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UN ranks 'Top 10' foodborne parasites with release of new guidelines
The Global Dispatch
A "Top 10" list identifying the foodborne parasites of greatest global concern was released Tuesday, and the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization is developing new guidelines to control them.
Frozen food could reduce food waste and greenhouse emissions, says report
The amount of food wasted by families across Britain could be cut by almost 50 percent through better meal planning and by eating more frozen food, according to new research.
Groups jockey for position ahead of final WTO decision on COOL
Food Safety News
As the World Trade Organization's final decision regarding country of origin labeling looms, industry is asking Congress to prepare for a judgment against the U.S.
Democrats: Hobby Lobby ruling could boost 2014 hopes
Democrats may be decrying the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, but the party's campaign strategists believe they can use it to their benefit in this year's midterm elections.
Democrats put court in their '14 crosshairs (The Hill)
A ruling that both sides can run with (The New York Times)
Hobby Lobby decision: 5 takeaways (Politico)
Crossroads reserves $20 million for fall
The GOP-aligned groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS have reserved $20 million in initial television reservations for this fall as they look to help their party retake Senate control.
Tea party anger over Mississippi loss ripples across states
Sen. Thad Cochran may have won Mississippi's GOP Senate run-off last week, but his tactics of courting normally Democratic voters, including high numbers of African-Americans, has enraged tea party activists in Mississippi — and that anger has rippled across the Republican landscape.
Obama pledges to take executive actions on immigration reform
President Barack Obama on Monday said he would take executive actions to move forward with immigration reform after declaring any hopes for legislation dead.
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PMMI's food safety and traceability report dives into FSMA perceptions
Modern Materials Handling
Many stakeholders across the food industry appear to be confused about implementation deadlines surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to a recent study from PMMI. Compiled from 64 interviews with manufacturing professionals, the report details food manufacturers' perceptions of FSMA and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.
Bakers on trans fat crackdown: FDA unaware of all uses for PHOs
Bakery & Snacks
On the face of it, the FDA's proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils — the source of most of the 'artificial' trans fats in the U.S. food supply — seems like a no-brainer. But there are other ways to crack down on trans fats without causing formulation nightmares, claims the American Bakers Association.
USDA continues Web-based supply chain management for food contracts
USDA is asking the Office of Management and Budget to approve its Web-based process for accepting bids for a range of federal nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program and supplemental food aid plans.
High Court won't review California carbon fuel standard
Law360 (subscription required)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned aside a challenge to California's low carbon fuel standard, which a coalition of energy, farm and trade groups claimed illegally discriminates against fuel produced outside of the Golden State.
UK report: Shorter supermarket supply chains reduce threat of disruption
Members of Parliament in Britain are asking supermarkets to shorten their supply chains to reduce the risk of disruption and increase food security.
An innovation wake-up call for CPG executives
With increased competition from private label brands, as well as other national competitors, consumer packaged goods companies are more focused than ever on innovation. In fact, more than half of CPG executives say growth and innovation is their No. 1 priority, according to a recent survey by Information Resources Inc.
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ConAgra CEO: Ralcorp integration an intense learning experience
Food Business News
It's safe to say that the integration of Ralcorp Holdings has been a bumpy ride — and executives at ConAgra Foods Inc. don't deny the challenges the acquisition has presented.
Nestle US chief looks for brands to fix or toss
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
When Paul Grimwood took over Nestle SA's struggling U.S. operations a year and a half ago, he faced an unlikely problem: Hair nets. Nestle's seven independent businesses in the U.S., which run a total of 87 factories, were buying hair nets and safety shoes from more than 100 suppliers.
Flagstone Foods sold to TreeHouse Foods for for $860 million
St. Paul Pioneer-Press
St. Paul, Minnesota-based Flagstone Foods is being sold to an Illinois food company that craves its booming business in trail mixes, dried fruits and nuts.
Cargill announces new non-GMO soybean oil
Cargill just announced its introduction of a soybean oil made from identity-preserved (IdP), conventionally-bred soybeans for "customers interested in exploring a non-GMO claim on their product label." The oil is refined in Cargill’s Des Moines, Iowa, plant in a process certified by SGS, a global inspection, verification, testing and certification company.
Jimmy Dean brand expands beyond breakfast
Hillshire Brands' Jimmy Dean brand is expanding beyond breakfast with the launch of new lunch and dinner offerings, the company announced.
Pinnacle formally opts out of Hillshire buyout for breakup fee
Pinnacle Foods Inc. agreed to terminate its agreement to be taken over by Hillshire Brands Co. and receive a $163 million breakup fee, clearing the way for its would-be acquirer to be bought out by Tyson Foods Inc.
General Mills focuses on boosting sales in 5 product categories
Over one-third of General Mills' worldwide net sales are generated outside the United States. More than 80 percent of those sales in fiscal 2013 came from five product categories: ready-to-eat cereals, snacks, yogurt, ice cream and ready meals. The food giant expects that percentage to grow by maintaining a strategic focus on those businesses.
Portable and adventurous: Snyder's-Lance on what's next in snacks
Snacking is becoming more of a lifestyle than simply a between-meal indulgence for time-strapped U.S. consumers, which means more opportunity to innovate in flavor, nutrition and delivery formats for snack food manufacturers like Snyder's-Lance Inc.
Food makers feel their way toward online future
Grocery manufacturers are struggling to adapt to the online world and need to invest in smarter packaging, presentation and supply chains to reap the long-term benefits.
4 ways food brands make influencer marketing work (Chief Marketer)
Health agencies turn to Twitter, Yelp to track foodborne illness (The Boston Globe)
Online grocer Relay Foods plans $735,000 expansion (The AP via The Sacramento Bee)
You can now order a McDonald's Big Mac on your iPhone (Time)
The future of food: Quantifying dining
The New Times
A group of hundreds in New York is imagining a world where you can know exactly how you'll feel about your lunch two hours from now, two weeks, months or more, and how exactly the smaller dining choices you make affect your life and health overall.
What's the priority for millennial grocery shoppers?
Millennials represent a multitrillion-dollar marketing opportunity. By 2016, they will become the country's most powerful consumer bloc and, over time, will become the most economically impactful generation in U.S.
Key trends impacting Burger King's business
The global chain of fast food hamburger restaurants, Burger King Worldwide, has been reporting improved comparable store sales across all four regions for the past few quarters, with a 2 percent growth in sales in its first fiscal quarter. In its effort to compete with the leading fast food brands such as McDonald's, Yum! Brands and Starbucks, as well as fast casual chains such as Chipotle and Panera Bread, the company has been experimenting with its menu mix.
Large US apple crop looming
This fall's national apple crop looks like a big one, with a potential record crop in Washington offsetting lighter crops in the two other main apple-producing states, New York and Michigan, according to early estimates from industry groups.
Blocking Salmonella's access to nutrient could fight infection
Food Quality News
Salmonella relies heavily on a single nutrient during growth in the inflamed intestine and blocking access could fight infection. Blocking activation of 1 of 5 genes that transport the nutrient to Salmonella cells could be a strategy to fight infection, research shows.
Foodservice equipment supplier adds 50 jobs in Georgia
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Hussmann Corp. will add 50 jobs in Gwinnett, Georgia, through the Georgia Quick Start program. The company manufactures, sells, installs and services display equipment and refrigeration systems in the retail food industry.
Robots with an appetite for food
Too often in the food industry we hear the term "dirty dozen," usually regarding unsavory hygienic practices. In robotics, we have the Three Ds. If there was ever a dull, dirty and dangerous job ripe for robotics, food processing earns the spoils.
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