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Non-GMO beats organic among health-driven consumers
The "non-GMO" food/beverage product claim has for the first time surpassed "organic" in importance among health-conscious consumers, according to an annual survey of such consumers, who are often dubbed LOHAS, for their "lifestyles of health and sustainability."
Despite issue dying in session, GMO efforts abound in Oregon (Statesman Journal)
Biotech critics call on Starbucks to abandon GMOs (Food Chemical News)
FAO: World food prices jump 2.6 percent in February, could go higher
Global food prices rose 2.6 percent in February in the sharpest climb since mid-2012 due to unfavorable weather, the United Nations food agency said Thursday, with the crisis in Ukraine threatening to cause future volatility.
Related: Economist: Bad weather could mean US consumers will pay more for food (Bloomberg)
How will future nutrition labeling impact frozen foods?
American Frozen Food Institute
If you are associated with the food industry, you probably saw the news reports regarding FDA's just-released proposal to overhaul the Nutrition Facts Panel on food packages. The proposed changes mark a major initiative and the first substantive changes to the NFP in 20 years. As such, this could have major implications for packaged food makers including members of the frozen food industry.
Nutrition label proposal stirs up small companies (The Wall Street Journal)
Opinion: Americans can't afford agenda-driven dietary guidelines (The Hill)
AMI says dietary guidelines committee is overreaching (Meatingplace)
Harry Reid has no apologies
Republicans think Harry Reid is running the Senate like a dictator: His no-compromise style is almost like Vladimir Putin's, and his inflammatory rhetoric is reminiscent of the Joe McCarthy era. But Reid doesn't seem to care.
Poll: Obama approval at record low
President Barack Obama's approval rating hit a new low mark in a poll out Wednesday, dipping below 40 percent for the first time.
McConnell gets lukewarm CPAC reception
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., received a lukewarm reception from conservatives gathered for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, despite delivering a speech full of conservative red meat.
Vilsack: Cut in funding does not undermine US meat safety
Reuters via Agweek
A cut in funding for the U.S. meat and poultry inspections contained in the Obama administration's 2015 budget proposal does not mean less attention to food safety, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says.
American Heart Association to FDA: Phase out artificial trans fats quickly
The food industry doesn't need years to phase out partially hydrogenated oils (which create harmful artificial trans fats), according to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, which argue that 12-18 months gives firms ample time to change recipes.
Debate grows over poultry worker safety under proposed HIMP regulations
Food Safety News
Last week, organizations representing consumers and farm workers convened in Washington, D.C., to speak with members of Congress and USDA officials about the threat they feel new poultry plant regulations pose to both plant worker safety and food safety as a whole.
McDonald's admits it may lose fight on wages
The Huffington Post
A groundswell of public concern about income inequality could hurt profit margins, McDonald's warned in its latest annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. McDonald's spokeswoman Heidi Barker said the statement was part of routine disclosures McDonald's is required to make to shareholders "regarding possible circumstances or events — whether in or out of our control — which may impact our future business performance."
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Testimony: NLRB election rules would put employers in a bind
Law360 (subscription required)
The National Labor Relations Board's recently reproposed rules aimed at streamlining union elections would introduce time constraints that would make it difficult for employers to get the legal advice they need to respond to an organizing campaign, a Jones Day partner told a congressional committee Wednesday.
Spotlight on allergens in EU label regulations
Food Production Daily
NiceLabel has launched a labeling system for manufacturers to meet EU regulation changes that will take effect this year.
Related: Allergens survey highlights risks in industry practice (Food Quality News)
China plans to help companies spend nearly $100 billion abroad
The Wall Street Journal
Government officials said Wednesday at the National People's Congress that they will streamline the process for Chinese companies to enter the global stage and will dedicate $99.2 billion toward that effort.
Related: China pledges harsh measures on food safety (People's Daily)
Chipotle asked to produce sustainability report
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., which touts its natural ingredients and humanely raised meat, is being asked to show whether it practices what it preaches.
Clean label: The shopper will define it with dollars
While manufacturers faced renewed pressure to clean up labels following recent media attacks on the dough conditioner azodicarbonamide and artificial preservatives, far less attention has been paid to what these ingredients are actually being replaced by, says one baking industry veteran.
Costco's quarterly profit falls 15 percent
Warehouse club operator Costco Wholesale Corp. reported a 15 percent decline in quarterly profit, hurt by weaker gross margins in some non-foods merchandises and in its fresh food business.
State of the snack food industry revealed at SNAXPO
The snack food industry is strong and vibrant, but there is plenty of room to grow if snack makers respond with products, packaging, advertising and in-store merchandising that meet the needs of today's on-the-go consumer, keynote speaker Sally Lyons Wyatt of SymphonyIRI Group told the SNAXPO 2014 audience.
Study identifies 'quick and simple' test for salt levels in food
A "novel method" for measuring salt content in food is said to be more robust and easier to use than current techniques, according to a new study in the Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Environment.
IBISWorld market report analyzes frozen food production in Canada
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Frozen food manufacturers have experienced growth over the past five years, albeit at a conservative rate due to depressed consumer spending, according to a new study from IBISWorld, "Frozen Food Production in Canada: Market Research Report."
Stäubli: How to use robots to optimize food manufacturing
The food industry is turning to robotics solutions to optimize production. In response, Stäubli is refining its lineup of automated machinery for deployment on food processing lines.
Thiele Technologies buys Symach in global expansion
Food Production Daily
In its seventh acquisition in the past nine years, Minnesota-based Thiele Technologies has acquired Symach palletizers in The Netherlands.
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