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Top consumer brands pledge to halve food waste by 2025
Reuters
The world's top food and drink companies have promised to halve the food they waste by 2025, seeking to preempt government regulation prompted by concern about the environmental, economic and social costs of such inefficiency.
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European owners of Giant, Food Lion plan to combine
The Washington Post
The European owners of grocery stores Giant, Stop & Shop and Food Lion said Wednesday they plan to combine, creating what would be one of the largest supermarket chains in the United States.
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US Foods-Sysco deal hits legal roadblock
Chicago Tribune
US Foods is poised to keep operating on its own after a judge's order appeared to end the food distributor's plan to be gobbled up by rival Sysco.
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Obama scores a major trade win, burnishing his foreign policy legacy
The Washington Post
President Obama won new powers from Congress on Wednesday to bring home an expansive Pacific Rim free-trade deal that analysts said could boost U.S. economic standing in Asia and ultimately burnish his foreign policy legacy.

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  • Fast track: Winners and losers (The Hill)
  • After loss in trade fight, AFL-CIO is lifting its freeze on political contributions (Fortune Magazine)

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    Behind John Boehner's crackdown on conservatives
    Politico
    Voting against John Boehner's bid for a third term as speaker has been very bad for Rep. Richard Nugent. The speaker’s friends and aides thought the Florida Republican was a trustworthy ally. Nugent had privately signaled he would vote for the Ohio Republican to remain the GOP leader.
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    Bobby Jindal enters race seeking mantle of 'outsider'
    The Hill
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal launched his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination outside New Orleans on Wednesday, presenting himself as a rebel willing to upend the GOP establishment.
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    Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare subsidies
    The Hill
    The Supreme Court has upheld a key provision of Obamacare, affirming that 6.4 million people can continue to receive subsidies that allow them to purchase health care plans.
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    Why Republicans hate the new dietary guidelines. It's about meat.
    The Washington Post
    The U.S. government's dietary guidelines, which come out every five years, have always been the subject of intense debate. Trillions of dollars are at stake, and the recommendations impact everything to what's served in school cafeteria lunches to what choices consumers make when they walk down supermarket aisles.

    Related: Senate rider would also keep environment out of diet advice (Politico via American Frozen Food Institute)

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    Child nutrition in gridlock as deadline looms
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    House Republicans continued to apply their scrutiny on child nutrition programs in a hearing Wednesday but gave no hint of a potential timeline for getting a bill out to change the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act as the law is set to expire Sept. 30.

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  • Kids create salt black markets in cafeterias due to Michelle Obama's lunch rules
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    Michigan senator offers voluntary COOL draft for discussion purposes
    Food Safety News
    The Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Wednesday on country-of-origin labeling and trade retaliation got something new to chew on. On the eve of the first Senate action since the House of Representatives voted to repeal COOL, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking minority member on the committee, circulated a draft bill for voluntary COOL.
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    Overnight regulation: House votes to delay EPA climate rule
    The Hill
    The House voted Wednesday to delay the EPA's controversial climate rule for power plants and allow states to opt out of complying under certain conditions. The bill was passed in a 247-180 vote, weakening President Obama's efforts to combat climate change.
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    House spending committee releases report with list of FDA/USDA policy concerns
    Food Chemical News
    The House Appropriations Committee spoke on a wide range of food policy issues, from Food Safety Modernization Act priorities to sodium reduction changes in the latest committee report accompanying the FY 2016 spending bill for FDA-USDA.
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    Consumer spending in U.S. shows biggest gain in almost 6 years
    Bloomberg
    Household spending climbed in May by the most in almost six years, buoyed by gains in incomes as the U.S. job market strengthened.
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    Nut-butter firm's founder adjusts to growth
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Today, Justin Gold holds a controlling stake in Justin's LLC, of Boulder, a 40 employee-company that brings in more than $50 million in annual revenue through sales of peanut-, almond- and other nut-based snacks, including jars of honey-almond butter that retail for more than $10.
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    NYC: Whole Foods mislabels prepackaged items, overcharges
    The Associated Press
    Whole Foods supermarkets have been routinely overcharging customers by overstating the weight of prepackaged meat, dairy and baked goods, New York City's consumer chief said Wednesday.
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    For low-income kids, meals aplenty this summer
    USA Today
    With few school lunches easily accessible during the summer season, a number of non-profits across the U.S. are providing more meals for low-income children. The Berry Farms Recreational Center is one of many hosting sites across the country.
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    Genetically modified salmon: Coming to a river near you?
    NPR
    While the debate over whether to label foods containing GMO ingredients plays out across the country, another engineered food has long been waiting to hit grocery stores: Genetically modified salmon.
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    McDonald's: Fewer Happy Meal orders opting for soda
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    The world's biggest hamburger chain said Thursday 48 percent of Happy Meals orders chose soda as a beverage in the U.S. after it was scrubbed from menus and marketing materials between July of last year and May. That's down from 56 percent in the year-ago period.
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    Decision to remove artificial ingredients a challenge, says researcher
    Medical Xpress
    Several major food companies have announced plans to remove artificial ingredients, such as color and flavor, from their products within the next few years. It's a move driven by consumer demand and one that will be a challenge for the industry, says Lester Wilson, University Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.
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    For pita's sake, leave the food trucks alone
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Some restaurants want to start a food fight. Last month representatives from roughly a dozen eateries met to discuss their opposition to food trucks and cooked up a list of policy demands to present to local officials in the coming months, proposals that are likely to include restrictions on when and where the truck operators can ply their trade.
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    How higher prices are helping Olive Garden's business
    Business Insider
    Olive Garden is steering away from attracting customers through major discounts, according to a recent earnings call. In the past, Olive Garden has offered a number of discounted promotional plates below $11.99.
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