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55 Congress members ask FDA to label GE foods
Center for Food Safety
On Monday, a bicameral letter signed by 55 members of Congress was sent to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg supporting the Center for Food Safety's Just Label It campaign to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. More
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A new baker in town: McDonald's launches breakfast pastries
The Boston Globe
McDonald's, the fast food giant associated more with the smell of french fries than fresh pastries, is expanding its breakfast line at the chain's New England restaurants to include baked goods, taking aim at a market segment dominated by Dunkin' Donuts. More
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Junk food taxes gain support of United Nations
The Huffington Post
Most of overlap between the food world and the United Nations' mandate is about life-threatening hunger. But a recent report from Olivier de Schutter claims that letting the food industry create an environment that makes citizens unhealthy constitutes a violation of human rights. More
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Poll: Obama's approval rating falls sharply
The Hill
President Barack Obama's approval rating has fallen sharply, according to a New York Times-CBS News poll released Monday. Forty-one percent said they approved of the job the president is doing, down from 50 percent in the same poll taken one month ago, versus 47 percent who said they disapprove. More
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Poll: Congress remains deeply unpopular
The Washington Post
Congress remains deeply unpopular with the American public, but Democrats continue to fare better than Republicans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More
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GOP candidates face high stakes in the South
The Hill
The Republican presidential candidates all face high stakes Tuesday — but for different reasons, as Mississippi and Alabama hold their primary contests. More
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Senate ready to overhaul highway, transit programs
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The Senate is poised to pass an overhaul of highway and transit programs that gives states greater flexibility over how they spend federal aid, streamlines environmental regulations to get projects built faster and seeks to generate greater private investment in transportation projects. More
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New director for National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Farm Futures
President Barack Obama announced Friday his intent to appoint Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy as director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Ramaswamy currently is dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. More
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Georgia stormwater rules could cost poultry processors
Gainesville Times
Proposed new regulations affecting how some 3,000 industrial facilities in Georgia deal with stormwater could mean costly changes for poultry processors, according to the Georgia Poultry Federation. More
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UN: Water scarcity to be problematic as food demand grows
Bloomberg
Farmers will need 19 percent more water by 2050 to meet increasing demands for food, much of it in regions already suffering from water scarcity, according to a United Nations report published Monday. More
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US retail sales rose 1.1 percent in February, as strengthening job market lifts economy
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Americans stepped up spending on retail goods in February, evidence that a stronger job market is boosting the economy. Retail sales increased 1.1 percent in the past month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. More
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PepsiCo urges food industry to focus on 'speed' to spur growth
CPGmatters
The food industry needs to speed up the way it collects data, develops products, reduces days of inventory and deals with the convergence of online and in-store shopping. To make that happen, trading partners need to collaborate to serve shoppers better in today's digital age, according to John Compton, CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods and Global Snacks Group. More
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Snacking gains traction, becomes consumer lifestyle
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
Consumers are snacking significantly more now than they were just two years ago, according to new research from Technomic, and restaurants are capitalizing on the growing snacking occasion by offering quick, portable, smaller-portioned, low-priced food and drink in myriad ways to continue gaining share of snack purchases. More
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Retailers prepared well for mandatory meat labeling
Supermarket News
Supermarket retailers were ready when mandatory nutrition labeling for meat went into effect March 1, according to a recent spot check by "Supermarket News." More
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Del Monte Foods quarterly profit drops 67 percent
MarketWatch
Del Monte Foods Co.'s fiscal third-quarter earnings slumped 67 percent as higher input costs pressured margins and the company faced higher debt costs in the wake of its takeover last year. More
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La Pizza launches new corporate identity
Bakery Info
La Pizza Company has renamed itself Pan'Artisan in order to capitalize on the growing acceptance of specialty breads. The firm has announced the change ahead of its appearance at the Food & Drink Expo at the end of March. More
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Udi's Gluten Free Foods debuts frozen pizza
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
As the demand for gluten-free food continues to grow, Udi's Gluten Free Foods is expanding its product line beyond bread and bakery staples to reach consumers at more eating occasions. More
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AB SCIEX expands commercial operations in Brazil
EON
AB SCIEX this week announced its expansion of commercial operations in Brazil to support the Brazilian scientific community's increasing use of mass spectrometry for food safety testing, among other applications. More
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Retail container traffic expected to jump 10 percent in March
Truckinginfo
Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 10 percent in March compared with the same month last year. Year-over-year gains should continue through mid-summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
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An insider's guide to co-manufacturing
Food Technology
Co-manufacturing, or the use of a third party to manufacture or package a product, is an increasingly common strategy for food companies to reduce assets, speed time to market and often reduce costs. More
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Natural selection: Compostable food packaging
Inside Packaging
In a market saturated with petroleum packaging products, truly sustainable solutions are standing out from the crowd. Frito-Lay's Brad Rodgers tells "Inside Packaging" about the ups and downs of designing and developing a new, 100 percent compostable, biopolymer-based material. More
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