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NPA endorses federal GMO food label bill
Food Product Design
The Natural Products Association Board of Directors has endorsed federal legislation that would require FDA to label foods containing genetically-modified ingredients.
Familiar players, big money in Washington GMO fight (Sky Valley Chronicle)
LabelValue.com releases GMO-free labels (PRWeb)
Senators fail to cut deal, head for showdown on filibuster
U.S. senators failed to reach a deal Monday to avert a showdown over President Barack Obama's executive branch nominees and threats by Democrats to strip Republicans of their power to block such nominations with filibusters.
Related: Reid: GOP can still avoid fight, as filibuster showdown nears (The Washington Post)
Cyclaspora-linked illness count climbs past 100
Food Poison Journal
An outbreak of the foodborne illness cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the cyclospora parasite, which can leave victims with symptoms lasting for nearly two months, has infected at least 106 people in two states. Other Midwestern states may also be linked.
The GOP's Latino dilemma
The Washington Post
For a sense of why immigration reform is such a tough question for the GOP, look no further than to new Gallup data released Monday showing that while Hispanics tilt more Democratic than Republican, the GOP has greater potential to win the support of younger Hispanics than older ones.
Parties fight for leverage on farm bill
Senate Democrats and House Republicans are fighting for leverage on the $1 trillion dollar farm bill. Democrats are accusing GOP leaders of blocking a conference committee, and on Monday urged them to act "right away" to begin the process of reconciling their competing proposals.
Related: House to send farm bill to Senate (The Hill)
Schweitzer's decision leaves Democrats scrambling in Montana
Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer's decision against running for the Senate has left frustrated Democrats scrambling for a replacement and floating the names of potential fallback candidates.
FDA launches new FSMA website
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
In an effort to reach the food chain from farm to table, the FDA launched a redesigned FSMA website Monday, focusing on easier navigation, toolkits for growers, manufacturers and consumers, an FSMA blog, updates and more.
Tea party may lose food stamp fight
House Republican efforts to cut record U.S. government spending on food stamps may instead backfire and make it more probable funding will continue at existing levels.
Massachusetts plans commercial food waste ban
Starting in July 2014, when customers eat at a restaurant in Massachusetts, wasted food will not head for the trash, but will be converted into energy via anaerobic digesters, according to plans proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick's administration.
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Wal-Mart DC battle goes national
The success — so far — of the anti-Wal-Mart effort that is unfolding just blocks from the U.S. Capitol is providing a legislative road map and psychological boost to opponents of big-box stores around the country.
LYFE Kitchen: A game-changer for healthy frozen foods?
A new company hopes to change the way Americans view ready-to-eat foods by offering nutritious, frozen meals that truly taste amazing.
Are American pockets — and stomachs — getting healthier?
A recent National Shoppers report from Acosta Sales & Marketing called, "The Why? Behind The Buy," gives us a positive outlook on the state of American wallets. . . and shopping baskets.
Research: CPGs lack talent for trade promotion success
According to Accenture's Perfect Promotion Study, based on interviews with 350 senior executives at large CPG companies, 61 percent believe their technology investments have produced a wealth of data that can help improve their trade promotion performance. But they lack the talent needed to put the data to its most effective use.
Smithfield's China bidders plan Hong Kong IPO after deal
China's Shuanghui International Holdings, which has agreed to buy U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. for $4.7 billion, plans to list the combined company in Hong Kong after completing the takeover, sources said.
Coca-Cola Q2 profit falls
Coca-Cola Co. said its quarterly profit fell due to ongoing economic malaise and unusually poor weather, sending its shares down.
Frozen Food Express agrees to be acquired by Duff Brothers Capital
RTT News via Nasdaq
Frozen Food Express Industries, an operator of temperature-controlled truckload and less-than-truckload carriers, said Monday it would be acquired by Duff Brothers Capital Corp. for $2.10 per share in cash.
Related: Rosen Law Firm investigates FFE for possible fiduciary breaches (Lawfuel)
Sports nutrition market gaining strength
Food Product Design
The sports nutritional product market appears healthy, fueled by projected sports beverage sales of $7.4 billion in 2013, reflecting 6 percent growth, combined with projected sales of $2.6 billion for nutrition bars in 2013, reflecting double-digit growth, according to new research from Packaged Facts.
Salt reduction beyond potassium chloride: Scelta touts mushrooms
Bakery & Snacks
There is a raft of options now available to food manufacturers looking to reduce salt — but how about mushrooms? Frozen mushroom giant Scelta Mushrooms has two ingredients for salt replacement, including one for (non-mushroom-flavored) bread.
Related: Survey: Consumers underestimate salt intake (Food Product Design)
Wright Foods invests $53 million, creates 500+ jobs in North Carolina
Food Production Daily
Wright Foods has announced a plan to create 505 jobs and invest $53 million over the next five years as it expands its operations in North Carolina.
Rigid molding techniques advance high-barrier packaging
New in-mold labeling developments are now allowing the most demanding levels of barrier performance to be achieved with injection-molded plastics, bringing injection-mold packaging back into competition with thermoformed or film-based products.
IFT 2013 coverage: Open innovation, algae, stevia and 4-MEI
FoodNavigator-USA headed to the Windy City to chew the fat (or maybe replace it with algae) with the great and the good of the global food industry, monitoring developments in everything from open innovation to formulating with stevia at the IFT show in Chicago.
Fitch updates handbook for high-yield food, beverage, restaurants, CPGs
Fitch Ratings has published its second edition of the "High Yield Food, Beverage, Restaurants and Consumer Products Hand Book," a 250-plus page report that provides a comprehensive analysis of leveraged finance companies within the sectors.
Journey into our food system's refrigerated warehouse archipelago
Because 70 percent of the food we eat passes through the "cold chain" of chilled transportation and storage, the food distribution network is the focus of a new installation at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles.
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