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Pilgrim's Pride raises its bid for Hillshire, topping Tyson's opening offer
The New York Times
Pilgrim's Pride has raised its takeover bid for Hillshire Brands, people briefed on the matter said Monday, turning up the heat in a battle over the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.
Related: Hillshire authorizes talks with suitors after higher bid (Bloomberg)
Stanford: Banning food stamps for sugary drinks could cut obesity, diabetes
Banning the purchase of sugar-sweetened drinks with food stamps could reduce obesity rates and new cases of Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Panera swears off artificial ingredients
The Associated Press via The Tribune
Panera Bread Co. will announce its new "Food Policy" Tuesday, hinging on the consumer shift away from processed foods and toward "clean" and "simple" ingredients.
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Will Mississippi mudslinging topple first Senate incumbent?
The tea party has kept its aim on Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., despite a scandal involving his wife and a supporter of his primary opponent — and he could be the first Senate incumbent to fall in Tuesday's marquee contest.
GOP senator on ropes and 4 other keys to primary day
Primary day: The 7 key questions (Politico)
Tuesday night tests for GOP establishment (The Hill)
Seeking edge, Democrats meddle in GOP races
Democrats, faced with a daunting 2014 political environment, are increasingly embracing a sly tactic aimed at turning races in their favor: making mischief in Republican primaries.
Dempcrats give big to Senate Majority PAC
Majority Leader Harry Reid and his caucus are bent on outlawing billionaire Koch-style political spending. But until they do, Democrats are leaning right into this year's big-money race for Senate control.
General Mills blasts new research on marketing to kids
General Mills and other food brands are increasingly hamstrung by restrictions on TV marketing of their products aimed at kids that are both voluntary and have been forced by social pressures and regulators.
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Business groups close ranks for climate battle
The nation's leading business and industry organizations presented a largely unified front Monday against the Obama administration's bid to tamp down on power plant emissions, painting the proposal as disastrous for the economy.
Seattle hikes minimum wage; will others follow?
The Associated Press via Merced Sun-Star
Seattle activists celebrated a successful campaign to gradually increase the city's minimum wage to $15 by calling for a national movement to close the income and opportunity gaps between rich and poor.
Would consumers buy transgenic food if they believed it would boost health?
Health and other consumer benefits may help make transgenic or genetically engineered food more acceptable to consumers, but the food industry needs to be more transparent to win back trust, says the immediate past president of IFT.
Pennsylvania state senator pushes for GMO labeling (ABC27 News via The Sentinel)
GMO labeling legislation blossoms this spring (Natural Products Insider)
UK's Food Standards Agency offers Web-based HACCP guidance
Food Safety Magazine
The U.K.'s Food Standards Agency last week unveiled MyHACCP, an online tool designed to guide food and beverage companies — especially small businesses — through the process of developing a food safety management system based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point principles, as required by EU Food Hygiene rules.
Japan seeks middle road for health food labels
In an attempt to cash in on consumers' growing interest in healthy eating, new varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables — each touting enhanced health-boosting properties — are making their way to supermarkets nationwide.
Plea deal calls for egg company to pay $6.8 million fine
The Associated Press via Fort Frances Times
An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for selling old eggs with false labels for years as well as the tainted products that caused a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in 2010, according to a plea agreement released Monday.
Mystery over pig virus origins contributes to spread and anxiety
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has wiped out an estimated 10 percent of the U.S. pig population, helped push pork prices to record highs and raised questions about U.S. oversight of the livestock industry and measures designed to protect the nation's food supply. But USDA still has no clear idea about how PEDv entered the United States.
USDA's first assessment of corn crop: Better than last year
USDA rated 76 percent of the U.S. corn crop in the top 18 producing states in good or excellent condition in the week ended June 1, compared to 63 percent at this time last year.
500 jobs created as former Heinz plant bought by California food company
California-based Ruiz Foods has purchased a former Heinz plan in Florence County, South Carolina, with plans to renovate the facility to produce the Ruiz line of frozen Mexican foods.
Inventure Foods appoints new GM of frozen division
Globe Newswire via IT Business Net
Inventure Foods Inc., a leading specialty food marketer and manufacturer, on Monday announced that Dan Hammer took over May 27 as its new general manager of frozen foods.
How the battle between CPG and retailers is changing
The battle for dominance between retailers and manufacturers has been ongoing for decades. Recently the war has witnessed the execution of a new "burn the boats" strategy.
Industry view: CPG future online — beware the drones
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With CPG sales migrating online, innovative delivery methods being developed by the likes of Amazon will have profound implications for food manufacturers, SGK Europe's John Lawrence suggests.
Too many options in a store could be a bad thing
Virtual store research firm InContext Solutions found that the quicker shoppers are able to find their first product, the more likely they are to linger in the category and purchase more.
Sustainable packaging up for $100,000 award
Food Production Daily
A beeswax-based food wrap has captured the attention of judges in the Business Development Bank of Canada's Young Entrepreneur Award program.
Latin America: Key to future success of fruit and vegetable industry
The newly elected president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is questioning the model by which fruits and vegetables are sold and the industry's ability to meet the growing global demand.
New line of work clothes tailored for HACCP
Prudential Overall Supply has introduced their new Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point uniform services for the food industry. The new service and related programs provide uniform rental selections designed to help significantly minimize the health risks associated with cross contamination and more.
The impacts of elevated CO2 on potato biomass and quality
As the air's carbon dioxide concentration continues to rise, the growth and development of most plants tend to do better than they did under the atmosphere's prior composition. And in this regard, the two most important plant characteristics, about which most people in the food industry are typically concerned, are crop yield and nutrition.
Automated guided vehicles could advance food industry logistics
America's food and beverage industries are seeking economic growth while ensuring consumers have access to safe, healthy and affordable foods. Seegrid, a maker of automated guided vehicles, tackles the need for advancement and innovation in logistics.
Improving food safety with integrated systems
The Food Safety Modernization Act mandates the need for timely, accurate tracking information. Integrating systems takes the guesswork out of tracing products from front to back and beyond.
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