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Trying to bolster the image of frozen meals as sales lag
The New York Times
Stouffer's, a Nestle brand, is introducing a series of commercials that aim to shift the perception among some consumers that processed frozen meals are not as tasty or nutritious as freshly prepared meals.
Taco Bell to test fast-casual restaurant
Think of this as a Taco Bell for foodies. Except it's not Taco Bell. It's U.S. Taco Co., a hush-hush, fast-casual restaurant project developed deep in the bowels of Taco Bell's Irvine, Calif., headquarters building over the past year.
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California soda warnings: Common sense or red-tape nightmare?
Earlier this month, a California Senate committee approved a bill to mandate warning labels on sugary beverages. As SB 1000 awaits votes in the Senate Committee on Appropriations later this month before a full Senate floor vote, the question of public health vs. consumer choice is the focus of the debate between the two sides.
Reid now GOP's top bogeyman
Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader, has become the Democratic leader in Congress that conservative radio hosts and donors love to hate, leaving Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the House minority leader, as something of an afterthought.
Boehner mocks House Republicans for stalling immigration bill
The Wall Street Journal
In an appearance in his home district in Ohio, House Speaker John Boehner vented his frustration with his fellow House Republicans' unwillingness to overhaul immigration laws and said he still wants to tackle the issue this year, local media reported.
Obama to sharpen focus on midterm elections
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama has several events in early May focused on the Democratic Party, including a West Coast swing with stops in Los Angeles, San Diego and the San Francisco area. These events are mostly fundraisers, officials said.
No trade deal in Japan for Obama
President Barack Obama fell short of his goal of striking a trade deal with Japan during his whirlwind trip to Asia. White House officials claimed there was a "breakthrough" in the negotiations, but both sides admit a deal is far from complete, even if they see a "pathway" toward completion in the future.
FDA backs off animal feed rule
The Associated Press via Wayne Post
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.
Related: FDA's Taylor responds to grain concerns and FSMA (Food Safety News)
Bill ups ante on genetically modified foods
The Associated Press via Rutland Herald
Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry.
Food production must take climate change into account, warns FAO chief
Countries all over the world must step up and increase efforts to shift food production systems to more sustainable methods that can mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, warns the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization director-general.
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White House warns bill would crimp foreign food aid
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
A little-noticed provision in a bill passed by the House this month calls for relying more on U.S.-flagged ships to deliver food aid to foreign countries — a change backed by labor groups and criticized by the White House.
SPLC files OSHA complaint in latest poultry industry salvo
The Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday filed a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration on behalf of nine current and former workers, most of which were jointly employed by Wayne Farms and Employer Solutions Staffing Group at Wayne Farms' Enterprise, Ala., plant.
USDA punishes slaughterhouse accused of abuses
Federal regulators have indefinitely removed their inspectors from a mom-and-pop slaughterhouse in Northern Kentucky cited for repeated violations of failing to quickly and humanely kill cattle and pigs for market.
Opinion: Improve the food, not just the food label
Nutritionists and consumer advocates have voiced their desires for nutrition label improvements, such as a more prominent display of the number of calories or the inclusion of the level of added sugars. Yet lost in all this discussion about how to improve labels is the fact that food sold today is so unhealthy that it requires a label.
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Starbucks raises profit forecast as new foods help sales
The world's biggest coffee-shop chain yesterday raised its forecast for profit this year, helped by a sales boost from new baked sweets, egg sandwiches and a rewards program with about 8 million U.S. members.
Ronald McDonald gets a makeover
The Associated Press via Las Vegas Review Journal
McDonald's said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. In keeping with his new role, Ronald also got a new look this week.
Burger King profit up as expenses slashed
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Burger King Worldwide Inc. said its first-quarter earnings climbed 69 percent as the fast food chain reported that a sharp drop in company restaurant expenses masked a decline in revenue.
Wal-Mart replaces China CEO in Asia leadership shuffle
U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has appointed a new chief executive for the China region, where the world's largest retailer is battling stiff competition from local rivals.
Unilever hints at offloading Ragu, SlimFast brands as food sales fall short
Food and consumer goods giant Unilever has hinted at the sale of brands including Ragu and SlimFast as growth from its food business struggles to compete with better-than-expected Q1 results in other divisions.
ConAgra sells Medallion Foods
Private label salty snack manufacturer Shearer's Foods has acquired the assets of the Medallion Foods business from ConAgra Foods for $33.5 million.
Frozen food: Global G8 industry guide available
Research and Markets via The Herald
Research and Markets has released a new report, "Frozen Food: Global Group of Eight Industry Guide," detailing the state of the frozen food industry in the G8 countries.
Meat 2050: 10 expert predictions on the future of meat
A soaring global population, climate change and threats from new diseases are set to shake up the global meat industry. A panel of experts give their view of how meat production and consumption will change in the coming decades.
Market news: Asian-style frozen family dinners from Crazy Cuizine
Increasingly, time-saving frozen dishes are touting all-natural ingredients and gourmet or restaurant-quality preparation. Among them is Crazy Cuizine, a line of fully cooked Asian-style meals.
How Moma is taking breakfast to a whole new level
Moma Foods' Tom Mercer discusses his company's breakfast foods, why he started his own business and where he sees opportunities for growth.
Canadian firm recalls baby back ribs distributed without import inspection
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Skilcor Food Products, an importer of record in Brampton, Ontario, is recalling approximately 36 pounds of fully cooked pork baby back ribs in honey garlic barbecue sauce, because they were not presented at the border for USDA FSIS inspection.
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Keeping labels compliant, cost-effective, eco-friendly
Labels and labeling requirements are continually evolving, as the information they contain is influenced by new or changing legislation, the need for greater traceability and protection against counterfeiting.
Thinfilm, PakSense enter agreement to provide food temperature labels
Thin Film Electronics ASA has entered into a commercial distribution agreement with PakSense Inc, a provider of intelligent sensing products specifically designed to monitor perishable goods.
System uses microbes to treat, extract power from food wastewater
MIT spinout Cambrian Innovation is commercializing a novel treatment system, called EcoVolt, that uses electrically charged microbes to treat and create power from wastewater involved in food production.
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