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Only 1 in 10 Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables: CDC
Newsmax
Just 13 percent of U.S. residents consume one and a half to two cups of fruit every day as recommended by federal dietary guidelines, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.
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US Foods taps insider as next president and CEO
Chicago Tribune
US Foods named Pietro Satriano as its next president and CEO, the company announced Thursday, days after its plan to be taken over by larger rival Sysco fell apart. Satriano, who will take over on Monday, has served as chief merchandising officer.
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PepsiCo's leadership appointments help address the rise of digitally connected consumers
Beverage Daily
PepsiCo has announced a series of appointments, including one to address the importance of digitally connected consumers and e-commerce distribution channel.

Related: PepsiCo's outlook for year brightens (The Wall Street Journal)

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Republican infighting at full throttle
Politico
Every week sparks a new fire for GOP leaders, and the right flank is feeling emboldened to challenge Speaker John Boehner.
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Obama aims to heal Dem wounds
The Hill
President Obama is trying to repair his relationships with congressional Democrats as he heads into a crucial stretch of his second term.
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Jeb Bush and allied super PAC raise an unprecedented $114 million war chest
The Washington Post
Supporters of former Florida governor Jeb Bush have donated more than $114 million to bolster his presidential bid since the beginning of the year, giving the GOP contender an unprecedented campaign treasury as he heads into the highly competitive 2016 primary contest.
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POLICY


Follow Reagan's example, and fill up America's highway fund
The Washington Post
Can you name the U.S. president who raised taxes during a recession to fund increased infrastructure investment? Must be a real liberal, right?

Related: McConnell, Ryan at odds over highway fix (The Hill)

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Overnight Regulation: FDA delays Obamacare calorie count rule
The Hill
The Food and Drug Administration is delaying a controversial Obamacare rule that requires restaurants to list the number of calories in the food they sell. Restaurants and grocery stores will not have to comply with the contentious new rule until after the 2016 presidential election – at which time a Republican president could choose to scrap the rule altogether.
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Catfish provision slips into House Appropriations bill
Food Chemical News
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., sent a message to the Obama administration Wednesday (July 8) when she won approval for an amendment that would bar U.S. negotiators from entering into any agreement that invalidates the U.S. catfish inspection law.
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Study links bee declines to climate change
The Hill
The recent rapid declines in bumblebee populations in North America and Europe are linked strongly to climate change, researchers found. The scientists behind the study are calling it the most comprehensive look yet at the relationship between bee populations and climate change.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Nature's Path builds organic presence with acquisition
Food Business News
Nature's Path Foods has acquired the Country Choice Organic brand from New Century Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Grain Millers, Inc., Country Choice’s products include canister oats and grits, instant hot oatmeal pouches, and cookies.
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Clara Foods cooks up $1.7 million in funding to make egg whites from yeast instead of chickens
Tech Crunch
Clara Foods founders Arturo Elizondo, David Anchel and Isha Datar ginned up a wild experiment inside biotech accelerator IndieBio this summer to produce a genetically identical, lab-grown egg white liquid using a proprietary batch of manipulated yeast.
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Kraft refuses to discuss $114 million Columbia expansion, with up to 350 job losses
Food Production
Kraft Foods is allegedly seeking a 75 percent property tax break for 10 years on a $114 million investment in equipment and infrastructure at its Columbia, Missouri, plant, downsizing from 500 to about 350 employees.
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Beefed-up meat prices may push steak off the menu
Good Food
Record cattle prices are threatening to push steak off the menu and take the sizzle out of beef sausages. Some beef cuts have spiked by as much as 50 per cent in the past six months thanks to strong overseas buying – driven partly by the softening Australian dollar – and drought conditions.
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Study: People who bring reusable bags to grocery stores buy more junk food
WTIC-TV
Uma Karmarkar of Harvard University and Bryan Bollinger of Duke University found that people who bring their own bags to stores are more likely to purchase organic food, as well as junk food.
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Federal, state officials investigating Minnesota salmonella outbreaks
Food Safety News
Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture are investigating two outbreaks of Salmonella enteritidis linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken entrées.
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France gets bite of meat-tasting veggie fare
USA Today
Meatless Hamburgers may be mainstream in California and Scandinavia, but in carnivorous France vegetarian substitute meat is still rare.
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Halal beef exporter takes the witness stand in his own defense
Food Safety News
Halal beef exporter William Aossey Jr. took the witness stand in his own defense Thursday in the federal trial over his role in an alleged Halal beef export scheme.
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Healthier meals do cost families more
Reuters via MedPage Today
Shopping for healthier groceries, like whole wheat bread instead of white bread and lean meat instead of fattier cuts, would cost a family of four about $1,500 more a year at their regular stores, according to a new U.S. study.
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Cargill to Ship 50,000 tons of Brazil corn to U.S.
USAgNet
Cargill Inc., next week is likely to load 50,000 tons of Brazilian corn bound for the United States, shipping data showed on Wednesday, in what is expected to be the first of several bulk vessels of South American grain that will be imported here this year.
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Nutrition researchers develop the healthy beverage index
Medical Xpress
Researchers at Virginia Tech describe how this tool can be used to more accurately evaluate dietary consumption of all types of fluids.
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