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People want fast, convenient food — so why shun the freezer aisle?
The Wall Street Journal
Americans are eating fewer frozen dinners and generally shunning the freezer aisle, but it's not just taste and health perception. Convenience and value are also playing their part in pushing eaters elsewhere.

Related: Frozen foods suffering from consumer misperceptions (NACS)

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San Francisco schools cook up new approach to cafeteria experience
The Examiner
A recipe for a whole new cafeteria experience is being served up in San Francisco public schools, consisting of a pinch of progress, a dash of technology and a sprinkle of student input.

Related: School lunch battle expected to be long haul (The Packer)

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Study shows more information will combat 'food fears'
Agri-Pulse
GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, "pink slime," fat: Stoked by the Internet, water cooler talk and news reports, many consumers have found these food ingredients and products the subject of their food nightmares. But according to a new study, educators and industry can combat ingredient-based fears if they effectively communicate the substances' history, background and general usage.
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No, Mitt Romney isn't running for president
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney hasn't disappeared from the political scene the way many people thought he would after coming up on the losing end of the 2012 presidential race. But that doesn't mean he's running for president — or even thinking about running for president — in 2016.
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Hillary Clinton's money problem
Politico
After two weeks of verbal gaffes and unflattering headlines, Democratic operatives, political historians and counselors to the nation's wealthy agree that Hillary Clinton's current strategy — acting like she's not incredibly rich and made her money the old-fashioned way — is not working and needs to change. Fast.

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  • RNC chief: Voters getting 'Hillary fatigue' (The Hill)

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    Public losing confidence in all branches
    The Hill
    Confidence in all three branches of the United States' government has fallen to record lows, according to a survey released Monday by Gallup.
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    FSIS set to launch monthlong survey on functional food defense plans
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The ninth survey on functional food defense plans is set to launch Tuesday and continue through the month of July as the Food Safety and Inspection Service tries to gauge industry's level of voluntary adoption of defense strategies.
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    New York mayor: Council not receptive to ban on large sugary drinks
    The Wall Street Journal
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday he would like the City Council to advance legislation banning the sale of large sugary drinks in New York City, but said it seems lawmakers aren't receptive to the proposal.
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    Industry groups call for Japan to open for US exports
    Food Engineering
    Five Washington-based food industry groups have issued a joint statement urging U.S. trade negotiators to continue to press Japan to open more of its agricultural markets to U.S. exports.
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    California grocers lobby for first state ban on plastic bags
    Bloomberg
    California grocers, who may realize as much as $1 billion in new revenue from a 10-cent fee on paper bags, are teaming up with environmentalists in a push to make their state the first to prohibit single-use plastic shopping bags.
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    Report: Better refrigeration could cut food waste by 25 percent
    Food Production Daily
    The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has launched a report that claims 25 percent of food wastage in the developing world could be eliminated with better refrigeration equipment.
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    Sugar helps fuel bitter nutrition debate in US, UK
    Science
    Efforts are under way to convince both American and British consumers to eat healthier foods — and today, government-led proposals on both sides of the Atlantic are, predictably, generating much debate.
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    Harsher, more meticulous food safety law upheld in China
    China Daily
    Chinese lawmakers last week hailed harsher punishment for offenders in the Food Safety Law's latest draft revision but say the provisions still need to be more meticulous.

    Related: 'Belt and suspenders' food safety system emerging in China (Food Safety News)

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    US producers planting sorghum, not wheat
    Bloomberg
    U.S. farmers are ripping out wheat and planting more sorghum after drought parched fields in Texas, where growers will plant 2.8 million acres of sorghum, officials have reported.

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    USDA: Food prices up — especially fruit, dairy
    Reuters
    USDA maintained its forecast for U.S. food prices to rise by 2.5 to 3.5 percent in 2014, in line with norms, but raised its estimates of price increases for dairy and fresh fruit.

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    Vilsack sees smart(phone) solution to GMO labeling
    The New York Times
    At the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, a pair of (current and former) secretaries of agriculture, Tom Vilsack and Dan Glickman, discussed food policy and politics.

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    Chipotle's Steve Ells not worried about food costs
    Bloomberg
    Steve Ells, CEO and co-founder of Chipotle, says his company has higher food costs than "all of our competitors," but also has a "very, very loyal customer base."
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    Egg white supply tightness explained
    Food Business News
    Although America's current protein craze drives much of the industrial demand for egg whites, the export trade and one state's farm regulations complicate the current tightness in egg white supply, said Shelly McKee, Ph.D., director of technical services for USA Poultry and Egg Export Council in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
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    Restaurants, grocers respond to rising beef costs
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Restaurants are looking for the best ways to deal with rising beef prices. Passing along the costs is one option, but other moves include smaller burgers and steaks, new recipes and cheaper cuts of meat.
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    Sources: Bumble Bee Foods eyeing $1.5 billion sale
    Reuters
    Bumble Bee Foods is preparing a sale process that could value North America's largest producer and marketer of canned tuna and sardines at as much as $1.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
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    Health insurance: Sodexo has good news for some odd-hour workers
    The Wall Street Journal
    Implementing the Affordable Care Act is a work in progress, as food-service giant Sodexo USA is finding.
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    Jet Precoolers study: Fully cool packed cherries in 1 hour
    Fresh Plaza
    After completing a large number of test forced-air-cooling trials, it is now proven the Jet Precooler can fully cool PNW cherries in an hour. The tests were conducted at two separate grower/packer sheds in Wenatchee, Washington.
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    Iowa company churns out 100 cloned cows a year
    AFP via The Tico Times
    In the meadow, four white-haired Shorthorn heifers peel off from the others, raising their heads at the same time in the same direction. Unsettling, when you know they are clones.
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    Deli ham products recalled on foreign matter contamination
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    E. G. Emils & Sons Inc., based in Philadelphia, is recalling approximately 5,896 pounds of deli ham product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials. The problem was traced to a piece of plastic that broke off from an interlocker belt.

    Also recalled: 10,000 packages of Nestle's Häagen Dazs bars with mismatched labels (FDA)

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