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Former Kellogg CEO: The FDA is attacking the food industry
The Daily Caller
Carlos Gutierrez, formerly secretary of commerce under President George W. Bush and president, chairman and CEO of Kellogg Co., warned members of the audience at the Annual Food Marketing Conference on Tuesday that the FDA has launched an all-out attack on the food industry.
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Nestle's 'food reputation map' show how people feel about food
FoodBev.com
A new tool, developed by Rome's La Sapienza University with support from Nestle, is designed to enable food producers, growers, processors and marketers to better understand what we think about when we think of food.
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AFFI leads the chorus against new food taxes
American Frozen Food Institute
Food producers and their distribution partners are confronted with a growing number of challenges that could alter how much food costs, how it's made, how it's distributed, how it's marketed and how it's consumed. Much of this comes as the direct result of decisions made by policymakers in our nation's capital.
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Supreme Court strikes down limits on federal campaign donations
The Washington Post
A split Supreme Court struck down limits on the total amount of money an individual may spend on political candidates as a violation of free speech rights, a decision sure to increase the role of money in political campaigns.

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    Dems see campaign gold in Ryan budget
    The Hill
    House Democratic leaders bashing Rep. Paul Ryan's latest budget bill have at least one good thing to say about the sweeping plan: It could help them at the polls in November. Democrats have been focused on a populist economic agenda that includes an increase in the minimum wage, an extension of emergency jobless benefits and a broad expansion of health insurance coverage included in the Affordable Care Act.

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    Poll: Christie stops the bleeding
    The Washington Post
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's rapid decline in the polls has ceased, according to a new poll from Monmouth University. The poll, conducted for the Asbury Park Press, shows Christie's approval rating at 51 percent — a point higher than it was in February. And the percentage of New Jerseyans who disapprove of Christie declined three points over the same span, from 44 percent to 41 percent.
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    Massachusetts House committee advances GMO labeling bill
    Wicked Local Marblehead
    A proposed GMO food labeling bill is making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature. Massachusetts joins a growing number of northeast states working to label foods containing GMOs: Maine and Connecticut have already passed legislation; New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are actively pursuing it.

    Related: 'International Guide to GMO Standards and Regulatory Policy' (Teatro Naturale)

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    Solutions sought to reduce food waste at schools
    Los Angeles Times
    Federal rules require students to take at least three items from the cafeteria each day, but an L.A. Unified manager wants to change the policy to reduce the $100,000 in food thrown away daily.
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    EPA stops sale of food containers made with nano silver
    Food Safety News
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Pathway Investment Corp. of Englewood, N.J., to stop selling plastic food containers made with nano silver because it's an unregistered pesticide.
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    Industry cites 'historic wins' for organics in new farm bill
    Food Safety News
    "Like being thrown under the bus" was how organic farmers and others in the industry described their fate a little more than a year ago when Congress failed to agree on a new farm bill and instead extended the 2008 version. But, with recent passage of the 2014 farm bill, it's a totally different story.
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    Grocery delivery service tests out drones
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    Groceries delivered by drone? That's the concept for one Austin, Texas-based grocery delivery service that is testing the new method in hopes of expanding its reach.

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    All-natural, GMO lawsuit can proceed, judge says
    Food Navigator-USA
    A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing General Mills of misleading consumers by calling its Nature Valley products "all-natural" when they allegedly contain GMOs.

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    Paul Ryan's budget: 5 takeaways
    The Wall Street Journal
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R.-Wis., released his budget plan Tuesday, calling for many of the same changes he previously proposed.

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    No competitors outbid Albertsons for Safeway grocery chain
    San Jose Mercury News via Idaho Statesman
    The Albertsons takeover of the bigger Safeway supermarket chain has cleared its first hurdle.
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    Navigating the challenges (and opportunities) of food shortages
    Food Dive
    It's been a tough start of the year for some in the food industry, particularly when looking at various external factors disrupting the supply chain. See how retailers and companies are negotiating this rocky territory in the age of shortages and price increases.
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    The marketing decoder: Philadelphia Cream Cheese gets a makeover
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Kraft Food Groups Inc. is aiming for health-conscious shoppers in its new packaging design for Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads. Gone are those familiar, circular tubs; instead Kraft has introduced an oblong container it hopes will keep its label facing front so shoppers can see it better on store shelves.
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    UK frozen food makers hit back at fruit, veggie health study
    The Grocer
    Frozen food manufacturers in the U.K. have blasted a new study on 5-A-Day for "misleadingly" suggesting eating frozen fruit is not as beneficial as fresh.
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    Mondelez bakes more technology into the snack food industry
    The Motley Fool
    Mondelez has not built up the household recognition that Kraft has, but leaders in the company seek to change that through innovating marketing and technology ideas.
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    A look at how women grocery shop
    Adweek
    These days, ladies are all about the labels in the grocery store. With the help of mobile devices and coupons, they tend toward the healthiest food at the best prices and are swayed by packaging that promotes fresh and low-fat ingredients.
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    Fast food wage wars: Former McDonald's managers admit withholding pay
    Bloomberg
    Two former McDonald's Corp. store managers, assisting with a campaign to raise pay for fast food workers, said they helped withhold employees' wages at the restaurant chain after facing pressure to keep labor costs down.
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    Starbucks bringing back cake slices as pastry makeover hits a glitch
    The Associated Press via Daily Reporter
    After poor customer feedback, Starbucks says it will return to its cake slices rather than continue to promote what looked like miniature loaves in their place, at a higher cost.
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    Top 25 impacts on flexible packaging supply chain
    Food Production Daily
    Smithers Pira has released a report that shows which trends will impact the flexible packaging market over the next 10 years.
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    Chinese food giant acquires majority stake in Noble's agribusiness
    FBR
    Chinese food giant Cofco has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake of 51 percent in Noble agribusiness, a unit of Hong Kong-based supply chain manager Noble Group, for $1.5 billion.
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    Seneca Foods now owns half of Truitt Bros Inc.
    FoodBev.com
    Seneca Foods Corporation and Peter W. Truitt have entered into a share purchase agreement whereby the company has acquired 50 percent ownership in Truitt Bros Inc., and directly related holdings.
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    Portion-pack food firm plans $3.1 million expansion
    Food Production Daily
    Growth in portion-packaged foods is moving L&L Foods to break ground on an additional facility in Wilmington, Ohio, to boost capacity.
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    Whole Foods buys Arizona, California stores from New Frontiers
    just-food
    Whole Foods Market is set to buy four stores from local U.S. retailer New Frontiers Natural Marketplace. The natural and organic grocer has moved for three outlets in Arizona — one each in Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona — and a store in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
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    Frozen chicken recalled on misbranding
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    AdvancePierre Foods, based in Enid, Okla., is recalling approximately 8,730 pounds of frozen chicken breast products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

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