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From the farmers' market to the freezer
The New York Times
While dedicated home cooks buzz over pickling, canning and curing projects, there is a growing number of chefs who are quietly employing another time-tested method of preservation: The freezer.
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A Starbucks price hike means your coffee order just got more expensive
Entrepreneur
Starting on Tuesday, Starbucks says it is hiking the price on beverages. The cost increases will range from 5 to 20 cents, with the price of a cup of coffee (tall or venti) increasing by 10 cents in most parts of the U.S.
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Ingredient company highlights hidden costs of trans fat ban
Manufacturing.net
A food ingredient supplier touted its range of trans fat alternatives after the federal regulators issued new restrictions last month. But a top official with Corbion said the transition could prove costly for the food industry as a whole.
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GOP debate countdown: Who's in and who's out?
The Hill
The first Republican presidential debate is one month away, making the next 30 days a critical period for the more than half-dozen candidates who are in danger of being left off the stage.
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Coming to a 2016 campaign near you: New fiscal cliff?
Politico
Surging tax receipts are likely to push off the deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit, once thought to come as soon as October, until around December and maybe even beyond.
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Democrats face narrow path to retake Senate in 2016
Politico
Democrats can take back the Senate in 2016 after a stinging, nine-seat defeat last year — but their path is narrow, and any gains could be fleeting.

Related: Meet the man trying to take down the Harry Reid machine (The Washington Post)

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POLICY


Congress races toward Highway Trust Fund deadline
The Washington Post
Congress returns on Tuesday to a familiar scenario: the federal Highway Trust Fund is about to expire and lawmakers have not figured out how to pay for an extension of the program.
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Senate looks to keep up with transportation tech
The Hill
The Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security will hold a hearing on innovations in the technology used along America's supply chains.
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USDA seeks to unify way states track SNAP
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service has proposed unifying the way states report Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program application data as part of an effort to reduce fraud and better track improvements across the states.
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Grain industry leaders explore Cuba grain market potential
USAgNet
Nine farmer leaders and staff members from the U.S. Grains Council, the National Corn Growers Association and the North Dakota Barley Council traveled to Cuba last week to see first-hand opportunities for expanding U.S. coarse grain exports if trade is fully normalized with the island nation.
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Global food security to improve, briefly
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Food security is looking better in 2015, but the long-term outlook is less rosy, suggests a new report by the USDA's Economic Research Service.
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GOP has knives out for school lunch rules
The Hill
First lady Michelle Obama’s signature school lunch regulations are coming under fresh fire from GOP lawmakers, who view impending reauthorization legislation as their best chance yet to dial back the controversial nutrition standards.
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USDA offers funding for farmers markets, local food programs
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's focus has traditionally been on food production, agriculture and natural resources but under the administration of President Barack Obama the USDA also has taken on a broader rural economic development role.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Sweetgreen builds a brand beyond a bowl of greens
CBS News
A salad chain dreamed up by three college seniors is shaking up the restaurant business, and building a brand that goes beyond fresh salads. Sweetgreen is now open in 30 locations, from Washington, D.C. to Boston and California, and just last week, the company announced a much bigger bowl of green: nearly $100 million in total venture funding.
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Almond prices are starting to look nutty
Salt Lake Tribune
Though criticized for being a water-thirsty crop grown mostly in California, almonds are more popular than ever. And spreads made from the tree nut are increasingly supplanting peanut butter in U.S. lunch boxes and pantries. Americans are eating about 2 pounds of almonds per person annually, double the amount they consumed just seven years ago.
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Butterball releases turkey breakfast ideas in wake of growing restaurant trend
Pizza Marketplace
Breakfast remains the industry’s fastest growing daypart, with Mintel expecting the market to grow by more than $10 billion in the next five years, Butterball reported in a press release. In response, Butterball has released a variety of turkey breakfast/brunch ideas for operators interested in capitalizing on the trend.
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Fruit-derived antibacterial with potential application in the food industry
Phys.org
Looking for alternatives that promote health through the food and medical industry, a group of experts in the south of Mexico conducted a study of the pulp of the fruit Bromelia pinguin L. and found that this native plant has high antibacterial potential.
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Scientists think a GMO version of one crop might be the key to feeding 3.5 billion people
Business Insider
In addition to being the key ingredient in any stir-fry, rice is a staple in the diets of more than 3.5 billion people. Because so many people depend on rice, maintaining a steady supply of the crop is a necessary task. But it's a challenging one too.
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Condiments galore at New York's Fancy Food Show
The New York Times
Condiments, notably those that are Asian and fueled with searing heat, continue to ride high in the specialty food business, as showcased at last week’s Fancy Food Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
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Here's how McDonald's and KFC are adapting in China
TIME
McDonald’s and Yum Brands' KFC have each recently unveiled plans to tinker with mobile payments in China, a move to lure the nation's hundreds of millions smartphone users that increasingly use those devices for their day-to-day needs.
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Why a congresswoman started cooking – and 'eating clean' – at 47
The Washington Post
To more than 1,400 Instagram followers, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the ebullient "cleancookingcongresswoman," a late but devoted arrival to a movement dedicated to eating whole, additive-free foods.
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Why are Americans hoarding Greek olives
CNBC
In "Little Athens" in Queens, New York, nearly every food market and mom-and-pop has a TV or stack of newspapers, devoted to Greece, which is essentially bankrupt. Now in the aftermath of Greece's referendum, U.S. business owners are bracing for shortages of everything from Greek olive oil to Greek sea sponges on American store shelves.
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