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GMO food fight hits House floor
The Hill
A bill to impose voluntary labeling standards on foods made with genetically engineered ingredients — and block mandatory rules — is headed to the House floor, setting the stage for a showdown with implications for consumers and the biotechnology industry.

Related: House AG leaders: GMO labeling bill does not preempt cultivation bans (Agri-Pulse)

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Bird flu crisis leads to new export rules
Global Meat News
More than 30 countries have updated their export requirements for the U.S. since June in reaction to the poultry avian influenza crisis.

Related: The worst appears to be over for bird flu (Progressive Grocer)

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A&P to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
A&P is planning to file for bankruptcy, the second time in less than five years the grocery chain has sought creditor protection amid stiff competition.
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On Republican hopefuls' checklist: A super PAC and lots of money
The Wall Street Journal
Expanding roles of super PACs, condensed nominating calendar are set to transform 2016 primary campaigns; a well-positioned Jeb Bush.

Related: Some surprising winners and losers in the 2016 fundraising race (The Washington Post)

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Elizabeth Warren lays down a marker for Hillary Clinton
Politico
With Bernie Sanders drawing huge crowds with his fiery socialist-y speeches, Hillary Clinton leaning further left than any Democratic frontrunner in decades, and Martin O’Malley pitching himself as the wonk of the people, it’s been an all-out contest in the Democratic Party to claim the mantle of progressive hero.
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Trump refuses to back down on McCain criticism
The Wall Street Journal
Presidential candidate Donald Trump refused Sunday to apologize for criticizing Sen. John McCain’s war record, a politically risky stance in keeping with his long record of standing behind provocative remarks and brushing off guidance from aides.
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POLICY


U.S. lawmakers object to WIPO's expansion of geographical indications
Food Chemical News
The expansion of protections for geographical indications in the agreement will limit the use of certain food names such asparmesan and feta to a specific region or country.
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U.S. looks to China to expand pork exports
The Pig Site
The nation’s pork producers are looking to China to play a key role in increasing world-wide demand for U.S. pork. China, which is home to 20 percent of the world’s population, consumes more pork than any other country and offers a huge untapped marketing potential.
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U.S., Switzerland streamline organic trade
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
USDA says the new agreement will expand the market for organic farmers, reduce hurdles for small and medium-size businesses, and deliver more organic products to consumers.
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Highway funding stalemate looms
The Hill
A showdown over funding federal transportation projects is brewing in the penultimate week before Congress leaves town for its summer break.
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Republicans fret 'midnight regulations' from Obama
The Hill
Republicans are sounding the alarm about a deluge of “midnight regulations” that could be pushed through agency pipelines the waning days of the Obama administration.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


NightFood spearheads creation of a healthy late-night snack subcategory
Food Navigator-USA
The makers of NightFood nutrition bars want to create a new subcategory of food that will help late-night snackers choose healthier options that could help them sleep better.
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Boredom and energy cravings the key drivers for millenial snackers, says Mintel
Food Navigator-USA
Research from Mintel suggests millenials snack around four times a day, mostly for an energy boost, because they are bored or want to reduce stress levels.
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Hispanics' growing impact on food service
Food Business News
The Hispanic population is growing — and so is its use of food service. Hispanic consumers increasingly are visiting restaurants, with 41 percent now using food service at least twice weekly, up from 36 percent in 2013, according to industry tracker Technomic, Inc., Chicago.
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What lessons can be learned from France's price war?
Food Navigator
Indiscriminate and widespread price wars do not make sense – but manufacturers must be proactive if they are to survive them, says an IRI report.
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Iglo blames tough retail climate for first half sales drop
Undercurrent News
Iglo Group, now owned by food acquisition vehicle Nomad Foods, is set to report a drop in first half sales. According to a presentation from Nomad, which also states its ambitions for deals outside of frozen food in Europe, sales for the first half are estimated to be down 2.4 percent year-on-year, to 743.1 million euro.
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Breeding a better peanut butter
USAgNet
Peanuts are big – big business that is. According to the National Peanut Board, Americans spend about $800 million a year on peanut butter, and peanuts contribute more than $4 billion a year to the U.S. economy.
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Future food: Big data, better stories, and the importance of how 8-year-olds think
Food Navigator
“If you can understand how an eight-year-old thinks, you are a long way toward understanding a transformative change in consumer behavior,” says futurist Mike Walsh, who gave the keynote address at IFT in Chicago last week.
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Science has created the perfect tomato – but grocery stores refuse to sell it
Business Insider
Tomato lovers, rejoice, for science has achieved the impossible: the perfect supermarket tomato. The Garden Gem won’t bruise during shipping, it resists many of the major diseases that regularly decimate tomato crops, and it is a flesh-producing powerhouse, turning out up to 22 pounds of tomatoes per plant, which is as productive as the best modern cultivars.
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Poor eating habits lead to nutrient gaps in children
USAgNet
Nutrient gaps exist in all ages of children under 18 but adolescents and food insecure children are at greatest risk because of their eating habits, according to a presentation at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago.
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Barber works to reduce Salmonella in stuffed chicken entrees after outbreak, recall
Food Poisoning Bulletin
After being linked to a Salmonella outbreak and recalling 1.7 million-pounds of frozen stuffed chicken entrees, the parent company of Barber Foods of Portland, Maine says it is working to reduce Salmonella at its production facilities. AdvancePierre Foods of Cincinnati, posted a statement on its website dating the company is fully cooperating the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on the recall and has begun to modify its production practices.
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