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Survey: 68 percent of global food industry chiefs 'optimistic' about growth
Business Wire via The Wall Street Journal
iCD Research's new report, "Global Business Survey: Revenue Growth Trends and Key Markets for Growth in 2013-2014," shows that of all industries, the food sector is most optimistic about growth.
Exclusive whitepaper: Amazon's local strategy
As Amazon captures local store data only to encourage consumers to buy online, it does so at the expense of the local retailer.
Food makers, retailers benchmark food waste metrics
This week, the U.S. food industry issued its first-ever analysis of food waste data collected directly from food manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers. The report found that food waste generated through manufacturing tends to be unused ingredients, unfinished product or trimmings, peels and other unavoidable food waste.
Related: Food supply chain reps: We'll halve EU food waste by 2020 (Food Production Daily)
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Passion fades for Obama among Democrats
The Washington Post
A majority of Americans regard President Barack Obama favorably, but his numbers have softened considerably among his fellow Democrats, according to new polling conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News.
Senate 'no' votes on immigration reform boost Boehner
Every Senate Republican leader will vote against the immigration reform bill this week. Those votes will increase Speaker John Boehner's leverage with the White House and Senate Democrats. But congressional experts say the Senate GOP's opposition decreases the chances that President Barack Obama will sign an immigration measure into law this year.
GOP primary politics pose problems for Boehner and his deputies
Republican primary politics is going to make Speaker John Boehner's life difficult over the next year. The gerrymandered makeup of the House increases the chances that the lower chamber will stay in the GOP's hands. But it's been a headache for governing.
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Poll: Hands off my sugary drinks
A new Gallup survey finds that nearly three-quarters of Americans reject laws that would limit the sale of sugary soft drinks to 16 ounces.
Labor secretary urges minimum wage hike
The acting secretary of labor wants Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. Higher wages will cycle back into the economy, Seth Harris said Tuesday, and pay levels that keep pace with inflation will take the politics out of the debate.
Lamar Alexander: Minimum wage hearing should focus on job creation (The Chattanoogan)
FLSA turns 75 as unpaid interns, minimum wage in spotlight (UPI)
California wage bill set for hearing this week (The Californian)
Alaska minimum wage legislation moves forward (KTVA-TV)
White House: Food safety means veto in store for House USDA funding bill
The White House threatened Tuesday to veto the agricultural funding bill awaiting debate in the House, saying it would weaken regulation of the futures market and might force the furlough of meat inspectors, which would shut down meat processing plants.
Federal judge gives FDA 6 months to decide if GE food is 'natural'
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
A federal court judge in San Francisco has handed down a four-page temporary ruling recommending that a putative class action lawsuit against Mexico-based Gruma Corporation, manufacturer of Mission tortilla chips, be suspended for six months until FDA decides whether foods containing genetically engineered ingredients can be labeled "natural."
District court will not dismiss Hershey antioxidant labeling suit
Hershey will face a class action lawsuit alleging it misled consumers through antioxidant labeling claims after a U.S. court refused to consider its protective order as part of an attempt to dismiss the case.
Column: Ground turkey is actually safe, despite reports
Animal Health Institute via USA Today
Chasing simplistic solutions based on misleading reports will not produce more progress and could jeopardize both human and animal health, says Richard Carnevale of the Animal Health Institute.
GDP grows 1.8 percent in Q1, below estimates
The economy grew at a 1.8 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the government reported Wednesday, well below previous estimates of 2.4 percent growth and missing forecasts. Consumer spending growth suffered the biggest shortfall.
How junk food can end obesity
Demonizing processed food may be dooming many to obesity and disease. Could embracing the drive-thru make us all healthier?
Opinion: How the whole foods movement hurts the poor (Deseret News)
'Chain Reaction' exposes health hazards of fast food (WiredPRNews.com)
11 hidden — healthy — fast food finds
Self via FitSugar
Healthier options do exist at sit-down restaurants and quick-service chains — even if they're not always on the menu. Here's what to ask for.
Distribution center worker cross-training: Relieving the bottleneck
Too many distribution centers seem to treat each task as its own island, separate from the functions of the whole. This creates a bottleneck that slows the ability to move inventory through a system.
Grupo Bimbo must consider the US gluten-free boom, analyst warns
Bakery & Snacks
Grupo Bimbo — set to pump $1 billion into its growing U.S. market presence by 2015 — must take heed of the booming gluten-free trend, says an analyst.
Ground beef recall expands to 22 states
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
A recall of nearly 23,000 pounds of raw ground beef from Kansas-based National Beef Packing Co. has expanded, with retailers and distributors in 22 states now participating.
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LRQA: Audits are not just about ticking boxes
Food Production Daily
During audits, companies need to show a systematic and preventive approach to ensure food safety, according to Lloyds Register Quality Assurance.
DuPont turns attention to food, ag, energy with new research facility
Chemical conglomerate DuPont said Tuesday it is expanding its research into new products for food, agriculture and alternative energy, opening a new "innovation center" in Iowa.
Food safety testing market expected to surge globally
A new report from Markets & Markets shows the global market for food safety testing is on the brink of significant growth, thanks to an increasing focus on foodborne illness and GMO food.
Food safety guide draws on all analytical techniques
Phenomenex has published a 92-page Food Safety Solutions guide, available in print and digital format, that presents 41 complete applications for all of the frequently requested food compound classes.
Guide aids inspection of imported foods
Food Production Daily
The Association of Food and Drug Officials has released a field guide offering advice for food inspectors examining imported edibles, explaining what food manufacturers should expect inspectors to check.
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