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Nestle gains with Heinz as China fears local food safety
Bloomberg Businessweek
Tainted milk from China's largest dairy company, discovered amid a state crackdown on food safety, is set to be a windfall for foreign companies such as Nestle SA. More
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January is bargain season at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Wendy's
USA Today
The fast-food business typically takes a dive in January as folks who overspent on holiday gifts opt to eat at home on the cheap. So it takes special lures from the fast-food giants — from Taco Bell to Pizza Hut to Wendy's — to get financially drained folks spending again. More
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Dogtown Pizza's dough is rising
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Rick Schaper strides across his new pizza factory, a man unaccustomed to space. Schaper's company, Dogtown Pizza, recently graduated from a shared production facility in midtown to a relatively massive 12,000 square feet on North Broadway, giving him a lot more ground to cover these days.

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Mitt Romney storms to big lead in South Carolina as Rick Santorum stalks
The Washington Post
A new poll in South Carolina shows former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney opening up a big lead, but former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is catching on quickly in the Palmetto State. More
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Globe endorses Huntsman, but Romney still bulletproof in New Hampshire
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney's lead in New Hampshire has been huge for the entire GOP presidential race, and it is showing no signs of abating. In fact, it looks downright bulletproof — so much so that his hometown Boston Globe's new endorsement of rival Jon Huntsman probably won't have much of an effect. More
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Millions flow from 'super PACs' to battleground states
USA Today
Newly empowered outside groups have spent more than $13 million to shape the unfolding presidential contest and are racing to deploy television and direct-mail attacks in South Carolina and other early GOP battleground states, federal elections data and interviews show. More
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Democratic National Convention getting little help from unions
POLITICO
Angered by the choice of a union-hostile city for the Democratic National Convention, Big Labor is still sitting on the sidelines as planning for the big show kicks into high gear. Several unions, including the AFL-CIO, say they haven't decided how involved they'll be in Charlotte. Others expect to scale back. More
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NAFTA surface trade rises 12 percent
Transport Topics
Surface trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico rose 12 percent in October from a year ago, the Department of Transportation said recently. More
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Despite new rule on livestock antibiotics, infection risks still plague workers, communities
In These Times
The Obama administration just made a move toward curbing one of the most toxic aspects of our food system, with a new Food and Drug Administration regulation on certain antibiotics used in livestock. Still, massive amounts of medicine will continue to circulate through our food system. The environmental presence of these drugs underscores how deeply interconnected food production, public health, and workplace safety are, and how comprehensively our regulatory system has failed. More
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Why food prices have become so volatile
Gold News
Many factors seen over the past decade have produced higher food prices include population growth, urbanization, the decline of arable land per person and the upgrading of diets for example. But more damaging than food inflation has been the pushing of global food prices out of their long, quiet envelope of stability, according to the recently released UN Report on the World Food Situation. More
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ACMSF: Consumers need advice update on potential killer toxoplasmosis
FoodProduction
The UK Food Standards Agency's Advisory Committee of the Microbiological Safety of Food is seeking stakeholder views on its draft report relating to toxoplasma in the food chain. More
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Jamie Oliver helps boost frozen food sales by £250 million
Food Manufacture
Celebrity endorsements by TV chefs such as Jamie Oliver plus consumers' perception of high-value and low-waste helped the UK frozen food sector grow by 5.2 percent to reach sales of £5.36 billion ($1.27 billion) last year, according to the British Frozen Foods Federation. More
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Hot Pockets' Chatsworth factory cuts hours, will lay off 103 workers
Los Angeles Times
Hot Pockets aren't quite as steamy as they used to be, forcing the Chatsworth factory that produces the frozen Nestle snack to lay off about a sixth of its staff. Nestle's Prepared Foods Division informed 103 production workers in December that they would lose their jobs but will continue paying them through February, the company said.

