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Social media as a megaphone to pressure the food industry
The New York Times
Parents and advocacy groups have been using websites and social media as powerful megaphones to force titans of the food industry to reconsider the ingredients in their foods and the labeling and processing of their products.
Related: Letter: Food and social media (The New York Times)
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Whole Foods backs food firms with $25 million loan program
Food Production Daily
Whole Foods Market is fueling development of independent food growers and processors with a program funneling up to $25 million in low-interest loans.
Battle over GMO labeling rumbling in United States
Agence France Presse via NDTV Cooks
A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies.
Reid won't rule out filibuster elimination
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Sunday he was not currently considering an elimination of the filibuster for legislation, but he warned that the country could not remain "paralyzed" by Republican obstruction.
Related: Opinion: How Harry Reid might help GOP win back Senate (The Washington Post)
Wallets to watch in 2014 races
Billionaires, super PACs and nonprofits are gearing up for another round of intraparty fighting that will shape the direction of their respective parties for years to come.
Related: House GOP must choose between ambition and caution in 2014 (The Hill)
Senate's musical chairs may make Cantwell new small business leader on Hill
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's selection of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., to serve as ambassador to China may end up leaving Democrats in search of a new chair for the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Wait, what?
Farm bill takes center stage
Food Business News
As 2014 gets under way the issue to watch in the coming weeks is the farm bill negotiations. The outcome will have an impact on what is turning out to be a sluggish, slowly recovering consumer marketplace.
USDA gives initial approval to controversial Dow GMO crops
Law360 (subscription required)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday moved closer to approving three plants genetically modified by a Dow Chemical Co. subsidiary to be resistant to a controversial herbicide, a process critics contend harms human health and the environment.
FNS makes permanent waiver on grain and meat serving limits
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Limits on the amount of grains and meat servings provided through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs will be waived permanently, USDA's Food and Nutrition Service announced in Friday's Federal Register.
Nestle to sell frozen pasta business to Brynwood Partners
The New York Times
The food giant Nestle is selling Joseph's Pasta, a Massachusetts maker of frozen pastas, to the buyout firm Brynwood Partners. The deal is the latest sale by Nestle, which is trimming its brand offerings as part of an effort to focus on more profitable business lines.
Organic food market to grow 14 percent in next 5 years
Solid growth for the U.S. organic food market is expected to continue until 2018, according to a new report that puts a compound annual growth rate of 14 percent on the sector.
Meat pumped with pond water in south China
China has held seven people in southern Guangdong province for injecting dirty pond water into lamb meat to swell its weight and raise its price, state television reported in the latest food scandal to hit the world's second largest economy.
General Mills rolls out subscription snacks by mail
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Most people hungering for General Mills Inc. snacks are probably headed for the grocery store. But the company is experimenting with a concept that ships snacks directly to consumers via a subscription service.
WhiteWave Foods obtains $500 million loan for Earthbound buyout
WhiteWave Foods Co., the maker of Silk soy milk and Horizon Organic products, obtained a $500 million loan to support its purchase of Earthbound Farm LLC.
ESA cooks fries in 'space'
Food Production Daily
The European Space Agency has partnered with researchers at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece to test the gravitational effect of deep-fat frying in space.
Trans-fat alternative? Low calorie sugars can structure, solidify vegetable oils
Semi-solid vegetable oils created using low-calorie sugars such as mannitol and sorbitol dioctanoates could provide alternatives to trans- and saturated fats, according to new research.
A focus on non-meat ingredient functionality
Functional non-meat ingredients include a broad, diverse and continually growing group of ingredients that offer important contributions to processed meats. Without them, processed meats could not exist nor could they create opportunities for uniqueness or improved safety to manufacturers nor provide variety and value to consumers.
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