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U.S. food exports to Cuba drop 37 percent
Latin American Herald Tribune
Exports of food products from the U.S. to Cuba dropped 37 percent in the first six months of 2015, despite the restoration of diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington, a new report by the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council said Monday.
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Sysco: Termination of US Foods merger cost $693 million
Nation's Restaurant News
Sysco Corp.’s termination of its merger with US Foods Inc. cost the company $693 million in its 2014 fiscal year, the Houston-based distributor said during an earnings call Monday. Sysco called off its merger with US Foods in June, shortly after federal regulators won court approval to delay the controversial, $8.2 billion deal.
Yes, frozen TV dinners can be healthy, says swimmer Natalie Coughlin
Professional swimmer Natalie Coughlin has a no-nonsense approach when it comes to her Olympic-level diet: Avoid anything extreme. Eat fresh foods and while you are at it, perhaps try some frozen food made by Luvo.
Patches of blue growing in rural America
Political pundits mistakenly characterize rural America as politically one-dimensional, but those who do fail to understand important demographic changes that can impact the 2016 elections. That's one of the key findings in a new report, “Red rural, blue rural? Presidential voting patterns in a changing rural America,”
New Democrats plan 'assertive' new presence in House
In the hierarchy of the House, moderate Democrats — a minority in a party already deep in the minority — should be totally powerless. But a group of pro-business Democrats, who allied with President Barack Obama and Republicans to pass landmark trade legislation, are angling to cut more deals with the GOP and White House as a way to assert themselves — and force the Democratic Caucus to the center.
GOP aims to win back Ohio
Republicans are dead-set on winning back the Buckeye State.
Thursday’s raucous GOP debate in Cleveland is the beginning of an aggressive campaign by Republicans to win Ohio’s 18 electoral votes that includes returning to the city’s Quicken Loans Arena for the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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Immigration crackdown splits GOP
Ted Cruz and other Senate Republicans are pushing an aggressive immigration crackdown, proposing tougher penalties against foreigners who repeatedly try to enter the United States illegally.
But there’s stiff resistance — from fellow Republicans.
Scotland to Prohibit GMO Crops
The Scottish government announced Sunday that it will formally prohibit genetically modified crops. The country is utilizing new European Union rules that allow countries to opt out of EU-approved GM crops.
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Administration seeks public input on fatty acids
The Obama administration wants to know more about omega-3 fatty acids. The Department of Health & Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is asking the public to provide scientific information on whether consuming fatty acids reduces a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease, and how fatty acids impact the health of pregnant women and their unborn children.
APHIS to lead 'nationally coordinated program' to manage feral swine
The Agriculture Department is moving ahead with a plan to attack the feral swine problem with a strategy that will vary by state and require help from state and local governments.
Pork continues to be fastest-growing protein in foodservice
With a growth rate outpacing all other meats, pork continues to be the fastest-growing protein in foodservice since 2011. According to Technomic, Inc.'s 2015 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice, pork's popularity in the food industry continues to grow.
Quick-service restaurants take a bite out of menus
Nation's Restaurant News
Burger King’s strategy included shifting toward fewer products that would each have a bigger impact. New products would be easier to create, so they could be made more quickly with fewer new ingredients. The result: Burger King’s sales rose in 2014, and in the first quarter of this year its same-store sales rose nearly 7 percent.
China to blame as Hershey reports Q2 loss of nearly $100 million
The Hershey Company reported a net loss of almost $100 million for the second quarter of 2015 - a result "adversely impacted" by its performance in China.
Heinz has slashed almost a quarter of its workforce since April 2013, SEC filings reveal
Heinz has slashed just under one quarter (23.8 percent) of its workforce since April 2013 as part of a ‘restructuring and productivity’ drive at the ketchup giant, which was acquired by private equity firms 3G and Berkshire Hathaway in June 2013, and tied the knot with Kraft last month.
Related: Kraft and Heinz sales fall in final quarter before merger (Reuters)
Nestlé's fight in India exposes food-safety shortcomings
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
When Indian authorities ordered nationwide checks of lead levels in instant noodles manufactured by Nestlé SA’s local arm, it exposed the gaping holes in food-safety protections in the world’s second-most-populous nation.
Food insecurity and high health care costs go hand in hand
People with severe food insecurity, who struggle the most to put food on the table, have health care costs more than twice as high as people who are food secure, according to a new Canadian study.
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