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Meet the 'flankers': Food industry upstarts beating the big guys
The Wall Street Journal
Food brands are coming from nowhere, nibbling away at the edges of an established category and eventually chewing away enough of the market to have a significant impact.
Labels sought for genetically modified food
From Maine to Washington, a growing number of states are taking on the issue of genetically engineered foods, fanning the flames of a decades-old debate about whether the products are dangerous to human health.
Related: Scientists urge inclusion of glycemic index on food labels (Nutra Ingredients)
New Hostess owner set to resume snack cake production in Georgia
The sweet aroma of snack cakes should once again be permeating the air around the Dolly Madison plant in Columbus, Ga., as Hostess Brands LLC prepares to relaunch production next month.
Tom Vilsack urges House to plow ahead on farm bill
Mindful of Democratic resistance, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that "it is important for us to move forward" with the House farm bill, and a controversial $20 billion cut in food stamps is certain to be reduced in final talks with the Senate and White House.
People want Congress to compromise — except they really don't
The Washington Post
People hate Congress. And the main reason for that hatred is their belief that Congress doesn't work together to solve problems. So says new data from Gallup in which nearly 8 in 10 respondents disapprove of how Congress is doing its job.
Democrats: GOP will pay if immigration reform fails
Democrats say immigration reform will be a campaign issue in 2014 if Republicans block an effort to create a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants now living in the country illegally.
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Research: Soda size cap cuts calories most in children and overweight people
Los Angeles Times
A day after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Health Department went to court to defend its proposed cap on the sale of super-sized sodas, a published study has offered evidence that Bloomberg's plan would reduce average calorie intake among those most likely to buy large drinks and would have its greatest effect on overweight and obese kids.
Planned EU-US trade deal hits snag on cultural issues
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Negotiating a trade and investment deal between the U.S. and the EU, originally seen as largely a technical discussion, has run into cultural barriers that are posing serious challenges.
Food financing bill would address food deserts
U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa., introduced legislation Wednesday to support the two-year-old Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a national, market-based approach to bring jobs and investment to food deserts.
Wage debate: How the 'Wal-Mart' syndrome pushes millions onto food stamps
Entire industries — such as low-end retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and fast food chains like McDonald's Inc. — pump up their profits by paying employees extremely low wages. But those employees then need public assistance to support themselves.
California cantaloupe producers self-impose food safety rules
Food Safety News
In an unprecedented move for the state's produce industry, California cantaloupe handlers have elected to adopt a mandatory food safety plan as part of an effort to restore consumer confidence in the cantaloupe market.
UK group: Industry using technical barriers to salt reduction as 'excuse'
Industry's assertion that there are still technical barriers to salt reduction is often just an excuse to avoid further reformulation, claims the chairman of CASH (Consensus Action on Salt and Health) Graham MacGregor.
Federal judge returns BPI suit against ABC to state court
Sioux City Journal
In a victory for the embattled South Dakota-based company, a federal judge Tuesday returned Beef Products Inc.'s $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC News to state court.
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Burger King faces PR mess in razor blade mishap
Questionable internal policies at a local Burger King franchise are being blamed for a razor blade turning up in a customer's cheeseburger in Willits, Calif. — and the chain is facing a PR challenge as the news goes viral.
Food industry upgrades include freezers that detect expiration dates
IBM has used its RFID technology to create a smart freezer that can identify items nearing their expiration dates and alert staff when inventory is low on a particular item.
A fresh opportunity to build meat sales
Meat labels will have a new lexicon soon, which means shoppers must learn new names for more than 350 cuts of beef and pork.
Related: Why you'll be paying more for beef all year (NPR)
Study: Fast food misses out on sales as customer loyalty lags
The Wall Street Journal
Fast food chains are missing out on business because their customers lack a sense of loyalty, given that the experience of eating there remains impersonal and, often, service is poor, said Euan White, senior vice president of consumer markets at consultancy Dunnhumby.
Sobeys to buy Safeway Canada for $5.7 billion
Empire Cos., parent of the Sobeys chain in Canada, said Wednesday it would buy Safeway Canada for $5.7 billion.
Dean Foods closes Texas plant, cutting 150 jobs
Dallas-based Dean Foods will close its Oak Farms plant in Waco, laying off 150 workers in the next 60 to 90 days.
Oak Farms products will continue to be available and the production will move to Dean Foods plants in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
Study backs polydextrose to increase satiety and decrease energy intake
Consumption of polydextrose may help to increase feelings of fullness and reduce energy intakes in a dose-dependent way, according to new research.
Study links food packaging chemical and obesity in girls
Unhealthy diets and limited physical activity are leading causes of obesity in children, and now new research in the journal PLOS One adds to growing evidence that the chemical BPA found in food packaging may be partly to blame.
Port of Los Angeles to spend $400 million on capital improvements
The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has adopted a 2013-2014 fiscal year budget of approximately $1.1 billion for the Port of Los Angeles, including one of the largest annual Capital Improvement Programs in the port's history.
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