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SunOpta acquires fruit snack maker
Food Business News
SunOpta Inc., has acquired Niagara Natural Fruit Snack Co., Inc., Ontario, for approximately $6.7 million. Niagara Natural is a maker of non-bioengineered and organic fruit snacks.
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US Foods to return to acquisition strategy
Nation's Restaurant News
The failure of US Foods Inc.’s merger with Sysco Corp. won’t keep the distributor from making deals in the future, recently appointed CEO Pietro Satriano said Tuesday.
Fair Oaks Farms to discuss new Coca-Cola partnership
Dr. Michael McCloskey, one of the founding farmers of Fair Oaks Farms, Indiana's famous agritourism attraction which is comprised of some of the nation's largest dairies, and CEO of Select Milk Producers, the fifth largest milk cooperative in the country, will provide the keynote address at the 2015 Indiana Logistics Summit on Sept. 22.
Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton keep their jabs to each other
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, facing stiff competition for their parties’ presidential nomination, are looking over the heads of their immediate rivals to trade barbs with each other.items.
100,000 people have come to recent Bernie Sanders rallies. How does he do it?
The Washington Post
The overflow crowds showing up to hear Bernie Sanders these days are a testament not only to his current popularity and the campaign’s social-media savvy but also to the promotional abilities of an alchemy of like-minded interests: progressive activists, labor unions and even Sarah Silverman.
100,000 people have attended Bernie Sanders events this month. That doesn’t mean much
(The Washington Post)
A new poll out of New Hampshire has Bernie Sanders ahead of Hillary Clinton
(The Washington Post)
65 percent of people say they wouldn't vote for Obama again. Hillary Clinton, take note.
The Washington Post
There's a nugget buried deep within the new NBC-Wall Street Journal national poll that speaks to the challenge for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she tries to follow President Obama into office next November.
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Few options for EPA on Chlorpyrifos
American Frozen Food Institute
The clock is now ticking on the EPA's decision on how to respond to a
petition from environmentalists to effectively ban food uses of chlorpyrifos,
an insecticide used to fight bugs on a variety of crops, and the agency is
running out of options.
Reports highlight trends of growing U.S. wind energy industry
According to two reports released Tuesday by the Energy Department, the U.S. wind energy industry continued growing at an impressive rate in 2014, further solidifying America's position as a global leader in wind energy.
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Food stamp beneficiaries exceed 45 million for 49 straight months
The Washington Free Beacon
The number of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 49 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture.
5 GAO workers charged with fraud in obtaining school lunch subsidies
The Washington Post
Five employees of a federal government watchdog agency, one of whom is a member of the Prince George’s County school board, were indicted Tuesday on charges of illegally obtaining reduced-price school lunches for their children, officials said.
Health Canada gets it right, while FDA goes further astray, on 'added sugars' labeling
In a comment critical of his former employer’s proposal to mandate “added sugars” labeling, a former Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Food Labeling wrote, “’Added Sugar’ is the ‘bête noir‘ of this decade for many in the nutrition community.”
Dalian Tianbao Green Foods gets regulatory approval for share private placement
The European Union wastes about 22 million tons of food a year and Britain wastes the most, according to a study by European Commission-backed researchers.
Dr Pepper Snapple takes $20 million stake in sports drink company
Food Business News
The Dr Pepper Snapple Group has taken an 11.7 percent stake in BA Sports Nutrition LLC, the maker of the BodyArmor branded sports drink.
Saturated fats have no link to heart disease
A new study has found that there is no association between a high intake of saturated fat and an increased risk of heart disease and other life-threatening diseases.
Washington pig roast salmonella outbreak expected to rise
Food Poison Journal
Presently, the Washington State Department of Health reports that the outbreak of Salmonella infections that may be linked to pork products has grown to 90 cases in several counties around the state. The ongoing outbreak is under investigation by state, local, and federal public health agencies. The number of ill is expected to increase as the investigation continues.
Supply-chain study: Consumers demand sustainable food products
Although today's food-supply chain infrastructure is efficient, the underlying assumptions that form its foundation are becoming less relevant. Consumers are demanding more locally sourced, fresh and sustainable food products from companies that are environmental stewards and good corporate citizens, Technomic Executive Vice President Bob Goldin said in "Food Industry Logistics: Trends That Matter," a whitepaper compiled by Technomic and Deloitte & Touche Advisory.
NARMS report shows positive trend for antibiotic resistance, with some concerns
Food Chemical News
Ciprofloxacin resistance in Campylobacter jejuni strains in retail chicken dropped to “an all-time low” of 11 percent in 2013, according to the latest report from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, released Tuesday (Aug. 11).
Hormel Foods named a 2015 finalist in the U.S. Chamber Foundation Corporate Citizenship Awards
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has named Hormel Foods Corporation a finalist in the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Awards in the category of Community Improvement Program for its Project SPAMMY.
Do people care about GM food labeling when shopping?
In July of this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed controversial legislation blocking mandatory labeling of genetically modified food products. The bill also regulates the use of the term “natural” on food labels in addition to creating a federal “voluntary labeling standard.”
Can algae become the next soy?
Several companies see a bright future for plant protein, and for microalgae in particular. But whether this attractive protein source can muscle out a place for itself against heavyweights like soy and pea is an open question.
American trucking industry could lose 8.7 million jobs in automation revolution
The revolution in self-driving vehicles could see as many as 8.7 million Americans lose their jobs in the trucking industry alone. According to a report from BBC’s Rachel Nuwer, there are 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S. and a further 5.2 million additional personnel in the sector. However, small towns and communities that rely on truckers for business could see a sharp fall in economic activity.
10 things you need to know about the changing American consumer
American households - and eating habits - are changing, and food marketers need to catch up, says the Food Marketing Institute in its 2015 US Grocery Shopper Trends report
Supermarkets manufacturing food is 'a real threat'
Food and drink business failures are on the increase and supermarket plans to bring more manufacturing in-house could make the food industry even more cut-throat.
Why big food is fighting hard for mom bloggers' approval
Mom bloggers are changing American perceptions and market spend on what foods are desirable — for many bloggers, healthy eating is the core of their personal brand. Mom bloggers, more than women in the general population, express desires to buy foods that are organic (69 percent), locally grown (49 percent) and eco-friendly (87 percent), according to Scarborough Research.
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