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Food companies turn to chefs in quest for healthy flavor
The New York Times
Prodded by consumers, regulators and politicians, major food companies like PepsiCo are under extraordinary pressure to make healthier foods.
Related: McDonald's test kitchen: Where fast food is born (Bloomberg TV)
Industry lawyers tell Big Food how not to get sued
Food Safety News
A conference last week, "3rd Advanced Regulatory and Compliance Summit on Food & Beverage Marketing and Advertising," featured defense lawyers sharing best practices on complying with the law.
Related: 5 risk management tips for the food industry (Pizza Marketplace)
House Judiciary Committee chairman is well-versed in the immigration debate
The Washington Post
As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is the designated gatekeeper for much of the immigration-related legislation coursing through Congress, giving him the opportunity to exert great influence over what could be the country's most expansive reform in a generation.
Editor's note: Rep. Goodlatte will be a featured speaker at the AFFI Government Action Summit on Sept. 10. To register and access a complete program and schedule, please click here.
In Knox College speech, Obama lays out policy agenda for 2nd term
The Washington Post
Returning to the site of his first major economic address as a senator in 2005, President Barack Obama outlined his top economic policy priorities for the remainder of his second term.
Conservative groups signal interest in McConnell primary challenger
Several national conservative groups on Wednesday put Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on notice they're open to backing a tea party primary challenger to him in 2014, giving the Kentucky senator an unwanted headache as he heads into re-election.
NLRB nominees face GOP skepticism
The two new nominees for the National Labor Relations Board — the result of last week's nuclear option deal in the Senate — faced skepticism Tuesday from Republicans for their ability to be impartial decision-makers, given their backgrounds advocating for unions.
House lawmakers say renewable fuel mandate will change
Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers said legislative changes probably will be made to the Renewable Fuel Standard, but a repeal of the quotas as demanded by refiners is unlikely.
Minneapolis school district rolls out food truck to promote school lunch
Twin Cities Daily Planet
A food truck is rolling through Minneapolis, giving out free lunches to children under age 18 in a bid to promote the healthier lunch fare that will appear on plates in the Minneapolis Public Schools this fall.
Related: How to create new formulations to meet school nutrition rules (Meatingplace)
FSIS issues list of validated foodborne pathogen test kits
Food Safety Magazine
FSIS says its new list of test kits that have been independently validated for detection of key foodborne pathogens is for informational purposes only, does not constitute endorsement or approval of any particular method and is intended to be updated quarterly.
California explains how to use electric, hybrid reefer legally
Truck drivers using electric or hybrid reefers in California will want to be sure their refrigeration units meet specific standards set up by the California Air Resources Board. If they don't, a series of checks has been set up to nab potential emissions offenders.
Food sustainability needs triple focus: supply, demand, distribution
Food sustainability may depend on changing the way we produce food, or our demand for different kinds of food, or how it is distributed — but we need to find ways to approach sustainability that address all these issues, according to a food climate expert.
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PepsiCo dominates snacks; profit tops analysts' estimates
PepsiCo Inc., the food and beverage company that investor Nelson Peltz is trying to split up, posted second-quarter profit that topped analysts' estimates as it boosted prices and sales volumes.
NatureBox chews on $8.5 million to tackle obesity with healthier snacks
Most snack food in America is junk, loaded with empty calories, salt, sugar and unhealthy oils, and once you open that bag of chips or box of cookies, it's hard to stop. NatureBox is addressing this issue with an online subscription service for healthier snack food.
Analyst: Lidl likely to 'copy' Aldi in US
The analyst who reported that Schwarz Group is studying the U.S. for potential expansion of its Lidl discount chain believes the company will be building stores there by early 2015.
New line includes cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches for vending machines
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
AdvancePierre Foods, based in Cincinnati, has introduced a new line of convenience and vending sandwiches.
Food safety automation extends to plant employees
Clean-in-place systems for equipment and processes are both common and continually improving, but some food processors are investing in advanced hygiene stations to extend food safety automation to the operators themselves.
Food makers quietly reducing salt in products
Few European companies are telling consumers they are reducing salt in foods — but the market for ingredients to replace salt is booming.
Penford takes starch to the next level with new non-GMO launches at IFT
Penford Food Ingredients used the IFT show in Chicago as its launch platform for PenNovo 03 and PenNovo MD, two highly soluble, enzymatically-treated starches that deliver functional benefits, save cash and help firms meet demand for non-GMO ingredients.
Bananarama: Bioplastic made from banana peels
Food Production Daily
A two-year project led by a Turkish teenager has culminated in a bioplastic made from banana peels, opening the door to further sustainability in packaging.
Mettler-Toledo analyzes water content in food
Food Production Daily
Mettler-Toledo has launched "The Ultimate Moisture & Water Guide" reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods of moisture and water content in food.
Many packaged foods are dietitian-approved
Today's Center Store contains plenty of better-for-you items that can be part of a healthful diet. The challenge is in educating consumers about them.
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