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Future of food retail: Dollar, natural, fresh, limited assortment, e-commerce?
Traditional supermarkets continue to lose market share to non-traditional formats such as dollar stores, supercenters, fresh food specialists such as Whole Foods Market, natural stores, limited assortment players such as Aldi, wholesale clubs and e-commerce. But what does this mean for food and beverage manufacturers?
US food industry ripe for further mergers
Gannett Washington Bureau via Des Moines Register
The U.S. food and agriculture industries have been immersed in an acquisition binge of late, underscored by the surprising and controversial $4.7 billion proposed purchase of Smithfield Foods by China's Shuanghui International Holdings announced in May. Analysts who follow the industry said they expect further deals to occur.
Will new laws make your food safer?
The Boston Globe
With the introduction of federal laws to regulate food safety, including rules on how produce is grown, harvested and distributed throughout the country, officials hope they will be able to better prevent some tainted produce from getting to consumers. New regulations will also require food processing plant manufacturers to fix hazards on the assembly line that could contaminate pasta, baked goods and other packaged foods.
Obama to rally support for immigration reform with business leaders
President Barack Obama was set to meet with business leaders Monday at the White House to rally support for the Senate immigration bill ahead of this week's expected vote.
Support snowballs ahead of Senate immigration reform vote
Immigration reform has gotten a new burst of life as a growing number of Senate Republicans have embraced the 1,000-page-plus legislation, setting up President Barack Obama for a big victory this week.
Related: Senate immigration bill: Top 5 questions (Politico)
Hillary Clinton's 2016 boosters push rival super PACs
The Washington Post
Harold Ickes, a longtime fixture in Democratic politics and a confidant of the Clintons, predicts super PACs to support Hillary Clinton's potential 2016 presidential candidacy may soon be "popping up like mushrooms in the spring."
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Ethanol increase survives as Supreme Court rejects challenges
The U.S. Supreme Court left intact Environmental Protection Agency rules allowing higher concentrations of corn-based ethanol in gasoline, turning away appeals from the grocery, auto and oil industries.
Supreme Court to rule on Obama recess appointments
The Supreme Court said Monday it will rule next term on whether President Barack Obama can make appointments while the Senate is in recess, one of the latest power battles between the executive and legislative branches.
US likely to extend old farm law after House derails new bill
Congress is headed for a second stop-gap extension of current farm law if Republican leaders in the House of Representatives cannot get new legislation back on track after a stunning defeat.
Related: How the farm bill failed (Politico)
GMO myths, risks and rewards: A Cornell scientist's take
International Business Times
Genetically modified organisms have been in American fields and grocery stores for more than a decade, but the controversy surrounding them is as fresh as ever. One Cornell University scientist says that in the discussion about GMOs, emphasizing the scientific facts is key — but she also cautioned against arrogance on the part of genetic engineering advocates.
Related: 8 foods readily available in US that are banned in other countries (Deseret News)
FSMA whistle-blower lawsuit targets Brothers International Food Corp.
Food Poisoning Bulletin
Colin Chase, a former employee of Brothers International Food Corp., sued the company in federal court, alleging the company violated FSMA whistle-blower protection when it fired him for telling management that expired potato chips were being re-dated and sold while dehydrated apple crisps were being improperly rehydrated.
Congressman asks Obama to include Vilsack in CFIUS
Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., has asked President Barack Obama to appoint the USDA secretary to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, CFIUS includes representatives from sixteen U.S. departments and agencies deemed to have influence in matters of national security, but presently does not include a member representing U.S. food safety and supply interests.
Better hospital food, brought to you by the federal health law
Kaiser Health News with USA Today
A growing number of hospitals nationwide are tossing out their fryers and adopting hotel-style "room service" that let patients order food anytime from a large menu. Many are also setting up gardens to grow their own vegetables, inviting local farmers to sell produce in their lobbies and turning food presentations into works of art — even when made puree style.
Restaurant group wants repeal of ethanol mandate
The National Council of Chain Restaurants said it has launched a grass-roots campaign to urge Congress to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard and corn ethanol mandate.
Meal kits inspire new strategy at Hy-Vee
The new wave of meal kits designed to complement fresh proteins and vegetables, present an incremental sales opportunity for retailers willing to experiment with merchandising and promotion, said Brett Bremser, vice president of Center Store for Hy-Vee.
Start the countdown! Twinkies return to shelves July 15
Twinkies, the iconic snack food whose producer went out of business last year, is due to return to store shelves July 15, says Daren Metropoulos, principal of Metropoulos & Co., one of the two companies that bought the rights to Twinkies and other snack brands from the bankrupt Hostess Brands earlier this year.
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Nestle to open China factories on rising demand amid slow growth
Nestle SA, the world's biggest food maker, said it will open two factories in China next month to tap growth in the world's most populous nation even as the economy slows.
McDonald's drops halal items from US menu after problems
Detroit Free Press
There have been only two McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. that have offered halal food. Both were in east Dearborn, Mich., which has a sizable population of Arab-American Muslims. But after a contentious lawsuit that accused the restaurant chain of selling non-halal items advertised as halal, McDonald's has yanked its Halal Chicken McNuggets and Halal McChicken sandwiches off the menu.
After months of speculation, Wendy's finally introduces pretzel burger
Rumors have swirled for months, and now Wendy's is finally rolling out its Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, a move that separates Wendy's from much of the fast food competition.
Yogurt: The new Pepsi challenge
PepsiCo Inc. — best known for Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay chips — is taking its Muller yogurt brand nationwide expanding its portfolio of healthier foods at a time when U.S. consumers are increasingly shunning traditional soft drinks.
Related: Timeline: PepsiCo's 20-year shift in new products (Reuters)
Wisconsin cold storage business expands again
Wisconsin State Journal
In its second major expansion in two years, Madison-based Central Storage & Warehouse Co. in March added 1.2 million cubic feet of frozen food storage to its Pleasant Prairie warehouse, also doubling the facility's full-time workforce.
Plant compounds studied for food safety chores
USDA Agricultural Research Service
In ongoing investigations, USDA and university researchers are taking a fresh look at the ability of olive powder and other plant compounds to combat foodborne pathogens and keep food safe to eat.
How to read a food label
Health via The Huffington Post
Caroline Kaufman, RDN, advises grocery shoppers to "have a game plan and know what you are looking for so you can quickly scan the label for the most important information."
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