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Report: Natural, organic help frozen food's image
According to "Frozen Foods in the U.S.: Hot Meals, Sides, and Snacks," a new report by Packaged Facts, consumers are slowly warming up again to frozen foods. Concerns about preservatives and other ingredients are alleviated by the natural, organic healthy halo.
Related: 19 good organic food sales statistics (Brandon Gaille)
Sysco hires lawyers for possible merger fight with FTC
Food distributing company Sysco Corp. has hired top Washington litigators to defend itself if U.S. regulators file a lawsuit to stop its merger with rival US Foods, two sources close to the deal said Wednesday.
Consumers want healthy foods — and will pay more for them
Consumers' health is front and center for those who churn out the food products that will line supermarket shelves in the next year.
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Jeb Bush's record offers cover from the right
The Wall Street Journal
Some Republicans now call Jeb Bush a moderate unfit to serve as the party's standard-bearer, but his positions in Florida could blunt attacks.
Jeb Bush vows to set his own course but taps longtime family advisers (The Washington Post)
Why Jeb Bush may survive Common Core criticism (The Wall Street Journal)
Swing-state poll: Voters want change
Voters in three key swing states that went for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 say they want the next president's policies to be different from those of the current administration, according to new polls by Quinnipiac University.
McCain to GOP: Let courts decide Obama's immigration actions, fund DHS
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday said Congress should not let the Department of Homeland Security shut down because it appears the courts will decide the fate of President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.
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Is president considering 'nuclear option' in ports dispute?
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez met Wednesday with both sides in a four-month labor dispute on the West Coast ports that has disrupted shipments and is costing American businesses hundreds of millions of dollars.
West Coast port congestion could cost $36.9 billion in next 2 years (Sourcing Journal)
2 West Coast ports reopen (Meat + Poultry)
West Coast employers attempt end run around ILWU leadership (Journal of Commerce)
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Canadian cow with BSE disease born after feed precautions
The beef cow infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Canada's first case of mad cow disease in four years, was born on an Alberta farm in 2009, two years after the federal government imposed tougher animal feed restrictions, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Wednesday.
Related: Northern Alberta farm under quarantine for mad-cow case (Edmonton Journal)
State governments going light on food safety bills
Food Safety News
State legislatures remain in session from Alabama to Wyoming, with food safety mostly getting only a light touch from lawmakers who seem largely focused on budgets and education in this non-election year.
USDA stands by pork inspection program faulted by whistleblower
A federal pork inspection program being voluntarily tested at five slaughterhouses, including the Hormel processing plant in Fremont, has come under fire from a whistleblower protection group that says it poses a public health threat.
Food stamp effect: Day of week affects purchasing patterns
The Wall Street Journal
It's a strange trend, one that could be significant to policy makers: When monthly food stamp distributions fall on a weekend, beer sales to that population jump — by up to 7 percent.
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Hershey plans to use simpler ingredients in products
Hershey Co. says it will start using simpler ingredients in its chocolate bars and kisses brands, the latest chocolate maker yielding to U.S. consumers' concerns about the quality and sourcing of food.
Related: Chocolate makers strike back against consumer group lawsuit (Food Chemical News)
Have a question for the CEO of General Mills? Ask away
General Mills CEO Kendall J. Powell, who has been with the company since 1979 and in the top executive spot since 2007, soon will be speaking with Consumer Reports, and he'll be taking questions from readers of CR and Consumerist for an upcoming issue of the magazine.
Survey: Consumers prefer homemade breakfast over RTE products
When it comes to breakfast, the vast majority of Americans want something quick and easy at home, but surprisingly most people prefer to make their first meal of the day "from scratch" instead of consuming a ready-to-eat or heat-and-serve consumer packaged good, according to Datassential research.
Nestle forecasts 2015 sales near low end of long-term target
Nestle SA, the world's biggest food company, forecast 2015 sales growth near the low end of its long-term target after reporting the slowest annual sales growth in five years, hit by stagnant revenue in China.
Kellogg rolls out gluten-free Eggo waffles
The Kellogg Co. is continuing its innovation within the Eggo brand with the launch of Eggo Gluten Free Waffles.
Campbell Soup outlines aggressive cost cuts, reorganization
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Campbell Soup Co. announced plans to slash costs and retool its operations to make them more nimble, saying it needs to accelerate efforts to respond to changing consumer trends.
Robots could cut US labor costs 22 percent by 2025
A new study by the Boston Consulting Group asserts that increasing workplace automation will result in the United States saving 22 percent on labor costs, while the top 25 countries in the world that export goods can average a 16 percent savings.
Americold creates partnership with Feed the Children group
Americold, a provider of temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics to the food industry, has selected Feed the Children as the company's corporate nonprofit partner.
Sanitation methods brought into question with Listeria study
Food Quality News
Failure to thoroughly clean and sanitize is allowing Listeria monocytogenes to persist in some delis, according to a Purdue University study.
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