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Food-industry cutbacks create problems for Kraft castoffs
This might not be the easiest time for Kraft Foods Group Inc., employees to be looking for work. As a merger with H.J. Heinz approaches, they’re bracing for job cuts just as competitors retrench amid slow sales growth.
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Potato logistics: US agriculture producers eye Southeast Asia
The Wall Street Journal
Last year, the U.S. exported $3.6 million-worth of frozen French-fry potatoes to Vietnam, up from less than $150,000-worth a decade ago. As the Southeast Asian economy expands and young people’s tastes become more global, the market for American products has grown.
Lean Cuisine Chef's daunting task: Clearing out 13-story freezer
About 20 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland sits a 13-story freezer holding millions of Lean Cuisine frozen meals. Lucien Vendome has the unenviable task of convincing America to eat them. Vendome, Nestle SA’s French-trained director of culinary innovation, has spent the past 16 months revamping the ailing brand to lure consumers back to the frozen-food aisle.
GOPers feeling crush of the crowd
The GOP field just keeps growing, and the candidates are feeling the crush of the crowd. “We’ve got 75 people running I think, last time I checked,” cracked Jeb Bush in Florida on Monday. “I haven’t checked how many people announced today.”
GOPs top 10: Who is making the debate cut (The Hill)
Rick Perry launches comeback White House bid
Jeb Bush to make presidential announcement June 15 (The Washington Post)
Blueberry formats mean reductions in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup and the ability to tout the product’s nutritional benefits. Blueberries' offer fresh appeal and natural high sugar levels that help remove the sour taste associated with yogurt products. Consumers view blueberries as a value-added, healthy ingredient adding real flavor bursts, lush mouth feel and delicious sweet-tart blueberry flavor.
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Obama's trust-me approach falls flat with Democrats
President Obama’s argument that Democrats should trust his vision on trade is falling flat on Capitol Hill. Democrats — even some of Obama’s closest allies — say it’s not enough for the president to pronounce his trade agenda the most progressive in history.
Whip List: Obama's trade pitch faces tougher sell in House (The Hill)
Obama on trade deal: 'A lot more winners than losers' (The Washington Post)
Clinton rivals pounce as her ratings fall
The Washington Post
A once-sleepy Democratic presidential primary contest is fast coming alive as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll numbers fall and a diverse array of long-shot opponents step forward to challenge her.
Lincoln Chafee jeers at Hillary, cheers for the metric system (Politico)
Martin O’Malley counters Hillary Clinton: I’m not new to immigration reform (Politico)
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FDA sees big opportunity on sodium reduction
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
The FDA very much wants to move the ball forward on voluntary sodium
reduction targets because of the “substantial” opportunity to improve public
health, said acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff on Wednesday.
US wins WTO poultry birdflu case against India
The World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Thursday that India broke international trade rules by blocking U.S. poultry and egg imports because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears, confirming a win for the United States in the dispute.
Union ratifies West Coast port labor contract
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents dock workers, voted 82-18 percent to approve a five-year contract with the Pacific Maritime Association, which negotiates labor contracts for port managers.
Meat industry, environmentalists critique White House antibiotic efforts
A White House proposal to curb the use of antibiotics in food animals drew concerns from both sides of the issue on Tuesday. Meat producers said antibiotics used on livestock and poultry are strictly regulated and safe for humans. Environmental advocates, meanwhile, said the policy would continue to enable the drugs’ "irresponsible" use on farms.
Technomic: Food industry will hit $2 trillion by 2025
The food industry will see $2 trillion in annual sales by 2025, according to Technomic's "Food Industry Transformation: The Next Decade" report, but competition for market share will only continue to grow for restaurants, retailers and manufacturers.
Tesco to offer unsold food to British charities
Britain's biggest supermarket chain Tesco is to introduce a pilot scheme at 10 of its U.K. stores to give away each day's unsold food to charities such as women's refuge centers and children's breakfast clubs.
UN: Food prices in May at their lowest since 2009
World food prices fell in May to the lowest level since 2009, due to strong cereal harvests and falling demand, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday.
Related: Beef leads the jump in food prices across Canada (Global News)
Red Lobster serves most calorie-heavy meal in America
New York Post
Red Lobster serves up the most gut-busting, calorie-heavy meal among all major chain restaurants in America, a food-industry watchdog group said Wednesday.
Foodservice visits remain flat, NPD says
Although foodservice spending increased 3 percent in the year ending April 2015, foodservice visits remained flat, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. NPD reported that four out of five meals are prepared and consumed at home and that in-home meals have been on the rise for several years.
InstantLabs partners with FDA on catfish test
Food Quality News
InstantLabs has partnered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on a catfish species identification test to prevent mislabeling and seafood fraud.
Tyson Fresh Meats recalls 8 tons of lean ground beef for possible E. Coli risk
Food Safety News
Tyson Fresh Meats of Dakota City, Nebraska, is recalling approximately 16,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday. Tyson Fresh Meats is a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc.
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Starbucks has plans to become the next McDonald's
Starbucks has been expanding its menu to include more food options such as sandwiches and salads. It has also added drive-thrus to many locations. The coffee chain has also been "steadily expanding kid-friendly snack options, such as organic fruit squeezes, organic food snacks, and organic Greek yogurt," according to Goldman Sachs.
Smucker gives weak forecast as coffee, food volumes continue to slide
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
J.M. Smucker Co. on Thursday gave a disappointing earnings forecast for its newly started fiscal year as the company saw volumes slide for many of its coffee and food products in the April quarter.
Organic offshoring: As demand rises, increase in imports poses safety risks
There is a trend in the organic food industry with the potential to damage the entire Organic brand. This risk was highlighted by a recent Canadian Food Inspection Authority decision to institute mandatory mycotoxin screening of corn imported from India. This began after CFIA found dangerous levels of aflatoxin in shipments intended for organic chicken feed.
Nomad will take a disciplined approach to M&A paving its way into the chilled and ambient food sector'
Food Production Daily
Nomad will take a disciplined approach to evaluating future acquisition opportunities in the consumer foods space following its acquisition of Iglo Group, according to Stefan Descheemaeker, the newly appointed CEO of Nomad Foods.
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