, people head to the grocery store in droves to pick up cartons of cold, creamy ice cream. It's a great way to stay cool. But shoppers will go elsewhere if the frozen dairy treat is crusted with yucky ice crystals – the result of freezing, thawing and refreezing. No one knows this better than Chris Hjelm, CIO at Kroger, a $108 billion supermarket chain and a 2015 CIO 100 award winner.More
Novel tech predicted to have significant impact on food safety
Food Quality News
Opportunities for food safety technologies are expected in the next five to six years in smartphone mobile applications, rapid pathogen detector sensors, hands-free wearable devices, and nanocomposite packaging, according to Frost & Sullivan.More
Forget confit. How about a duck dog?
About 30 percent of D’Artagnan’s almost $100 million in annual revenue comes from sales to specialty stores and supermarkets plus a growing online business. Now D’Artagnan founder Ariane Daguin is pursuing a bigger target: Middle American diners.More
U.S. pork exports were up in May
U.S. pork exports in May were reported at 437.5 million pounds, up 1.5 percent relative to a year ago. Shipments to South Korea declined from the previous month but remain strong when compared to May 2014 exports. Combined China and Hong Kong imports totaled 37.4 million pounds of U.S. pork in May, but shipments are down nearly 51 percent year to date.More