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Is food industry falling out of love with 'natural' claims? No, says Mintel
When PepsiCo replaced the phrase "Simply Natural" with "Simply" on some Frito-Lay lines recently, some commentators wondered if this signaled the beginning of the end of the industry's love affair with all-natural claims. However, new data suggests otherwise.
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Big consumer companies cut costs, Wall Street wants bolder steps
Investors flocked to packaged food stocks last year, hoping to benefit from dividend increases and potential takeovers following the purchase of H.J. Heinz. Now they have begun to trade out, making consumer staples the worst-performing sector over the past six months. Analysts warn their shares could sink further.
Wal-Mart poised for Henry Ford moment amid minimum wage debate
In 1914, Henry Ford announced he was more than doubling the average wage of Ford Motor Co. factory workers to $5 a day, in part so they could afford a Model T. Now, 100 years later, U.S. companies are caught up in the debate over raising pay.
Obama's rush to regulate
President Barack Obama has ordered his officials to step on the gas and clear as much of his regulatory agenda as possible during the twilight of his time in office. The clock is ticking, creating a sense of urgency in the administration to crank out his new rules without delay.
Harry Reid's new game plan: Some bipartisanship
Harry Reid is aiming for a dash of bipartisanship in his election-year game plan. The Senate majority leader will still push long-shot measures, like paycheck fairness and hiking the minimum wage, designed to appeal to his party's base. But now he's considering taking up bills that some Republicans actually support, too, like a manufacturing bill and a prison reform measure.
Matthews: GOP could pick up 10 Senate seats
MSNBC host Chris Matthews said Sunday that Democrats could lose 10 Senate seats in the midterm elections. "To the Democrats, this election, a rosy scenario is to lose five Senate seats, not six," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Related: Juan Williams: Headed for the exits (The Hill)
Fruits of immigrant labor
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Republicans are often first in line to vote for farm subsidies. But when it comes to lending farmers a hand by modernizing the country's guest-worker program, many hide in the corn stalks. A new study shows the urgent need for more farm guest workers.
Center for Food Safety sues FDA over GRAS rule
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Undoubtedly bolstered by the success of its lawsuit over publication of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act rules, the Center for Food Safety now is suing the agency to finalize its 15-year-old proposed rule on generally recognized as safe substances.
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UAW blames state officials, asks NLRB to force a new vote
Law360 (subscription required)
The United Auto Workers on Friday asked the National Labor Relations Board to overturn its loss in a representation election at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant and order a new vote, contending that statements by top state officials interfered with workers' rights.
Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers
Los Angeles Times
Local growers are discovering that proposed FDA regulations would curtail many common techniques, such as using house-made fertilizers and irrigating from creeks.
Federal water allocation to California farms hits record low
The worsening drought in California is expected to force a first-ever complete cutoff of federally supplied farm water to most irrigation districts in the state's Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Friday.
Britain's 'traffic light' food labels spur EU inquiry
Britain's system of color-coding food products to tell consumers how healthy they are has prompted EU regulators to launch an inquiry after other EU member states, led by Italy, complained it was unfair.
Hartman Strategy questions the potential of the private label
While some analysts predict U.S. private label penetration rates (which have remained stubbornly at around 18 percent of dollar sales for in recent years) could reach up to 30 percent or higher in the next few years, their "exuberance… is perplexing at best," according to one market researcher.
Beef producer works to save meat from recall
The Press Democrat
Bolinas, Calif., rancher Bill Niman has thousands of pounds of frozen beef in a Richmond warehouse he cannot sell after the recall of meat processed by Rancho Feeding Corp. He's hoping his records will prove his beef is safe and convince federal regulators to reverse a decision that will force him to destroy at least $300,000 worth of frozen meat caught up in the recall.
Related: Bill Marler on Rancho recall: Let the process work (Food Safety News)
McDonald's sees potential in Vietnam: Interview with CEO Don Thompson
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
CEO Don Thompson says Vietnam offers tremendous opportunity for McDonald's after opening its first restaurant there.
What are 2014's biggest food ingredient trends?
Health and wellness trends have long driven innovation in the food industry as consumers look to take advantage of healthy food options in new, convenient ways. Food industry manufacturers and suppliers must understand which ingredients to add — or subtract — to meet consumer needs and demands.
Cooped: How contracted chicken markets affect farmers and consumers
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Grocery stores are deceptive: shelves and aisles are lined with products bearing a plurality of names embossed on the packaging. It gives the appearance of thriving competition, but when a person climbs the ownership ladder, well-known brand names sit at the top.
Market report: Global frozen food industry's growth drivers
The increasing number of women in the workforce, changes in consumer purchasing patterns, busy lifestyles and the availability of a wide range of frozen products in different categories are the factors leading to the growth of the frozen food market, according to a new report from Research and Markets.
Packaged Facts: Navigating the $23 billion children's food market
It's no secret that children are an important target group for food and beverage manufacturers, as this $23 billion segment accounts for roughly 4 percent of the overall U.S. food and beverage market, according to Packaged Facts.
Prairie Fare: Frozen foods have inspired menus for years
Frozen foods have come a long way since their initial introduction to consumers more than 80 years ago. Columnist Julie Garden-Robinson examines the impact of the sector on the American dinner table over the years.
Canadian firm recalls meat distributed without import inspection
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Santa Maria Foods Corporation, Canadian establishment, is recalling approximately 8,895 pounds of various meat products because they were imported without the benefit of full USDA inspection.
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Food experts: Industry must collaborate and share to win consumer trust
The food industry must collaborate more and share information in order to win back consumer trust, according to speakers at the British Frozen Food Federation's annual business conference last week.
PMMI: 3 out of 4 packaging lines automated
Food Production Daily
Thanks to labor efficiency, boosted productivity and greater flexibility, robotics play a larger role in processing and packaging lines than ever.
Flying 'bat' robots — the next big thing in packaging?
Food Production Daily
Researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the U.S. are studying bats' wings to develop small flying vehicles for use in the food and beverage industry, particularly in packaging.
Gulfood 2014: Mondelez stresses importance of reducing manufacturing waste
While speaking at the World Food Security Summit as part of Gulfood 2014 this week, Mondelez International, the world's biggest snacks food company, highlighted the importance of eliminating waste in an industry where globally an estimated 1.3 billion tons of produced food is wasted each year.
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