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GMO labeling bill back with a twist
Politico Pro via American Frozen Food Institute
The next industry-backed GMO labeling bill that Congress sees won't just attempt to quash state efforts to mandate such a requirement. It will also seek to set a standard for GMO-free food.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a member of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which is supporting federal GMO labeling legislation.
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General Mills revamps product development, marketing to mirror small brands
Food giant General Mills is tearing a page from the playbook of the startups and small brands with which it competes to change how it develops and markets new products.
King re-introduces 'No Hungry Kids' Act
Congressman Steve King's Office
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Friday re-introduced the "No Hungry Kids" Act, HR 1363, which would repeal the USDA's school lunch reform, would prohibit USDA calorie limits and would allow parents to send children to school with foods of their choice.
Related: School meal legislation goes to Christie's desk (Courier-Post)
Seeking an edge, Ted Cruz kicks off season of 2016 announcements
Shortly after midnight on Monday morning, Ted Cruz confirmed on Twitter that he will run for president, making him the first official candidate of the 2016 race and kicking off a season of campaign launches, with several other candidates expected to jump in in coming weeks.
Ted Cruz is a conservative icon, but plenty of Republicans don't care for him (The Washington Post)
Cruz is starting with less prior-year support than anyone since Bill Clinton (The Washington Post)
Make-or-break week for the GOP Congress
House and Senate Republicans face their biggest week of the 114th Congress so far, one that could go a long way toward setting up their overall strategy — and set the tone for what they accomplish — heading into the heart of the legislative year.
Related: Budget debate puts GOP credibility on the line (The Hill)
Ready for Hillary ready to step aside as she prepares campaign
As Hillary Clinton readies her campaign, Ready for Hillary is getting ready to step aside. Founded to convince the former secretary of State to run for office, the organization is planning to dissolve as soon as possible after Clinton formally announces.
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FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe
The Associated Press via Arizona Daily Star
Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say they don't want any part of it and others are staying silent.
Related: New GMO potato heads for test market this summer (Headlines & Global News)
Blueberries are one of the hottest ingredients in all types of beverages. Part of the reason is health but part is also the across-the-board appeal of blueberries with consumers of all ages and with product developers who appreciate the multitude of blueberry products available year-round.
U. S. Highbush Blueberry Council
From soda bans to nutrient labeling: What really helps reduce obesity?
Trans-fat bans and limiting the availability of sugary and fatty foods are the best ways to battle obesity, while nutrition information fails to deliver benefits, says a new review of anti-obesity policies.
After Target wage hike, labor groups turn to drugstore chains
The United Food and Commercial Workers International, a union that played a key role in pressuring Wal-Mart, said it will accelerate its efforts to organize Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. workers to demand better pay.
Scientists model global trends in animal antibiotic use
Food Safety News
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences attempts to map antimicrobial consumption in livestock, especially food animals, to offer a baseline look at the global importance of antibiotic use.
Related: Soaring antibiotic use in animals fuels 'super bug' fears (Reuters)
The research implications of the Global nutrition report
The Global nutrition report, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute, addresses the issue of global malnutrition. It aims to track progress in improving nutrition and, at the same time, identifies actions to accelerate progress and strengthen accountability.
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Burger King brings back chicken fries, this time for good
Burger King is bringing back Chicken Fries, the cult item that has appeared sporadically on its menu over the years, in an escalation of its battle with McDonald's Corp. over poultry fare.
General Mills rut could put Betty Crocker on notice
General Mills Inc. already said hello to Annie — now it may be time to say goodbye to Betty Crocker. Divesting underperforming, slower-growing products such as Green Giant canned and frozen vegetables, Betty Crocker baking mixes and Hamburger Helper quick meals could be a logical next step, said Ken Shea of Bloomberg Intelligence.
How 'virtual' water could help ease California's drought
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
While the recent rains in California are welcome, they've barely made a dent in the enduring drought, now in its fourth year. Solving the state's water problem will take radical solutions, and they can begin with "virtual water." Market incentives will reverse the economic logic that drives local farmers to plant more water-intensive crops.
Bill Marler: Why food will continue to get safer
Food Poison Journal
From E. coli to salmonella, the headline-grabbing pathogens that can contaminate our food supply are meeting their match, thanks to an array of technology advancements that will impact both food producers and consumers, say food safety research and policy leaders.
Supply chain changes could cut food waste
Changes to the supply chain could save millions in food waste by increasing the life of products, according to a new study.
Related: How retailers are working with suppliers to fight food waste (Food Navigator)
Amy's Kitchen recalls various products over Listeria concerns
One of Canada's leading natural frozen food manufacturers is recalling more than 73,000 cases of product over concerns that organic spinach used may pose a listeria risk.
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Is 4-D printed food on the way?
3-D printed food is becoming more "real" at an impressive rate. Naturally, the next area of experimentation with printed food is the world of 4-D printing and the possibilities of that extra dimension.
Fresh & Easy closes 50 stores to focus on food convenience stores
The Associated Press via St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fresh & Easy is closing about 50 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada in the coming weeks as the grocery chain pursues a new business model.
Del Monte closes vegetable processing operations
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
On the heels of Del Monte Foods's acquisition of Sager Creek Vegetable Co., Siloam Springs, Arkansas, the San Francisco-based fruit and vegetable processor announced plans to consolidate its Pulaski, Wisconsin, vegetable processing operation.
Ball Corp. finishes $18 million expansion
Wisconsin State Journal
Ball Corp. in DeForest, Wisconsin, is expecting to hire up to 40 people in the next year to help staff an $18 million expansion adding an aluminum container line at the can-making plant, where steel packaging for food and household products has been made for decades.
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