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Bonduelle prepares bid for Green Giant – sources
French food group Bonduelle SCA is in discussions to team up with Centerview Partners in a bid to acquire General Mills Inc's Green Giant frozen and canned vegetable business, according to people familiar with the matter.
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U.S. to Europe: Don't move my cheese
A dispute over protecting geographically based food names like 'gouda' and 'gorgonzola' is the latest sticking point in the Asia-Pacific trade talks.
Overtime rules send bosses scrambling
Companies are racing to track and manage the hours their employees really work, following a White House proposal that would put millions more U.S. workers in line for overtime pay.
Poll: Trump surges to big lead in GOP presidential race
The Washington Post
Businessman Donald Trump surged into the lead for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with almost twice the support of his closest rival, just as he ignited a new controversy after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War service, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Related: The bad news for Trump? More than 60 percent of the country wouldn’t consider voting for him.
(The Washington Post)
Ohio's Kasich poised to join big field of GOP candidates
The Washington Post
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is poised to join the 2016 presidential race on Tuesday morning, carrying a message of fiscal conservatism and social welfare compassion that he hopes will shake up the Republican Party and vault him into contention for the party’s nomination.
Help wanted: Top negotiators to stave off shutdown
It was an almost unheard-of act of congressional statesmanship by two respected figures in their parties: Paul Ryan, the GOP policy stalwart and vice presidential candidate just a year earlier, and Patty Murray, the veteran Democratic senator known for her no-frills, get-it-done style, pulled Congress back from the brink of a budget disaster.
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McConnell goes big on roads bill
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is steering the Senate toward a multi-year highway bill that could take the funding issue off the table through the 2016 elections.
Roberts, Stabenow continue seeking bipartisan child nutrition reauthorization
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Sens. Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow, the chairman and ranking member
of the Senate Agriculture Committee, are continuing to work toward a
bipartisan deal on child nutrition reauthorization, and staff are currently
drafting bill text, according to aides. But the timeline remains unclear as the
current law is set to expire Sept. 30.
NPPC, state pork groups urge Senate to act on COOL
The National Pork Producers Council and 34 state pork producer organizations are urging the Senate to take up legislation to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and poultry before Congress takes a month-long recess beginning in early August.
House Democrats set attacks on GMO bill
Critics of a GMO regulation bill are proposing amendments that would add restrictions or exemptions to the legislation and allow farmers to claim government compensation for some damages from herbicide drift or contamination by genetically engineered crops.
New York expected to approve $15 fast food wage this week
On Wednesday, New York’s Wage Board is expected to approve a new $15 minimum hourly pay for the state’s 200,000 fast food workers.
FDA tells court final ECJ labeling guide not likely in 180 days
Food Chemical News
Don’t expect a final guidance on "evaporated cane juice" on product labels anytime soon as the agency’s best estimate is before the end of next year, an FDA official told a federal judge earlier this month.
Neil Young pledges $100 thousand to Vermont's GMO lawsuit
Legendary rocker Neil Young pledged $100,000 to Vermont’s legal bid to label all food products that contain genetically modified organisms, urging other wealthy donors to back the state’s prolonged legal battle with food industry advocates.
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North Dakota investigating cluster of E. coli cases after fair
The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating a possible cluster of shiga toxin - producing Escherichia coli infections in eastern North Dakota.
JJ Food Solutions rolls out German pretzels to Brazilian consumers
Bakery and Snacks
Brazil’s food company JJ Food Solutions is bringing the complete line of premium frozen bakery products manufactured by Germany’s pretzel and frozen pastry manufacturer Ditsch to the Brazilian market.
Chobani unveils yogurt flavor innovation
Food Business News
Yogurt-maker Chobani LLC is expanding its product portfolio in an effort to add consumption occasions during the day. New products are being introduced under the Chobani Flip, Chobani Simply 100 and Limited Batch Chobani brands.
John Oliver blasts food waste in America on 'Last Week Tonight'
Los Angeles Times
The HBO host took aim at Americans' relationship with food and consumer culture, namely the by-products of that culture and the wasteful nature that has become the status quo. Oliver ultimately urged viewers to change that by "resolving to eat uglier fruit," taking expiration dates with a pinch of salt and to no longer worry "about getting sued by high-powered lawyers representing the hungry" when donating food.
7-Eleven quietly switched to vegan mayo
7-Eleven will still sell other jars of mayo, but will be using the eggless mayo in food it prepares, according to Josh Terick, CEO and founder of Just Mayo – an eggless, vegan mayonnaise made with pea protein.
This is how Costco is using data and sensors to cut water use
Years ago, warehouse giant Costco started testing a system of sensors and algorithms to cut water use at a handful of its buildings in Mexico. After saving thousands of dollars at each facility annually, Costco has now expanded the water conservation technology to over 50 buildings across the U.S. and Mexico.
Hostess may soon release frozen deep-fried Twinkies
The Daily Meal
Hostess has big plans up its high-fructose corn syrup sleeves. The snack company may soon release frozen deep-fried Twinkies to grocery store freezer aisles, according to the New York Post. Hostess, run by Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., is also rumored to be reworking its snack lineup to include a bread line of bagels, tortillas, and English muffins.
Dairy products boost effectiveness of probiotics
The success of probiotics for boosting human health may depend partly upon the food, beverage, or other material carrying the probiotics, according to a new research.
UC Berkeley engineers devise 3-D-printed 'smart cap' to check safety of milk, juice
Food Safety News
Engineers at the University of California-Berkeley have developed a so-called "smart cap" using 3-D-printed plastic and containing embedded electronics. They recently demonstrated that the device can wirelessly monitor the freshness of milk, according to an article published Monday, July 20 in the online international journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering.
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