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The steel industry's fight for American stomachs
After years of declining food can shipments, steelmakers and packaging producers are in the midst of an ambitious push to rebrand canned goods as convenient health food.
What experts and loyalists think about pizza brands
The biggest pizza expert turns out to be a guy named Tom Vilsack. His office — the U.S. Department of Agriculture — just issued a new USDA report all about it.
World food prices drop in April due to falling dairy
Global food prices fell in April, led by a sharp drop in dairy prices due to reduced buying by China and Russia and an extended season in New Zealand that boosted stocks, the United Nations food agency said Thursday.
Earmarks divide Republicans
The debate over earmarks — the cursed spending on local pork projects — is back on Capitol Hill. One day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a full-throated defense of earmarks, the Senate Republican Steering Committee decided to confront the divisive issue head-on Wednesday, meeting for a lengthy lunch where talk about the targeted spending was the main course.
Why Obama may never get bill on immigration
Marco Rubio spent months last year furiously negotiating a comprehensive immigration bill. But don't count on the Florida Republican to revive his stalled bill in the next Congress.
Women lead GOP fight for Senate
If you want to know whether Republicans are successfully growing their party to include more female candidates, look to Senate primaries over the next few weeks.
Fast food workers threaten global wage protests next week
Fast-food workers plan strikes in 150 cities across the United States and protests in 33 other countries on May 15 to demand higher pay and better working conditions, organizers said in New York Wednesday.
Related: McDonald's prepares for another day of protest (The Wall Street Journal)
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Vilsack outlines more progress on farm bill implementation
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today that his team has made new progress on implementing every title of the new 2014 farm bill and responded to dozens of questions from committee members on their implementation concerns.
Opinion: Big Food's big loss on genetic labels
Live Mint & The Wall Street Journal
The real concern about tiny Vermont's impending GMO labeling legislation is that other states — about a quarter of which have some kind of GM-labeling legislation or ballot initiative in the works — may follow their lead. This could prove intolerable to the food industry.
Rising CO2 levels may cut nutrient levels in crops, study finds
Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may cut the nutritional quality of some of the world's most important food crops, researchers reported Wednesday after conducting experiments simulating conditions expected by mid-century.
Related: Obama climate-change push faces a lukewarm public (The Wall Street Journal)
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WFP: Biggest fallacy about GMOs is that we need them to feed the world
For a growing global population facing dwindling resources, non-GMO plant-based proteins are the future, says 29-year-old non-GMO and organic soybean and corn supplier World Food Processing.
Advocates lobby against antibiotic overuse on farms
Food Safety News
During Wednesday's third annual Supermoms Against Superbugs advocacy day in Washington, D.C., the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming brought together dozens of parents, doctors and farmers for a briefing on antibiotic use in food animal production.
AU: Pesticide limits 'breached' by rogue fruit growers
Fruit sold at Western Australia markets has been discovered with high levels of pesticide residues that breach Australia's maximum limits.
Consumer Reports: 84 percent of shoppers buy 'organic' but confusion reigns
Roughly 84 percent of U.S. consumers buy organic food sometimes, and 45 percent of them buy it at least once a month, according to a new national survey of 1,016 adults. However, there is a disparity between what they think the organic seal means and what they think it should mean.
Wendy's profit soars following sale of restaurants
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Wendy's Co. said Thursday its first-quarter earnings surged as the fast-food chain posted gains from the sale of company-owned locations.
Kashi, Bear Naked pin down dollar figure to settle 'all-natural' lawsuits
Kellogg subsidiary Kashi has joined a growing list of big food companies that have agreed to stop using the term "all-natural" to describe certain products in response to a tidal wave of civil litigation over the controversial term.
Related: Innocent Drinks CEO plans science-based strike against 'alarmist' headlines (Food Navigator)
CQ Roll Call launches 'Taste of America' 2014 contest
CQ Roll Call announced the launch of its annual "Taste of America" contest, and starting Wednesday, readers can vote online for their state's signature food.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is one of the sponsors of Taste of America.
Building quality assurance throughout the food value chain
Deloitte via The Wall Street Journal
Food withdrawals, rejections and recalls together cost the food industry $7 billion annually. Yet, the majority of these costs relates to commodity loss, inventory replacement, removing goods from shelves, lost sales and public relations campaigns to repair customer confidence — not from instances of illness and lawsuits. And, increasingly, these losses are borne across the supply chain.
Hillshire to expand its healthy halo
Meat & Poultry
The recent acquisition of Van's Natural Foods will extend the Hillshire Brands Cos.' reach in the retail frozen food aisle, but the company sees additional opportunity by leveraging the healthy halo that hovers over the Van's brand.
Nestle challenge grows after $5 billion Mondelez merger
The world's biggest coffee maker, which derives about a fifth of its $100 billion in sales from java, faces a new No. 2 after Mondelez International Inc. agreed to combine its coffee unit with its D.E Master Blenders 1753 BV.
Snack-maker Baptista's Bakery being sold to Snyder's-Lance
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Growing Milwaukee-area snack food maker Baptista's Bakery Inc. is being sold to a North Carolina company. The buyer, Charlotte-based food producer Snyder's-Lance Inc., said it is "committed to retaining and growing" the 375-employee Baptista's operation in Franklin.
Plea agreement will lighten PCA exec's prison time to 6 years
Food Safety News
Samuel Lightsey, the former processing plant manager for Peanut Corporation of America at Blakely, Georgia, entered guilty pleas late Wednesday to multiple federal felony counts stemming from the deadly 2008-2009 Salmonella outbreak.
Mettler-Toledo and GE Intelligent Platforms announce strategic partnership
Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection is now working with GE Intelligent Platforms, a General Electric company, to provide food and beverage manufacturers with innovative integrated food safety and connectivity solutions.
Market study evaluates US commercial refrigeration equipment
PR Newswire via IT Business Net
U.S. demand for commercial refrigeration equipment is expected to increase 3 percent per year through 2018, to reach $10.7 billion.
Company pitches idea of plant that converts food waste into energy
A company with roots in New York, but currently based in Connecticut, is looking to build a plant at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park that would convert food industry waste into heat and electricity.
Videojet: Humans cause 70 percent of product coding errors
Food Production Daily
Coding and marking equipment geared toward food packaging must keep up with the ever-changing demands placed on the food industry, according to one Videojet leader.
Dataloggers are a hot ticket for pathogen prevention
Food Production Daily
Advanced tools for monitoring temperature of food products in processing environments, during transit and at retail can keep dangerous foodborne illness from taking hold, according to CAS DataLoggers.
Bosch: Food industry is catching up to pharmaceuticals in hygienic design
Food Production Daily
Packaging will become a one-stop-shop within the next 10 years with automation handling all primary and secondary packaging, according to Bosch Packaging Technology.
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