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Nomad creates frozen-food giant with $781 million Findus buy
Bloomberg
Nomad Foods Ltd., a packaged foods company backed by entrepreneurs Martin E. Franklin and Noam Gottesman, is buying the continental European operations of Findus Group Ltd. for 500 million pounds ($781 million), adding to its scale as a frozen-food producer.
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Flowers Foods to acquire Dave's Killer Bread in $275 million deal
Food Navigator-USA
Georgia-based Flowers Foods has struck a deal to acquire Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread - the largest organic bread company in North America – for $275 million.
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Blue Bell is shipping ice cream again after a listeria outbreak
The New York Times
Back in April, employees at H-E-B’s grocery stores were scrambling to pull Blue Bell ice cream from their shelves. Come September, they may be rushing to put it back.
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It's not just Trump: Voter anger fuels outsider candidates
The Washington Post
This has become the summer of the political outsider, as a cast of interlopers upend and dominate the presidential nominating process in both parties. The surging candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are fueled by people’s anger with the status quo and desire for authenticity in political leaders.

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  • Trump way up in post-debate poll (The Hill)
  • Why Trump survives: His over-the-top response to Megyn Kelly is classic Donald (Politico)

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    Dems near Clinton panic mode
    The Hill
    Democrats are worried that the furor over Hillary Clinton’s private email server will be prolonged and intensified after her sudden move to hand it to the FBI.

    Related: Memo from Clinton campaign to supporters: Don't panic (Politico)

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    The 5 plausible GOP candidates
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    From a Democratic standpoint, a moderate-conservative Republican ticket representing the two largest swing states would be cause for concern.
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    POLICY


    Distillers make case for FSMA exemption
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    The U.S. alcohol industry is continuing to make its case that distillers should be exempt from the animal feed safety rules being developed by the FDA as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act. But there isn't much time left on the clock.
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    Genetically modified thanks?
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    The Grocery Manufacturers Association is giving a big pat on the back to two of the supporters of its bill to preempt state GMO labeling requirements, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which passed the House last month.
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    Producers appeal for WOTUS delay, as group warns of 'radical' increase in regulation
    Agri-Pulse
    The American Farm Bureau Federation released maps it said showed the new Clean Water Act rule would lead to a “radical” expansion in its jurisdiction, and another leading farm group called for the Obama administration to delay implementation of the measure.
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    USDA crop projections unexpectedly bearish
    Agri-Pulse
    Farmers are on track to see the second highest corn yield on record and harvest their third biggest crop ever, the Agriculture Department said in a report that surprised traders and sent market prices falling.

    Related: Corn futures plunge as U.S. unexpectedly raises forecast (Bloomberg)

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    Russia warns it could ban more foods
    CNN
    Russia, which has been squashing brie and other banned Western foods, may have to rev up the bulldozers again to keep pace with a growing list of prohibited imports.
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    Bird flu pushes egg prices to record highs, USDA says
    Bloomberg via Indianapolis Business Journal
    U.S. egg prices this year are at a record high following the worst bird-flu outbreak in history, according to a Department of Agriculture report.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    CDC researchers profile 10 years of E. coli O157 outbreaks
    Food Safety News
    Escherichia coli O157:H7 caused more outbreaks in the United States from 2003 through 2012 than during the previous 20 years, according to authors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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    Nestlé's confidence boosts investor sentiment
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Nestlé SA’s confident outlook and progress tackling its trouble spots boosted the Swiss food giant on Thursday despite reporting a 2.5 percent drop in net profit in a tough environment for global food manufacturers.
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    McDonald's to shrink by 59 restaurants in U.S. this year
    Bloomberg via Crain's Chicago Business
    McDonald's Corp. plans to shrink by 59 locations this year in the U.S. as the company cuts costs and tries to revive sales.
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    87 percent of consumers globally think non-GMO is 'healthier.' But where's the evidence?
    Food Navigator-USA
    A large consumer study from market researcher Health Focus International spanning 16 major consumer markets includes this pretty jaw-dropping statistic: 87 percent of consumers globally think non-GMO foods are "somewhat," or "a lot" healthier.
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    To cut food waste, Spain's solidarity fridge supplies endless leftovers
    NPR
    At a Basque restaurant nestled in the green hills just outside the Spanish city of Bilbao, head cook Itziar Eguileor gestures toward a dumpster out back. "This all used to go into the garbage," she says, lugging a huge pot of leftover boiled artichokes. "But now, these artichokes, we pack them in tupperware, load them into our old Land Rover and drive them over to Solidarity Fridge."
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    Frozen food: Once a door to the future, now a portal to the past
    Paste Magazine
    Flash-frozen food has been around for just shy of a century. The history of frozen food is braided with the advancement of household kitchen appliances beyond the once-luxurious refrigerator-freezer.
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    U.S. import prices fall 0.9 percent in July
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Prices for imported goods declined in July, a sign declining oil prices and a strong dollar are exerting downward pressure on inflation. Import prices decreased 0.9 percent in July from a month earlier, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected import prices to fall 1.1 percent in July from June.
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    Bumble Bee to pay $6 million for gruesome worker death
    CNN
    Bumble Bee Foods was ordered to pay $6 million for the 2012 death of a worker who was trapped inside an industrial oven, prosecutors said Wednesday.
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    Restaurants reinventing the burger
    Food Business News
    Burgers certainly haven’t lost their sizzle in the American diet, with 57 percent of consumers eating them at least weekly, according to Technomic, a Chicago-based industry tracker.
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