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Food prices to keep rising as drought, demand, disease strain supply
International Business Times
Food prices have been on the rise across America in recent months as a deluge of detrimental factors has descended on key sectors of the agricultural industry.
POM vs. Coke at the Supreme Court: Who came out on top?
POM Wonderful and Coca-Cola both got a grilling at the Supreme Court Monday as they traded blows in a false advertising case, but while the justices seemed to give Coke a tougher time, this doesn't necessarily mean POM is going to emerge victorious, say legal experts.
Top court asks if Coca-Cola juice label is misleading (Reuters)
Justices skeptical of Coke's pomegranate juice label (The Wall Street Journal)
Big win for Coke could upset the apple cart, attorney says (Food Navigator-USA)
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McDonald's profit falls as US same-restaurant sales slip
McDonald's Corp. posted a lower quarterly profit Tuesday as sales at the fast food chain's established U.S. restaurants fell more than expected on fewer customers.
Tea party attacks Boehner at home
The Washington Post
House Speaker John Boehner's latest challenge is more direct, a full-on assault from tea party activists back home in his Ohio Congressional district, where Boehner faces three challengers in a May 6 primary.
Can Democrats use Obamacare to persuade voters?
The Wall Street Journal
Are there any voters left who haven't made up their minds about the Affordable Care Act? Not many, but Democrats are counting on a few at the margins to come their way.
Will GOP turn to 'outsider' in Florida special?
Republicans may be ready to turn to a self-styled "outsider" to replace disgraced former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla. Businessman Curt Clawson looks like the front-runner in Tuesday's GOP primary to succeed Radel, who resigned this year amid cocaine charges.
Vermont senator: Anti-GMO defense fund sets 'terrible precedent'
A Vermont state senator who voted for a popular GMO food labeling bill now says the legislation's $1.5 million legal defense fund sets a "a terrible, terrible precedent."
Related: Why Hawaii is Ground Zero for GMO debate (The AP via The Huffington Post)
Business groups urge US, Japan to close TPP gaps
Law360 (subscription required)
American and Japanese business groups on Monday urged the U.S. and Japan to resolve contentious issues in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, days after top trade officials cited continuing gaps in the two countries' positions on automotive and agricultural trade concerns.
Related: Opinion: US, Japan must seal the deal on TPP (The Washington Post)
Celebrate Earth Day with food safety education guide
Earth Day is a chance to consider the place of food in a greener world. So in honor of Earth Day, Consumer Reports has launched its Food Safety & Sustainability Guide to educate consumers about top food safety issues.
Government fight over cow food could make beer more expensive
New FDA regulations, which are undergoing a review, could increase the price of beer, milk and more, critics say.
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Debate over Mexico food labeling gets bitter over sugar
The Associated Press via Global News
Mexico's new food labeling rules were supposed to help fight an obesity epidemic, but activists and experts said Monday they may actually encourage the public to consume high levels of sugar.
Labor shortages pop up, but wage growth still lags
The Wall Street Journal
The first-quarter survey by professional-services firm PwC shows 28 percent of U.S. multinational manufacturers expect the lack of qualified workers will be a barrier to growth in the next year. That is the highest reading since 2007, just as the last expansion was unraveling.
From wine to meat, why food provenance matters
The Globe and Mail
The desire to know more about what we consume isn't just limited to food insiders, and the desire to understand the provenance of our food is now something of an obsession.
Childhood obesity survey finds creative solutions
Cornell University via Medical Xpress
Ask public officials, as Cornell social scientists did: What's to be done about childhood obesity? Creative solutions, as it turns out, outnumber lame excuses.
Related: Obesity rate in developing countries triples in past 30 years (Business Insider)
Food predicted to be politically destabilizing issue by 2050
The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, said Dr. Fred Davies, senior science advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Aid's bureau of food security.
Opinion: What are the options to ensure safe food?
The News Journal
In the normal course of government oversight of food safety, shouldn't the process involve a rigorous schedule of routine unexpected inspections baked into the calendar year? However, if as the FDA reported in 2010, more than half of all food establishments in this country went five or more years with no inspection, then the fault for food safety breakdowns lies not entirely with a negligent manufacturer.
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Consumer firms adapt to win over emerging markets' middle classes
From chocolate and dumplings to toothpaste, consumer goods companies are adapting to new spending habits as incomes rise in emerging markets while protecting profits in places where they can be volatile.
El Nino forecast by Australia as all models predict onset
An El Nino will probably start as soon as July, according to the Australian government forecaster, strengthening predictions for the event that can affect weather patterns worldwide and roil commodity prices.
Report claims organics industry waged 'public disinformation campaign'
Consumers have spent years paying over the odds for organic foods based on the erroneous belief — promulgated by stakeholders with a vested interest — that they are healthier and safer than their conventional counterparts, claims a controversial new report.
Food firms must cater for consumers on autopilot
Food and drink manufacturers need to make their products appear to be an effortless choice for consumers operating on autopilot and stop over rationalizing their habits, advises leading behavioral scientist Dr. Nick Southgate.
Mitsubishi Corp. subsidiary to build pork shipping center in Indiana
Indiana Packers Corp. plans to locate a pork shipping center in Frankfort, Ind., creating up to 98 new jobs by 2016, company officials and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann announced Monday.
TreeHouse to acquire broth maker Protenergy Natural Foods
TreeHouse Foods has struck a deal to acquire Protenergy Natural Foods from private-equity firms Whitecastle Investments and Whitecap Venture Partners $150 million.
Windsor Foods launches smartphone app for foodservice industry
24-7 PressRelease via Digital Journal
Frozen foods company Windsor Foods has released its new Windsor Wheelhouse smartphone app aimed at delivering information on Windsor Foods products, specifications and promotional materials directly to Apple and Android devices.
NPD: Consumers want more protein but don't know how much is enough
U.S. consumers polled by NPD Group say they want more protein in their diets, but nearly 3 of 4 people in this group have no idea of how much protein they should be consuming each day, the survey found.
Merck: Food industry wants rapid methods
Food Quality News
The food industry is moving from traditional culture to rapid methods to release product faster to the market, according to Merck Millipore.
Food waste: Building a better scrap trap
The Wall Street Journal
The ORCA, which stands for organic refuse conversion alternative, is a machine that takes only 24 hours to transform food waste into water that travels harmlessly down the drain, the same way tap water does.
Farm collaborative links excess goats with diners
The Town Talk
The Vermont Goat Collaborative brings together new Americans hungry for the food of their homelands with dairy goat farmers who have no need for the young male animals.
Don't waste taste, say researchers with new technique to study chewing
How do food processors know how much salt is needed to give peanuts the best flavor and how much goes to waste? An Australian research team hopes to provide the answer after developing a new 3-D modeling technique to show how flavor particles react to chewing.
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