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How social media and online grocers transformed the food business
A study by The Hartman Group points out that social media is changing "the way we think about, talk about and experience food," finding that 52 percent of Americans have "liked" a food brand on Facebook while 43 percent regularly use social platforms to plan their meals.
Related: 6 delicious YouTube channels from food brands — and 2 yucky ones (Econsultancy)
New AFDO document reveals 'issues and concerns with imported foods'
Food Safety News
Just a step ahead of the FDA's release of two rules for improving imported food safety, the Association of Food and Drug Officials has published its own guidance document, "Issues and Concerns with Imported Foods."
Should I eat that? Venable reviews FSMA proposals (Mondaq)
Passing the buck on foreign food (The Epoch Times)
China frozen food market to top $11.8 billion within 5 years
Food Production Daily
China frozen food production is expected to increase to 21.2 percent over the next five years to $11.8 billion, according to a report by IBISWorld. As competition intensifies, manufacturers are amping up their investment in product innovation and production.
White House's Health Care Wizard to teach business owners about Obamacare
The Washington Post
The White House has kicked its Obamacare outreach and education efforts into full gear, including a new website designed specifically for curious and confused business owners.
GOP 2016 hopefuls get familiar with Iowa, New Hampshire voters
Leading contenders for the presidency in 2016 have already made or scheduled 30 trips to the early nominating states, according to an analysis by The Hill. The majority of the traveling is happening on the Republican side, where Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and others have scheduled at least 25 trips to early voting states since the 2012 election.
With Tom Cotton in, Mark Pryor to air ads
Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is going on the air with a two-day ad buy this week, his latest in a paid media campaign that started unusually early in his re-election effort.
Editor's note: Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., will be a featured speaker at the AFFI Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 10-12 in Washington, D.C. For more information, or to register, please click here.
House refuses to appoint conferees on farm bill
The Dickinson Press
Three Upper Midwest senators have been named conferees on the farm bill. But the House Republican leadership's refusal to appoint conferees and a plan for the House to vote on a big cut to the food stamp program means prospects for the bill passing this year have dimmed.
Related: Legislators want California egg measure removed from farm bill (Los Angeles Times)
Positive sign: US trade deficit drops in June
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
New statistics released Tuesday by the Commerce Department point to a stronger-than-expected economic surge in the U.S., as exports broke records and the trade gap narrowed.
New York City asks top state court to review large-soda ban
New York City officials on Monday urged an expedited review of its appeal seeking reversal of a decision striking down a local ban on sales of large-sized sugary soft drinks.
School's healthy lunch program expands after gold star from first lady
The school lunch program at Golden Valley Elementary in Orosi, Calif., has gained the first lady's attention and marked it for expansion throughout the school district.
Los Angeles school lunch menu: Potato-chive waffles and a 'black bean mountain' (Townhall)
In Maryland district, snack machines to stay dark after school (The Washington Post)
Michelle Obama credits Let's Move with declining childhood obesity rates (The Hill)
Minimum wage debate continues — along with protests
The Associated Press via USA Today
Waves of protests — mostly by fast food workers — have rolled across the U.S. this year as organizers push for better pay. But will the protests have an effect on the nation's minimum wage?
Mexico trucking pilot gets another green light
The Department of Transportation's U.S.-Mexico cross-border pilot program is again a "go" in the eyes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Fast feeders borrow brand equity from the grocery aisle
Although co-branded products are nothing new to the food industry, fast food marketers seem to think there's a fresh opportunity to with new or limited-time items featuring other brands. From Subway-Fritos to Starbucks-Danone, here are a few of this year's mashups.
Why are food allergies on the rise among children?
The Sacramento Bee
More children are showing food allergies, including peanuts, but medical investigators don't have a clear explanation for the increase. The recent death of a 13-year-old Sacramento girl from a peanut allergy raises the "key question" for John Lehr, CEO of Food Allergy Research & Education, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit.
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Houston refrigerated warehouse expands ahead of Panama Canal project
Preferred Freezer Services
Preferred Freezer Services is renovating and expanding its warehouse in Houston, adding 100,000 square feet as it expects the Panama Canal expansion in 2014 to lead to a jump in business.
Transparent packaging's clear impact on eating habits
Food Production Daily
A study in the Journal of Marketing shows consumers respond positively to food packaging that gives a clear view of the edibles inside.
New KFC eleven opens in Kentucky
A new version of Kentucky Fried Chicken is now open for business. Labeled "KFC eleven," the new take on the old fast food establishment aims for a sleeker, healthier look while offering salads, rice bowls, flat breads and more.
After acquisition: 'Chemistry' benefits small food companies
Food Safety Magazine
The right relationship between newly acquired food companies and their new owners can make it possible for even smaller regional brands to make major leaps.
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