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Americans have never had so few options for what company makes their meat
The Washington Post
Americans have never had this many options in the beef aisle. That's certainly what the growing number of offerings lining supermarket shelves would seem to suggest. And yet, behind the carefully branded facade of new packaged meats is a rather different and troubling reality: the mere illusion of choice, as the U.S. meat industry continues to consolidate.
Related: Hillshire could pay Tyson $261 million if it rejects deal (Bloomberg)
The Domino's Smart Slice goes to school
The New York Times
Given the uproar over federal rules aimed at getting schoolchildren to eat more healthfully, you might think fast food was an endangered species on the cafeteria line. but Domino's is delivering a pizza it calls the Smart Slice to more than 3,000 lunchrooms in 38 states, up from 3 states in 2010.
Why are so many CPG innovators frustrated and demotivated?
A new survey shows many people developing new products at CPG companies feel frustrated and demotivated, which probably comes as no surprise given the high failure rate in the trade. But looking at what firms that produce more winners have in common could help boost everybody's mood, claims Affinnova.
Obama rejects idea that Cantor loss killed immigration reform
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama on Wednesday dismissed the argument that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss shredded any hope for passing immigration reform and called on House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to do the same.
GOP chaos pulls plug on Obama
White House allies said the reverberations from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss will make it even harder for President Barack Obama to find GOP lawmakers to work with on Capitol Hill, and predicted other Republicans will be scared to death of engaging with the White House.
Eric Cantor lesson to GOP: Stray at your own risk
Eric Cantor thought he was setting out to nudge the Republican Party gently in a winning direction. Instead, the voters of his home district pushed him over a political cliff.
Group of Seattle franchise businesses sue to stop $15 minimum wage
Los Angeles Times
Five Puget Sound, Washington, business owners joined the International Franchise Association in filing a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday to stop Seattle from enacting a $15-an-hour minimum wage, which would be the highest in the nation when it takes effect.
Crusade begins against Seattle minimum-wage law's treatment of franchise owners (Forbes)
Seattle's minimum wage hike is already bringing extra charges (Vice News)
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Retail industry calls on Senate to stop micro-unions
EPR Retail News
The Retail Industry Leaders Association on Wednesday urged the Senate Committee on Appropriations to support an amendment to be offered by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, designed to stop efforts of the National Labor Relations Board to fragment workplaces through the application of the micro-union decision from 2011.
FSIS works with Ad Council to promote food safety awareness
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, in partnership with the Ad Council, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has developed a national public service advertising campaign to educate the public about the importance of safe food handling and how to reduce the risks associated with foodborne illness. The Ad Council and FSIS are seeking approval of an information collection to help measure the impact of the campaign.
Canada to introduce national pig identification and traceability program
On July 1,amendments to Canada's Health of Animals regulations will come into force, extending livestock traceability requirements to domestic pigs farmed for food production.
New EU allergen labeling law to cover all food businesses
AHN via Gant Daily
The coverage of the 14-year-old European Union allergen labeling law will be expanded from packaged food to all food companies, including restaurants, pubs, cafes, catering outlets, deli counters, bakeries and sandwich bars.
Organic brand scurries to stay ahead in the mac-and-cheese wars
Fast Company's Co.Exist
Annie's Homegrown launched 25 years ago to stand for everything conventional food wasn't at the time. Now it's finding new ways to appeal to health-conscious consumers, as bigger companies catch on.
House approves $1 million for Rancho Feeding probe
Meat & Poultry
Citing a lack of resources and a frustrating process, the House has authorized $1 million in additional funding to help USDA complete its investigation into Petaluma, California-based Rancho Feeding Corp.
Dunkin' Donuts to revisit the Golden State
Zacks, Zacks via Benzinga
Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. intends to debut Dunkin' Donuts traditional restaurants in California before the end of 2014.
Do-it-yourself foods: the next consumer trend?
Food Production Daily
A German cereal startup is seeing booming sales of its personalized muesli cereal, thanks to growing demand for consumer-customized packaged foods.
New report predicts tremendous growth ahead for cold chain market
After 2010 economic slowdown, a major shift was observed in frozen food industry due to increased investments of the large players in this sector. Various initiatives taken by global governments have also drastically affected this market positively, according to a new report from RnR Market Research.
Why we need to pay attention to a superbug-contaminated squid
The Huffington Post
Scientists have found a previously undetected drug-resistant bacterium in the North American food supply.
HACCP certification means no more dirty laundry
Food Quality News
Electrolux Professional has become the first HACCP International certified laundry manufacturer. The certification could have a strong impact on food processing, allowing businesses to guarantee food safety and bacteria control within their in-house laundry.
New sensor to detect Listeria monocytogenes on food industry surfaces
A new device designed to sample and detect foodborne bacteria is being tested by scientists at the University of Southampton.
Ribeye, other beef products recalled on processing error
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Fruitland American Meat, based in Jackson, Missouri, is recalling approximately 4,012 pounds of fresh beef products because the dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely removed, which is not compliant with agency regulations that require their removal in cattle 30 months of age and older.
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Vitaminwater fans upset over new sweetener
The Associated Press via WTOP
Fans of Vitaminwater are demanding that parent company Coca-Cola drop a new formula that uses stevia, a low-calorie sweetener known for its metallic aftertaste.
Dan Graiff Farms opens 17,000-square-foot expansion
The Produce News
Dan Graiff Farms LLC, in Newfield, New Jersey, opened a 17,000-square-foot expansion in March, incorporating a state-of-the-art, fully automated packing line that was developed and built in Italy.
Food company's new owners: It's a new day
Allens Canning, a canned and frozen food maker in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, was purchased out of bankruptcy earlier this year, and the new owners are taking steps to turn things around — starting with wastewater cleanup and community relations.
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