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Big changes in food industry turn activists upside down
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Three years after the old Kraft Foods split in half with the backing of activist investors, one of the activists is suggesting those businesses ought to reunite. The move is a testament to the seismic changes that have turned the food industry upside down in that short time.
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Cargill swings to loss on charges, sluggish emerging markets
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Agricultural conglomerate Cargill Inc., said it is planning changes to the way it produces food as it grapples with rapidly shifting consumer tastes.
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Americans are on the hook for seafood consumption
NPR
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating two servings of seafood weekly, or eight ounces of both fish and shellfish. But approximately 80 to 90 percent of U.S. consumers don't get that much, according to a study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.
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The Trump hangover
Politico
The Republican presidential field nursed a Donald Trump hangover on Friday. The dawn after the first prime-time – and happy-hour – GOP debate broke with little sign that the real-estate mogul’s momentum is slowing, despite a load of pundits and strategists panning his performance.

Related: Trump roils first debate among GOP contenders (The Washington Post)

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The GOP debate: 7 takeaways
Politico
The first Republican debate of 2016 was an empty-calorie joy ride, thanks to Donald Trump, who embraced his role as both comedian and heckler during a series of entertaining (and largely substance-free) exchanges with his fellow candidates, Fox’s moderating team and an intermittently cat-calling crowd in Cleveland.
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Liberals rip Schumer as 'unfit' to lead Democrats
The Hill
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is facing quick pushback after he said he will vote against the Iran nuclear deal, with one outside group saying he is "unfit" to be the next Democratic leader. "Chuck Schumer was wrong on Iraq and he is wrong on Iran. Schumer's decision to join Republicans in attempting to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal once again shows that he is unfit to lead senate Democrats," said Becky Bond, the political director of CREDO Action.
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Russia food fight reignites with bonfire of the cheeses
CNBC
Russian authorities continued their clampdown on food imported from the West with a symbolic bulldozing and burning of confiscated food – despite the country's people struggling with rising food prices.
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Organic food companies refrain from lobbying despite increasing prominence
Manufacturing.net
Organic food companies continue to grow dramatically as consumers increasingly turn to healthier grocery options. In at least one area, however, the conventional food industry maintained its complete dominance over the organic sector: Capitol Hill.
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1st-half results reflect tough business climate for U.S. meat exports
Pork Network
June export data, released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, reflected a challenging first half of 2015 for U.S. pork, beef and lamb exports. June pork exports totaled 174,554 metric tons, down 4 percent from a year ago.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


McDonald's cuts 225 corporate jobs in July amid restructuring
Reuters
McDonald's Corp said on Thursday it laid off in July 135 employees at its U.S. headquarters and 90 corporate employees posted overseas as part of a major restructuring at the fast-food chain, which has been fighting to reverse a long sales slump.
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3 Coca-Cola bottlers confirm merger
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Three Coca-Cola Co. bottlers agreed to a merger combining $12 billion in revenue across 13 European countries, part of a global consolidation push by the U.S. soda giant to cut costs amid slowing sales.
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Aldi tries high-end food and discounts, too
Bloomberg
Aldi became one of the world’s biggest food retailers using a simple formula of no-frills stores offering a small assortment of products at rock-bottom prices. After decades of expansion in Europe, it followed the same strategy in the U.S., where it gets about $8 billion in annual sales and is growing from 15 percent to 20 percent a year, estimates Jim Hertel, managing partner at food-retail consultant Willard Bishop.
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How one restaurant is cutting egg prices
Fast Casual
While most restaurants are still passing down higher egg prices to customers thanks to the egg shortage cased by the avian flu outbreak, one restaurant has found a way to reverse price hikes. Taco Cabana is lowering prices on egg-based breakfast tacos by 10 cents and breakfast burritos by 20 cents. It had increased prices earlier this year.
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Why McDonald's breakfast timing could be terrible
CNBC
As a result of the avian flu outbreak, prices at both the retail and wholesale level remain sharply elevated, and several restaurants are starting to feel the heat in the kitchen. This coincides with a monthslong test at McDonald's of extending breakfast hours all day, part of the broader effort to turn around its U.S. business.
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Scientists learn how listeria grows on refrigerated smoked salmon
Food Safety News
One of the dangers of Listeria monocytogenes is that it can grow on food even in the cold temperatures of the refrigerator, although it does grow more slowly at 40 degrees F or less.
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Food safety innovations are in demand: Study
Food in Canada
A study from Frost & Sullivan finds that all throughout the supply chain companies are looking to adopt new food safety technologies; publicized cases of foodborne illnesses are creating more awareness among consumers.
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Boulder looks to unload Level brand
Food Business News
Boulder Brands, Inc. said it may sell some of its brands, including Level Life Foods, as part of a comprehensive optimization of its portfolio.
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Food prices fall to 6-year-low as dairy slumps
CNBC
Food prices have hit their lowest level since September 2009, dragged down by high supplies of milk in Europe and soy and palm oil in South East Asia and South America respectively.
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