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Why the world's salad bowl wants to go high tech
Fast Company's Co.Exist
Faced with the declining availability of farm labor and a growing demand for sustainable and healthier fresh produce, agricultural producers in California's Salinas Valley are working to rely less on people and more on technology.
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Cracking the code to CPG growth
Food Business News
Private label products generated $120 billion in sales during the past year, a year-over-year increase of 2.1 percent, but the growth may be leveling off, according to a new report from Information Resources, Inc.
Food needs better public relations
Kansas Farm Bureau via Hillsboro Free Press
Farmers, ranchers, grocery store owners, restauranteurs — and everyone involved in the food chain — must step up their efforts and devote resources to hire the best public-relations staffs and advertising agencies available to speak on behalf of their industry and to promote the wholesome food they produce.
Obama, with 2 years to go, commits to cementing a liberal legacy
The Washington Post
Emboldened by a stronger economy and a series of recent policy initiatives, President Barack Obama on Tuesday night made clear that he is committed to cementing a liberal legacy and aimed to reframe the broader debate on what constitutes American success.
Related: McConnell: Obama 'doesn't set the agenda' (The Washington Post)
Joni Ernst's response: Congress is 'back to work'
Sen. Joni Ernst declared Tuesday that Congress's new Republican majority is "back to work" for Americans, while other GOP lawmakers said President Barack Obama should match the bipartisan rhetoric of his State of the Union address with some real efforts at compromise.
Boehner's revenge for attempted overthrow may be served cold
Speaker John Boehner is showing mercy to his foes — but that doesn't mean he's ready to forgive and forget.
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Menu labeling sends FMI to seek clarification, enforcement delay
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The supermarket industry says it's still in the dark when it comes to interpreting which menu items fall under FDA's new menu labeling rule, prompting the group to ask for more guidance from FDA and more time from Congress before it can comply.
Related: Calorie counts on menus used by women, wealthier diners (Reuters)
Blueberries are one of the hottest ingredients in all types of beverages. Part of the reason is health but part is also the across-the-board appeal of blueberries with consumers of all ages and with product developers who appreciate the multitude of blueberry products available year-round.
U. S. Highbush Blueberry Council
What Obama didn't say about rising wages
Reuters via The Huffington Post
When President Barack Obama called attention on Tuesday to rising U.S. wages, he noted employers had not planned so many raises in years. But what he left out is that government data suggests actual wage increase are stuck in low gear.
California cage rule seen upping egg prices
Food Business News
Wholesale prices of Grade A large shell eggs in southern California were $1 per dozen higher than comparable eggs in New York City in early January, a significant widening of the price spread between the two markets and likely a reflection of new chicken cage size regulations in California, said the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
EU expects Russia to lift ban on some food imports after meeting
Russia may resume imports of some banned food products from the European Union, according to the European Commission.
EFSA: BPA poses no risk
Food Quality News
Bisphenol A poses no health risk to consumers of any age group, according to the European Food Safety Authority.
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Food trucks, share the lane: Food bikes are merging into business
When upscale food trucks roared into popularity a few years ago, the folks running them praised their rolling operations as far cheaper and simpler to launch than a bricks-and-mortar restaurant. Now, entrepreneurs are finding similar advantages in food bikes.
Unilever boosts profits despite weak emerging market growth
Unilever has reported a 5 percent increase in net profit during 2014, although growth was weak in emerging markets.
Acai Roots Fruit Bar could give the frozen dessert aisle a healthy boost
Acai Roots hopes its new fruit bar will entice back to the frozen dessert aisle consumers who have given the category the cold shoulder in recent years because they perceive it as filled with unhealthy treats.
Natural food colors market trends and forecasts to 2020
The natural food colors market is expected to grow, owing to the presence of nature-based ingredients such as vegetable, plants and spices like beets, carrots and turmeric.
AdvancePierre acquires Illinois sandwich products maker
Cincinnati-based AdvancePierre Foods is purchasing the wholesale and manufacturing operations of Landshire Inc. in Caseyville, Illinois, a manufacturer of sandwich products, AdvancePierre said in a news release.
Hygiena unveils environmental Salmonella test kit
Food Quality News
Hygiena has launched a Salmonella environmental monitoring test that delivers a presumptive positive within 24 hours.
Small protein is a potential new antibiotic
The Pharmaceutical Journal
No antibiotic has yet been developed from a protein, but the possibility has arisen with the recent detection of a novel antibacterial in a fungus that is widely studied in laboratories. The protein, known as copsin, has applications in the food industry because it kills foodborne pathogens without requiring heat.
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