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NRF: Kroger is No. 2 retailer in US
Two Cincinnati-based companies — The Kroger Co. and Macy's Inc. — remain entrenched on a list of the nation's largest retailers for U.S. sales. The National Retail Federation lists Kroger as the No. 2 retailer, reporting more than $92 billion in sales last year.
How much will your July 4 picnic cost?
Traditional picnic food for the July 4 Independence Day holiday in the U.S., including hot dogs, hamburgers and potato salad, will cost less than $6 a person, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Whole Foods debuts new locations with lower prices
Whole Foods Market, often associated with middle- to upper-class clientele, is now branching out to appeal to a wider base. The company is due to open an inner city store in Detroit, with lower prices and a larger selection of private label items and frozen foods.
Related: Are large grocers connecting with locavores? (RetailWire)
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Pathway to citizenship faces peril as House lawmakers begin debate
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Although the Senate already approved its version of a comprehensive pathway to citizenship in the U.S., immigration reform watchers are not optimistic as the House digs into the topic, after a House GOP leader said Sunday flatly rejected a "special pathway to citizenship."
The nastiest Senate race in the country just started
The Washington Post
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' decision to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014 ensures the political world one thing: This will be the nastiest race in the country.
Conservative groups struggling to recruit candidates in key 2014 races
Despite pledging to wage fights against establishment Republicans deemed guilty of ideological impurity, conservatives have had a rocky cycle so far, failing to front candidates in a number of top races.
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Hepatitis cases spotlight overdue food safety rule
The Wall Street Journal (open access)
The Obama administration has missed a deadline for issuing congressionally mandated rules on imported foods — a delay highlighted by a U.S. outbreak of hepatitis A cases linked to Turkish pomegranate seeds.
Related: Costco implements new food supplier safety solution (KamCity)
House Republicans to try farm bill again in July
Republican leaders in the U.S. House plan to take up the farm bill again this month, but they are still reviewing what the legislation should look like to ensure they have the votes they need to pass it, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said Monday.
Best traceability practices
Food Safety Magazine
Food recalls are a reality of producing and processing food on a massive scale, despite strict government regulations and manufacturer adherence to safety and quality protocols. In order to react quickly and responsibly to a voluntary or involuntary recall, all companies must be adequately prepared.
Brits selling cattle with tuberculosis for human consumption
United Press International
British government officials admitted Monday they've been selling cattle slaughtered after becoming infected with bovine tuberculosis. Such meat is banned by restaurants and most major supermarkets, but the government has sold it to hospitals and the military.
Canada embarks on major Listeria project
Global Meat News
Canada has announced a multimillion-dollar genomics research project to tackle the problem of Listeria bacteria in food.
Hummus goes after the man-cave audience
PepsiCo's Sabra Dipping Co. CEO Ronen Zohar wants man caves everywhere to stock hummus along with the salsa and beer. While the goal is to make a Middle Eastern dip comprehensible to middle America, Zohar and his competitors at Nestle and Kraft face a lot of work to make it a regular part of Super Bowl parties and Fourth of July celebrations.
KFC gives more clues on 'KFC 11'
Louisville Business First
More details have emerged about KFC Corp.'s new concept restaurant in Louisville, Ky., being called KFC 11 and considered a fast-casual test store.
New barrier plastic packaging materials advancing rapidly
It is important for food packaging to provide good protection against factors crucial to product quality to ensure product shelf life. Various approaches can be taken to improve barrier properties in the plastics packaging sector.
Thermo Fisher Scientific investment boosts food safety training in China
Food Quality News
Thermo Fisher Scientific has invested $9.5 million in its China Innovation Center to support its growing R&D organization, which is expected to add 200 to 300 engineers during the next two to three years.
Food-grade conveyors stand up to processing projects
Food Production Daily
Dynamic Conveyor has released a new line of DynaClean conveyors, suitable for food processing operations.
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