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Food industry braces for Vermont's GMO labeling law
Bloomberg
Kraft Foods Group Inc. and other packaged food giants are facing a prospect they've dreaded for years: a state law requiring them to label products containing genetically modified organisms.
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Calorie labeling on menus not driving big change in consumer behavior
Food Navigator-USA
While calorie labeling on restaurant menus is still in its infancy — as is academic research attempting to measure its impact — a new study suggests it is not driving a significant change in consumer behavior.

Related: Study: Childhood obesity drops with new school nutrition program (UC Davis)

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Global food training survey reveals new emphasis on worker behavior
American Frozen Food Institute
The recent expansion of the Global Food Safety Initiative into the supply chain, the passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the implementation of the Safe Foods for Canadians Act inspired Alchemy Systems to enlist Campden BRI to conduct a follow-up to the 2013 Global Training Survey. The results indicate a growing recognition that coaching is not only reserved for athletes but also important to enhancing food safety cultures.

Editor's note: Alchemy Systems is a member of the AFFI Advantage Partner Program. For more information on the benefits of becoming an Advantage Partner, please contact AFFI at (703) 821-0770.

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Senate race in N.C. sets the stage for 2016 presidential competition
The Washington Post
North Carolina is this year's ground zero in American politics. There are other highly competitive elections around the country, but no contest so neatly captures all the conflicting currents of ideology, money, demographics and political tactics as the race between Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and her newly nominated Republican challenger, Thom Tillis.
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Tea party takes hit in primary test
The Hill
The GOP establishment notched big wins on Tuesday night's unofficial primary season launch, dealing an early blow to tea party hopes. But more than signaling a change in direction of the party, the establishment's willingness to finally engage in contests shows Republicans are more serious and energized than ever to finally take back a prize that's eluded them for two cycles: Senate control.

Related: Former lawmakers waging 2014 comeback campaigns (USA Today)

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Obama's trade agenda hits rough waters
The Hill
Election-year politics have complicated President Barack Obama's trade agenda, which is in danger of being punted into the second half of his final term.

Related: Opinion: Don't be afraid of US-EU free trade (World Economic Forum via USA Today)

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Opinion: Why you should eat up 'Fed Up'
The Boston Globe
From executive producer Laurie David and director Stephanie Soechtig, "Fed Up" exposes the food industry's campaign to mislead us and shows how it's resulted in an American health crisis.

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  • The power of our food choices (The Huffington Post)

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    Resource concerns in foodborne illness outbreaks
    Food Quality News
    There has been a significant reduction in foodborne illness program capacity, according to the National Environmental Health Association.
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    Mexico removes import restrictions on US beef
    USAgNet via Wisconsin Ag Connection
    The Mexican government is in the process of making regulatory changes that allow for import of U.S. beef and beef products derived from cattle of any age. The move lifts the 30-month cattle age limit for U.S. beef and effectively removes the last of Mexico's BSE-related restrictions.
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    Safe to eat? Common ingredients banned in other countries, but OK here
    WRCB-TV
    The safety of the U.S. food supply is based on a set of complex rules and regulations established by the FDA (and sometimes with input from USDA and EPA). Perhaps even more confusing, there are also food ingredients that are banned in the U.S. (like cyclamates, the low calorie sweetener) that are approved elsewhere — and vice versa. Should we be worried?
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    ISO solicits comments on ISO 22000 global food safety standard
    Food Safety Magazine
    The International Organization for Standardization, based in Geneva, Switzerland, has invited stakeholders involved in the food chain who use, implement or make reference to ISO 22000 to submit comments and feedback on the standard.
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    Opinion: Wrestling truth from the food industry
    The Daily Meal
    Half a year after the Food Labeling Modernization Act was outlined, the bill has practically no support in either the House or the Senate. Where does that leave consumers who just want to understand what they're eating?
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    How to use supply chain design for M&A success
    Logistics Viewpoints
    Supply chain design technology enables companies to model supply chains, evaluate alternatives and simulate scenarios in order to predict the success of a merger.

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    Sysco-US Foods deal gets surprising boost
    The Wall Street Journal
    Sysco is trying to persuade regulators that intense competition justifies its planned $3.5 billion merger with US Foods. A lofty valuation for a rival could bolster that argument.

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    Buffett's Heinz sequel may be his biggest deal
    Bloomberg
    A busy period for mega-deals may be an appetizer to Warren Buffett's biggest takeover yet — and Kellogg, Kraft Foods and General Mills Inc. could fit the bill.

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    Subway expects to add 8,000 more US locations
    Bloomberg
    The closely held sandwich chain, which has more than 26,600 U.S. locations, has room to add 7,000 to 8,000 more domestic eateries, co-founder and CEO Fred DeLuca said Tuesday.
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    McCain Foods Limited announces new president of North America unit
    Fresh Plaza
    Jeff DeLapp has been named as McCain Foods Limited's new president of the North America division, effective June 2. DeLapp takes over the role from Frank van Schaayk, who is retiring next October, and will be based in Lisle, Illinois.
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    The future of food, rooted in science
    Food Navigator-USA
    It's becoming harder to avoid the looming U.N. statistic that the world population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050, and harder still to evade the question: How will we feed them all in an environment of dwindling resources?
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    Hillshire sales beat expectations after it raises sausage prices
    Reuters
    Hillshire Brands Co. on Tuesday reported better-than-expected quarterly sales after raising prices to offset higher costs for the pork and beef used to make its Ball Park hot dogs and Jimmy Dean sausage.
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    Spotlight on M&A ambitions as Tyson rides protein wave
    just-food
    Growing consumer demand for proteins has lifted sales and earnings for Tyson Foods. Now Tyson hopes to raise its growth trajectory through M&A — but here the group is coming up against some stiff competition.
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    Kroger rolls out fleet of LNG trucks
    Food Dive
    Kroger says it will deploy a fleet of heavy-duty trucks that run on liquid natural gas in the Pacific Northwest, replacing diesel-burning vehicles.
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    Whole Foods squeezed by competitors
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    Whole Foods cut its profit outlook for the third time in recent months on Tuesday, signaling the intensifying competition the grocery chain is facing in the market for organic and natural foods.
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    It may be vegan, but that doesn't mean it's healthy
    Worldcrunch
    A survey by a Hamburg consumer group, the Verbraucherzentrale, shows that of 20 vegan food products tested, only two emerged with relatively good marks for health.
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    Food testing market to reach $4.63 billion in 2018
    Food Quality News
    The global food testing market is expected to grow at around 6 percent during the forecast period of 2013–2018, reaching $4.63 billion in 2018 from $3.45 billion in 2013, according to a market report.
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    Faerch Plast puts innovation to work with pizza box
    Packaging Europe
    Faerch Plast, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of plastic containers for the food industry, has introduced a new pizza box concept.
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