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'Natural' the bright spot in recovering frozen aisle, Blake's All Natural says
Food Navigator-USA
The success of the frozen section hinges on the continued trend toward prepared meals with cleaner ingredient decks and accessible price points, says Chris Licata, CEO of natural and organic frozen meals line Blake's All Natural Foods.
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What businesses can learn from Kraft Foods' decision to delegate
Fast Company
For the past few decades, the traditional role of leadership has been changing. Learn from the misstep — and correction — of a food giant that learned bosses don't always know best.
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Jimmy Dean's 16 new entrees take brand beyond breakfast
Business Wire via The Wall Street Journal
Jimmy Dean, a brand that began as a breakfast sausage brand and evolved into a leader in the frozen protein breakfast category, has announced its biggest product launch in company history with the introduction of a full line of lunch and dinner offerings.
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Don't screw this up, GOP senators tell their House counterparts
The Hill
After fumbling primaries in the past, the GOP believes it will win a majority in the upper chamber this fall — as long as the party can avoid self-inflicted wounds.
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House votes to sue Obama
Politico
The House voted along party lines Wednesday to move forward with a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, escalating tension between the executive and legislative branches months before the pivotal midterm elections.

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    NRCC showdown?
    The Hill
    Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, is making moves to challenge National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., for the chairmanship after this fall's elections.

    Related: Texas freshman looks to challenge NRCC chairman (The Hill)

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    Fast food chains go to war with labor board
    The Hill
    Business groups are up in arms over a National Labor Relations Board decision they fear could demolish the legal wall between corporations and their franchises. Industry groups are pledging to fight the determination, saying it threatens to blow up a business model that withstood the Great Recession as other sectors faltered.
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    FDA announces FSMA fee schedule updates
    Office of the Federal Register
    In a filing slated for Friday's Federal Register, the FDA is announcing its domestic and foreign facility reinspection, recall and importer reinspection fee rates for fiscal year 2015. All fees are trending upward, adjusting for inflation.
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    140 House members sign TPP letter
    Meatingplace
    In a letter sent to President Barack Obama Wednesday afternoon, 140 members of the House of Representatives urged the White House to pursue a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that leaves out countries that prove unwilling to fully open their markets to all U.S. agriculture products.
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    US raises WTO talks during Kerry meeting in India
    Reuters
    The United States raised a row over a worldwide trade reform measure during Secretary of State John Kerry's talks with India's finance minister Thursday, but there was no sign of a breakthrough, a source said.
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    Buying co-op helps Mississippi lead on low-cost, healthy school lunch
    The Clarion-Ledger
    Mississippi's Statewide Purchasing Cooperative helped the state negotiate lower prices for nutritious foods, avoiding the struggle other states have gone through serving meals that meet new federal standards, Scott Clements, child nutrition director for the Mississippi Department of Education, told members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.
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    Heinz expanding, adding product lines
    The Independent
    Heinz Frozen Food Co. introduced Ore-Ida Easy Fries as a new packaging line within the past week, as part of its facility expansion and jobs push in Canton, Ohio.

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    McDonald's ruling could open door for unions
    The New York Times
    The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that McDonald's could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators.

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    When we were small: Whole Foods
    The Washington Post
    In this installment of a series that reviews the small-business years of companies that are now among the nation's most recognizable corporations, Whole Foods steps into the spotlight, recounting its humble beginnings in an old Victorian house in Austin, Texas.

    Related: Whole Foods plans major marketing push (The AP via The Post and Courier)

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    Report: Organic food industry grew 12 percent in past year
    PRWeb via Digital Journal
    Sales in the U.S. organic food industry grew 12 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to radio talk show host Sharon Kleyne, setting a record in an industry that has been experiencing rapid growth since 1990.
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    Papa John's closes China store over expired pizza dough
    Bloomberg
    Papa John's International Inc. closed an outlet in eastern China after it used expired pizza dough, fueling further concerns about food safety at fast food chains in the country.
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    China diners test McDonald's, Yum says food scare hurts KFC, Pizza Hut sales
    Reuters
    A food safety scare in China is testing local consumers' loyalty to foreign fast food brands, including McDonald's and Yum Brands, which owns the KFC and Pizza Hut chains.
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    How do you ensure food safety with tight margins and changing demand?
    Food Production Daily
    Poultry processing plants are not just talking about food safety: They are proactively looking to enhance measures throughout operations, says CMS Technology.
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    Cargill to close beef plant due to tight cattle supplies
    The Wall Street Journal
    Cargill Inc. said Wednesday it is closing a Wisconsin beef plant that employs 600 workers, the latest example of how tight cattle supplies are roiling the meat business.
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    SCiO: Molecular scanner in the palm of your hand
    Supermarket Guru
    The small machine relies on spectroscopy, the same kind of light-based technology that astronomers use to determine the composition of stars.
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    ChefTec Lot Tracking facilitates food recalls
    FBR
    Culinary Software Services, a provider of back-of-the-house technology, announced that the freshly released ChefTec xt3 offers the add-on feature of Lot Tracking.
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