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LEADING THE NEWS


General Mills shifts resources away from Green Giant
Star Tribune
The company took a one-time write-down of $260 million on the frozen food line. With a big shift in consumer tastes shaking up the packaged food industry, General Mills will cut funding for the venerable but ailing Jolly Green Giant and move money into more promising gambits like gluten-free Cheerios and Lucky Charms.
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JBS to Buy Cargill's U.S. pork business for $1.45 billion
Bloomberg
JBS SA, the world’s largest meat processor, agreed to buy Cargill Inc.’s U.S. pork business for $1.45 billion as part of the Brazilian company’s global expansion. “This transaction will strengthen our position as a producer and supplier of all major animal proteins around the world,” Martin Dooley, president and chief operating officer of JBS’s U.S. pork unit, said in a statement Wednesday.
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Millennials say bring on the snacks!
Fox News
When looking for what to eat, millennials opt for foreign cuisine, given that various ethnic minorities make up 41 percent of the millennial population, said food trend forecaster Suzy Badaracco.
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GOP fears Trump hurting brand
The Hill
It took two weeks for Donald Trump to confirm the fears of Republicans that his entrance into the Republican White House race could hurt the GOP brand.

Related: As Donald Trump surges in polls, Democrats cheer (The Washington Post)

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Obama will badger Scott Walker in Wisconsin
Politico
President Barack Obama will employ some of the finest trolling tools imaginable when he heads to La Crosse, Wis. Thursday afternoon: Air Force One and a presidential limo.
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House conservatives emboldened
The Hill
A critical bloc of House conservatives has been invigorated by its victory over GOP leaders, who caved in a high-profile fight over a punished subcommittee chairman.
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POLICY


The ever evolving GMO labeling bill
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Lawmakers are still fine-tuning replacement language for Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo's Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act before it goes for a markup before the House Energy and Commerce and Agriculture committees, and lawmakers may use it to try and ease other issues plaguing the biotech sector, Rep. Rodney Davis told MA.
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USP to define hydrogenated oils
Food Business News
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention is proposing a new monograph that will define fully hydrogenated oils and fats and differentiate them from partially hydrogenated oils and fats.
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Is free school lunch the next great American entitlement program?
The Hill
As Congress considers changes to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, one little-known section of the law is expected to sharply increase the number of students receiving free lunch (and breakfast) over the next several years.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Will banned Indian noodles still appear on U.S. shelves?
The Washington Post
A Bombay High Court judge said Tuesday that Nestle India Ltd. was free to sell its controversial Maggi instant noodles abroad, just days after the company pulled more than 27,000 tons of the noodles off the shelves throughout India and began incinerating them.
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Burger King wants to do something that McDonald's has never been able to accomplish
Business Insider
Burger King wants to start selling veggie burgers worldwide. The fast-food chain introduced a special line of six meatless burgers last year in India, including a Veggie Whopper, a Spicy Bean Royale, and a vegetarian chili cheese melt.
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2015 barbecues will cost $68.22, says Rabobank
Beef Magazine
The Fourth of July is the peak of summer grilling and, according to Rabobank, your 2015 barbecues are going to cost $68.22 to feed 10 people, up from $51.90 in 2004.
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This is the most beloved fast-food chain – in history
Yahoo
Not everyone likes Chick-fil-A’s politics, but they sure seem to like the food. It’s the highest ranking fast food restaurant in the U.S. for customer satisfaction, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report 2015.
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McCormick benefitting from acquisitions, innovation
Food Business News
Special charges to operating income and unfavorable currency translation weighed on second-quarter results for McCormick & Co., Inc., but the flavor company is reaping benefits of recent acquisitions, innovation, marketing support and cost-savings initiatives.
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Vets will pioneer eco-friendly food carts
The Wall Street Journal
Joseph Sadigur is set to receive the first of 500 high-tech, environmentally friendly food carts that Queens-based MOVE Systems, in partnership with the city, is introducing to New York City vendors free of charge over the next year. They’re being distributed as part of a pilot program aimed at making street-food vending more eco-friendly than the fume-emitting carts now on the streets.
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Most pizza lovers are health-conscious female millennials
Pizza Marketplace
Young women love pizza, according to a study conducted by Smart Flour Foods, a creator of gluten-free foods and research firm, and the Center for Generational Kinetics recently released. The results of its national study, "Pizza Lovers in America 2015: Unexpected Findings From a Generational Look At Pizza Trends," designed to understand current consumer attitudes about pizza and uncover emerging trends across restaurants and retailers in the U.S.
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Understanding the shift in consumer shopping habits
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
If only the cold food industry had a crystal ball and could look into the future to see how today’s consumers shop for tomorrow. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Instead, cold food processors must rely on changing flavor profiles, sustainable efforts, new product development and an increased online presence to stay relevant on store shelves.
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