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All-natural, GMO claims against General Mills can proceed, judge says
Food Navigator-USA
A judge last week refused to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing General Mills of misleading consumers by marketing its Nature Valley products as "all-natural" when they allegedly contain GMOs.

Related: Manufacturers, consumers struggle to define 'natural' (Food Processing)

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Getting ready to profit from the 'next billion' consumers
Business Day
They're younger. They're literate. They've got increasing access to the Internet. They're in Ukraine. They're in the Philippines, Nigeria, China, India. Meet the 1.2 billion people who will move out of subsistence poverty by the year 2020. They're the world's newest consumers, those living in households where annual disposable incomes will surpass $5,000 for the first time.
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Pompeo to push industry GMO bill
Politico
Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., is aiming to introduce a GMO food labeling bill backed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and dozens of other food groups sometime in the next two weeks, before the House breaks for its Easter recess.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is listed in this story as a member of a food group coalition supporting a federal GMO labeling framework.

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Minimum wage deal emerging?
The Hill
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is struggling to stop Senate Democrats from backing a plan to undercut President Barack Obama's $10.10 minimum wage target.
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Paul Ryan's budget: 5 takeaways
The Wall Street Journal
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R.-Wis., released what is likely his last budget plan in his current role on Tuesday, calling for many of the same changes to government programs that he has proposed in recent years. Here are highlights of his proposal and a look at where the process goes from here.

Related: It's junior year and Paul Ryan must pick a major (The Washington Post)

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Dave Camp won't seek re-election
Politico
Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the prestigious Ways and Means Committee, will not run for re-election in November, the veteran GOP lawmaker announced Monday.

Related: The Obamacare enthusiasm gap (Politico)

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Crucial climate regs head to White House
The Hill
Draft regulations that would place tough new limits on emissions from the nation's existing power plants has moved to the White House, according to records posted Tuesday by the Office of Management and Budget.
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Evaporated cane juice lawsuit on ice as FDA weighs in
Food Navigator-USA
A class action lawsuit accusing Coca-Cola subsidiary Odwalla of misleading consumers and misbranding its products by using the term "evaporated cane juice" on labels has been put on ice by a California judge following the FDA's decision to look again at the controversial term.
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Ag industry rallies to defeat Oregon county's anti-GMO measure
Jefferson Public Radio
If voters approve, Jackson County, Ore., would become the first in the state to ban growing genetically modified crops. A local farmers' group has put a measure on the May ballot. The measure would apply to just one, mostly rural county. But the campaign has attracted attention — and money — from around the state and nation.

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  • Maui anti-GMO march comes ahead of petition deadline (Maui Now)
  • Arizona man pushes for GMO food labels (Tucson News Now)
  • Will Monsanto buckle under anti-GMO pressure this week? (The Motley Fool)

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    Unsurprisingly, kids are not interested in healthy kid meals
    Science 2.0
    Children ages 3 to 7 have little interest in attempts at depicting healthier kids' meals, according to a new study by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center in JAMA Pediatrics.
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    USDA has no plans to remove sugar in third quarter
    Food Business News
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture said its Commodity Credit Corp. does not plan to use the Feedstock Flexibility Program in the third quarter (April-June) of fiscal 2014 to remove sugar from the domestic market.
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    Taiwan to discuss TPP bid with US during next TIFA talks
    Focus Taiwan News Channel
    Taiwan will raise issues related to its bid for a role in the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade bloc and a possible bilateral investment agreement during upcoming trade talks with the United States, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Cho Shih-chao said Tuesday.
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    The clock is ticking: Act now on FIC label changes
    Food Navigator
    Food businesses need to re-think their labels fast if they don't want to be caught out by the new Food Information for Consumers regulation, says RSSL.
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    What it's like to taste frozen food for a living
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    Matthew, a former professional "sensory panelist" for a frozen foods company, talks about eating french fries and other frozen foods during an 8-month stint as a paid participant.

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    China food processing: Latest market analysis
    PR-Inside
    A new report from CompaniesandMarkets.com analyzes the food processing industry in China using a PEST framework analysis.

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    Opinion: BPI vs. ABC News
    Food Safety News
    Last week's ruling by a South Dakota judge is troubling because, in not dismissing the lawsuit against ABC, she also did not release two of the network's sources from the case.

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    The world's top 10 most innovative companies in food
    Fast Company
    Newly engineered foods. A TV show satirizing Big Ag. Farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases. Here are the companies that are cooking up new ideas and changing how we think about our food.
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    Shoppers remain loyal to dollar stores
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    Roughly 9 of 10 shoppers in value/dollar stores plan to continue shopping the channel even if their current economic situation improves. That's the key result from a new study from VideoMining Corp., the leading provider of in-store behavior analytics.
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    Tyson plant expansion in Nebraska nearing completion
    Sioux City Journal
    By this summer, a larger more modern kill floor will open at Tyson Foods' Dakota City, Neb., beef plant, allowing the sprawling complex to match its slaughter and processing numbers.
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    Americold, Perdue Foods expand Pennsylvania warehouse
    Meatingplace
    Americold and Perdue Foods announced a 96,000 square foot temperature-controlled storage facility expansion underway in Leesport, Pa., that would create more than 100 new jobs.
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    Hughes snapped up in food processing expansion plan
    Food Production Daily
    Hughes, a manufacturer of stainless-steel food processing equipment, has been acquired by a group with big plans to grow the business.
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    A look at some of Yum! Brands' corporate responsibility initiatives
    Pizza Marketplace
    Yum! Brands on Monday released its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility report, outlining the company's efforts in four areas: food, people, community and environment. To complement the report, Yum! has declared April as "CSR Month" and will be sharing videos, infographics and facts about its initiatives.
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    Raw egg safety breakthrough
    Meat & Poultry
    USDA research has led to a faster way to pasteurize raw, in-shell eggs without compromising flavor, texture, color or other qualities.
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    Digital coupons for food outpacing FSIs
    CPGmatters
    On key websites in 2013, digital coupons — including Load to Card and Print at Home — delivered higher incentives per unit in all five CPG food segments compare to Print FSI coupons distributed in Sunday newspapers, according to a new study from Kantar Media's Marx.
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    Foodborne pathogens feel force of U.S. Army
    Food Quality News
    A U.S. Army research centre is developing a portable food safety sensor to capture and detect foodborne pathogens.
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    Report: Global cold chain market booming in 2014
    PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
    TechNavio's analysts forecast the global cold chain market to grow at a CAGR of 15.94 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing need to reduce food wastage. The market has also been witnessing the increasing demand for cold chain logistics in emerging economies. However, the high real estate and energy costs could pose a challenge to growth.
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    Research: Food firms failing to deliver supply chain goals
    Food Navigator
    Businesses are failing to deliver their goals because they have too many supply chain priorities, according to new research from Hitachi Consulting.
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