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What does the Heinz-Kraft deal mean for General Mills?
General Mills Inc. doesn't have to worry about 3G Capital and Warren Buffett taking a run at it anytime soon, analysts say. But the long term is another story.
More Kraft-Heinz mega mergers on the way? (CNBC)
Kraft-Heinz deal set for FTC's pattern of food-deal scrutiny (Bloomberg)
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National GMO labeling standards bill resurfaces
A bill to form a single federal labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified ingredients was introduced in the House on Wednesday by Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C.
Related: GMO controversy heating up nationwide (Statesman Journal)
Don't assume frozen is inferior to fresh
Some people are leery about buying frozen fruits and vegetables. They believe frozen is inferior to fresh. Kim Larson, a registered dietician in the Seattle area, who speaks for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says there's nothing to worry about.
House approves GOP budget
House Republicans adopted a 2016 budget in a 228-199 vote on Wednesday that represents a major victory for GOP leaders after a rocky start to their year.
How Boehner got a much-needed win on the budget (The Washington Post)
New House conservative caucus divided in budget vote (The Hill)
Senate vote-a-rama: A charade with consequences
Republicans will have to go on record against giving minimum-wage workers a raise and potentially vote against a plan meant to defend pregnant workers from discrimination. Democrats will take sides on Iran's nuclear talks, with Republicans daring them to side against Israel. And each party is trying to outdo the other on how much it loves Medicare.
Related: Huge vote for 2016 hopefuls (The Hill)
People say they are tired of the Bushes and Clintons — but they're not really
The Washington Post
Yes, it's easy to conclude that the broad disdain the public expresses toward dynasties is a major hurdle for both Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. But saying that political dynasties aren't a good thing for the country is kind of like saying there's too much money in politics. Sure. But is it something that impacts actual votes?
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Senate acts out against Clean Water rule with farm-state Democrats' support
Agri-Pulse Communications Inc.
With some critical Democratic support, the Senate endorsed limiting the reach of a rule proposed by the Obama administration to re-define what ditches, ponds and other features are regulated by the Clean Water Act.
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House passes budget with ag, SNAP cuts
Politico Pro via American Frozen Food Institute
The House approved a budget Wednesday night containing $1 billion worth of farm bill spending cuts over 10 years for agriculture programs and a massive reorganization for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that shifts control from the USDA to individual states.
Congress urged to prevent Canadian and Mexican retaliation for COOL
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
An overwhelming majority of witnesses from various sectors of the food industry who testified before a House Agriculture subcommittee Wednesday urged Congress to act swiftly to repeal country-of-origin labeling requirements related to muscle cuts of meat to prevent the loss of tens of thousands of U.S. jobs and billions of dollars.
The Iowa caucuses have a winner: Ethanol
The Wall Street Journal
Presidential hopefuls love the law mandating biofuel use, but there are encouraging signs in Washington that the business handout is losing favor.
What the new national dietary guidelines mean
The Baltimore Sun
A low-sugar campaign at Wegmans comes as the federal government has introduced new nutrition guidelines that point to the sweet stuff as a major nutritional culprit that leads to obesity and bad health.
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Here come the cuts after Kraft-Heinz merger
When Kraft Foods Group merges with H.J. Heinz Co, they will share a name, a central place in the American kitchen and two headquarters near Chicago and Pittsburgh. But that dual office structure may soon change, according to some industry watchers.
Pittsburgh officials ask what's not to love in Heinz-Kraft mega-merger? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Kraft-Heinz deal shows Brazilian buyout firm's cost-cutting recipe (The Wall Street Journal)
Retailers could feel Kraft-Heinz merger 'pinch'
While there have been other big mergers in the CPG industry, the Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz Co. deal is a game-changer that could affect retailers in the form of reduced broker and sales support.
Smithfield triples profits in 2014
Smithfield Foods Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of WH Group Ltd., this week reported record 2014 results. Sales for 2014 were up 8 percent, and net income was $556.1 million, compared to net income of $120.7 million the previous year.
Quorn 'categorically rejects' allegations in wrongful death lawsuit
Quorn Foods has launched a vigorous defense of its "mycoprotein" meat substitutes in the wake of a wrongful death lawsuit filed in California by the parents of Miles Bengco, an 11-year-old boy alleged to have had a severe allergic reaction to one of its "Turk'y" burgers.
New line of frozen breakfast sandwiches unveiled
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Respect Foods Inc., based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, unveiled a new line of frozen breakfast sandwiches made with 100 percent whole grain and sold in single-serve packages.
Firm expands cold storage options in West Michigan
Cold storage is at a premium in West Michigan, which is why a recently opened "deep frozen" warehouse in Hudsonville is already at 80 percent capacity.
Houston-based poultry further processor opens new plant
Martin Prepared Foods has announced the opening of a new poultry further processing facility at its company headquarters in Houston.
AgriDust transforms food waste into green packaging and plant pots
Italian designer Marina Ceccolini devised a way to transform six types of food waste — coffee grounds, peanut shells, tomato skins, bean pods and orange and lemon scraps — into materials with a new life.
German scientists create prototype for elastomer gripper for unpackaged food
Food Production Daily
The German Institute of Food Technologies, Fraunhofer IVV Dresden and the German Institute of Rubber Technology have developed elastomer grippers for hygienic handling of unpackaged foods; the new device is set to be launched next year.
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