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UK: Frozen food back as families look to cut bills — and waste
Cash-strapped families are turning back the clock and snapping up frozen food to cope with rising bills in the U.K.
New nutrition standards may make students healthier but hurt the bottom line
The News & Observer
Starting next year, new federal nutrition standards aim to make school snacks healthier. But history shows that when the food becomes healthier, kids buy less. And with 20 percent of the school food service budget relying on the sale of snack foods, that could cause a revenue problem, say officials in Wake County, N.C.
Food distributors merging in $1.3 billion deal
U.S. food distributors Spartan Stores Inc. and Nash Finch Co. said they will merge in an all-stock deal valued at $1.3 billion, including debt, to expand their geographic reach.
The incredibly shrunken 2014 battlefield
With the House sliced and diced into districts that leave most incumbents insulated from any serious re-election challenge — and a host of prized Senate recruits from both parties deciding they'd rather just stay home — control of Congress could be decided next year by the fewest number of states and congressional districts in a decade or more.
Kentucky tea party groups deride McConnell (The Wall Street Journal)
Wyoming Senate race between Cheney, Enzi is new battle in GOP's war (The Hill)
Koch, McConnell PACs give to Enzi (Politico)
Poll: Obama's approval rating drops for second straight quarter
President Barack Obama's approval rating fell for the second consecutive quarter, according to Gallup's average of daily tracking polls for the last three months.
Related: Obama sets campaign to tout his vision for the economy (USA Today)
Immigration faces critical weeks
When it comes to immigration, the House looks like a mess. Speaker John Boehner wanted to pass something by August, but that's not happening. A bipartisan "gang" has missed every self-imposed deadline to unveil its bill. Rep. Paul Ryan is talking to everyone with an "R" next to their name, but his endgame is unclear. And House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he wants to help undocumented children gain legal status — but hasn't said much beyond that.
Related: What can Congress get done in its final two weeks? (The Washington Post)
Pew: Frozen berry Hepatitis A outbreak underscores need for FSMA
Food Safety News
The 150 illnesses stemming from a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries may never have happened if new rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act had been in place, said Sandra Eskin, director of the Food Safety Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Related: Vilsack, Sebelius highlight food safety in Colorado (Food Safety News)
Exercise is next on Bloomberg's agenda
The Associated Press via USA Today
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is continuing his effort to boost public health through city policy by rolling out new building codes that promote using the stairs.
Cantor unsure farm bill will ever go to conference
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he is unsure whether the GOP-led House will ever agree to go to a budget conference with the Senate, and Friday he also indicated the House will not start negotiations with the Senate on a farm bill until passing its own split-off version of a food stamp bill.
Review: Self-regulation of junk food marketing largely ineffective
Self-regulation has not been effective in protecting children from junk food marketing — although industry-backed studies suggest otherwise, according to a new review.
Court dismisses certain claims against yogurt maker
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP via Lexology
A federal court in California has dismissed some of the consumer fraud claims filed against Chobani Inc. in putative class litigation alleging misleading labeling practices.
Western Pennsylvania anticipates how Heinz owners will wield power
Trib Total Media
Change is afoot for H.J. Heinz Co., a global business with deep Pittsburgh roots that rests in the hands of outsiders. Though officials promised the company's headquarters will stay in Pittsburgh, analysts and former employees question their commitment to the city.
Gluten-free taste improvements spur market growth
The gluten-free foods market has continued to grow as new ingredients and technologies have significantly improved the taste of products, according to experts at the Institute of Food Technologists' annual meeting.
Related: Event recap: IFT 2013 in pictures (Food Production Daily)
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McDonald's earnings: Fast food chain sees challenging year
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
McDonald's Corp.'s second-quarter earnings rose 3.7 percent as global same-store sales ticked higher, but both top- and bottom-line growth fell short of Wall Street views and margins shrank.
Pop-Tarts and ice cream? Fast food fights for summer business (USA Today)
Chipotle adds tofu to America's fast food arsenal (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Greens grower teams with Whole Foods for HACCP certification
Food Safety News
"It's been a road." That's how Jeff Miller, owner of Willie Green's Organic Farm, a diversified 85-acre farm in western Washington, described the three-year process it took to get a "certified thumbs-up" for the strict food safety practices he has put into place for his salad greens and baby leaf spinach.
Cattlemen fight new rules for beef
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
After surviving years of drought and watching the size of the U.S. cattle herd fall to its lowest level in more than 60 years, Bob McCan, a fifth-generation rancher, would just as soon steer clear of the U.S. government's latest meat-labeling rules.
$32.5 million food processing expansion creates 45 jobs
Food Production Daily
Food processors Foods in Season, The McGregor Company and Darigold will invest $32.5 million expanding their production facilities in Washington state, creating 45 new jobs.
Rabobank: Salmon production hit by poor sanitation
Food Production Daily
Chilean Atlantic salmon production is expected to increase by more than 20 percent in 2013, but its growth will fall because of challenges in production, sanitation and finance, according to a new report from Rabobank.
Sustainability expert: Stop passing the buck
Brand owners and retailers must realize they have the final responsibility for ensuring a sustainable supply of ingredients for their products, according to one sustainability expert.
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