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Who will food industry consolidation squeeze?
USA Today
A rash of proposed mergers in the food industry is sparking concern that reduced competition will mean lower prices for farmers and higher prices for consumers at the grocery store.

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    USDA to require pork industry to report, track viruses
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday formalized a requirement that the pork industry report and track new incidents of fast-spreading viruses that reportedly have killed millions of young pigs.

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  • Virus killing 8 million pigs means expensive barbecues (Bloomberg)
  • USDA puts $26.2 million toward PEDv fight (Meat & Poultry)

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    The next front in the GMO war: Synthetic biology
    Grist
    As consumer goods companies face political wrangling and sustainability concerns over ingredients in their products, they are turning to synthetic biology. But is that technology mature enough to integrate into the food chain?

    Related: Companies quietly apply biofuel tools to consumables (The New York Times)

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    Pols' picks, Round 2: Who will win the Senate?
    The Wall Street Journal
    Even with Sen. Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel headed to a runoff for Mississippi's Senate seat, there hasn't been much change to the national Senate map.
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    Sound and fury in Mississippi
    The Hill
    The Mississippi Senate primary runoff is already full of sound and fury. With the June 24 runoff less than three weeks away, animosity and missteps between Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and state Sen. Chris McDaniel have quickly returned.
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    Regulations: $863 billion in benefits?
    The Hill
    Major regulations reviewed by the White House over the last decade have resulted in as much as $863 billion in economic benefits, with costs amounting to a fraction of that total, according to a new report from the Office of Management and Budget.
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    Soft drink tax gaining momentum
    Examiner
    In the minds of many health experts, economists and others, the answer to over-consumption of sugar is the introduction of a new tax.

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  • California residents support soda tax to fight obesity, study shows (Reuters)
  • Could a 6-cent tax sour us on soda and sugary drinks? (NPR)

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    Trucking group calls for DOT official's resignation
    The Hill
    The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is calling for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro to resign, saying she did not give fair treatment to truck drivers in a fight over regulations that require truckers to be given time off-duty during specific hours of the night.
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    Food waste recycling faces hiccups
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    More states want to recycle their food waste instead of dumping it into landfills, but they have run into a snag: The infrastructure needed to turn huge quantities of table scraps into fertilizer or electricity isn't ready.

    Related: Regulations require school to toss unopened food (WDAF-TV)

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    Opinion: Don't turn school lunch into a political fight
    The Detroit News
    Contrary to what Michelle Obama would have you believe, members of the GOP and school officials don't want children to be overweight and unhealthy. But strict school nutrition dictates have taken control of a matter that's best addressed by parents and local school boards.
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    Starbucks' Frappuccino truck debuts
    Los Angeles Times
    As if 105 locations in Los Angeles and an additional 127 in San Diego weren't enough, Starbucks has gotten wheels, hitting the streets of Southern California with its first food truck.

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    How Hillshire can end its deal for Pinnacle
    The New York Times
    Shareholders who protested Hillshire's takeover of Pinnacle Foods may support talks with suitors. But ending the $5.3 billion Pinnacle deal isn't as simple as just walking away.

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    Smith Frozen Foods gears up for higher capacity
    Union-Bulletin
    After seven months of ongoing construction, a slate of multimillion-dollar improvements to the Smith Frozen Foods plant in Weston, Washington, go online this week.

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    KKR-led private-equity consortium invests in China's Cofco's meat unit
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    A group of foreign and Chinese private-equity firms, led by KKR & Co., have agreed to invest in Chinese state-owned food giant Cofco Corp.'s meat unit, the latest in a series of tie-ups it has formed with foreign companies to gain greater control over the food supply chain.
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    Kroger sues Primus in Jensen cantaloupe Listeria case
    The Packer
    In a cross claim filed June 2 in a Colorado state court, the country's second-largest retailer names Primus and distributor Frontera Produce Ltd. as defendants in the death of a Colorado man who contracted a Listeria monocytogenes infection after eating tainted cantaloupe.
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    Refinancing costs see Diamond Foods post Q3 loss
    just-food
    Refinancing charges hit Diamond Foods' bottom line with the Kettle Foods maker posting a higher loss of $105.6 million in its third quarter.
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    Tyson Fresh Meats introduces 2 new beef products
    Meatingplace
    Tyson Fresh Meats is extending its Backyard Flavors brand with two new products: beef skirt steak with smokey chili sauce and beef flat iron with mesquite seasoning.
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    Wendy's introduces new salad
    Zacks Zacks via Benzinga
    The Wendy's Company has kept its trend of introducing new salads for the summer season: The restaurant chain recently introduced the Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad for a limited time.
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    Natural coating gives fruit a 'berry' long shelf life
    Food Production Daily
    Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a material found in blueberry leaves can be used to coat the berries themselves, delivering longer shelf life, boosted antioxidants and pathogen protection.

    Related: Blueberries get new lease on life (Hillsboro Tribune)

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    Top natural and organic food trends of 2014
    Food Business News
    Bee-free honey, algae milk and African superfoods are among top natural and organic food trends compiled by Sterling-Rice Group, a Boulder-based consulting firm.
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    The future of functional ingredients? Collaboration, Fiberstar says
    Food Navigator-USA
    Last month, longtime CPG executive John Haen took the reins as the new CEO and president of Fiberstar, replacing Dale Lindquist, who will now head up sustainable new business development. Three weeks into his new post, Haen caught up with FoodNavigator-USA on his aims for domestic and international growth and the multifunctionality of fiber.
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    Fast food still full of additives, even as menus simplify
    NBC News
    The same preservative Panera plans to drop remains widespread among fast food restaurants, even as some chains simplify menus to cater to evolving consumer taste buds.
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    Researchers studying use of copper to reduce bacteria in salmon
    The Fish Site
    Students from St Mary University, Chile, are working with the antibacterial properties of copper to try and reduce bacteria present in salmon.
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    Avantium closes $50 million deal to create 100 percent PEF bottle
    Food Production Daily
    Avantium has closed a financing round of $50 million from a consortium including Swire Pacific, The Coca-Cola Company, DANONE, ALPLA and existing shareholders to advancing PEF packaging material.
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    Ohio biotech company gears up for $200,000 expansion, hiring
    Dayton Business Journal
    NanoDetection Technology Inc. plans $200,000 in improvements and several hires in coming months as it prepares to begin manufacturing a new product for pathogen screening.
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