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Food makers sue to stop Vermont's GMO labeling law
Reuters
Several industry groups representing U.S. food makers on Thursday asked a federal judge in Vermont to block that state's new law that will require labels on food products made with genetically modified organisms.
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Supreme Court rules for POM against Coke in labeling dispute
Reuters
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that drink producer POM Wonderful LLC can sue over allegations that Coca-Cola Co. has misled consumers over its marketing of Minute Maid pomegranate blueberry juice.

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    The next big thing: Future of food
    Bloomberg TV
    Chef and restaurateur Michael Chiarello and Robb Fraley, chief technology officer of Monsanto and the 2013 World Food Prize Laureate, talked about the future of food at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit in Sausalito, California, this week.
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    McCarthy consolidating support for House majority leader as race for whip intensifies
    The Washington Post
    The defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) in a Republican primary was an astounding triumph for the tea party movement, but there was little evidence Thursday that the insurgency could take advantage of it by getting one of their own elected to the suddenly vacant leadership position.
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    The man who upended the GOP
    Politico
    The day after Dave Brat upended the political world by toppling the Republican expecting to be the next House Speaker, his 23-year-old campaign manager was so swamped he didn't even return a call for his boss from Speaker John Boehner's office. There were, in fact, thousands more phone messages, he said, from Wolf Blitzer to Diane Sawyer.
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    McDaniel up in new Mississippi Senate poll
    The Hill
    Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) primary challenger, Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, is leading the incumbent by 8 points in a new internal poll of the competitive runoff.
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    First lady pledges to fight for lunch standards
    The Associated Press via Yahoo News
    Michelle Obama on Thursday turned her annual garden harvest into a showcase for healthier school lunch standards and pledged to "fight until the bitter end" to keep them in place.

    Related: Politico school meal editorial cartoon (Politico)

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    USDA's semiannual regulatory agenda: Organics, GMOs, poultry and more
    Federal Register
    USDA has released its spring 2014 semiannual regulatory agenda, summarizing the rules now under review or development. Its agencies are working on the definition of "organic," the use of genetically engineered ingredients, poultry processing and more.
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    Union seeks to prevent takeover of poultry inspections
    World Poultry
    The American Federation of Government Employees is calling on House lawmakers to prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture from implementing a new poultry inspection system they feel would jeopardize worker and food safety.
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    House passes tax extenders legislation
    Farm Futures
    The U.S. House on Thursday voted 274-144 to pass a handful of tax extenders, including the expiring section 179 expensing provisions for small business.
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    Nobel Prize laureate: Food producers must adapt to cope with climate change
    Food Manufacture-UK
    Governments and the food industry need to make better use of modeling and new technologies to manage food supply as climate change makes the whole system far more fragile, an environmental expert and joint Nobel Prize winning laureate has warned.
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    Excuse me, is that snake oil gluten-free?
    Reuters
    Consumers think of themselves as savvy and rational. But marketers have always known better — especially those in the health food and supplement industries.

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    Judge won't toss Whole Foods 'all-natural' suit
    Food Navigator-USA
    Three months after a $3.4 million settlement in a lawsuit accusing Trader Joe's of falsely advertising products as "all natural," similar action against Whole Foods Market is proceeding.

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    Global hunger for protein fuels food industry deals
    The Wall Street Journal
    Consumers from Beijing to Boston are gobbling up more meat and dairy products, fueling multibillion-dollar mergers in the food industry and reshaping global agriculture.

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    Lineage Logistics to break ground on new facility in South Carolina
    Lineage Logistics
    Lineage Logistics, a warehousing and logistics company backed by Bay Grove, will break ground on a state-of-the-art 340,000-square-foot cold storage distribution facility in Charleston County, South Carolina, in July. The project is expected to create more than 80 new jobs when completed.

    Editor's note: Lineage Logistics is a member of the AFFI Advantage Partner Program. For more information on the benefits of becoming an Advantage Partner, please contact AFFI at (703) 821-0770.

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    Picky eaters: Labeling no guarantee consumers will make healthier choices
    USA Today
    As fast food chains boast about transparency and providing lean options, nutrition experts are divided over whether consumers will use their increased awareness to make healthier choices or continue gravitating toward the calorie-filled classics.
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    Convenient, fresh, specialized: It's the future of food
    Food Production Daily
    The food store of the future will be shaped by the consumer's increasing hunger for convenience, freshness and speciality, according to Neil Stern, senior partner at Ebeltoft Group.
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    CEO of major pork processor to retire
    Meatingplace
    St. Joseph, Missouri-based Triumph Foods announced that CEO Rick Hoffman will retire effective June 30; current COO Mark Campbell will succeed Hoffman.
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    Morgan offers cold-plate trailer, truck-body system
    Truckinginfo
    Morgan has released a cold plate refrigeration system for trailers and truck bodies. Cold plates are pre-chilled and keep commodities at proper temperatures without use of engine-driven reefer units or idling the truck's main engine while a vehicle makes its rounds. They use no motor fuels so they emit no pollutants, and there are no inaccessible parts to try to clean.
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    Burgerville: A sustainability and sourcing case study
    Triple Pundit
    Over the past decade, Burgerville has made a concerted effort to ensure its purchasing supports it values — including local sourcing. It makes sense to purchase from local farmers who may then become loyal customers, but what if distant farms operate more sustainably than the local farms?
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    Food stars in US packaging awards
    Food Production Daily
    Packaging created by Pepsico, HB Fuller, Clear Lam and other companies has taken top honors in the 2014 AmeriStar awards — now, they're on to the WorldStar competition.
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    Chemical washdown: Trends, visual communications in food industry
    Food Quality News
    From production to processing, food industry managers rely on chemical washdown processes to eliminate bacteria.
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