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EPA: US consumers waste 36 million tons of food each year
Food Production Daily
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is challenging food firms, cities, businesses and others to join forces and stop food waste.
Buffett's Heinz sequel may be his biggest deal
The busiest period for mega-deals in seven years may be an appetizer to Warren Buffett's biggest takeover yet. Food companies Kellogg Co., Kraft Foods Group Inc. and General Mills Inc. — each valued at more than $20 billion before debt and a takeover premium — may fit the bill.
Sysco deal with US Foods gets surprising boost
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Sysco is trying to persuade regulators that intense competition in the food-service industry justifies its planned $3.5 billion merger with US Foods. A lofty valuation for a rival could bolster that argument.
10 maps that explain the 2014 midterms
The next Senate map, coming in 2016, is filled with Democratic targets and Republican vulnerabilities. Simply switch them — leaving all else the same — and the 2014 midterm takes on a completely different character.
Related: Fight for Senate begins in North Carolina (The Hill)
Republican senators turning against their own in 2016
Fearful of a third successive Democratic triumph, concerned Senate Republicans are turning against 2016 presidential bids by upstart hopefuls within their own ranks.
A singer, a speaker: House races to watch
An anti-war Republican. The speaker of the House. And an "American Idol" runner-up. All three are running in House primaries Tuesday, when voters in three states — North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio — head to the polls.
Schools find stricter federal nutrition standards hard to swallow
The Kansas City Star
The School Nutrition Association is calling on Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ease up on the next round of federal healthy food requirements, due July 1. The goals have been rising steeply over the last two years.
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Japan's Abe: Japan, US to seek early conclusion to Pacific trade talks
Japan and the United States will work together to steer negotiations on a huge trans-Pacific trade pact towards a quick conclusion, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.
China lifts 7-year poultry ban
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that after almost seven years Virginia poultry exports will resume to China.
UK: Mandatory folic acid flour fortification likely to be approved in 2015
Bakery and Snacks
The U.K. government will finalize its decision on mandatory folic acid fortification of white flour next year following blood folate tests, says the Department of Health.
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Survey: Consumers willing to pay more for local
One-third of consumers — compared with less than one-quarter in 2013 — said they would pay 10 percent more for local food, according to a recent survey from A.T. Kearney.
The 3 key catalysts for more precise recalls
Recalls are designed to ensure public health and safety. But they don't have to cause long-lasting damage to a brand or bottom line if they are orchestrated with surgical precision based on standardized and unique product identification and effective traceability processes.
Tall Tree Foods acquires sausage manufacturer
Tall Tree Foods, a portfolio company of Altamont Capital Partners, has acquired Klement Sausage, a premium sausage manufacturer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Iglo chief has new plans for Birds Eye
Iglo has a Europe-wide sales operation as Iglo on the Continent and Birds Eye in Britain. However, both have been affected by competition from own-label fish and vegetables and from the discount retailers.
Scientists race to develop farm animals to survive climate change
Los Angeles Times
When a team of researchers from the University of Delaware traveled to Africa two years ago to search for exemplary chickens, they weren't looking for plump thighs or delicious eggs. They were seeking out birds that could survive a hotter planet.
GM wheat presents 'attractive' gluten-free opportunity
Bakery and Snacks
Genetic modification of wheat genes to "silence" protein fractions toxic to those with celiac disease holds promise for cereal development, researchers say.
Innovation in food safety testing
Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology, in partnership with bioMérieux Australia, have developed a new technique for detecting Listeria contamination in food.
Nofima to start work at pathogen pilot plant
Food Quality News
Nofima is to start work at a specially designed processing plant to produce and package food deliberately contaminated with pathogenic bacteria in the next month.
Prepared media ideal for food contamination
Lab M has launched Pinnacle, a range of ready-prepared microbiological culture media with its first applications focused on the food industry.
Not your average packaged-meat company
Hormel Foods via The Motley Fool
Faced with powerful retailers and rising commodity prices, many packaged-meat companies have found the current operating environment challenging. Hormel Foods has been one of the exceptions.
RPC to acquire ACE in China
Food Production Daily
Plastic packaging supplier RPC Group will acquire ACE Corporation Holdings Limited for $301 million, with the deal expected to be complete by June.
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