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Why food prices are drought-resistant
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
California's drought is raising concerns about whether fresh produce grown in the Golden State could run short, potentially raising prices nationwide. The reality is there was little jump in produce prices last year, and consumers should expect only slight increases in 2015. To appreciate why, one must understand a bit about the geography, water infrastructure and economics of California agriculture.
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EPA settles lawsuit over ethanol mandate, sets new RFS timeline
The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency has settled an oil industry lawsuit and agreed to set the ethanol blending mandates for this year and last year by Nov. 30.
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New York lawmakers mull warning labels on sugary beverages
The Associated Press via Capital Press
New York lawmakers are taking a look at a proposal to require labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Two committees of the state Assembly are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposal Monday in New York City.
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Hillary Clinton formally announces 2016 presidential run
Politico
Hillary Clinton on Sunday formally announced her second run for the White House with a digital blitz that portrayed her as a champion of everyday Americans.

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    Marco Rubio tells supporters he is running for president
    The Washington Post
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants whose rapid political ascent was nearly blocked five years ago by national Republican leaders, told supporters on a Monday call that he is running for president, according to two people familiar with his plans.
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    2016 GOP field piles on Clinton
    The Hill
    The 2016 Republican presidential field on Sunday greeted Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's entrance into the race with skepticism.

    Related: GOP targets Hillary Cliinton's years at State (Politico)

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    New federal rules will make it easier for workers to unionize
    The Boston Globe
    New federal rules aimed at making it easier for workers to unionize take effect Tuesday, dramatically shortening the amount of time before workers can vote to join a union but angering employers, who say the rules give labor organizers an unfair advantage.
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    UC study brings data to school lunch debate
    Beyond Chron
    Can letting students pre-order their cafeteria lunch using a phone app get more kids to eat school food? How about offering more places where they can pick up their meal? Or maybe having school staff promote the idea that school lunch is cool? All of these ideas, and many more, are part of San Francisco Unified School District's Future Dining Experience, a multiyear effort designed to get more kids to eat healthy school meals.
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    USDA could add up to 40 crops to SCO list
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    Peanuts, potatoes and canola are crops that have a strong possibility of being among as many as 40 added to those eligible for the supplemental coverage option, or SCO, in 2015, according to Brandon Willis, administrator of USDA's Risk Management Agency.
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    Moscow ponders $18 million Russian rival to McDonald's
    Newsweek
    The Russian government is mulling over funding an $18 million project, planned as a Russian rival to U.S. fast food chain McDonald’s, according to Russian press.
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    FDA reports sharp increase in sales of antibiotics for food animals
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Public health groups urged the Obama administration to take more aggressive steps to limit and track the use of antibiotics in cows, chickens and other food animals after the FDA reported a sharp increase in antibiotic sales between 2009 and 2013.
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    FDA Science Forum to target role of scientific research in regulatory decisions
    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP via Lexology
    The FDA will host a public workshop, "FDA Science Forum 2015," May 27-28 in Silver Spring, Maryland, to highlight science conducted at FDA, the role that research plays in informing regulatory decision-making and to provide a forum for collaborations with external organizations.
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    Why retailers are sweating the DOL's upcoming OT changes
    Law360 (subscriber story)
    Retailers are bracing for the U.S. Department of Labor's proposed changes to federal overtime regulations that experts say will likely require the industry to make sweeping changes in how it classifies its salaried and hourly employees.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Greenyard Foods merges to become global fruit, vegetable giant
    Reuters
    Belgian frozen vegetable group Greenyard Foods will merge with fresh fruit company Univeg and gardening company Peatinvest to form a global fruit and vegetable group with $3.9 billion in annual sales.
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    Organic Valley posts record sales, 193 percent profit leap
    LaCrosse Tribune via Vernon County Broadcaster
    Organic Valley is in a predicament: Demand for its products is outstripping supplies, which adds a nettlesome element to a seemingly enviable situation.
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    Euromonitor: Savory snacks make up 10 percent of US packaged food spend
    Bakery & Snacks
    $1 out of every $10 spent on packaged food in the U.S. is spent on savory snacks, says Euromonitor International.
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    Why Chipotle doesn't serve breakfast burritos
    Business Insider
    The fast food industry has long speculated that Chipotle will eventually start serving breakfast items. But after a disappointing test two years ago, there are still no plans to introduce a breakfast menu, Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said.
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    Food futurology is 'key to new product innovation'
    Food Manufacture
    Futurology can play a key role in helping food and drink manufacturers make wise investments in new product development, according to futurologist Morgaine Gaye.
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    Celebrities take food stamp challenge
    Toown Hall
    Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebrities have taken the #FoodBankNYCChallenge and will be living on a $29 food budget for one week. This, according to the Food Bank for New York City, is equal to about $1.38 per meal, or what a person living on SNAP would have for a food budget.
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    Canadian officials quarantine 29 farms due to avian flu outbreak
    CFPL
    A total of 29 poultry farms in southwestern Ontario are now under quarantine after H5 avian influenza was confirmed on a turkey farm in the Woodstock area earlier this month.
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    Cargill recalls beef due to string contamination concerns
    Food Quality News
    Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling almost 8,300 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with blue string, according to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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    The new cool: Magnetocaloric material to change the way we chill
    Food Processing
    Louisiana State University physicists have discovered a magnetocaloric material that could change how we create cool temperatures and could revolutionize the cooling industry, including food refrigeration and air conditioning..
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    Hygienic design: Keeping foods clean
    Packaging Europe
    Food manufacturers face increasing pressure to enhance the safety of the supply chain. Improving hygiene in food production starts with refined design of processing and packaging equipment.
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