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The end of the traditional supermarket
The Washington Post
Say goodbye to the traditional supermarket. In the latest sign of an industry-wide shakeup that is transforming how consumers shop for their food, Safeway on Thursday announced what amounts to a merger with Albertsons.

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    Natural Food Expo: Consumers demand healthy convenience
    Triple Pundit
    The food industry's revenue growth is now being driven by a consumer mega-shift from fast foods to healthy convenience food.

    Related: Expo West wrap-up: How to take mainstream retail forward (Supermarket News)

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    7 women who are changing the way we think about food
    Good Housekeeping
    Good Housekeeping has named the top seven most influential women affecting American food consumption today, from the first lady to the first female Iron Chef.
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    Worst Congress ever?
    The Hill
    Democrats and Republicans alike say the 113th Congress is shaping up to be the worst ever. Veteran lawmakers are used to partisanship and stalemate, but they say Capitol Hill has sunk to a new dysfunctional low.

    Related: 69 days is 2014 so far — and Congress has worked 28 (The Washington Post)

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    Immigration could play key role in Senate races
    USA Today
    Immigration reform could play a key role this year in about a half-dozen Senate races from Colorado to South Carolina.
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    Big business takes on tea party, gently
    Politico
    Big Business swore this would be the year it would wrestle back the soul of the Republican Party from the grip of the tea party. But with primary season looming, the big threats from Big Business appear to be running roughshod over the Washington agenda.
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    FDA sets meeting, extends deadline on FSMA proposal
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting April 4 to discuss the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement for the produce safety proposed rule and is extending the public scoping period to April 18.

    Related: Grain and feed industry asks for FSMA rule comment extensions (Food Safety News)

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    UN warns food security a risk to Asia-Pacific
    Reuters
    The world must increase its food production by 60 percent by mid-century or risk serious food shortages that could bring social unrest and civil wars, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday.
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    Cheat and eat food stamps
    The Wall Street Journal
    It's been merely a month since Congress passed a putatively slimmer $1 trillion farm bill, and, surprise, Democrats have already wiped out most of its speculative $800 million in savings this year by gaming new food stamp eligibility rules.
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    Opinion: The trans fat temper tantrum
    Hoosier Ag Today
    The FDA is not willing to wait for the market to solve the problem of replacing trans fat but wants to force their solution — regardless of the consequences.

    Related: Cardiovascular researcher: Dietary guidelines wrong on saturated fats (Food Navigator)

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    DOL: Don't expect 'persuader' rule this March
    Law360 (subscription required)
    The U.S. Department of Labor's contentious "persuader" rule will be delayed beyond its previously announced March target date, a DOL spokesperson said Friday, a development that comes about two weeks after more than 50 business groups asked the DOL to hold off on finalizing the regulations.
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    Farm-to-Food Shelf bill advances in Minnesota
    Twin Cities Daily Planet
    A Minnesota bill that would help fund efforts to cut down on food waste at the producer level has been approved by a state House committee and referred to another committee for consideration.
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    USDA: Pesticide data show no food safety concerns
    Food Safety News
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently posted the latest data from the Pesticide Data Program annual summary and, as in previous years, the agency found that "U.S. food does not pose a safety concern based upon pesticide residues."
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    Legislation introduced to prevent EPA from releasing producer info
    Meatingplace
    Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., Lee Terry, R-Neb., Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and Jim Costa, D-Calif., have introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from disclosing the private and confidential information of livestock and poultry producers to the public.
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    15 under 35: Food entrepreneurs
    Specialty Food Magazine
    These innovators may have youth on their side, but they also have a vision that has propelled their companies to success by shaping how we view and consume specialty foods.

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    How will future labeling impact frozen foods?
    AFFI
    The FDA's recently announced plan to update nutrition labeling could have major implications for packaged food makers including members of the frozen food industry.

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    Non-GMO beats organic among health-conscious
    MediaPost
    The "non-GMO" food/beverage claim has for the first time surpassed "organic" in importance among health-conscious consumers, according to an annual survey.

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    Pizza-maker Sbarro files Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    USA Today
    Pizza-maker Sbarro filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Monday, making this the chain's second time in bankruptcy court since 2011.
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    Pinnacle mulling M&A opportunities
    Food Business News
    "We are looking for businesses that are North American, in our existing or adjacent categories… high synergy potential, and we're also looking for businesses that are leaders or close to leadership," Pinnacle CEO Bob Gamgort told analysts last week.

    Related: Food industry M&A steady in 2013, but retail deals surge (PRWeb)

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    The secret of selling the $5 footlong
    The Wall Street Journal
    For marketers in social media, says Subway's Tony Pace, "The question is, where can you appropriately influence the conversation?"
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    Strawberry compounds could boost foods' sweetness without sugar
    Food Navigator
    Naturally occurring flavor compounds in strawberries could be used to improve the flavor and sweetness of processed foods without using sweeteners, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.
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    Rancho Feeding recall continues to expand
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    A nationwide recall stemming from uninspected products being shipped from Rancho Feeding Corp. in California was expanded again Saturday as FSIS officials continues its investigation. First launched more than a month ago, the recall now affects more than 172 retailers and distributors.

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    Arkansas firm recalls poultry products over misbranding
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    George's Inc., a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 29,200 pounds of seasoned raw, chicken breast strips due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The food was sent to distributors in Tennessee and Iowa for further distribution, and the problem came to light after a customer complained.

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    Averitt to use 'cold box' to expand refrigerated LTL trucking
    Food Logistics
    Averitt is extending its cold chain for customers and expanding its refrigerated trucking business by using specially designed containers to move pallet-sized temperature-controlled loads in dry van trailers.
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    Isotopic testing techniques taken up worldwide
    Global Meat News
    The training of staff in isotopic testing techniques has been taken up as part of a food safety project by the International Atomic Energy Agency, in response to the global challenge of supply chain security.
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    Big Whopper economics in fast food franchises
    The Epoch Times
    The owners of fast-food franchises often have very little power over how their businesses are run. They must pay the prices franchisors demand for supplies and equipment, and usually have no control over the prices they charge customers in turn.
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    3-D printed food on full display during SXSW
    Tweak Town
    During South by Southwest this year, 3-D printing is on full display, with industry supporters handing out 3-D printed food to event attendees.
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    Food safety goes digital with time-temperature sensor
    Food Quality News
    Thinfilm has developed time-temperature sensors that can be attached to packaging and tell when food in the supply chain has spoiled or reached a certain temperature.
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