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Kellogg to stop using artificial products in cereals and snacks
Kellogg Co's Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies are set to turn all-natural soon. The 109-year old company, whose cereals have been a popular breakfast choice for decades, said on Tuesday it was aiming to stop using artificial colors and flavors in its cereal and snack brands by the end of 2018.
Kellogg’s road to cereal recovery (Food Business News)
Kellogg to remove artificial colors, flavors from cereal (Food Business News)
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Breakfastarians are feeding U.S. restaurant growth
Call it the rise of the “Breakfastarians” – the dining tribe that craves breakfast food morning, noon and night. Sales of morning standards such as coffee, pancakes and doughnuts are feeding U.S. restaurant traffic growth, outpacing lunch and dinner items.
Revealed: What shoppers want from food labelling
Consumers around the world are more label-conscious than ever before, according to new research from global coloring foods firm GNT.
Many top Republican candidates are spending less time in New Hampshire
The Washington Post
During an hour-long stop at a pizza parlor on Monday, voters grilled Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker on immigration and how he would combat the Islamic State. Liberal activists tricked him into posing with a fake check from billionaire donors.
A GOP primary in chaos
On the eve of the first Republican primary debate, state party leaders across the nation say the 2016 contest is in a state of flux, as unpredictable and wide open as any they can remember.
Game on: How each candidate can win 1st GOP debate
The names are finally known.
The 10 participants in the first official Republican debate of the 2016 presidential race were announced Tuesday evening after much speculation as to who would claim the final spot on stage.
The GOP debate: A policy preview (Politico)
Lower-tier candidates ready to get most from early Fox debate (The Hill)
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McConnell eyes fall talks to avert shutdown
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday said he would begin negotiations with Democrats to prevent a government shutdown in September. The majority leader vowed there would not be another shutdown on his watch — but it could be difficult to avoid, given the long list of thorny issues he will have to tackle this fall.
A future with trans fat
Politico via American Frozen Food institute
The food industry is
asking the FDA to approve the continued use of partially hydrogenated oils
in more than 50 different food categories, from your Thanksgiving stuffing
mix to frozen pies and the sugar used to coat doughnuts.
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Federal District Court strikes down Iowa 'ag gag' law
Food Chemical News
A U.S. District Court on Monday (Aug. 3) ruled that Idaho's new "ag-gag" law is unconstitutional because it was motivated by “animus towards animal welfare groups, and because it impinges on free speech, a fundamental right.”
Lawmakers look for more Avian Flu assistance
Following a House Agriculture Committee hearing last week on this subject, lawmakers want more assistance for impacted poultry growers who are still suffering from the loss of more than 48 million birds.
U.S. Ag production cost nearly $400 billion in 2014
U.S. farmers spent $397.6 billion on agricultural production in 2014, up 8.3 percent from 2013, the largest increase since 2008, according to the Farm Production Expenditures report, published Tuesday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
USTR Negotiator: Dairy remains toughest agricultural conflict for TPP
Participants and observers returning from the latest round of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations in Hawaii, say resolution of agricultural and other knotty provisions of the pact are edging toward the finish line.
FDA issues draft guidance on which rules to follow when declaring nutrient content
Food Chemical News
The Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance for what labelers should do when a conflict occurs between two sections of the Code of Federal Regulations with regard to nutrient label declarations of small amounts of nutrients and dietary ingredients.
5 mega trends affecting CPG
Food Business News
Changes in consumer buyer patterns related to demographics, health and wellness and other factors will accelerate in coming years, a panelist said at the International Sweetener Symposium on Aug. 4 in Santa Ana Pueblo.
McDonald's names executives with healthcare ties to its board
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Lloyd Dean, chief executive of Dignity Health, and John Mulligan, chief financial officer at Target Corp. and a member of the Minnesota Children’s Hospitals and Clinics board, joined McDonald’s board, the company said Tuesday.
Consumers missing out on health benefits of seafood consumption
High Plains Journal
While most U.S. consumers eat some seafood, the amounts are inadequate to meet federal dietary guidelines, according to studies conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists. Both fish and shellfish, referred to as “seafood,” are nutrient-rich protein foods, and consumption has been associated with reduced heart disease risk.
Demand for natural colors increases as 80 percent of parents cite artificial color safety concerns, survey finds
While consumer demand for natural colors in the U.S. lags behind that in the U.K., it is nearing “a tipping point” as parents’ concerns increase about the potential impact on children’s health of artificial colors and more natural options become available, according to recent industry research.
Meat industry braces for report on possible cancer link
An international health agency is investigating possible links between red meat and cancer, and industry officials are preparing to challenge the findings when they're released later this year. The International Agency for Research on Cancer — an arm of the World Health Organization — is expected to issue its report in October after beginning efforts to identify the connection between red and processed meats and cancer last year.
Food on the move: Delivery services get a tech-powered upgrade
Restaurants have delivered food to people's homes for decades, but now the sector is being disrupted by a raft of technology startups removing pain-points for consumers and vendors. Investors believe the category will spawn a number of billion dollar companies in Europe, described as “unicorns.”
Fast food fever: Modern diets impact immune health of you and your kids
Modern "Western diets" can lead to poor immune functioning and increased risk of inflammatory conditions, allergy, and auto-immunity, researchers warn.
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