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AFFI part of coalition appealing ethanol E15 decision to Supreme Court
CSPnet
The American Petroleum Institute and other groups — including the American Frozen Food Institute — have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking them to overturn a circuit court's decision rejecting a challenge to the EPA grant of partial waivers for use of the ethanol-gasoline blend, E15, API's Bob Greco said Thursday.

Related: EU imposes new tariff on US ethanol (USAgNet)

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Food prices drop slowly, even with good weather
USA Today
The outlook for farmers is good this year, says USDA's chief economist, but shoppers will wait awhile before higher crop yields push prices down. Inflation is likely to push food prices at the grocery store up 3 percent to 4 percent in the coming year, Joseph Glauber said at the 2013 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Va.
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Peanut Corp. of America: Timeline from inception to indictment
Food Safety News
The offenses cited in an indictment against four former Peanut Corp. of America executives stretch back far beyond the 2008-2009 outbreak, all the way back to 2003. What follows is a timeline of the history of PCA, from the company's beginnings through its end, and finally to the criminal charges brought against its top officials.

Related: Four accused of Salmonella coverup (The Wall Street Journal-subscriber story)

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White House pushing tax hikes, spending cuts to avoid sequester
The Washington Post
The White House is promoting a $1.8 trillion package of spending cuts and tax hikes as the best approach to replace deep reductions in domestic and defense spending set to begin next week — even as Republicans dismiss the proposal as not serious.

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  • Is Obama overplaying sequestration hand? (POLITICO)

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    Thune: No plans to run for White House
    USA Today
    Cross Sen. John Thune's name off the list of presidential contenders. The South Dakota Republican, whose name cropped up as a possible 2012 White House hopeful, told second-graders back home that he's not interested in the job.
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    The top 10 Senate races of 2014
    The Washington Post
    Some of this cycle's most pivotal open-seat Senate races could be heavily influenced by what members of the House decide to do.
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    Business, labor groups find little accord on immigration
    The Wall Street Journal
    Leading business and union groups announced agreement Thursday on principles to guide talks on immigration legislation, but they failed to resolve some of their most contentious disputes.

    Related: Opinion: Immigration poison pill (The Wall Street Journal-subscriber story)

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    Opinion: The National Labor Relations Board goes rogue
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    What happens when a federal agency tilts the scale against job creators?
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    White House faces pressure from US business on trade with Japan
    The Hill
    Business leaders are pressuring the White House to refuse to lower the bar for Japan on trade talks ahead of a White House meeting Friday between President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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    Opinion: Can third time be a charm in the battle for GMO labeling?
    Boulder Weekly
    U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., knows his numbers. He knows more than 90 percent of Americans believe all foods that contain or are made with genetically modified organisms should be required to have labels that state as much. Unfortunately, he also knows it's going to be tough to get the number of votes needed in the House of Representatives to pass a new GMO labeling bill he intends to co-sponsor along with Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.

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  • Oregon lawmaker continues work on federal GMO labeling bill (Food Navigator-USA)

