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Sysco says it would sell 11 US Foods centers to win deal approval
Food distributor Sysco Corp. said it would sell 11 distribution centers run by takeover target US Foods Inc. to Performance Food Group to satisfy antitrust concerns.
How CPG companies can create what consumers want
Consumer packaged goods companies have a big problem. They have almost no idea which of their new products will end up being popular with consumers. Despite Big Data, heavy investment in innovation and efficient R&D, two-thirds of new product concepts don't even launch.
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New Jersey weighs bill to accommodate cultural preference in school lunch
Cape May County Herald
A group of New Jersey Legislation Assembly Democrats have sponsored a bill to require public school districts to consider making their breakfast and lunch menus more culturally sensitive; the proposal was advanced by the Senate Education Committee last week.
Related: Schools increasingly buying local food (Wicked Local via SouthCoast Today)
Obama budget would fund public works program with tax on overseas profits
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama will unveil a $4 trillion budget Monday, featuring an ambitious public works program, a one-time tax on foreign profits kept overseas by corporations, tax credits for middle-class Americans and a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees and troops.
Related: Obama draws battle lines with $4 trillion budget (Reuters)
Mitch McConnell's way
The leader of the new GOP Senate majority faces huge fights on immigration, national security, highway funding and taxes.
Can Obama keep rising?
President Barack Obama is starting February with his best poll numbers in 18 months. But how much higher can he go?
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USDA inspectors slam HIMP model in affidavits
Four USDA inspectors (one of whom is retired) are alleging unsafe line speeds at several of the five hog processing facilities that participate in the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Inspection Models Project, according to affidavits released Friday by the Government Accountability Project.
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Washington week: Obama's budget; GOP to attack water rule, Cuba policy
President Barack Obama sends Congress a fiscal 2016 budget Monday that will be dead on arrival because it sets aside the across-the-board cuts Congress set five years ago. Key congressional committees, meanwhile, will use this week to renew an assault on the administration's Clean Water Act rule.
Related: Obama's budget: 5 things to watch (The Hill)
China eyes food safety, modern farms in 2015 rural policy
China has listed food safety and modernizing farms as among key priorities this year, its 2015 rural policy outline showed, as it tackles falling agricultural productivity that has raised concerns about its future food supply.
Apple deal with China is sweet for New York
Democrat & Chronicle
One doesn't have to enjoy many autumns in the Rochester, New York, region before the importance of apples becomes clear. It's good news, then, that China, the world's most coveted trading partner, has agreed, after years of haggling, to import apples from the United States.
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Cargill talks climate change
The New York Times
It was 8 degrees in Minneapolis on a recent January day, and out on Interstate 394, snow whipped against the windshields of drivers on their morning commutes. But inside the offices of Cargill, the food conglomerate, CEO Greg Page felt compelled to talk about global warming.
Related: For Cargill, changing climate is about risk (Star Tribune)
Organic delivery company eyes $500 million prize in millennial shopping
You can make money out of online grocery shopping if you have a scalable business model, a targeted range of high quality fresh foods and the tools to help you build meaningful relationships with consumers, says Door to Door Organics, which has proved that you don't need to be the size of Amazon to succeed.
US consumer spending weakest since 2009, inflation muted
U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest decline since late 2009 in December, with households appearing to save the extra cash from cheaper gasoline, which could support future consumption.
Food industry needs better consumer communication, says expert
Global Meat News
Words "have consequences" and the food industry needs to improve its communication with consumers to increase understanding of modern production, delegates to the International Production and Processing Expo were told.
High-protein foods all the rage in America, but how much is too much?
Diet fads come and go, but lately it seems as if the food industry is trying to pack protein onto every aisle in the grocery store. The country's newest fixation with protein has doctors and dietitians wondering how long it'll last, especially now that we've entered overkill mode.
Food production and preventative probiotics dominate at DuPont
American chemical giant DuPont is focused on a wide array of innovative technologies, many of which aren't forefront in the consciousness of many people and publications following innovation.
Trust is vital before consumers will pay for nanotechnology
Consumers will only accept — and pay for — nanotechnology in food when trust in the technology and its applications improve, say researchers.
Food packaging: Intensive UV light means no chance for germs
The use of high-energy UV light reduces the germ load on packaging surfaces by up to 99.9 percent, clearly prolonging the shelf life of foods.
Eco-friendly vehicles spurring growth in global refrigerated transportation
Reportstack has announced a new market research report on the Global Refrigerated Road Transportation Market 2015-2019. The increased provision of end-to-end integrated services by vendors is one of the key trends upcoming in this market.
Misbranding, inadequate HACCP plan lead to recalls
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Chicken tamales: La Guadalupana Wholesale Inc., based in Chicago, is expanding a recall that began Jan. 17 and now includes nearly 10,000 pounds of chicken tamales because they were not produced under a fully implemented Ready-To-Eat HACCP plan, a Listeria monocytogenes program and a hazard analysis.
Cooked pork products: Miami-based Morrison Meat Products is recalling nearly 71,000 pounds of cooked pork products whose label fails to list peanuts, a known allergen.
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