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The McDonald's slump: Is history repeating?
The Wall Street Journal
Same-store sales at U.S. McDonald's outlets have declined for 6 of the last 7 months, the worst slump for the company in more than a decade. The last time things were this grim beneath the golden arches was a 13-month stretch ending in March 2003.
After a short, furious battle, a rich offer for Hillshire
The New York Times
Tyson's richly valued proposal — worth $63 a share, 71 percent higher than where Hillshire's stock was trading before it became a takeover target — was a surprising turn of events for the food company.
With Hillshire deal, Tyson eyes breakfast business (Bloomberg)
Tyson will need to find cost-savings with Hillshire (The Wall Street Journal)
Hillshire-Pinnacle deal seems unlikely with Tyson's purchase (The Wall Street Journal)
Food safety management systems: HACCP can't do it all
A food safety management system is more than just a HACCP plan; it's more far-reaching and better able to help you prepare your facility for FSMA regulations while preventing catastrophes.
The House GOP's top recruit
She's the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, a retired colonel who once sued the Pentagon over a policy on Muslim dress, and a self-described moderate who rails against government overreach. Republicans consider Arizona's Martha McSally their top House recruit of 2014, and few have generated as much excitement in GOP circles.
Rand Paul to steer clear of Mississippi runoff
Sen. Rand Paul says he's staying out of the Senate runoff this month in Mississippi, where tea party favorite Chris McDaniel is favored against long-time Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi.
Related: In Mississippi, McDaniel embodies GOP fears about tea party (The Washington Post)
Graham, Cantor fight tea party foes in primaries today
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia on Tuesday face tea party challengers as five states hold primaries.
Tom Vilsack on the school food fight: 'We're on the same side'
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Open Mike's Mike Allen to discuss the ongoing debate over school nutrition, suggesting the focus should be more on how to fund proper nutrition and less on how to define it.
Related: Tech entrepreneur: Market can solve school nutrition trouble (Food Safety News)
Editor's note: As highlighted in recent coverage of federal activity regarding school meal nutrition standards, the School Nutrition Association is leading efforts on Capitol Hill to advance legislation that provides schools with new flexibilities to meet nutrition standards.
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Obama makes pitch for highway funding bill
President Barack Obama used the signing ceremony for a new waterways infrastructure bill to push Congress to strike similar bipartisan compromises on other priorities, including a highway funding deal.
Opinion: How food companies can fight anti-GMO hysteria
Los Angeles Times
"I am a scientist who believes wholeheartedly in the value to humanity of genetically modified foods," writes William Clark. "Why are we ashamed of it? Why are rational people spending so much time and energy resisting labeling these foods as genetically modified?"
Misconceptions fuel suspicions about food additives
Greater awareness of risk assessment procedures and the regulations governing them would appease consumers' fears about artificial additives, say Swiss researchers.
Infringement dispute highlights need to be careful on social media
World Trademark Review
An ongoing case between yogurt company Chobani and business consultant Dov Seidman may appear to be a typical trademark dispute, but a key piece of the legal filing highlights the need to tread carefully on social media — and to ensure that marketing is on the same page.
EFSA calls for comment on allergen evaluation for labeling purposes
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the evaluation of allergenic foods and food ingredients for labeling purposes. Feedback is due Aug. 8.
Unilever CEO says Russia still land of opportunities
Consumer goods maker Unilever is keeping faith in Russia as an important growth market and is ready to plow money into factories and acquisitions there despite a slowing economy.
Schwan's targets baby boomer market with frozen food delivery discounts
AARP members can now enjoy the convenience of having delicious frozen food delivered right to their front doors, at a discount, thanks to a new agreement between AARP and Schwan's Home Service Inc.
Kayem introduces freezer-to-grill chicken patties
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Kayem Foods Inc., based in Chelsea, Massachusetts, expanded its al fresco line with Gourmet Chicken Grillers, uncooked frozen chicken burgers developed to help consumers "BBQ better."
Mexican-Chinese duo up stake in Spanish meat firm Campofrio
Mexican frozen food company Sigma Alimentos and Chinese pork producer WH Group have raised their joint stake in Spanish meat processor Campofrio to 97 percent under a tender offer launched last month, a regulatory filing showed.
Relay Foods expands to North Carolina
Relay Foods, the Charlottesville, Virginia-based Internet natural and organic food retailer, opened for business in the Durham, North Carolina, market Monday, allowing shoppers to pick up orders at any of three locations in the city.
Functional packaging with sustainability at the core
Jeffrey Wooster, sustainability director at The Dow Chemical Company, Packaging and Specialty Plastics, discusses his organization's commitment to sustainability — evident in the array of innovative solutions the company displayed at interpack 2014.
Functional food market grows for its nutrition and health claims
A new report, "The Future of Functional Food and Drinks," examines successful product positioning and claims in order to provide a road map for identifying future trends in the functional food and drinks market.
Consumer pressure leads Cargill to give pigs more room
The move to group sow housing by Cargill and other U.S. pork firms reflects an important shift in thinking about animal welfare, from consumers to large food corporations.
RGF recommends air offense against food pathogens
Food Production Daily
Sanitizing surfaces to eradicate food pathogens is only half the battle, according to one expert; airborne pathogens also must be dealt with for a safe food supply.
Fungal-sourced colors have big potential, say researchers
A rising demand for natural colors is promising for those who are using looking to use fungi to create natural colors, according to scientists.
Schedulers Logistics gets $2 million to expand India cold chain market
Food Production Daily
Aspada Investment Co. will invest more than $2 million to expand Schedulers Logistics fleet of cold-chain storage trucks to target under-served locations in India.
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