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    Frozen products 'a safe way to introduce natural foods'
    Swell UK
    By using frozen products, enthusiasts can give their fish the type of food they would eat in the wild. Frozen fish food is the easiest way for enthusiasts to provide their fish with food similar to what they would eat in their natural habitat. More
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    US frozen yogurt chain Red Mango debuts in India
    ImagesFood.com
    U.S.-based Red Mango, one of the fastest growing frozen yogurt chain has opened its first outlet at the Ambience mall in New Delhi. The newly opened outlet spreads across an area of 1,300 sq. ft. which, the officials believe, can breakeven within a year. More
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    Hi-Q Food to focus on ready-to-eat meals
    FBR
    Thailand food company Hi-Q Food Products plans to focus more on ready-to-eat meals and tomato sauce, as a part of its strategy to boost domestic sales to THB2bn ($63.19m) over the next three years. More
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    Golbon honors Dot Foods
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Dot Foods Inc has been named Redistributor of the Year by Golbon Group for its growth and service to Golbon's distributors. Dot Foods provides service to almost all of Golbon's members and has had a relationship with the group for more than 20 years. More
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    Chris Harris: Reduce waste to meet food demand
    ThePigSite
    In the next 25 to 50 years, food production will have to double to keep up with growing populations and growing consumption, writes ThePigSite editor in chief, Chris Harris. More
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    Eastman introduces light-blocking resin for shrink film
    Packaging-Gateway.com
    U.S.-based Eastman Chemical has launched a new light-blocking resin for shrink film, which it claims will preserve products, reduce packaging resin usage and boost on-shelf appeal. The Embrace High Yield copolyester shrink sleeve has a white opaque shrink film that blocks intrinsic and UV light for product conservation and protection. More
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    GreenBlue outlines vision for closing the loop on packaging
    GreenBiz
    What would it take for California and the U.S. to create a closed loop system, where all used packaging materials were collected and reprocessed for use in a new round of products? It's a lofty task that would need to align the packaging materials value chain from one end to the other. But the state, as well as the country, has many best practices to guide its efforts, including those learned in countries such as Australia, Belgium, Germany and Canada.

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    Avercast® named to Food Logistics FL100
    Logistics Week
    Avercast LLC has been selected by Food Logistics Magazine, the only publication dedicated exclusively to the grocery and foodservice distribution supply chain, as one of the FL100 in its November/December issue. This is the publications' eighth annual listing of the 100 software and technology providers that help food and beverage distributors and manufacturers to realize their business goals. More
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    Marketers fret over confusion of natural, organic
    The Packer
    Organic produce marketers cringe when they hear the terms "natural" and "organic" being used interchangeably. It’s just not accurate, they say. More
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    Specialty Minerals launches antiblock additives for plastic packaging
    Packaging-Gateway.com
    Specialty Minerals has launched two new antiblock additives for the use in plastic film and bag applications. According to Specialty Minerals, a wholly-owned subsidiary of resource and technology-based company Minerals Technologies, Optibloc 8 and Optibloc 325 have been designed for high-clarity polyethylene film applications, such as food packaging and clear bags. More
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    Use of bioplastics ready to boom
    FIS
    The aim of the European Union project FORBIOPLAST is to develop biodegradable food packaging from forestry and paper industry waste. Wood and paper mill by-products are intended to replace the fossil-fuel resources that are common today. More
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    Mettler-Toledo: Wet and dry food metal detection system a 'breakthrough'
    Food Production Daily
    A new metal contaminant detection system will offer food processors maximum sensitivity, production line efficiency and an overall cost saving, according to its developer. More
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    Chips are down for our food industry
    Adelaidenow.com.au
    The chips filling the frozen food cabinets of Coles, Woolworths and the other chains are increasingly likely to have been made in the Netherlands, South Africa, the European Union, Canada, the United States, New Zealand or Belgium. More
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    Bay Grove Capital
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Bay Grove Capital LLC, a principal investment firm based in San Francisco, has acquired a cold storage warehouse facility in Santa Maria, Calif. The property is on a 27-acre site and consists of approximately 335,000 square feet of cold storage and processing space. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. More
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    Seaboard gets green light for new hog farm in Kansas
    The Garden City Telegram
    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has approved a wastewater permit for Seaboard Foods, allowing the pork producer to continue its plans of building a facility that could house as many as 144,000 hogs. More
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