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U.S. food distributor Sysco drops plan to merge with US Foods
Reuters
Sysco Corp, the biggest U.S. food distribution company, has scrapped a controversial plan to merge with its biggest rival US Foods, the company announced on Monday.

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  • Judge explains reasons for blocking Sysco-US Foods merge (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Food distributor merger off: Sysco paying $300 million penalty (USA Today)

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    ConAgra's new CEO to talk strategy
    The Wall Street Journal
    With an activist investor targeting the maker of Chef Boyardee pasta and Wesson cooking oil, CEO Connolly is under pressure to perform.
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    Phasing out trans fats is a long, costly process
    Chicago Tribune
    When the ban takes effect in three years, companies aren't likely to discontinue a product because they can't figure out reformulation, according to Tom Brenna, a professor of human nutrition and chemistry at Cornell University.
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    Chris Christie sets up campaign website before expected presidential run
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched a presidential campaign website Saturday, another signal that he soon will enter the Republican primary race.

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  • Ohio Gov. Kasich to launch presidential bid on July 21 (The Washington Post)
  • Do people even know who is running for president? (The Washington Post)

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    Will he run? Biden speculation mounts
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    When deciding whether to run for office, Vice President Joe Biden has made it a practice to seek his family’s counsel. That advice has included at least two members of his immediate family — his sons — urging him to run for president in 2016, Biden friends and advisers say.

    Related: Report: Joe Biden's sons urged him to run in 2016 (Politico)

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    The grand old party's future shock
    Politico
    In a week of painstakingly drafted Supreme Court decisions, no literary effort was crafted more gingerly than Jeb Bush’s statement following the high court’s 5-to-4 endorsement of same-sex marriage rights on Friday.
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    Cue the WOTUS lawsuits
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    EPA's final rule defining waters of the United States, named by the agency as the Clean Water Rule, is set for publication today in the Federal Register, starting the clock for groups to challenge the rule in court.
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    Cattle Producer Associations run from hot to cold on COOL
    Food Safety News
    The move in Congress to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling law for beef, pork and chicken is again turning up the fault lines among the three major organizations that represent American cattle producers.
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    GOP sharpens ax for regulations
    The Hill
    Republicans are using funding legislation for the government to try and unravel federal regulations that they say go too far. From the new dietary guidelines that favor a vegan-like diet to regulations imposed on power plants to reduce their carbon footprint, Republicans are using the appropriations process to either delay rules or block funding for their implementation.
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    Chobani leads 1st national USDA bid to bring even more Greek yogurt to school children across the country
    PRNewswire
    Chobani, maker of America's No. 1 selling Greek yogurt brand, announced today that it was selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the main provider of Greek Yogurt to K-12 school meal programs around the country.
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    U.S.-Africa trade bill passes Congress
    USAgNet
    Bread for the World applauds the 10-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which passed last week in Congress. This is the first extension 10-year extension of AGOA since it was first enacted in 2000.
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    USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares
    The Associated Press via Fox News
    As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to make the meals at day cares healthier and reduce obesity.
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    VQIP will offer importers a 'marketable opportunity'
    Food Chemical News
    FDA's voluntary, fee-based program for "best in class" food importers has the potential to become a marketable product and offer these companies more value than the $16,000 fee, predicts David Acheson, founder and CEO of The Acheson Group.
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    Cuba: Begin a new economic era with agriculture
    The Hill
    Currently Cubans import 70- 80 percent of their food and this is a potentially ideal market for U.S. agriculture products to increase two way- trades. American farmers and businesses and Cuban citizens alike have indicated a growing eagerness to begin cooperating to forge a new economic relationship.
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    Millennials' values are driving what we'll all be eating
    Consumer Affairs
    When the U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that millennials now outnumber Baby Boomers, the news was significant for a number of industries that now must adjust their marketing approaches.
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    Across Minnesota, tough times for big food
    Minnesota Public Radio
    Minnesota has a huge stake in Big Food and the multi-billion-dollar business is trying to cope now with major shifts in consumer attitudes, along with avian flu and drought in California – all at the same time.
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    The chill ride your food takes to the supermarket is heating up the planet
    TakePart.com
    Refrigerated trucking reshaped the American foodscape, but at a significant cost to the climate. Now, new tech could help drastically reduce emissions.
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    KFC challenges Indian report on bacteria found in fried chicken
    Reuters
    The Indian unit of fast food chain KFC, owned by Yum Brands Inc., on Friday challenged the results of a test showing the presence of bacteria linked to food poisoning in a sample of its fried chicken, dismissing them as "false allegations."
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    What's really in your frozen yogurt
    The Washingtonian
    According to the United States Census Bureau, nearly 79 percent of Americans prefer the low-cal treat before ice cream, gelato and snow cones. Clearly, times have changed.
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    Oslo builds world's 1st bee highway
    Gizmodo
    Bees are essential for food production, but around the world, populations have been declining for years. Norway’s latest bid to back its fuzzy insectoid friends? The world’s very first bee highway, naturally.
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    Tuna rolls and other imported food products may be rife with foodborne bacteria
    Medical Daily
    The plentiful availability of year-long fruits and vegetables, as well as that delicious sushi bar down the street, may come with some hidden costs, according to a news segment released by PBS Newshour this week. It may be more likely to make you sick.
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    The entirely bizarre market for onions in India
    Forbes
    It’s entirely true that the humble onion is an important part of many of the various Indian cuisines. But it’s still entirely bizarre to see a government of 1.25 billion people attempting to regulate both the price of and trade in such a basic agricultural good.
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    Shoppers turn to less-expensive cuts in the wake of staggering beef prices
    The Oregonian
    While the average price for ground beef has dropped slightly from the record-high average of $4.24 a pound in February, it's still a wallet-wincing $4.14 a pound, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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    Temple Turmeric CEO: Turmeric is super-hot right now; we doubled revenues last year and expect to do the same this year
    Food Navigator-USA
    While turmeric is still a novel ingredient to many Americans, it’s only a matter of time before it moves from the niche to the mainstream of U.S. food culture, predicts Temple Turmeric founder Daniel Sullivan, who has set his sights on conquering the conventional as well as the natural food retail channel.
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    McDonald's milk, juice sales rise
    Nation's Restaurant News
    McDonald's removal of soda from the Happy Meal section of its menu boards has resulted in an increase in milk and juice sales, McDonald’s USA said Thursday. The number of customers choosing milk or juice with Happy Meals has increased to 46 percent, compared with 37 percent before the menu board change, McDonald’s said.
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