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Inside the powerful lobby fighting for your right to eat pizza
Bloomberg
Within corporate America, food industry lobbyists represent particularly specific interests: Groups advocate for restaurants and frozen foods, franchise associations and chains. Beef, dairy, corn, potatoes and apples all have their champions. But there is nothing quite like the pizza lobby.
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Nestle named world's most admired food company for 10th year
Zenopa
Nestle has been ranked as the most admired food company in the world in a list compiled by Fortune magazine.
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Bill Nye is changing his mind about GMOs
The Washington Post
He's not making his popular children's science show anymore, but Bill Nye the Science Guy is still making a public impact by going after pseudoscience and science denial. After a visit to Monsanto, the next topic on his agenda is GMO food — and he's changing his mind.
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POLITICS


House passes bill fully funding the Department of Homeland Security
The Washington Post
House Speaker John A. Boehner surrendered Tuesday to Democratic demands to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a tense three-month showdown over immigration. But the move could further strain relations between the speaker and hard-line conservatives, whose growing dissent threatens the future of the unified Republican majority.
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Republicans' fear: 2 more years of gridlock
Politico
Indiana Sen. Dan Coats isn't sure whether to run for re-election — but if he does, it'll be because he has some degree of confidence the new GOP Congress can get something done. The Department of Homeland Security debacle, he says, has been discouraging in that regard.
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GOP probably stuck with weakened Boehner
Politico
Nothing has changed for John Boehner: moderates haven't given Boehner much of a cushion at all, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has become more of a scapegoat for the speaker at times than a partner in arms.

  • How Boehner might rethink his speakership (Politico)
  • Nancy Pelosi empowered by GOP dissension (Politico)

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    FDA reveals reasons for not meeting FSMA mandate
    Food Quality News
    The FDA is not planning to meet the number of foreign food inspections mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act, officials told the GAO. The reason? Funding — and doubt about the usefulness of that many inspections.
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    Legislators reintroduce PARA
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, reintroduced the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act Monday, taking aim again at antibiotic resistance in the food chain.
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    Undeclared allergens behind half of FDA's Q4 recalls
    Food Safety News
    Food recalls in the final three months of 2014 ticked up to 136 events, up from the previous lowest quarter of the year. The total includes recalls overseen by both the FDA and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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    Senate advances measure to block NLRB 'ambush' rule
    Law360 (subscriber story)
    The U.S. Senate agreed Tuesday to advance a resolution meant to block the National Labor Relations Board from putting into effect its controversial recent union election rule, known by detractors as the "ambush election" rule.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    The secretive snack company that Warren Buffett loves
    Fortune
    Now that the world's top investor has confessed his love for Utz, America's largest privately-held snack maker is letting the secrets of its success out of the bag.
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    Bob Evans not currently looking at hiving off food products business
    Reuters
    Bob Evans Farms Inc. said it was not currently looking at selling or spinning off its food-products business and was evaluating strategic options for all or a portion of its real estate assets.
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    Target plans to win back shoppers naturally
    Forbes
    Target is adding grocery items — specifically more perishables, natural and organic goods — as part of its new growth strategy, but questions remain about whether the discount department store will succeed at selling food. Or, if it should even try.

    Related: Target to cut thousands of jobs in drive to cut costs by $2 billion (Reuters)

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    Report: Supply chain efficiencies would cut food waste by 250,000 tons
    The Grocer
    Small changes in the supply chain could extend the product life of many foods by 24 hours — enough to prevent around 250,000 tons of food waste each year, according to a new report from Wrap.
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    Making healthy food affordable, accessible can be win-win
    Food Navigator-USA
    The food industry may be a low-margin business, but that does't mean manufacturers of high-quality, nutritious food must sell their products at a premium in the natural channel to succeed, according to executives from Luvo and Hampton Creek, two companies that are disrupting the traditional distribution model for "health food."
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    Snyder's-Lance expands gluten-free portfolio
    CSPnet.com
    Snyder's-Lance Inc., a maker of "better-for-you" snacks, is adding more gluten-free products to its growing product lineup.
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    Columbus Foods introduces 2 new top execs; CEO to retire
    Meatingplace
    Columbus Foods has announced two leadership appointments: Joe Ennen, formerly senior vice president in charge of Safeway's exclusive brand portfolio, assumes the position of president, leading sales, marketing and human resources; and Michael Fox joins as senior vice president of marketing and innovation, which is a newly created position.
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    Lundberg Family Farms adds to snacks range
    just-food (subscriber story)
    U.S.-based rice products maker Lundberg Family Farms has added two lines of rice cakes to its portfolio.
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    New research: Global frozen pizza market
    Globe Newswire via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    Research and Markets has released a new analysis: "Global Frozen Pizza Market 2015-2019,"showing an expected growth of 2.54 percent in revenue and 2.06 percent in volume.
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    Be proactive to tackle fraud in the supply chain
    Food Quality News
    Food companies becoming more proactive when tackling fraud in the supply chain was one of the main outcomes from an NSF International conference.
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