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Consumers are choosing more healthy packaged foods
Food Quality News
The number of U.S. shoppers considering health benefits when filling their carts with food and beverages has jumped in the past two years, according to the latest report from the International Food Information Council.
Wal-Mart says it won't oppose increase in federal minimum wage
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it wouldn't oppose an increase in the federal minimum wage, its most explicit comment yet on the controversial debate to move past the $7.25-an-hour minimum.
Related: Fast food workers stage worldwide protest over minimum wage (Bloomberg)
Road to the top: What does it take to be a food and beverage CEO?
Check out FoodNavigator-USA's gallery to see how CEOs from PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi to Talking Rain's Kevin Klock climbed to the top of the corporate ladder — and find out what you need on your resume if you want to sit at the head of the table.
Conservatives seek to regain control of Republican agenda
The Washington Post
Although many Republicans are optimistic about their chances in this year's elections, some of Washington's leading conservatives gathered Thursday to privately vent frustrations about what kind of party they will be left with after November.
Has Senate hit rock bottom?
Rank-and-file senators are growing increasingly frustrated by the partisan warfare that on Thursday sunk another broadly popular bill, leaving the chamber with few accomplishments before the midterm election.
NRSC raises $6.04 million in April
he National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $6.04 million in April and has $21.9 million cash on hand, with no debt. The numbers mean the committee has now well outpaced its 2012 and 2010 fundraising up to this point in the election cycle.
EU: 'Best before' dates add to food waste
"Best before" dates on food add to a mountain of waste in Europe and could be scrapped for some long-life produce, a group of European Union states have argued in a discussion paper prepared for an agriculture ministers meeting next Monday.
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Does China have Good Manufacturing Practices for food?
China's National Health and Family Planning Commission recently posted a "policy explanation" on its General Hygiene Guidelines for Food Manufacturing. One of the most interesting questions answered in this explanation is whether the Guidelines are China's answer to food Good Manufacturing Practices.
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Consumer group launches bid to require labels on GMO food in Oregon
Activists seeking a tighter rein on genetically modified foods said Thursday they planned to push ahead with a signature-gathering campaign to force a measure onto the ballot in left-leaning Oregon to require labeling on such products.
Critics say food safety standards could be threatened by trade agreement
Food Safety News
The trade deal currently under negotiation between the U.S. and the European Union will enter its fifth round of talks next week in Arlington, Virginia. While proponents of the agreement say it will grow economies and increase jobs, consumer advocates worry about food safety, environmental, public health and labor standards being undermined as "trade barriers."
Bill extending temporary tax breaks bogs down in Senate
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Senate Republicans blocked a bill extending a batch of temporary tax breaks on Thursday, in what they described as a protest against heavy-handed procedural tactics by Democrats.
Opinion: Phantom menace of GMOs keeps organic industry off target
Mischa Popoff worked five years as a USDA-contracted organic inspector. "I had the pleasure of inspecting over 500 organic farms and processors, but I began questioning this career path when I realized the organic movement was becoming little more than a political movement, relying increasingly on imports, and aimed at taking farming back in time."
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Why grocery stores will get smaller
Nashville Business Journal
A new study projects that grocery stores will be reducing their size in the future as convenience becomes more important than the variety of available vegetables.
Kellogg launches new cereals, expands snack and frozen food lineup
The Wall Street Journal
The Kellogg Co. will begin rolling out 34 new products over the next few weeks, debuting new frozen breakfast options, cereals, cookies, crackers, salty snacks and snack bars.
Annie's introduces new snacks, mini meal kits
PR Newswire via The Wall Street Journal
Annie's this week introduced a variety of snack and mini meal kits, combining popular snack and meal items in a shelf-stable, kid- and adult-friendly kit.
General Mills empowers snack launches with connected innovation
Consumer Goods Technology
The General Mills Snacks division has launched wave after wave of successful new products in recent years — and all incorporated a significant portion of open innovation, meaning the products were developed in collaboration with strategic external partner companies.
Soon-to-be Hillshire operation posts profit
Pinnacle Foods Inc., which has agreed to be acquired by Hillshire Brands Co., reported higher first-quarter earnings as its acquisition of Wish-Bone salad dressings offset weaker sales of private-label canned meat.
Valley food processors urged to export more products
The Fresno Bee
Agricultural exports are on the rise, and California's central San Joaquin Valley food producers were urged Thursday to explore the possibilities of shipping overseas.
Cinnamon is in short supply, says EHL Ingredients
EHL Ingredients reports a global surge in prices for cassia cinnamon after heavy rainfall in South East Asia had an adverse effect on crops from November 2013 until March this year.
Cargill India chair: Expect fast decision-making, business-friendly policies
With expected prosperity in the coming years, India needs to quickly shift focus from grain production to producing vegetables and proteins. That should be one of the country's priorities, feels Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman of Cargill India.
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