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Fight over renewal of Obama's school lunch rules creates unlikely alliances
Los Angeles Times
Back in 2010, when it passed, the Healthy School Meals Act was seen as a landmark nutritional achievement for the most health-conscious White House in recent memory. Now, as the Republican-dominated Congress decides whether to renew the law, school lunch trays have become a partisan battle zone.
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The surprising truth about who's really buying organic
TakePart
The organic business is booming — and not just in places where you might expect. New market analysis by the Organic Trade Association reveals that organic's appeal now extends far beyond its stereotypical demographic.

Related: MarketReportsOnline.com adds 'Organic Food: Global Industry Guide' (Digital Journal)

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How Swanson's TV dinners made it to the Digital Age
Adweek
Even though sales have been flat since 2008, TV dinners are still a $9 billion business in America, and Swanson (bought by Pinnacle Foods in 2001 and now sold as Hungry-Man) was the marquee brand. It also proved the business maxim that success belongs not to the inventor, but to he who perfects.
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POLITICS


Trade war heating up among Democrats
The Washington Post
Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top Democrats began feuding over President Barack Obama's trade initiative Tuesday as his bid for a major late-term win began tearing at the party's unity and threatened to expose old divisions ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Related: Obama: Elizabeth Warren is 'wrong' on trade (Politico)

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McConnell builds case for 2016
The Hill
Mitch McConnell is building the case that this Senate is much more productive than the last one. The Kentucky Republican, who ascended to majority leader after repeatedly ripping the Democratic-led Senate as "dysfunctional," has to show that the GOP can govern. If he falls short of that goal, Democrats will likely win back Senate control in 2016.
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Suddenly, Congress is actually working. Why?
The Washington Post
No one could have seen this one coming. Suddenly, Congress is actually doing things. Making compromises. Passing legislation. Confirming people. The relevant question to ask here is: Why?
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POLICY


Vilsack defends SNAP as is
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack once again went to bat for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in remarks Tuesday before the National Food Policy Conference in Washington, defending it against cuts, block granting and suggestions of rampant fraud.
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Simplot, Okanagan optimistic on consumer acceptance
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Developers of the GMO apple and potato say the feedback they have received from consumers over their non-browning produce has been overwhelmingly positive, despite the loud push-back from some groups opposed to GMOs.
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$23,660-a-year 'executives' will see a raise from an Obama rule
Bloomberg
The Obama administration is drafting new rules on who qualifies for overtime compensation, forcing more businesses to pay time-and-a-half after 40 hours of work.
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More government regulation could mean fewer FDA food recalls
WOOD Radio
The Food and Drug Administration says they may release new preventative controls for all food manufacturers in the United States as early as August. The news comes on the heels of four recent large company recalls.
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US could use vaccines being developed to fight bird flu in poultry
Reuters
Faced with a deadly bird flu outbreak that has infected millions of chickens and turkeys, the U.S. Department of Agriculture could turn to what it has always seen as a last resort: readying and deploying a vaccine to fight the disease.

Related: At chicken farm in Iowa, bird flu takes biggest toll yet (The AP via Omaha.com)

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EU proposes new GM import approval rules, allowing opt-outs
Reuters
The European Commission proposed on Wednesday a new law allowing individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified crops even after they have been approved for use in food and feed by the bloc as a whole.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Sysco defends proposed acquisition of US Foods
Food Business News
Sysco Corp. on Tuesday filed a memorandum in the U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Columbia opposing the FTC's effort to block its proposed merger with US Foods, a transaction Sysco claims would make the U.S. food service distribution industry more competitive.
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Nomad to pursue other food market acquisitions after Iglo
IntraFish (subscriber story)
Private equity group Nomad is set to drive organic M&A growth following its acquisition of frozen food giant Birds Eye, sources close to the company tell IntraFish.
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Ice cream crisis: What's next for Blue Bell?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (subscriber story)
A nationwide Blue Bell ice cream recall has grown into a full-blown crisis, and the Texas-based company must act fast to preserve its reputation and hang on to loyal customers, crisis managers say.

Related: Food recalls from the perspective of the retailer (Food Safety Magazine)

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Fast food industry waking up to breakfast's potential
Los Angeles Times
Breakfast, once a small portion of revenue, generated $34.5 billion in sales last year and now accounts for 21 percent of the 45 billion customer visits to fast food restaurants. It is the only meal that is growing in an otherwise flat fast food industry.
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Chipotle: Carnitas shortage to persist for months
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
Denver-based Chipotle said Tuesday it is working with suppliers to get pork back in its roughly 1,800 restaurants by the fourth quarter, which begins in October.
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Yum tops estimates as China struggles show signs of abating
Bloomberg
Yum! Brands Inc., owner of the KFC and Taco Bell fast food chains, posted first-quarter profit that topped analysts' estimates after its long-struggling China business showed signs of improvement.
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Smithfield Foods establishes new executive position: Chief People Officer
Globe Newswire via Nasdaq
Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced it has created a new executive position of "chief people officer" to focus on developing and implementing the company's strategy to enhance the work environment and offer employees rewarding career paths.
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McDonald's to end deforestation in supply chain
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Global fast food giant McDonald's Corp. has pledged to end deforestation caused by production of commodities in its supply chain, focusing on beef, coffee, palm oil, poultry and packaging.
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Tetra Pak launches new consumables to improve food production efficiency
Packaging Europe
Tetra Pak has launched a range of hot-melt adhesives and lubricants specifically formulated for use with its own filling machines.
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The role of ERP in the journey toward a sustainable food supply chain
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
In the food and grocery industry, the strategic importance of sustainability continues to become even more critical as the industry is being challenged and challenges itself to reduce its impact on the environment.
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    Birds Eye sets sail again as US investors buy Iglo (The Guardian)
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Blue Bell recalls all products over Listeria (Reuters)

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