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Biofuels are raising the cost of food
24/7 Wall St.
The impact of biofuel production on food prices has been disputed not so much on the basis of whether there is such an impact, but rather about the dimension of that impact. Many have argued that the effect is relatively small. A new study by a panel of experts for the United Nations Committee on World Food Security finds the impact is substantial.
World Bank sees 'vulnerable' food system on climate change (Bloomberg)
USDA: Food prices to climb this year (Supermarket News)
Schwan's: Frozen food must be 'feel-driven, not deal-driven'
What do you think about when you buy a frozen pizza? What's on deal? The taste? How long you'll need to spend in the gym tomorrow if you wolf down a whole one in front of the TV tonight? Bob Waldron, president of Schwan's Consumer Brands, is on a mission to turn "thinking" into "feeling."
How Target, Walgreens and Home Depot have forever changed private labels
Formerly synonymous with generic typeface and questionable quality, today's private-label goods are transforming categories and forever shaking up the consumer marketplace.
They said the sequester would be scary; mostly, they were wrong
The Washington Post
Before sequestration took effect, the Obama administration issued specific — and alarming — predictions about what it would bring. But widespread breakdowns in crucial government services haven't followed.
Opinion: Boehner's impossible job
It must be hell to be Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. The failed vote on the farm bill has made this open season on his leadership skills.
Related: GOP could pay price for gerrymandering (Politico)
Poll: Clinton tops Bush, Rubio among Hispanic voters for 2016
A new poll of likely Hispanic voters in the 2016 presidential election shows strong support for the two candidates seen as potential Democratic nominees: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden.
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School snacks: Whole-grain pizza's in, most ice cream's out
The Associated Press via KMSP-TV
What's in and what's out in school snacks? New government guidelines are drawing clear boundaries about fat, calories and nutritional content.
Study: Taxing calories may decrease obesity in youth
Food Product Design
Increasing the price of a calorie by 10 percent might lower the percentage of body fat in youths between 8 percent and 9 percent, according to a recently published working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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Feinstein bill would ban nontherapeutic uses of certain food animal drugs
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
FDA would have two years to withdraw certain uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production under a bill introduced Thursday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Happy hours-of-service day: Enforcement begins
Commercial Carrier Journal
In case you didn't notice, today is Monday, July 1 — the implementation date of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's latest hours-of-service rule, and the trucking industry will be affected.
HACCP: The space program's contribution to food safety
Food Safety News
In the years since man landed on the moon, there has been one solution whenever there has been a true food safety crisis on Earth: HASSUP, or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system.
Krysta Harden nominated as Deputy Secretary at USDA
President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Krysta Harden as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a post filled by Michael Scuse since Kathleen Merrigan's departure in March.
Wacky beverages are fast food's big summer lure
Summer is the busy season for the $175 billion fast food industry, so this is when it works overtime to lure thirsty consumers — hoping folks not only buy lots of high-margin drinks, but also load up on food.
FDA to block pomegranate seeds from Turkey as Townsend Farms recall grows
Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Saturday it will detain shipments of pomegranate seeds from Turkey as health officials have narrowed the likely cause of a Hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened at least 127 people in eight states.
ConAgra increasing consumer pull for brands
Food Business News
Acquisitions and good organic volume performance spurred 8 percent sales growth in the Consumer Foods unit of ConAgra Foods Inc. during the fiscal year ended May 26. Operating income also improved year-over-year, climbing 4 percent in fiscal 2013.
Industry CEOs cautiously optimistic heading into second half of year
Supermarket News (subscriber story)
Food retailers and wholesalers around the country have seen uneven results in the first half of the year, but for the most part are confident that their sales will continue to improve, or at least remain even as the economy lurches ahead.
Food, drink 'sizes' affect how much we buy and eat
The use of "normative" size labels by food manufacturers plays a key role in how consumers buy and consume foods, according to new research in the journal Health Economics.
The 'X' factor: Clean label considerations
Food Product Design
The clean and natural labeling movement continues to gain traction, not just in the U.S. but globally, with fully 17 percent of new food and beverage launches around the world now positioned as natural, additive-/preservative-free or both.
Summer Fancy Foods Show opens in New York
The Gourmet Retailer
The Summer Fancy Food Show opened this weekend with sold-out exhibit halls, a new look and positive momentum for the $86 billion specialty food industry.
Center store growth: A journey, not a quick fix
While little has changed in the traditional grocery center store, much has changed about the shopper and channel landscape. As retailers adjust, they have eaten into center-of-store categories and diluted overall store profitability.
Research and Markets: 2013 report for global cold chain food industry
The increasing demands for chilled and frozen foods and the major increase in trading activities due to globalization are the main growth drivers for the cold chain market, according to Research and Markets' new report for the food industry.
Cain Foods sold to Illinois firm for $35 million
Worcester Business Journal
Cains Foods of Ayer, a longtime Massachusetts manufacturer of food products such as potato chips, salad dressings and mayonnaise, is being sold to Illinois-based TreeHouse Foods Inc. in a $35 million cash deal.
Closed Nebraska meatpacking plant to reopen under Open Range Beef
Sheridan County Journal Star
On Friday, representatives from Open Range Beef signed documents for the purchase of the closed packing house in Gordon, Neb.
General Mills aims to capitalize on emerging categories outside US
To grow its global business, General Mills will focus building its brands in five emerging categories, Don Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO, said in a recent presentation to security analysts.
DSM to license technology after biofuel production starts
Royal DSM NV, the Heerlen, Netherlands-based chemicals company, plans to license cellulosic ethanol technology after completing its first commercial plant in Iowa, CEO Feike Sijbesma said.
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