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Campbell Soup to acquire Garden Fresh for $231 million
MarketWatch
Campbell Soup Co. is expanding its reach in the fresh-food aisle with a deal to acquire Garden Fresh Gourmet Inc., a maker of salsa and hummus with about $100 million in annual sales.
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Lawmakers poised to repeal meat-labeling rules
The Hill
The House Rules Committee will meet on Tuesday evening to discuss a bill to repeal the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule, which forces beef, pork and chicken retailers to label where the meat comes from.
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US Supreme Court to hear new Tyson Foods class action case
Reuters
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up Tyson Foods Inc.,'s challenge to an almost $5.8 million judgment awarded against the company over worker pay at an Iowa meat processing facility. In a case that will be closely watched by the business community, the court will consider the company's objection to the use of statistics to determine damages instead of assessing individual damages.
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Trouble looms for Mitch McConnell's Senate
Politico
A summer of gridlock is bearing down on Washington, threatening to put an end to the burst of legislative productivity that kicked off Mitch McConnell's reign atop the Senate.
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Why the GOP House majority is safe in 2016
The Wall Street Journal
You might think Republicans would have at least a little something to worry about in their quest to keep control of the House of Representatives in next year’s election. After all, Republicans have to defend 27 seats they hold in congressional districts that were won by President Barack Obama in the last presidential election year, 2012. By contrast, just five Democratic seats are in districts won by Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
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Republicans brace for Hurricane Donald
The Hill
Republicans are increasingly worried that a Donald Trump presidential candidacy could drag down their strongest field in recent memory. "He’s an unwelcome distraction," said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean. "We already have so many candidates vying for attention, and he brings a sideshow element to the whole thing."
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House to vote on $55 billion transportation, housing bill
The Hill
The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $55 billion Republican funding bill for the departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. The measure, which is known as THUD, provides $55.3 billion in funding the departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, which is a $1.5 billion increase over the agencies' current 2015 spending levels.
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New EU organic review proposal fails to gather support
Food Chemical News
The Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union put forward a compromise proposal last week for a revision of the EU’s organic legislation, but it proved more divisive than a previous proposal from the European Commission.
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Researchers urge government to 'seriously consider' food taxes
Food Navigator
The U.K. government should seriously consider taxing unhealthy foods and drinks to reduce their consumption, a paper from the Food Research Collaboration (FRC) has urged.
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Food processors ask FDA to release supplementals for food transport, food defense rules
Food Chemical News
FDA's first-ever rules on food transportation and food defense need so much fine-tuning FDA should allow the food industry a second round of comments before the rules are finalized, said the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other industry groups, in a May 26 letter to Mike Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine.
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African, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States deepen FAO ties
USAgNet
The African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and FAO are deepening their ties with an eye to bolstering national capacities to cope with climate change, enhance food security and support sustainable food production.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Diamond Foods cracking into consumer trends
Food Business News
In the coming months, Diamond Foods, Inc., will launch a line of seasoned cashews in such flavors as jalapeño, sriracha and dill pickle. The product leverages flavor technology from the company’s Kettle Brands business and capitalizes on growing consumer demand for convenient protein snacks.
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Food labels nudge diners to eat healthier
USAgNet
A Cornell study of food labels in dining halls shows that when people know the calories and fat content in foods, they lean toward healthier fare.
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McDonald's European meal deals help offset weak US May sales
Reuters
McDonald's Corp posted a smaller-than-expected drop in worldwide sales at established restaurants in May after a lift from value meal deals in Europe helped offset continued weakness in the United States, its top market for profit.
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Why the business of artisanal ice cream is harder than it looks
Crain's New York
Ben Van Leeuwen, co-founder of Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, has inspired a host of local foodie entrepreneurs, all of whom are counting on New Yorkers to continue shelling out more than $6 for a single scoop of strawberry.
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IDDBA 2015: Consumer study reveals food safety problem areas in stores
Supermarket News
One third of U.S. shoppers have left a supermarket mid-trip because the store was unclean, according to a new consumer study presented at Dairy-Deli-Bake on Sunday.
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Report: Fewer foodborne illness outbreaks being reported or solved today
Food Safety News
States are reporting and solving fewer foodborne illness outbreaks compared to 10 years ago, according to a new report by the nonprofit consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest.
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Italian Parmigiano Reggiano goes kosher to grab us market
Bloomberg
Bertinelli is among a growing number of Italian companies seeking a Kosher certification to increase exports, particularly to Israel and the U.S., where demand is booming. The U.S. kosher market has been pegged at about $12.5 billion, according to Lubicom Marketing & Consulting.
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Ireland is getting really hardcore about food claims
TIME
McDonald's "artisan" chicken sandwich would never fly in Ireland. Because according to the country’s new legal definitions of the word, that sandwich would have to be a limited-quantity, locally grown commodity made at a single location with a traditional recipe.
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Dunkin Donuts plans to introduce home delivery service
Business Finance News
In an interview with CNBC, Dunkin Brands Group Inc., CEO Nigel Travis announced something very exciting. The company is planning to launch the much-needed home delivery service, which will allow customers to receive their favorite donuts right at their doorstep.
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Papa John's CEO compares quality of food to Chipotle, Panera
Pizza Marketplace
In an open letter published in USA Today, Papa John's CEO John Schnatter shared how his company strives to live up to its quality promise of "Better Ingredients Better Pizza" for the past 30 years by attempting to demonstrate it has 'put its money where its mouth is.'"
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Financial speculation on food hurting world's hungry – U.N.
Reuters
Food has increasingly become a target for opportunist investors looking for easy profit, hurting the world's poor and fuelling instability, a senior U.N. agricultural official said on Monday.
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Sales of lower-calorie products grow at supermarkets
Food Business News
Lower-calorie products are taking up a majority of sales and sales growth in the nation’s supermarkets, according to a study released June 9 by the Hudson Institute. The study also found more growth could come from lower-calorie products in categories that contribute the most calories to children’s diets.
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Survey: Millennials more receptive to 'trendy' limited-service chains
Nation's Restaurant News
Wendy’s, Subway and Taco Bell might consider targeting older generations with their limited-time offers, according to a survey by E-Poll Market Research.
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