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A natural evolution for Kroger
Food Business News
Evolving with the consumer is a key strategy of The Kroger Co. The Cincinnati-based retailer credits 41 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth to its willingness to adapt to the changing behaviors of its customers.
What Wal-Mart's entry into organic foods really means
The Motley Fool
Wal-Mart Stores' announcement that it's making a move into organic foods could leave other organic food companies with a feeling of paranoia. But will this entry into the organic market really be a disruption or a game changer for Wal-Mart?
Potato lobby eyes nutrition program gains
After years of trying, the potato lobby may have found the votes to break into the government's premier nutrition program for pregnant mothers and their infants.
Washington's next cliff
Washington now is facing a new crisis: the highway cliff. Sometime in the next four months, the Highway Trust Fund — which pays for infrastructure projects across the nation — will run dry. And this slow-moving Congress, in the throes of a heated election year, has to figure out a way to fill the coffers or risk halting construction projects across the country.
Obamacare spike plays into Senate races
Obamacare enrollment beat the administration's projections in the majority of states with competitive Senate races, according to an analysis by The Hill.
Mark Pryor's challenge: Will Arkansas keep a Democratic senator with no big crusades?
The Washington Post
In private moments, Mark Pryor likes to ask his fellow senators a personal question: What was the thing that got you started in politics? Pryor himself can't come up with an answer that pinpoints one overarching cause.
Seattle minimum wage would reach $15 in mayor's proposal
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, adopting the rallying cry of fast food workers, proposed a $15-an-hour minimum wage that would be the highest of any big U.S. city. The wage would be phased in over three to seven years.
Just who, exactly, benefits from minimum wage hike? Take a look (Los Angeles Times)
Massachusetts Senate advances minimum wage legislation — again (The Republican)
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EU traceback system for imported berries needs improving
Food Quality News
Traceback systems for berries imported into Europe need to be improved, according to the authors of a report in Eurosurveillance.
China's growing swine industry encounters new constraints
USAgNet via Wisconsin Ag Connection
Swine production in China is both growing and rapidly consolidating into large operations. The U.S. Grains Council supports the continued expansion of large swine operations in China because growth of a modern livestock sector in China will not only improve efficiency and food safety, but also increase feed grain utilization as many smaller operations use substandard feeds.
California dispute over spicy sauce imperils bond payment
A dispute over eye-watering odors between city officials in Irwindale, California, and a company that makes spicy sauce there may jeopardize bond payments if the food maker leaves, according to bond documents.
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Canada: Canned food and BPA pose no threat
Food Production Daily
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reports 100 percent of canned food tested turned up safe for human consumption.
Abbott rejects shareholder call for GMO labeling on its products
An Abbott Laboratories shareholder proposal to label genetically-modified organisms in its Similac infant formula range received about 5 percent of the vote and has been rejected by the company.
Food industry associations press issues with legislators
The National Grocers Association said the definition of a full-time employee is high on the minds of retailers, wholesalers and state association executives participating in the annual Day in Washington meetings with elected officials.
Editor's note: National Grocers Association President and CEO Peter Larkin, featured in this story, was a presenter at a business education session held at the recent American Frozen Food Institute Spring Board of Directors meeting.
In defense of frozen food
The Daily Meal via Spoon University
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few decades, you will have undoubtedly noticed an increase in diet-related health problems. But is frozen food really the villain here?
Groupon takes on Costco, Amazon with new bulk grocery service
Groupon announced Thursday that it's launching Groupon Basics, a service that allows customers to order certain household essentials in "warehouse sizes" and have those items delivered. At launch, interested consumers can select from a catalog of 108 items.
PepsiCo: Bottling operations key to food service growth
Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO at Pepsico, explains how purchasing their bottling operation was instrumental in growing the company's food service contracts.
Yum: Taco Bell's Creed to succeed Novak as CEO
Greg Creed, who has led the Taco Bell chain since early 2011, will replace David Novak as Yum's chief executive officer on Jan. 1, 2015, the company said Thursday.
Stealthy reduction woes: Is there ignorance about reformulation?
"Stealth health" is fast becoming a buzzword in the food industry. But does the word "stealth" imply something inherently negative, and is the quiet reformulation strategy painting an unfair or unrealistic picture of foods?
Food brands need social media personalities; do you have one?
Food companies need to develop online personalities to successfully connect with savvy consumers who expect a human connection, according to nutritionist and social media guru Jenny Westerkamp.
Europe not prepared for US pig virus threat
There are fears that a virus that has killed millions of piglets in North America and sent retail pork prices to record highs could reach Europe in the coming months, and little has been done to try to prevent its arrival, industry sources said.
Boomer wellness: Report maps culinary trends among baby boomers
Baby boomers number 80 million and account for 44 percent of the households with annual incomes over $75,000, representing a significant amount of disposable income and purchasing power. A new report from Research and Markets investigates the culinary trends on the rise among that segment.
Low-charge ammonia to hit US market
Food Production Daily
Azane is bringing low-charge ammonia refrigeration technology to American food processing, storage and logistics companies.
Salmonella-reducing antimicrobial seeks USDA approval
Pure Bioscience, creator of the patented silver dihydrogen citrate antimicrobial, has successfully completed testing of SDC as a processing aid and intervention in the processing of poultry.
3M scoops prize at Edison Awards
Food Quality Newsa
3M has received a silver Edison award for its Salmonella detection technology that gives results in 44 hours.
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