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Super Bowl Sunday's most popular food — veggies
The Associated Press via Journal Gazette & Times-Courier
While the gladiators of the NFL are clashing in Phoenix at the Super Bowl, the titans of food will be fighting for supremacy at spreads across the country. Many parties will have chicken wings and pizza. But NPD Group, an independent market research firm that tracks Americans' eating habits, says vegetables top the list of most popular foods eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.
What McDonald's problems say about American taste
McDonald's practically invented the concept of fast food. But nearly 70 years after the chain was founded, people everywhere have higher expectations about quality and taste.
Is local the new organic?
Locally grown and produced foods are expected to outpace total retail food and beverage sales over the next five years to reach $20 billion in 2019, according to Packaged Facts.
Related: 'Locally produced food' means different things to different people (Phys.Org)
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Mitt Romney decides against running for president again in 2016
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney told supporters Friday that he would not run for president in 2016, ending three weeks of public speculation and sparing the Republican Party a potentially bruising nominating battle between its past nominee and its rising stars.
McConnell scores early victories
The first month of the new Senate Republican majority didn't turn out exactly how Mitch McConnell wanted. But it came pretty close.
Obama veers left
As he prepares to deliver his budget on Monday, President Barack Obama is lurching to the left. It's a progressive's dream version of Obama, untethered from earlier centrist leanings and flirtations with "grand bargains" with Republicans on entitlement reform. But the approach also carries significant risks, analysts and some Democrats say.
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School Nutrition Association calls for boost in school meal reimbursement
The School Nutrition Association, which represents school district nutrition directors, says Congress needs to increase the reimbursement for each school breakfast and lunch by 35 cents to make sure school districts can afford to meet federal nutrition requirements.
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Quarantine set in Washington to control poultry movement
Washington State Department of Agriculture
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has adopted an emergency rule to establish a quarantine zone in parts of Okanogan County, covering an area of approximately six miles around a site in Riverside where avian influenza was detected in a flock of game birds.
Keystone passes in Senate, faces Obama veto
Republicans in the U.S. Senate made good on a pledge to pass the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto.
Related: 4 reasons it's veto season at the White House (NPR)
Obama to call for reversal of sequester cuts in budget plan
President Barack Obama said Thursday that he's asking Congress to fully reverse the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration in his annual budget proposal, set to be released next week.
APHIS administrator shares new agency strategic plan
Kevin Shea, APHIS administrator, shared his APHIS's strategic plan for 2015-2019 in an address to stakeholders.
Lower oil price to have 'limited' impact on food industry
Lower oil prices may affect retail food prices in the long run, but they are unlikely to have a large effect on the food industry, says a new analysis from Rabobank.
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Tyson Foods tops expectations on surging sales
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Tyson Foods posted a better-than-expected 24 percent jump in revenue in its December quarter as sales in its packaged food segment surged. The results topped Wall Street expectations.
JBS commits $75 million to expand Utah beef plant
Meat + Poultry
JBS USA announced a $75 million expansion at its Hyrum, Utah, beef processing plant. The project already has received regulatory approvals. The company expects the project to be complete and the plant to be fully operational in spring 2016.
Campbell Soup Co. restructures, consolidates into 3 divisions
Philadelphia Business Journal
Campbell Soup Co. on Thursday announced it would undergo a more simplified restructuring to better align its business operations with its growth strategies.
Bimbo Bakeries to shutter Fresno facility
Bimbo Bakeries USA said it will halt production at its Fresno, California, baking facility on or about March 27 and will shift production to other bakeries in the company's manufacturing network, mainly to its more efficient facility in Sacramento.
Missed inspection leads to chicken recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Korean Farm Inc., based in Santa Fe Springs, California, is recalling approximately 14,610 pounds of chicken stew products produced in the Republic of Korea that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection.
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Food industry drags heels on recyclable, compostable packaging
According to a report published Thursday by the environmental groups As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council, most of the major players in the restaurant and beverage industry are not doing a whole lot to ameliorate the problem of packaging waste.
2015: The year of stevia
The food and health industry is rapidly changing, and as we enter the new year many analysts are making their predictions for the trends that will dominate the food industry in 2015.
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