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AFFI-CON to focus on 'all natural' labels
Food Production Daily
"All natural" packaging will be thrown into the spotlight at AFFI-CON next week, with seminars exploring labeling trends and regulations, the cold chain, food innovation and trends, and GMO labeling.
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Chipotle seeks TV partner for its food industry satire
Chipotle Mexican Grill has held talks with several TV networks to continue "Farmed and Dangerous," the four-part comic miniseries satirizing the industrial food system, which began running on Hulu this week.
Wal-Mart forecast disappoints, food-stamp cuts hurt customers
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. forecast a lower full-year profit than analysts expect, as fewer food stamps, higher taxes and tighter credit erode its sales, news that sent its shares down 1 percent in premarket trading Thursday.
Related: Falling prices: Dollar stores now cheaper than Wal-Mart (Daily News)
In 2014 midterms, parties think different issues, states lead to Senate majority
The Washington Post
In the midterm push to control the Senate, both parties consider at least 11 races competitive, with several others possibly coming into play, but their assessments of the state-by-state details vary.
House GOP plots anti-reg blitz
House Republicans next week will pass a legislative package aimed at making federal regulations more transparent and less costly to the economy.
RNC keeps up strong fundraising pace
The Republican National Committee raised $7.8 million in January, keeping up its strong fundraising pace in the first month of the 2014 election year.
Dr. Oz says yes to mandatory GMO labeling
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Daytime television host Dr. Oz has thrown his support behind the push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, arguing consumers have the "right to know" what is in the foods they purchase and consume.
Front groups: Big Food's behind-the-scenes strategy
The Huffington Post
It's not exactly earth-shattering news that, above all else, the food and agriculture industries are extremely protective of their bottom line. It's hard to blame them; after all, our current economic climate is one in which companies are largely defined by their quarterly reports.
Related: Marketing masquerading as science (The Huffington Post)
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California governor announces $687 million drought package
California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a $687 million drought-relief package on Wednesday to help residents, farm workers and local communities cope with a water shortage he called the worst in the state's modern history.
Former legislator blasts FDA, food safety regulations
Former Democratic Congressman Charles Stenholm took at shot at FDA's implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act Wednesday, saying the agency's proposals aren't based on "sound science."
Minimum wage debate prods US retailers to strategize
Even before it comes to a vote, retailers like Gap Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are weighing the benefits of a proposed increase in the U.S. minimum wage.
FSIS reiterates rules on downer cattle, diseased slaughter animals
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a notice to inspectors this week to clarify all rules on the disposition of downer cattle in the food production chain, following an ongoing — and expanding — recall of products that were made from the beef of diseased animals.
Alchemy iPad app gets a grip on food safety
Food Production Daily
AFFI Advantage Partner Alchemy Systems has released its Coach app, which enables food firms to perform safety and operational reviews from the plant floor via iPad.
Editor's note: For more information on the benefits of becoming an AFFI Advantage Partner, please contact AFFI Director of Member Services Patrick Kendall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hillshire unveils future innovations
In a presentation to the Consumer Analyst Group of New York, Hillshire Brands pulled back the curtain on a number of plans for new products to be introduced in the near future.
Agriculture Department forecast price drops
Updated projections by the Agriculture Department on Thursday forecast significant price declines for corn, wheat and even soybeans — all large enough to trigger potential payments under the new farm bill.
6 ways the food industry is tricking you
U.S. News & World Report
Have you ever been duped? Really duped? Think you haven't? Think again! The truth is, you're actually getting duped every time you walk into your local grocery store. Here are the top five front-of-package phrases and foods that have been throwing you off.
Peltz revives bid to split PepsiCo
Nelson Peltz has resumed his call to break up PepsiCo Inc., less than a week after the maker of Pepsi-Cola and Lay's potato chips said it would not spin off its North American beverage business.
Hanford's Valley Meat Co. reopens after fixing 'unsanitary conditions'
The Fresno Bee
A Hanford, Calif., meat processing plant that was closed by federal inspectors on Monday because of unsanitary conditions has reopened. Central Valley Meat Co., a supplier for the National School Lunch Program, resumed operations after taking corrective action to fix the problem.
Consumer prices rise marginally, demand for heating up
U.S. consumer prices rose in January as unseasonably cold weather boosted demand for electricity and heating fuel, but inflation pressures remained muted. The Labor Department said Thursday its Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1 percent, with increases in the cost of household energy accounting for most of the increase.
Wait, there's nanotechnology in my food?
For a little more than a decade, the food industry has been using nanotechnology to change the way we grow and maintain our food. The technology gives producers the power to control how food looks, tastes and even how long it lasts.
How you should use cauliflower, a top food trend for 2014
Move over, kale. There's a new cool kid on the block. Some food-industry experts are calling cauliflower one of the top food trends for 2014.
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