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Consumers seek 'natural' and 'locally grown' on product labels
When shopping for food, two-thirds of U.S. consumers look for "locally grown" on labels, while 59 percent check to see if the products they're buying are natural, according to a survey from Consumer Reports National Research Center.
'Natural' helps sell $40 billion of food annually — but means nothing (The Washington Post)
Study suggests food labels impart false sense of health (Food Engineering)
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Defining 'added sugar'
The Food Journal
The White House has taken the lead on breaking down sugars into two categories: Sugars and Added Sugars. Consumers seem confused about the difference between the two, so it might be time for a clear understanding.
Hillshire deal whets investors' food M&A appetite
Kevin Dreyer, portfolio manager at Gabelli Funds, examines M&A growth in the food industry as Tyson Foods' deal for Hillshire Brands sets the stage for more deals and how it may affect prices passed on to customers.
Related: Mexican chicken king seeking deals north of the border (Bloomberg)
Thad Cochran wins
Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran beat back an insurgent challenge from conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel Tuesday night, mounting a surprise political comeback that likely extinguishes tea party hopes of toppling an incumbent U.S. senator in the midterm elections.
Inside the Thad Cochran comeback (Politico)
How Thad Cochran won (The Washington Post)
Tea party candidate weighs legal options (The Hill)
Steve Scalise could ease John Boehner's GOP troubles
Speaker John Boehner is famous for needling his colleagues, but his recent comments to newly elected Majority Whip Steve Scalise seemed to reveal more than just a good sense of humor.
McCarthy presents himself as Mr. Right
Incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has moved swiftly to bolster his conservative credentials after his election last week, aligning himself with the GOP's right flank on a pair of key issues.
How much is too much? Report on fortified foods tries to pinpoint answer
Food Safety News
Many Americans don't get enough of the vitamins and minerals they should, but a new report from the Environmental Working Group shows concern that children and other vulnerable populations are exposed to excessive and unhealthy amounts in the foods they eat.
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Senate Democrats float campaign finance bill
Senate Democrats reintroduced transparency regulation on Tuesday that would rein in the ability of donors to give anonymously as part of an election year messaging broadside around campaign finance reform.
Supreme Court bucks pro-business trend this term
With only days remaining in its term, the U.S. Supreme Court is on track to at least partly dispel the impression that it's pro-business.
House Ways and Means chair outlines plan to reduce corporate income tax
Law360 (subscription required)
The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday pushed his plan to reduce the corporate income tax, saying it would dissuade U.S.-based corporations from moving overseas for tax purposes.
Restaurant labor group targets tips in next phase of minimum wage fight
Labor groups are setting their sights next on how tipped workers in the food industry are paid, as more and more states approve hikes in the basic minimum wage.
Canada's food safety arm creates teams to focus on plant sanitation, recalls
Food Quality News
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has created special teams to oversee the performance of the country's food safety system.
Why a Chinese billionaire is investing $10 million in lab-grown meat
One of Asia's richest men, Li Ka Shing, is sinking $10 million into a Brooklyn-based startup that specializes in lab-made meat and leather. This investment comes on the heels of a move earlier this year to back a company that makes plant-based egg substitutes.
The problem with portions
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Cheesecake Factory, Applebee's and McDonald's struggle with smaller servings, targeting those consumers who now crave portion control in a nation long obsessed with getting more.
How to win or lose on the functional foods market
Health matters — but convenience matters more, according to a report that looked at why functional foods succeeded or failed in the marketplace.
General Mills launches new cost-cutting plans as sales drop
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
General Mills said it has begun new initiatives to scale back costs and boost its top line as the packaged-food maker posted a decline in its fiscal fourth-quarter sales.
Eskimo Cold Storage recoups RFID investment in a flash
The Georgia company is using an RFID system to help identify the locations of pallets loaded with chicken and other flash-frozen food products.
West Liberty Foods acquires Quantum Foods
Quad-City Business Journal
West Liberty Foods LLC announced Monday that it has closed on the purchase of substantially all assets of Bolingbrook, Illinois-based Quantum Foods. West Liberty Foods expects to begin meat processing operations at the Bolingbrook location within the next 30 days.
IFT: The CDC is 'raising the bar' on food safety technology
Food Production Daily
One food safety expert says federal food safety agencies have made a few missteps on the road to a safer food supply, but many of their achievements deserve applause.
Sharp reduction in frozen meat and poultry supplies
The total of red meat in frozen storage by the end of May was 16 percent lower than last year while total frozen poultry supplies fell 15 percent, according to USDA's Cold Storage report.
Whole Foods fined $800,000 for overcharging California shoppers
A yearlong investigation into Whole Foods Markets for overcharging customers in California has uncovered widespread pricing violations, officials said Tuesday, and will result in an $800,000 settlement for the grocery chain.
Silicon dioxide backed as food contact material
Food Production Daily
Silicon dioxide, silanated, has been authorized for use as an additive in all types of plastics as part of a re-evaluation, according to a European Food Safety Authority panel.
Summer webinar series puts Listeria under the microscope
American Frozen Food Institute
Back by popular demand, the American Frozen Food Institute will host the Listeria monocytogenes Summer Webinar Series.
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