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Survey: Two-thirds of Americans oppose Bloomberg's soda plan
Food Navigator
Almost two-thirds of Americans oppose New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's radical approach to tackling obesity by cracking down on sales of supersized soft drinks, according to a new survey. More
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Report: US food industry workers face low pay, few benefits
Food Production Daily
The U.S. food industry has poor job and wage quality and a lack of career mobility, according to a groundbreaking report released today. "Hands that Feed Us: Challenges and Opportunities for Workers Along the Food Chain" is a report stemming from a survey by the Food Chain Workers Alliance. More
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Scenarios show wide contrasts based on farm labor policies
From Field to Fork
Recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service released "The Potential Impact of Changes in Immigration Policy on U.S. Agriculture and the Market for Hired Farm Labor," a simulation analysis that evaluated how changes in the supply of foreign-born labor might affect all sectors of the economy, including agriculture. More
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Wisconsin recall: Results a blow to Big Labor
POLITICO
Big Labor went all in on the Wisconsin recall, putting millions of dollars, months of organizing and its reputation as a political superpower on the line to defeat GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Then they got trounced on Election Day.

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    Can Mitt Romney match Wisconsin's Scott Walker?
    The Washington Post
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker provided a template for Republicans looking ahead to the presidential race with his victory in Tuesday's recall election: big money, powerful organization and enormous enthusiasm among his base. Can Mitt Romney match that in November? More
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    Poll: Obama leads in swing state Florida
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 4 percent in Florida, according to a survey released Tuesday by the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling. Obama leads Romney 50 to 46 percent, which is mostly unchanged from the same poll in April.

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    Poll: Tim Kaine, George Allen neck and neck in Virginia
    POLITICO
    The heavyweight clash between former Virginia Govs. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, and Republican George Allen for a U.S. Senate seat remains deadlocked, a new poll Wednesday shows. With five months remaining before the election, Kaine leads Allen 44 percent to 43 percent, according to the survey by Quinnipiac University. More
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    Boxer, Inhofe deliver Senate transportation proposal to House
    The Washington Post
    In a rare conciliatory gesture, two U.S. senators — one a conservative Republican, the other a liberal Democrat — hand-delivered a critical transportation funding plan to their colleagues in the House Tuesday as leaders grow more nervous about potentially disastrous consequences if funding issues are not resolved before a June 30 deadline.

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    Reid turns the page, calls for farm bill passage
    The Hill
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., less than a day after the Senate stalled on the Paycheck Fairness Act, called on senators Wednesday morning to come together to pass a five-year farm bill, which could take several weeks of time on the Senate floor. More
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    New Jersey bill on gestation crates advances in legislature
    News Record
    A pair of bills sponsored by New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee Chairman Raymond J. Lesniak that would prohibit the use of gestation crates for pigs and the slaughter of horses or the sale of horse meat for human consumption in New Jersey were approved by the committee Monday. More
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    Homeland Security releases new Canadian border strategy
    The Journal of Commerce
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday released its Northern Border Strategy, which provides a framework for DHS security procedures along the U.S. border with Canada. It is the first department-wide strategy designed to guide policy and operations at the Canadian border. More
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    FoodDrinkEurope sets sustainability initiatives up to 2030
    Food Navigator
    FoodDrinkEurope has outlined its goals to move toward more sustainable production by 2030, following an event in Brussels this week with members of the European Parliament, United Nations and key food industry players. More
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    Cargill to close Lake Oswego facility, expand nearby
    The Oregonian
    Cargill Inc., a food service and industrial conglomerate based in Minnesota, plans to close a Lake Oswego, Ore., facility as it expands operations in a new bakery in nearby Tualatin. The company said 45 employees from its Lake Oswego facility, which Cargill has operated for seven years, will move into the Tualatin bakery. Cargill will hire an additional 10 employees at the new bakery, which is expected to open in late August. More
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    Sara Lee names meats company Hillshire Brands
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    Food company Sara Lee, which is splitting into two businesses later this month, is naming its North America company Hillshire Brands. The business will house brands such as Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean and Ball Park as well as frozen desserts and other bakery products, Sara Lee officials said Tuesday. More
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    Global snack foods industry research available
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    Reportlinker has posted new research detailing the worldwide markets for snack foods, offering comprehensive analytics as well as estimates through 2017. More
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    Food manufacturing facilities: Designing for flexibility
    FoodProcessing.com
    The decision to build a new food plant typically is made with one or more broad company goals in mind. Chief among them are increased capacity, strategic location, utilization of advanced technologies and the quest for bottom-line efficiencies. Before plant design can begin, a food company must have a clear vision of whether the plant will lend itself to high throughput or flexibility. More
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    Egg replacement solutions introduced
    Food Ingredients First
    Faced with significantly higher prices and supply constraints in the egg market, many food manufacturers are seeking to cut expenses by reducing the egg content of products. Tate & Lyle Food Systems has responded with its new HAMULSION stabilizer systems, enabling egg replacement in bakery products of up to 100 percent. More
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    Benefits of a sustainable loading dock
    Sustainable Plant
    The idea of going green and increasing sustainability is becoming a fact of corporate life, and the supply chain plays a major role in these efforts. The benefits of creating a more sustainable loading dock go beyond protecting resources. Facilities can reduce costs, enhance brand equity and strengthen relationships with customers in many industries by improving supply chain sustainability. More
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    Agency works with public utility to simplify fleet conversion
    Food Logistics
    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has launched a Natural Gas Vehicle website and plan to help municipal and commercial fleet owners make informed decisions about converting their fleets to compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas, in advance of a related grant program. More
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    Printed electronics: High tech on a small scale
    Packaging-Gateway.com
    Could printing with electronic displays or RFID usher in the next generation of packaging? Some obstacles still stand in the way of its progress in the packaging world, but impressive advances in nanotechnology and conductive ink already have been made. More
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    JBT FoodTech to refurbish freezing equipment
    PR Newswire via Digital Journal
    JBT Corporation announced today that its JBT FoodTech business signed a contract in excess of $5 million for the refurbishment of freezing equipment at a U.S.-based food processing plant. More
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    Meat Industry Hall of Fame names class of 2012
    Drovers Cattlenetwork
    A dozen people — ranging from food scientists to industry executives — have been elected to the Meat Industry Hall of Fame, representing significant achievement in livestock, meatpacking and poultry processing. More
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