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Wal-Mart plans simple label to identify healthier foods
MSNBC
Wal-Mart is unveiling a simple icon Tuesday called "Great For You," and company leaders believe it will help consumers make a snap decision about whether a food is healthy, without delving into the nitty-gritty of the nutrition label.

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    Alchemy Systems becomes inaugural AFF Advantage Partner
    PRWeb via Yahoo News
    The American Frozen Food Institute today welcomed Alchemy Systems LP as its inaugural participant in the AFFI Advantage Partner Program, a new offering with exclusive benefits that help businesses who serve the food sector network and grow. Alchemy hopes the partnership will help expand its SISTEM training platform for the frozen food industry. More
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    Junk food widely available at US elementary schools — despite anti-obesity push
    The Washington Post
    Nearly half of elementary school children can buy junk food at school, a trend that contributes to the childhood obesity epidemic and underscores the need for federal regulation of school snacks, according to a study published Monday in a pediatric journal.

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    Obama gives blessing to a super PAC
    The Washington Post
    Fearing a tide of spending by outside conservative groups, President Barack Obama is giving his blessing to a pro-Democratic Party "super PAC" that will work to help his re-election, his campaign said late Monday.

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  • It's super PAC against super PAC in 2012 race (The Hill)
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    Bob Kerrey opts out of Nebraska Senate run
    The Hill
    Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., won't make a comeback bid for Senate in Nebraska, a Democratic source confirmed to The Hill Tuesday, leaving Democrats with no obvious viable candidate to run for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Ben Nelson. More
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    What Rick Santorum can win Tuesday
    The Washington Post
    Rick Santorum actually may win a state or two today. But does it really mean anything?

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    AMS offers $1.2 million in grants to expand US food, ag markets
    Federal Register
    The Agricultural Marketing Service has approximately $1.2 million in competitive grant funds available to help states explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation in efficiency and performance of the U.S. marketing system. More
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    $55 million in grants available to improve specialty crops
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Agricultural Marketing Service has made approximately $55 million available in grant funds to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. More
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    Irradiation standard addresses food processing, packaging
    Food Production Daily
    A series of packaging and processing requirements designed to manage food irradiation processes have been outlined in a new international standard — with the aim of ensuring food quality and safety. More
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    US presses Taiwan on ractopamine ban
    Food Safety News
    Just days after the re-election of Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, Washington is stepping up pressure on the administration to back down on its ban of ractopamine, a leanness- and growth-promoting drug used widely in pork and beef production in the United States. More
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    Customs officials examine burden of cargo manifest rule
    Federal Register
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security is seeking comments on the burden created by the Cargo Manifest/Declaration, Stow Plan, Container Status Messages and Importer Security Filing. Feedback is due March 8. More
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    EU moves to clarify food label rules for SME sector
    Food Navigator
    The Commission has moved to clear up any confusion related to aspects of the new food labeling regulation for small- and medium-sized food companies in the EU. More
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    Coca-Cola quarterly profit falls — but beats predictions
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    Coca-Cola Co.'s fourth-quarter net income dropped 71 percent, weighed down by restructuring charges and other costs. But the beverage maker's adjusted results topped Wall Street's expectations. More
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    Nestle moves Pockets business jobs to Ohio
    The Associated Press via CBS MoneyWatch
    Nestle Prepared Foods Co. said Monday it is moving its Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets business from Englewood, Colo., to its headquarters in Solon, Ohio. More
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    Wal-Mart picks new China chief
    The Wall Street Journal
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s new China chief likely will give the retailer a fresh start in the world's second-largest economy, but the chain still will face uphill challenges to boost profit and gain ground against competitors. More
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    GIA: Global frozen prepared food industry will top $186 billion
    PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
    Global Industry Analysts Inc.'s comprehensive outlook on the frozen prepared food industry says the market will top $186 billion by 2015, primarily driven by convenience, creative product development (especially in microwavable formats), continuous improvements in commercial refrigeration/freezing technology and emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and eastern Europe. More
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    Americold appoints new CEO
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Americold has announced that, effective immediately, Jeffrey M. Gault is its president and CEO, succeeding Jos Opdeweegh, who has resigned for personal reasons. More
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    Dietary salt intake linked to gastric cancer risk
    Food Navigator
    A new study investigating a link between high salt intake and risk of gastric cancers could add to increasing pressure for industry-wide sodium reduction, researchers said. More
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    Analyst: As chicken rebound falters, more production cuts needed
    meatingplace
    The recovery in chicken operating margins has stalled, and further production cuts likely will be needed to regain momentum if industry fundamentals do not improve considerably in the coming weeks. That's the conclusion of BB&T Capital Markets analyst Heather Jones. More
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    Sysco records 5-month low as food prices pressure profits
    Bloomberg
    Sysco Corp., the biggest North American distributor of food to restaurants, fell the most in more than five months after second-quarter earnings trailed analysts' estimates. The Houston-based company said rising food costs squeezed profit margins. More
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    RQA restructures food safety operations to boost efficiency
    Food Quality News
    Food safety consultancy and product recall specialists RQA have announced a major business restructure that will see global operations managed from Europe. More
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    PAR offers HACCP food safety technology for retailers
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    ParTech Inc. has partnered with Wal-Mart to provide PAR EverServ® SureCheck and temperature measuring devices for food safety management. More
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    Global Food Safety Conference talks collaboration in supply chain
    PR Newswire
    SGS Food Services is hosting "McDonald's: Collaboration in Food Safety & Brand Protection," at the 11th Global Food Safety Conference. Panelists from McDonald's Corp., global and local suppliers, a scheme owner and a certification body will provide real-world examples and insights into the role of cooperation in creating a culture of food safety and brand protection from farm to front counter. More
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