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Food industry to make its own labeling splash
Politico Pro
The food industry appears poised to one-up the Obama administration with the launch of a national media blitz to promote its own nutrition labels on the front of food packages.
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States increasing home heating assistance to avoid cuts in food stamps
The Washington Post
Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed last month: Bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.
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Oxfam's sustainability scorecard spurring race to top for food industry
Food Navigator
In this guest article, Oxfam International's executive director Winnie Byanyima looks at how companies can keep the momentum going over the coming year.
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How Rand Paul is winning — so far
The Washington Post
What's different this time around in GOP primaries is that the establishment conservative field is packed with potential candidates while the movement conservative field is relatively sparse. Which brings us to Rand Paul.

Related: Waiting for Jeb (The Hill)

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Williams: Democrats face struggle in cash wars
The Hill
"I guess we don't think it's sexy enough." That intriguing quote came from President Barack Obama last week. It was his amusing expression of regret over a lack of passion among Democrats for the 2014 midterm elections.
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Business groups turn on Camp
The Hill
It took years for Washington's powerhouse trade groups to elicit a real tax reform proposal from Congress — and only minutes to begin bringing it down. The immediate blowback from industry groups to Rep. Dave Camp's (R-Mich.) proposal illustrates how much harder tax reform becomes when details are put to paper.
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Before food gets to market: Are we paying enough attention in China?
Forbes
Discussion of Chinese food safety law and regulation frequently focuses on the China Food and Drug Administration and the laws and regulations that it administers. But that is really only one portion of the story surrounding food safety in China.
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Infographic: Many shoppers unclear on GMOs
Food Business News
For consumers and food companies alike, going G.M.O.-free comes at a price — and most grocery shoppers are unwilling to pay it, according to new research from The NPD Group.

Related: Organic farm supporters say GMO contamination needs USDA controls (Reuters)

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California governor signs $687 million drought relief legislation
Reuters
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state's modern history.
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TPP negotiations stalled by significant gaps
The New American
At a press conference held last week at the end of the most recent round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, trade reps from the 12 member countries report that despite their best efforts to rush to reach an agreement, "significant gaps" in the details remain.

Related: What if China joined the TPP talks? (EconoMonitor)

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Alchemy Systems: Food safety culture starts with your staff
Food Production Daily
A representative with Alchemy Systems, an AFFI Advantage Partner, says the most important resource a company relies on to ensure operation-wide food safety is its staff.

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 pkendall@affi.com.

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Economies of kale: Wal-Mart vs. Whole Foods
The Motley Fool
For grocery chains looking to squeeze concentrated profits from their industry's un-sexy low margins, relying on market power demands either a strong brand or economies of scale. Which of these strategies will capture the organic food industry's cash-conjuring 20 percent annual growth?
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New AFFI videos focus on frozen success
AFFI
"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" is the theme for AFFI-CON 2014, a spirit that shines through in exciting new videos from AFFI and the Frozen Food Foundation that premiered Tuesday.

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Will new food labels change what we eat?
Bloomberg
Bloomberg White House correspondent Julianna Goldman reports on the changes proposed for food labels by the FDA, placing more emphasis on calories, fat and sugar.

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Food recalls up by half: 134 alerts issued in Q4
Food Product Design
More than 10.6 million units of recalled food represent a 52 percent increase in food recalls from Q3 to Q4 in 2013, according to Stericycle's ExpertRecall Index.

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Centralized strategy meets supply chain needs, says McDonald's
Food Quality News
One centralized food safety system for the supply chain is simpler and easier to manage, according to McDonald's Europe.
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Novozymes: Enzyme promises radical efficiency boost for HFCS production
Food Navigator-USA
Novozymes has developed a "completely new" enzyme it claims will prove a game-changer for the sweeteners industry by making the process of converting starch into products such as high fructose corn syrup, crystalline dextrose and fermented products significantly more efficient.
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Kitchen incubators are popping up to help new food-preneurs
Miami Herald
As South Florida's food trade simmers into national recognition and food-preneurs try to catapult their products into bigger markets, companies are cropping up to provide shared kitchen space and advice on everything from license applications to social media marketing.
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Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway discloses reduced stake in UK supermarket
Bloomberg
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett cut his stake in U.K. supermarket leader Tesco in the past year, according to Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s annual report.

Related: Buffett sets fresh goal as Berkshire misses 5-year target (Bloomberg)

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Food cold chain market trends forecasts to 2017
The International News Magazine
RnRMarketResearch.com has added a new report to its offerings, analyzing the cold chain market for the food industry, with an emphasis on third-party logistics providers.
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Undeclared allergens force recalls for frozen fruit bar makers
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Mistakes in packaging labels — specifically, the omission of allergens, have forced recalls for Unilever's frozen fruit ice pops and Jinsunmi International Inc.'s frozen watermelon bars, the FDA announced.

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SnackSafely.com closing the allergen contamination knowledge gap
Food Navigator-USA
The founders of an online food allergen guide are hoping to fill a void left by the current federal food allergen labeling system in an effort to make packaged foods safer for those suffering from food allergies.
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Rethinking clean-in-place design
Food Safety News
Which comes first: clean-in-place systems or plant design? All too often, it is the plant design that comes first, and then processors have to retrofit — at great cost — their equipment to be clean-in-place.
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Researchers identify nearly $378,000 in potential poultry processing savings
Meatingplace
Researchers working on the project "Energy Balance Analysis of a Poultry Processing Plant" made a detailed analysis of the electrical and natural gas usage of poultry operations and processes within the plants.
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Report links climate change and food insecurity
Food Poisoning Bulletin
A new report released by Center for Food Safety's Cool Foods Campaign states that food security is jeopardized by climate change. The report is called "Food and Climate: Connecting the Dots, Choosing the Way Forward."
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Nercon announces manufacturing move, expansion plans
Meatingplace
Nercon Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. recently announced plans to consolidate manufacturing capabilities under one roof at their plant in Oconto, Wisc.
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