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Fruits and veggies get star-studded marketing push
The Associated Press via CTV News
What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica Alba and Golden State Warriors Point Guard Stephen Curry to shill for fruits and vegetables.
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Birds Eye in the bull's-eye
Meat + Poultry
To say Pinnacle Foods had an eventful year may be an understatement. Driving much of the growth during the year was Pinnacle's Birds Eye brand, benefitting from consumer demand for convenient and healthy products and recent innovation. Looking ahead, the company has robust plans for the brand.
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Denver-based Atkins diet company is for sale, but will it fetch $1 billion?
Denver Business Journal
Atkins Nutritionals, the Denver-based company behind thelow-carbohydrate diet, is being offered for sale.

Related: Private-equity firm seeks buyer for pioneer of low-carb diet (The Wall Street Journal - subscribers)

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POLITICS


At a conservative gathering, Jeb Bush hopes to change some minds
The Washington Post
The last time Jeb Bush spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he delivered blunt talk — an unwelcome lecture, in the view of many — about the problems with the Republican Party.

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  • CPAC: 8 things to watch (Politico)

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    Senate edges away from DHS shutdown
    The Hill
    Congress appeared to step back from the brink of a partial government shutdown Wednesday as the Senate voted overwhelmingly to move forward with a clean bill funding the Department of Homeland Security.

    Related: Homeland funding fight shows GOP leaders' diverging interests (The Hill)

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    Disgruntled right wing keeps Boehner coup talk alive
    The Hill
    Tea Party conservatives failed to oust Speaker John Boehner last month, but they're threatening to try again if the Ohio Republican caves in the fight against President Barack Obama's immigration actions.
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    POLICY


    Are food stamps a bad thing? Not if you sell food
    CNBC
    The Republican-controlled House Committee on Agriculture on Wednesday began two days of hearings on the nation's food stamp program, and they'll be watched closely by more than just the hungry.
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    Food safety to play important part in 2015 dietary guidelines
    Food Safety News
    What should we eat to be healthy? That's an important question, because, according to the recently released Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, what we eat has a lot to do with how healthy we are. It's as simple as that.
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    Australia to introduce country-of-origin labeling after Hepatitis A outbreak
    Reuters
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott backed plans Thursday to introduce country-of-origin labeling in the wake of a Hepatitis A outbreak, potentially risking contravention of World Trade Organization rules.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Sysco, FTC fail to agree on date for court fight over food mega-merger
    Reuters
    Sysco Corp. and the U.S. government failed to agree on a date for a hearing to decide whether the No. 1 U.S. food distributor should be allowed to buy its biggest rival, according to a joint court document filed late Wednesday.
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    Eco-friendly innovation will shape the future of the food industry
    Food Navigator
    New technologies and innovative ingredients are likely to structurally change the food supply chain in the near future, says a report by Rabobank.
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    First products with high oleic algae oil to hit US shelves in 2015, says Solazyme
    Food Navigator-USA
    The first products containing Solazyme's high stability, high-oleic algae oil — which boasts "unprecedented" amounts of healthy monounsaturated fat — will hit shelves later this year, says the firm, which has just received a no objections letter from the FDA for its GRAS determination for the oil.
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    Will 3-D printed food become as common as the microwave?
    Fortune
    The "Foodini" — an automated meal-assembly machine that creates homemade meals faster and more efficiently than human hands — is the first product by Natural Machines.
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    Nestle's innovative menu for round-the-world solar flight
    The Wall Street Journal
    Over a five-month flight, the pilots of Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered airplane, will nosh on mushroom risotto, quinoa tabouleh and other meals prepared by the Nestle Research Center. The menu requires them to eat 11 times a day to keep their strength.
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    2-year trek from turf to table delays cheaper US beef
    Bloomberg
    There's little relief ahead for record U.S. steak and burger prices. While cattle ranchers are expanding herds for the first time in almost a decade, it can take two years to get more meat on the plate.
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    Ajinomoto restructures North America operations after acquisition
    just-food
    Japan-based food group Ajinomoto has reorganized its operations in North America in the wake of last year's acquisition of U.S. ethnic foods supplier Windsor Quality Holdings.
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    Food industry at robotics tipping point
    Process and Control Today
    In the past 12 months there has been a noticeable uptake in robotics in the food processing sector.
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    Food emulsifiers linked to gut bacteria changes and obesity
    Food Navigator
    Emulsifiers used in foods may be altering our gut microbiota composition and driving metabolic changes that lead to inflammatory conditions and obesity, say researchers writing in Nature.
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