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Special report: The war on big food
Fortune Magazine
Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone in 2014, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives. Can the supermarket giants win consumers back?
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Wal-Mart presses meat suppliers on antibiotics, treatment
ABC News
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. That means asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others to use antibiotics only for disease prevention or treatment, not to fatten their animals, a common industry practice.
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China does an about-face on GMOs
Bloomberg
China's top officials are gearing up to turn their country into a GMO power. In a speech released in fall 2014, President Xi Jinping said China must "boldly research and innovate, [and] dominate the high points of GMO techniques."
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POLITICS


McConnell: Senate staying in session until work is done
The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is turning up the pressure on senators to make a deal on three important bills, vowing to keep the chamber in session until its work is done. The Senate is quickly approaching a week-long Memorial Day recess, but it still has to finish work on a "fast-track" trade proposal, expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and highway legislation.
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Senate clears hurdle on bill to give Obama fast-track authority on Pacific Rim trade deal
The Washington Post
Republicans and a small band of Democrats rescued President Obama's trade agenda from the brink of failure Thursday, clearing a key hurdle in the Senate but leaving the final outcome in doubt. Supporters must still navigate a set of tricky-but-popular proposals that could torpedo the legislation’s chances, and its fate in the House remains a tossup because Obama faces entrenched opposition from his own party.

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  • How the Senate got 60 votes on fast-track (The Hill)
  • Fast-track votes will loom large in 2016 Senate races (The Hill)
  • Ryan seeks to rally GOP on fast-track (The Hill)

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    Dems in disarray in must-win Pennsylvania Senate race
    Politico
    Joe Sestak was on the House floor when a party veteran delivered the warning: Do not, he was told, run for the U.S. Senate. Democratic leaders were firmly behind Arlen Specter in the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race, Rep. Bob Brady reminded Sestak, and he would be inviting failure if he jumped in.
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    POLICY


    USDA seeks ideas for potential organic funding program
    Food Business News
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture on May 18 said it is inviting proposals or partial proposals from the public on a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order for organic products.
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    Mexico weighs US meat product sanctions after WTO ruling
    Reuters
    Mexico said on Thursday it would decide within about 15 days what sanctions to impose on U.S. meat products if the U.S. Congress does not comply with a World Trade Organization ruling on labeling.
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    Cyber-spying fight spills into trade debate
    The Hill
    Cybersecurity is bleeding into international trade, with countries setting up barriers to U.S. exports in the guise of protecting their products from snooping. The trend has rankled U.S. officials, who see it as digital protectionism masked as national security.
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    Maine launching website about food safety regulation updates
    The Associated Press via The Washington Times
    Maine officials say a new state website will assist farmers and food producers with information about changes to federal food safety regulations.
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    FDA releases 4 additional Blue Bell inspection reports; no additional evidence of listeria included
    The Dallas Morning News
    State inspectors found a string of problems at Blue Bell Creameries facilities dating to at least 2007, according to records released by the Food and Drug Administration this morning. None of the four inspections — two are ice cream plants and two are warehouses — included further evidence of the listeria bacterium.
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    Study finds students are eating fruits and veggies in school lunches, contradicting criticism
    Medical Xpress
    The new federal school lunch regulations sparked widespread criticism that children hated the healthier lunches and were choosing to simply toss out the fruits and vegetables. It turns out that the majority of school children are choosing to eat the school lunches' fruits and vegetables, according to a study.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Danone's big bet on tiny bacteria
    Fortune Magazine
    Food companies see a huge opportunity in products that could nourish the micro­biome — especially the trillions of bacteria in our digestive systems. In the race to the ­supermarket shelves, the venerable French yogurt maker hopes to milk its early lead.
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    Millennials and food shopping: Are you up to speed?
    Food Navigator-USA
    Compared to previous generations millennials are far more likely to make spur-of-the-moment food decisions and have less well-stocked pantries, say market researchers. But many food retailers are not geared up to meet their changing needs.
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    Iowa bird-flu farms fall short on containment measures
    Reuters
    Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show.
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    Consumers want transparency in nutrition labels
    CSP Magazine
    In the report "Nutritional Labeling and Clean Labels in the U.S.: Future of Food Retailing," survey data found 87 percent of Americans look at the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods and beverages at least sometimes, while 56 percent actively seek out nutritional information and guidelines.
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    US consumer prices soft, underlying inflation pushes up
    Reuters via CNBC
    U.S. consumer prices moderated in April on weak gasoline prices, but rising shelter and medical care costs boosted underlying inflation pressures, which should keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates later this year.
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    Tightly aligning with local market preferences key to online grocery success, experts say
    Food Navigator
    Paying close attention to local market dynamics is the key to success in the online grocery marketplace, according to a webinar put on by consulting firm Profitero. Food categories are underrepresented online as compared to brick and mortar sales, meaning there is a huge opportunity, the presenters said.
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    America loves junk food: 61 percent of our calories are from highly processed snacks
    Medical Daily
    A new study suggests that most people still get the majority of their calories from highly processed foods pumped with salt, sugar, and fat. Up to 61 percent of the food Americans buy is highly processed, the researchers found.
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    Shake Shack could be adding this surprising new menu item
    TIME
    The burger chain that reported stellar first-quarter earnings last week has hinted that it's considering going in a new direction: chicken.
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    New Biorigin ingredients enhance taste, reduce sodium
    Food Business News
    Biorigin will present two new ingredients, BioSavour and Biogard D, at the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and exposition July 11-14 in Chicago. BioSavour, a natural flavor, provides a mild, natural, clean flavor delivery and enhancement, according to the company.
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    Coming to grocery stores: 'Got Milk?' branded food
    Advertising Age
    Got Milk? The answer from the organization behind the famous ad tag line is now yes, thanks to a new licensing initiative that is spawning a range of new Got Milk-branded food items.
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    Almond and coconut milk on fire; soy milk on the skids; skim milk losing share
    Food Navigator-USA
    Packaged Facts is predicting continued double-digit growth for almond milk in the next five years, and reckons it could increase its dollar share of the U.S. retail dairy and dairy alternative beverages market from 5 percent in 2014 to 19 percent in 2019.
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