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Tyson wins bid for Hillshire in battle of meat titans
Tyson Foods Inc. won the bidding war for Hillshire Brands Co. with an all-cash offer that values the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages at $8.55 billion and would be the biggest deal yet for the global meat business.
Related: Deal speculation intensifies in food business (Star Tribune)
Freezer aisle revival?
The frozen food aisle has historically suffered from a bit of an image problem, given consumers' long association with frozen TV dinners and freezer-burned commodity vegetable bags. But the growing interest in premium offerings among increasingly time-strapped consumers presents untapped opportunities for CPGs to go head to head with competitors outside the retail landscape, says a Euromonitor analyst.
Editor's note: To learn more about how your company can support the "Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh." campaign please contact American Frozen Food Institute Vice President of Communications Corey Henry at email@example.com.
Washington week ahead: Focus on school nutrition standards
The Obama administration's push for healthier school meals will get lots of attention this week as the full House is expected to take up its fiscal year 2015 Agriculture appropriations bill while the Senate Agriculture Committee holds a hearing on child nutrition programs.
Related: Katie Couric: GOP takes bite out of healthy meals (USA Today)
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Cochran woos independents, Democrats in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger via USA Today
On the ropes in a primary runoff, incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to pull in independents, moderates — even Democrats — to "expand the electorate" in his last stand against challenger Chris McDaniel, whose tea party base appears galvanized and ready to vote again.
Obama, Clinton start '16 dance
President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have begun a delicate dance to 2016. As the former Secretary of State edges toward a presidential run, she is putting some daylight between herself and the man she would succeed, on issues ranging from the release of Bowe Bergdahl to the civil war in Syria.
Ted Cruz returns to the Texas Republican convention a conquering hero
The Washington Post
The last time Ted Cruz showed up at a Texas Republican Party convention, it was as the scrappy insurgent who had come from nowhere to force the establishment's anointed one into a run-off for a U.S. Senate seat. Just two years after he first appeared on their stage, the junior senator from Texas bestrode the world inside the Fort Worth Convention Center this weekend as a colossus.
Federal groups create Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service have developed a Web resource about the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration that highlights their work and creates an ongoing resource to share information with the public. This series of Web pages, hosted by the CDC, includes information on the analyses and other activities of this tri-agency partnership.
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Opinion: Immigration reform an issue Congress cannot afford to overlook
Within the past month, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's office imposed greater difficulty to immigration reform when it announced no debate would be allowed before the midterm elections. But the immigration issue isn't one that should be eclipsed by other matters.
Related: Supreme Court ruling sends 'aged-out' visa applicants to back of line (The Hill)
Senate announces hearings on comprehensive tax reform
Law360 (subscription required)
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a series of hearings to discuss comprehensive tax reform, leaders announced Thursday.
Vermont's new GMO law may upend food industry nationwide
Los Angeles Times
The biggest worry weighing on the nation's food industry may not be drought in the West, farmworker shortages or turbulent international trade negotiations, but a change in the regulatory code in Vermont.
FIC label changes could break organic rules
Organic food firms changing their packaging to meet new EU labeling rules could accidentally breach organic labeling rules in the process, one certifier has warned.
New ISO Handbook aids in certifying food safety management systems
Occupational Health & Safety
The International Organization for Standardization has issued a handbook that combines ISO/TS 22003 and ISO/IEC 17021, two standards that contain all that a certification body must know when performing food safety management system audits or certification.
For buyers, Annie's serves up recipe for growth
Hungry foodmakers might want to put Annie's Inc. on their shopping list. The $479 million company, whose organic macaroni and cheese and bunny-shaped crackers were at one time exclusive to natural-foods retailers, has been expanding into mainstream grocery stores, boosting sales more than 20 percent last year.
Will California's drought bring about $7 broccoli?
Last winter, for the third year in a row, the rains in California didn't come, likely making this the driest 30-month stretch in the state's recorded history. So what does the drought mean for your plate? Here are a few points to keep in mind.
Nestle hopes to thaw Lean Cuisine sales chill
just-food (subscription required)
Nestle has conceded that it is facing some significant challenges in the US frozen category. However, comments at the firm's investor day this week would seem to suggest that the world's largest food company has set out a roadmap for how to "fix" lacklustre brands such as Lean Cuisine.
Naturally Potatoes breaks ground for expansion doubling production capacity
Naturally Potatoes broke ground on a $7.5 million expansion to its Mars Hill, Maine, potato processing plant this weekend. The expansion is in addition to a $1 million packaging line upgrade that is nearly completed.
Burn 140 calories, earn a can of Coca-Cola
The Associated Press via NDTV
Coca-Cola is taking on obesity, this time with an online video showing how fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda. In the ad, the world's biggest beverage maker asks what would happen if people paid for a can of Coke by first working off the calories it contained.
Beyond the burrito: Chipotle's next big move
Since its launch 21 years ago, Chipotle has scorned most conventional marketing and held firm to its bold brand promise: "Food with Integrity." Now, Chipotle is quietly dipping its toe into new formats including ShopHouse, an Asian concept, and Pizzeria Local, an extra-fast pizza restaurant.
Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts fight heats up
Lunch is the latest battleground in the food industry, and so Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks want a greater share of the lunch money.
Yum! Brands to launch new concept, Banh Shop, in Dallas
Yum! Brands, parent company to cutting-edge concepts such as Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and newcomer Super Chix, will launch a new stealth Asian concept, called Banh Shop, in Dallas.
Young kids recognize unhealthy food brands more than healthy ones
For very young children, awareness of food brands increases greatly between ages 3 and 4 and is highest for unhealthy foods, according to a new study from Ireland.
FlexLink to follow CPG industries into emerging markets
Food Production Daily
FlexLink, which works with Nestle and Mondelez, has opened a sales and engineering office in Johannesburg to support the South Africa and Sub-Sahara region with plans to expand in South America.
Dry-ice blasting stops food pathogens cold
Food Production Daily
Continental Carbonic promises a way to clean food production equipment with less water and faster results than conventional methods.
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