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Opportunity in China's food crunch
MarketWatch
The imminent listing of Shuanghui International Holdings in Hong Kong — which last year gobbled up America's largest hog producer — is set to put China's food industry in the spotlight. There is big money to be made feeding China as it faces up to a self-made food crunch.
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Report: Private label can partner with name brands for mutual growth
CPGmatters
Private label products and name brands are both challenged by flat macro-level trends. So can they combine their strengths for mutual growth? Yes, they can, says Information Resources Inc.
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Global ag industry: World faces 'immense challenges' to feed all
Bloomberg
Efforts to rid the world of hunger face "immense challenges" as farmers deal with resource scarcity, climate change and loss of soil fertility, agriculture ministers from 65 countries said.
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Democrats must decide how far to bend on immigration reform
The Hill
Congressional Democrats and advocates for immigration reform will have to decide how much to bend as they await proposals from House Republicans that are likely to fall far short of what they have demanded.
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GOP free-for-all for Coburn seat?
Politico
News that Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn will retire at the end of 2014, triggering a special election for his deep-red Senate seat in November, creates an unexpected opportunity for the deep bench of Oklahoma GOP pols to seek a higher office. That means the Republican primary to replace Coburn could be a free-for-all.
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GOP takes a lesson from Democrats in attempt to retake control of Senate
The Washington Post
Ed Gillespie's announcement last week that he is challenging Sen. Mark Warner (D) in Virginia is the latest piece of evidence that Republicans have learned well from the recruitment strategy of Senate Democrats in 2012.
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FSIS begins HACCP monitoring at poultry establishments
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
A memo issued Friday to FSIS inspectors set Feb. 3 as the deadline for gathering information about poultry plants' HACCP systems, pathogen control programs, chemical interventions and sampling programs.

Related: Updated instructions for not ready-to-eat comminuted poultry sampling (FSIS)

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How kids pay for school lunch impacts health
NPR
Researchers may have identified one surprising new factor in why kids are overeating. Compared with kids who use cash in school cafeterias, kids who use debit cards seem to make more unhealthful eating choices, finds Brian Wansink, a behavioral economist at Cornell University.
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US food activists petition against chicken from China
Want ChinaTimes
Three U.S. food safety advocates have launched a petition on a US website to block processed chicken imports from China, reports the Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao.
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Chilean blueberries get extra scrutiny at US ports
Food Safety News
USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service has erected new barriers to the entry of Chilean blueberries to the United States. Neither fears about last year's Cyclosporiasis parasite in fresh produce nor Hepatitis A in berry blends had anything to do with the APHIS action. Instead, it's the European grapevine moth and its cousins that the agency is trying to keep out of the country.
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Is this the year fast food pizza disappears?
Entrepreneur via Reuters
2014 may be the end of pizza chains as we know them, as veteran fast food chains like Domino's and Pizza Hut attempt to compete with fast-casual rookies by upping their quality and atmosphere.

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Amy's Kitchen announces $95 million expansion
Herald Record
Organic and natural food manufacturer Amy's Kitchen Inc., plans to build a 350,000- to 500,000-square-foot plant in Goshen, N.Y., that will employ 681 people earning between $20,000 and $150,000 a year.

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US Foods deal faces federal antitrust review
Bloomberg
Sysco Corp.'s agreement to buy US Foods for $3.5 billion is drawing antitrust scrutiny from U.S. regulators and some states that are joining the federal review over concerns the acquisition may undermine competition.

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Foster Farms Salmonella sickens 430
The Fresno Bee
According to an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the salmonella outbreak traced to Foster Farms chicken has grown to a total of 430 people sickened.
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Supermarkets battle big-box retailers for market share
Beverage Industry
Revenue for supermarkets and grocery stores declined in 2011 and 2012, reports Santa Monica, Calif.-based IBISWorld. However, revenue slightly increased last year because of increasing consumer demand for premium brands as well as private-label products, notes the firm's October 2013 report "Supermarkets & Grocery Stores in the U.S."
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OSHA cites frozen food company for safety violations
KTBC-TV
A Round Rock, Texas, frozen food company is facing $42,000 in fines for an ammonia leak last July. OSHA cited Michael Angelo's Gourmet Foods for six safety violations after a forklift broke part of an ammonia storage vessel.
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Probation recommended for Colorado farmers tied to Listeria outbreak
Reuters
Two Colorado farmers whose Listeria-contaminated cantaloupes killed 33 people in 2011 should be sentenced to five years of probation, a prosecutor told a court Friday.
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FTC approves Kroger purchase of Harris Teeter -companies
Reuters
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has approved the $2.5 billion purchase of regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. by Kroger Co., deciding the transaction does not violate anti-trust law, the companies said Friday.
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What does it take to build a big freezer?
Statesman Journal
Take a pinch of 2.5 million pounds of structural steel, seven evaporator units, at least 9,000 cubic yards of concrete and you get a few of the ingredients for the makings of the Henningsen Freezer Warehouse and NORPAC office project, one of the largest freezers in Salem, Ore.
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Lineage breaks ground on new cold storage warehouse, food processing facility
AZoBuild.com
Lineage Logistics, a warehousing and logistics company sponsored by Bay Grove Capital LLC, has commenced construction of a new 226,000-square-foot cold storage warehouse and food processing facility in Santa Maria, Calif. The facility is expected to be open by June.
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Misbranding leads to 2 recalls as Listeria prompts separate action
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Misbranding and undeclared allergens have forced two companies to recall products as a third company investigates potential Listeria contamination:
  • Truitt Brothers Inc.: 1.77 million pounds of shelf-stable cheeseburger mac products whose labels do not list all potential allergens;
  • European Meat Products Inc.: 130,000 pounds of fresh and RTE beef and pork products whose labels do not list all potential allergens;
  • Gusto Packing: 67,113 pounds of sliced, spiral ham that could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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    Coming soon: BRC global standard for agents, brokers in food packaging
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    BRC Global Standards' first issue of Global Standards for Agents and Brokers provides a framework to help food businesses manage product quality, safety and legality.
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