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Consumer Reports evaluates grocery store items
KGO-TV
If going to the supermarket is a headache for you, you're not alone. There are now more choices than ever when it comes to buying food. So what does this mean for your wallet? Consumer Reports helped a California news crew find out.
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Feds shut meat plant that supplies school lunch program
The Associated Press via CBS News
The Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday that it withdrew inspectors and suspended operations at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, Calif., about 30 miles south of Fresno, over unsanitary conditions.
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Study shows blurred lines among food channels
Supermarket News
More than three-fourths of shoppers in a recent King Retail Solutions survey said they had purchased groceries from nontraditional food retailer in the past year, and nearly all — 96 percent — said they planned to do so within the next 12 months.
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The Koch brothers plan to expand the 2014 map
The Washington Post
Up to eight Senate Democrats could find themselves under attack by Americans for Prosperity this election cycle, as the advocacy group looks to maximize negative reaction to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act ahead of the 2014 midterms.

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  • January a record month for DSCC fundraising (The Hill)
  • Mississippi 2014 Senate election: Anatomy of a takedown (Politico)

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    Then and now: What Democrats say about Obama
    The Hill
    Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., embraced President Barack Obama's lofty call for hope and change when he and other Democrats gathered in Denver six years ago to celebrate the Illinois senator's nomination. The festive buzz has long since faded and Udall has dropped his talk of "our time" and "our moment" when discussing the president.
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    CBO report: Minimum wage hike could cost 500,000 jobs
    USA Today
    President Barack Obama's call to raise the federal minimum wage could help lift 900,000 workers out of poverty, but at a cost of as many as 500,000 jobs, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
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    Labor's WTF moment
    Politico
    Last week, in one of the most anticipated and closely watched union votes in decades, workers and their would-be union representatives found themselves on the edge of Alice's surreal rabbit hole. And when the votes were counted, they seemed to have fallen in.

    Related: Unions: No retreat in South after VW defeat (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Obama wants to cut red tape for exporters
    USA Today
    While en route to Mexico on Wednesday, President BarackObama signed an executive order that the White House says will significantly reduce the wait time for businesses exporting goods and services outside the U.S.
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    UK traffic light labels could harm European SMEs, says industry body
    Food Navigator
    Small European food companies could be pushed out of the U.K. market if "hybrid" traffic light labels are implemented, says UEAPME, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.
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    A new food safety tool: Will it truly be reliable?
    Food Tech Updates
    If recent reports are to be believed, the smartphone many people own now can be the tool with which a consumer can get an inkling of the nature of food he is buying.

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    Outlook: Are grocery stores doomed?
    Forbes
    More than ever, consumers are looking to big box stores and discount chains to fulfill their grocery lists, according to a new study by retail design firm King Retail Solutions.

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    General Mills says 'no' to more GMO-free products
    Food Business News
    Ken Powell, chairman and CEO of General Mills Inc., has a simple answer for anyone wondering if the company plans to reformulate more products to be GMO-free: "No."

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    Rancho Feeding recall expands again; Nestle pulls Hot Pockets as a result
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    An ongoing investigation into production at California's Rancho Feeding Corp. has led FSIS to expand the recall first issued Feb. 8 as officials find the affected products — made from diseased animals and shipped without inspection — was sent to distributors nationwide.

    Related: Massive recall includes Hot Pockets lines (The AP via KBTX-TV)

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    Don't risk total product recall
    Manufacturing.net
    In 2013, the FDA introduced new standards to ensure the public health of perishable food products that are being shipped, tracked and delivered. While the end result improves public safety and health, these standards present challenges for food distributors to ensure they have FDA-compliant processes, plans and technologies in place to avoid product recalls and fines.

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    Producer prices rise a slight 0.2 percent
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    The cost of producing goods and services in the United States rose slightly in January, with higher food prices partly offset by cheaper gas. Overall, inflation remains mild, the Labor Department said Wednesday.
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    Will Burger King's menu revamp look McFamiliar again?
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Burger King, in its latest attack against arch rival McDonald's, declared last week that its Big Mac alternative will now be even bigger.
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    Del Monte Pacific completes purchase of US food biz
    ABS-CBNnews.com
    Del Monte Pacific Ltd. has completed its purchase of the consumer food business from U.S.-based Del Monte Corporation, the firm said Wednesday.
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    General Mills eyes improved US performance
    just-food
    General Mills has insisted it has the right strategy in place to improve the performance of its brands in the U.S. market, where sales have come under pressure in key categories such as cereal and yogurt.
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    Hormel plans to make Spam at Iowa plant
    Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
    Hormel Foods Corp. is adding Iowa to the short list of states where Spam is canned. The Austin, Minn.-based meat processor will add Spam production to a plant in Dubuque that's getting a $36 million expansion.
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    Mood foods: Thinking about future leads to better food choices
    Food Navigator
    As researchers uncover more about the way our mood impacts dietary choices, one research group has found that thinking about the future can help us to make better food choices.
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    UNFI builds new distribution center
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    United Natural Foods Inc. has announced plans to build a $37.8 million distribution center in Prescott, Wis., a project expected to create up to 314 jobs over three years.
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    Water system saves 25 million gallons annually
    Food Production Daily
    Water is crucial in any food-related operation, but water systems don't usually come to mind when plant managers look at improving operational efficiency.
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    Instacart launches Philadelphia same-day grocery delivery service
    Philly.com
    Instacart, a grocery delivery service first launched in San Francisco, said it began operating in Philadelphia, where customers can order items from Whole Foods for delivery in as little as one hour.
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    Roquette, World Food Processing form pea protein partnership
    Food Product Design
    Roquette America and World Food Processing announced an exclusive supply agreement to meet the fast-growing North American consumer demand for pea protein.
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    Puratos launches wild berry fruit fillings for food industry
    FBR
    Puratos, a Belgian ingredients manufacturer, has launched new Topfil range of wild berry fruit fillings for bakery, patisserie and chocolate manufacturers.
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