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    FMCSA approves 10th carrier for Mexican pilot program
    Truckinginfo
    More than a year after the first Mexican truck rolled into the United States under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's long-haul, cross-border pilot program, the agency has approved the 10th carrier: Grupo Behr.
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    Payroll tax whacks spending
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Thursday joined a parade of retailers, restaurants and consumer-goods companies worried about the economic impact of the recently restored federal payroll tax that has left Americans with less money to spend. The world's largest retailer, Burger King Worldwide Inc., Kraft Foods Group Inc. and others are lowering forecasts and adjusting sales and marketing strategies.
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    Mondelez leveraging iconic 'power brands'
    CSP Daily News
    "I'm bullish about our future," Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO of Mondelez International Inc., told attendees at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Boca Raton, Fla., highlighting the snack company's competitive advantages as a more focused growth company.
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    What packaged-food CEOs are saying about advertising
    Advertising Age
    Battered in recent years by a one-two punch of rising commodity costs and a sluggish economy, consumer packaged-foods executives seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief this week at CAGNY. Kraft, Campbell and General Mills are embracing digital marketing channels and product innovation — but ad production costs are in the crosshairs.
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    Hartman report: Affluent consumers are reshaping CPG industry
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    A small but very powerful group of affluent and educated U.S. consumers are driving and ultimately restructuring the future of packaged goods in the U.S. After decades of steady and predictable market conditions, iconic food and beverage leaders are struggling to adapt to this new, innovation-dependent era of growth, according to a new report from Hartman Strategy.
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    WeiserMazars study: Food industry expects modest profit in 2013
    Business Wire via EON
    According to the first annual U.S. Food & Beverage Industry Study, released Thursday by WeiserMazars LLP, food companies look to new customers for the majority of increased product sales in 2013. Survey participants are confident sales will increase 13 percent compared to 2011 and project net profits to rise by almost 6 percent. These solid gains, though, are offset by rising commodity and production costs, resulting in a modest net profit.
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    Technomic: Noncommercial foodservice growth steady
    Meatingplace
    Noncommercial operations accounted for 34 percent of total U.S. foodservice sales in 2012, garnering more than $200 billion in sales, according to a new report by Technomic Inc.
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    How social media can take your brand to the next level
    Pizza Marketplace
    Social media is now the rule rather than the exception. It certainly didn't take long for that to happen, but a significant number of restaurant operators are still trying to figure out its true value.
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    UPM addresses food label legal compliance
    Food Production Daily
    Now that new EU food labeling regulations have come into force, UPM Raflatac shares insights on some of the key concerns for the industry.
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    Los Angeles, Long Beach port contract ratified
    Progressive Grocer
    In a move that restores some stability to the supply chain, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit has ratified a contract with the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association, putting an end to the months-long stalemate between the two.
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    Battered in recent years by a one-two punch of rising commodity costs and a sluggish economy, consumer packaged-foods executives seemed to be breathing a collective sigh of relief — while keeping an eye on innovation.

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    Food manufacturer to open plant in Arkansas
    The AP via The Baxter Bulletin
    A Cabot-based food company will spend $4.7 million to turn a former electrical cord factory into a processing plant set to eventually employ more than 200 people in job-starved Clinton, Ark., Van Buren County leaders announced Wednesday.

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    ConAgra's frozen food pipeline 'very, very full'
    Food Business News (free registration required)
    Leveraging technology innovations and building on strong brands define ConAgra's approach to growing its frozen food business in the coming year.

    Related: ConAgra Foods raises profit forecast


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    Heinz Q3 net income dips on frozen food business spinoff in China
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    Food maker H.J. Heinz Co., which is being bought by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital for $23.3 billion, on Thursday reported a 5 percent drop in its fiscal third-quarter net income as higher sales in emerging markets were offset by costs related to selling a frozen food business in China.
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    Grupo Bimbo Q4 net profit plummets 81 percent
    Reuters
    Mexico's Bimbo, the world's largest breadmaker, on Thursday posted an 81 percent fall in 2012 fourth-quarter profit from a year earlier, citing increased financing costs and a higher tax rate.
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    Hormel Foods reports strong Q1 earnings
    USAgNet
    Hormel reported a slight increase in profit and total sales for the first quarter, but higher grain costs caused a 23 percent drop in profits for Jennie-O.
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    TreeHouse 'rededicated' to private-label strategy
    Food Business News (free registration required)
    The coming fiscal year marks the emergence of a TreeHouse "rededicated to our private label strategy and its manifest go-to-market opportunities," President and CEO Sam K. Reed said Thursday in a call with analysts.
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    Hershey: China will be No. 2 market in world within five years
    Food Navigator-USA
    China will be the No. 2 market, behind the U.S., for Hershey within five years, predicted senior executives at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference this week.
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    Plastic gloves shredded; 38,000 pounds of sausage recalled
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Smithfield Packing Co. of Virginia is recalling approximately 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves.

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