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US child obesity rate drops 43 percent in past decade
The level of obesity among American children ages 2-5 fell significantly over a roughly eight-year period, but some experts caution the figures may be somewhat misleading.
Related: Obesity rates drop for preschoolers, otherwise stable (Reuters)
New regulations would outlaw junk food ads in schools
The Obama administration proposed Tuesday to ban advertisements for unhealthy food in the country's schools, targeting a $150 million per year industry that is nonetheless backing the plan.
Related: Food policy expert hails 'sensational' announcements (Food Navigator-USA)
Store brands: the (now) welcome option
The Washington Post
The shopping public today is less loyal to name brands overall and increasingly rates store brands in consumer surveys as superior or equal to the products with millions of advertising dollars behind them. Retailers are grabbing their share of the premium-brand pie by creating goods in niche categories such as all-natural and gluten-free.
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Obama and Boehner meet at White House, but no one expects much
The Washington Post
When they met secretly in 2011, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner sent Washington into a frenzy of speculation. Nowadays, when these two powerful political figures sit down together, their aides and allies seek to lower expectations.
Related: Poll: John Boehner's numbers inch up (Politico)
Businessmen a boon or bust for Senate Republicans' chances?
A half-dozen top GOP candidates boast records as wealthy businessmen and entrepreneurs. If voters decide they're successful job creators on Election Day, Republicans could be on their way to the six seats they need to win the upper chamber.
2016 elections poll: Democrats all in for Hillary Clinton
More than 8 in 10 Democrats would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016, according to a new poll released Wednesday by CBS News/The New York Times.
Obama to urge $302 billion transportation bill
President Barack Obama on Wednesday will call for a four-year, $302 billion transportation bill to replace the law that expires at the end of September, while repeating his pitch for tax reform to fill some of that gap.
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Opinion: Why our nutrition labels desperately need an update
Progressive States Network
Later this week, the White House is set to unveil the first update to FDA-approved nutrition labels in more than two decades. The move has the potential to impact a considerable number of Americans. It's particularly welcome news for food safety advocates, who have been pressuring the government to update its food labeling practices for years.
Anti-GMO group's new legal strategy: Protect wildlife refuges
eNews Park Forest
A coalition of food safety, good governance and conservation groups filed a legal petition Tuesday demanding that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protect wildlife and habitats by prohibiting the use of genetically engineered crops and neonicotinoid pesticides in national wildlife refuges.
Related: GMO labeling potentially headed to Florida legislature (WMFE-FM)
Poultry processing line speeds: How fast is too fast?
Food Safety News
There are many arguments, pro and con, about efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service to renovate its meat processing inspection process.
Bloated cost of a gluten-free diet is hard to digest
The lofty price of gluten-free diets is hard to swallow, coming at a significant premium to the price of conventional food items. Overall, Americans will spend an estimated $7 billion this year on foods labeled gluten-free, according to consumer research firm Mintel.
'FAI' is here to tell you 'natural' foods are a total sham
Fast Company's Co.Create
Advocacy group Only Organic and agency Humanaut created a satiric short film to expose how unregulated — and false — "natural" food labeling is. The recourse? Buy organic, of course.
WHO decries 'deadly' promotion of cheap, convenient food
Being overweight risks becoming the norm in Europe, says a new report from the World Health Organization, which blames widespread promotion of unhealthy foods and inactivity.
Oxfam: Food and drink industry makes progress on development
Many of the world's top food and beverage companies are taking steps to improve their social and environmental impact on poor countries, although there is still much more to do, development group Oxfam said Wednesday.
Related: Nestle tops Oxfam list as General Mills falls to bottom (Bloomberg)
Hillshire opening the innovation spigot
Food Business News
The Hillshire Brands Company has a full slate of innovation on tap for 2014, said Sean Connolly, president and CEO. New applications that will hit store shelves throughout the year include those that move Jimmy Dean beyond breakfast, lines of clean label "super-premium" products and value products targeting families.
Greencore pours millions into US frozen food-to-go
Greencore has invested millions in U.S. frozen food-to-go manufacturing, pumping the cash into its Jacksonville, Fla., facility and acquiring Lettieri's, a Minnesota-based plant that supplies products for the U.S. convenience store channel.
US beef jerky firm to buy Unilever meat snacks business
Unilever's meat snacks business is to be sold to U.S. firm Jack Link's Beef Jerky for an undisclosed sum. The deal is set to include Unilever's BiFi and Peperami brands, sold in Europe.
Inspection services provider to share insight on cutting labor costs
Russell Associates' Jerry Van Oort says he is excited to share data on how his company's inspection services have helped reduce labor costs at food processing plants by up to 80 percent. Van Oort is a presenter at the 44th Food & Beverage Environmental Conference, March 23-27 in Napa, Calif. The conference is managed by the American Frozen Food Institute, which serves at the founding and managing organization of the Food Industry Environmental Council.
Do Americans want healthy fast food?
The Huffington Post
It's the fast food industry's ultimate conundrum: Americans say they want healthier items on menus, but they don't end up buying them, according to food research firm Technomic.
How men shop for groceries
A new survey from Defy Media shows more than 65 percent of men 18-49 are in charge of buying products for the home across several categories. How do they make these purchases?
Related: Why Wal-Mart wants to sell you groceries (The Huffington Post)
Are 'small meals' the new snacking?
CSP Daily News
While the tradition of sitting down for three square meals has long been fading, major food companies whose profits depend on how much and how often we eat have found that snacking is replacing meals for a growing number of people, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Related: Which profession is worst offender for snacking 'al desko'? (Bakery & Snacks)
Roscoe's launching frozen waffles
Roscoe's chicken chain already sells packaged frozen foods under the Roscoe's At Home brand, but it has never before launched a chicken and waffle product outside of its restaurants. Via a partnership with East L.A.'s Dolores Canning Co. Inc., next month Roscoe's will release frozen waffles online and to select local markets.
Food companies plan almost $1 billion in projects in Wisconsin
Project plans with a construction start date of 2014 through 2015 indicate more than $980 million in spending from more than 70 capital projects; Wisconsin's dairy segment commands a hefty portion of the total.
RPA strengthening sanitation for reusable plastic containers
Food Production Daily
The Reusable Packaging Association is bringing together industry members to hammer out stronger sanitation guidelines for reusable food containers.
Allergen-friendly snacks crunch into smart packaging
Food Production Daily
Zego, a manufacturer of allergen-friendly snack bars, has launched wrappers and boxes with QR codes enabling consumers to keep tabs on allergen products.
Will computer chips in food packaging really reduce food waste?
Scientists working to tackle food waste have developed a computer chip that can be inserted into food packaging to alert consumers when food is nearing its use-by date. At face value, this technology sounds extremely practical.
Coca-Cola changes face of digital print
Few can have failed to notice last summer's Share a Coke campaign, with its apparently endless roster of first names staring out hopefully from chiller cabinets. And if it caught the consumer's eye, it had a more profound impact on supply chain perceptions of digital print.
India: Farmers struggle to escape middlemen in food chain
The Wall Street Journal
The rising cost of food that has hurt both Indian pockets and politicians' electoral prospects in the past year is often blamed on a multi-layered system of middlemen involved in the distribution of produce from farm to fork.
Italian fund plans 'Disneyland of Food'
The Wall Street Journal
A venture involving Eataly, the Italian food-emporium chain, and the municipality of Bologna will develop a theme park dedicated to food.
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