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How Chipotle changed American fast food forever
Fast Company
Chipotle set out to challenge fast food trends and be better than the competition. In the end, they launched a new industry. Here's how.
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Obama's overtime plan could cost small employers
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama's overtime-pay proposal could be especially costly to small employers, many of which are also grappling with recent changes to minimum-wage and sick-pay laws, human resources experts and business owners said.
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Mondelez launches 'mindful snacking' initiative
CSPnet.com
Mondelez International Inc. has unveiled a plan to improve the well-being of the planet and its people, from farmers to consumers. The holistic Call for Well-Being strategy will significantly broaden the reach and impact of the company's worldwide programs, starting with new global nutrition targets across its product portfolio.
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The challenges Democrats face in 2014 (in 2 graphs)
The Washington Post
The chances that the Republicans will maintain control of the House are a near certainty. Republicans also have a fair chance of winning a Senate majority, too.
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Why Republicans turn on their own
Politico
National Republicans rarely openly criticize their own candidates, especially so soon before consequential elections. But national Republicans increasingly feel the need to adopt a get-tough approach.
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Bipartisan breakthrough?
The Wall Street Journal
The wheels are beginning to turn again in the Senate, where Democrats and Republicans have reached a détente in their long-running fight over the chamber's procedures.
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Boehner seeks to keep states from avoiding food stamp cut
Bloomberg
House Republicans should act to block states from avoiding $8.6 billion in food stamp cuts lawmakers enacted last month, House Speaker John Boehner said.
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Poultry inspection proposal expected to come up at budget hearing
Rural Radio Network via KTIC
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture this morning, addressing the USDA budget. Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro is expected to press Vilsack on the proposal to make changes to the poultry inspection system.

Related: The hard truth about authentic modernization of poultry inspection (Food Safety News)

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Opinion: Lunch on the barricades
The New York Times
Let's consider school lunches — always an important topic. But to be honest, it's only coming up right now thanks to Rep. Paul Ryan, who took a strong, principled stand against school lunches in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. School lunches have always been political, in a peculiar agricultural way.
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Massachusetts lawmakers face deadline to advance GMO labeling bill
WBUR-FM
Next week is a key deadline for the push to require labels on all genetically modified foods sold in Massachusetts. Five GMO labeling bills are pending on Beacon Hill, and Wednesday is the cutoff for lawmakers to decide whether to send any of them to the full legislature for a vote this session.

Related: California GMO label advocates hope to bypass gridlocked Congress (Capital Public Radio)

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OSHA sets educational bulletin on injury recording for temporary workers
Meatingplace
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a new educational resource that focuses on recording requirements for temporary worker injuries and illnesses.
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Mexico and the US: Progress on food safety partnerships
FDA Voice
The FDA's Michael Taylor, speaking about food safety efforts regarding Mexican produce entering the U.S., says food safety must go beyond government.
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TTIP deal could be smaller and more modest than hoped, experts warn
Global Meat News
The planned trade agreement between the United States and the European Union could be "smaller" and "more modest" than hoped due to a number of intractable issues, one American lobbyist warned this week.
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Do young shoppers share parents' love for Costco?
Consumerist
Some investment analysts are starting to wonder whether today's young adults will buy their own memberships to wholesale clubs like Costco or Sam's.

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McDonald's plan to win back its customers
The AP via The Spectrum
As chains like Chipotle and Five Guys Burgers and Fries grow, McDonald's is strategizing to overcome "challenging industry dynamics."

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Food fight starting early over school lunch rules
Politico
Keeping intact a 2010 rewrite of a law that dictates what kids eat in school could be a major challenge as some in Congress are already angling for a rollback.

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Lineage Logistics to acquire Millard Refrigerated Services
Food Logistics
When Lineage Logistics completes its purchase of Millard Refrigerated Services, it will expand its network by 30 strategic locations and increase its footprint to more than 21 million total square feet and more than 518 million cubic feet of cold storage capacity.

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Dannon teams with first lady's healthier foods campaign
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Dannon Co. was expected to announce Friday that it will scale back fat and sugar in its yogurt products, becoming the latest business to team up with first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to fight childhood obesity.
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Peltz's Trian calls for PepsiCo board to meet with shareholders
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Continuing a push for splitting the snack and beverage units, activist Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP called on PepsiCo's board to meet with shareholders outside the presence of management.
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Employees sue McDonald's, alleging wage theft
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
A long-running campaign over McDonald's labor practices escalated this week as a group of employees filed seven lawsuits against the company and some of its franchisees, seeking unspecified back pay and damages for what it claims was wage theft.
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Cold storage facility expanding before it's even built
Star News
The cold storage facility slated for construction at the Port of Wilmington, N.C., is growing in size as officials eye expanding the amount of agriculture products moving through the port.
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ConAgra sustainability contest saves 820 million gallons of water, $30 million
EIN NewsDesk
ConAgra Foods Inc. has announced the winners of its 2014 Sustainable Development Awards, an internal program that drives and rewards imaginative approaches to sustainability and produces bottom-line business results.
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Former High Liner Foods facility sold for $4.25 million
Banker & Tradesman
A former High Liner Foods facility in Danvers, Mass., was sold for $4.25 million. The buyer was listed as 18 Electronics Ave. LLC, whose manager is Thomas Demakes, CEO of Lynn-based meat vendor Old Neighborhood Foods.
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Cone: Americans willing to pay more for sustainable produce
Environmental Leader
Americans are willing to sacrifice variety and dollars in order to eat in a more environmentally and health conscious manner, according to the 2014 Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker.
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Demand grows for halal food as industry evolves
The Associated Press via The Daily Journal
The global industry for halal food and lifestyle products — ones that meet Islamic law standards of manufacture — is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow.
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General Mills profit estimate hit by competition, higher spending
Reuters
U.S. packaged foods group General Mills Inc. warned third-quarter earnings would fall below analysts' expectations as it faces increased competition from store brands and spends more on marketing its yogurts.
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Tyson to consumers: Expect to pay more for meat
Meatingplace
Tyson Foods Chief Executive Donnie Smith says consumers should brace for even higher meat prices in the grocery aisle.
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