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ConAgra Foods names Darren Serrao chief growth officer
ConAgra Foods Inc., announced Darren Serrao has been appointed to the new position of chief growth officer, effective today, August 17, 2015. Serrao will report to chief executive officer, Sean Connolly.
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Large food firms back voluntary plan to stop land grabbing
Global food giants and international NGOs have drafted a framework to prevent land grabs just as hedge funds, companies and plantation owners race to acquire new territory.
More grab-and-go, high-protein breakfast items needed to fight chronic diseases, researcher says
New research showing high protein breakfasts can prevent weight gain, curb hunger pangs and stabilize glucose levels reveals unmet needs in the marketplace and opportunities for packaged food manufacturers, according to the lead investigator.
Trump towers over field in social media
GOP front-runner Donald Trump is dominating his rivals on social media, with the most followers on two of the top three platforms. The controversial businessman, who’s vaulted to the top of the GOP polls, has more than 3 million likes on Facebook — nearly 1 million over the nearest Republican, Dr. Ben Carson, on the most popular social network.
Clinton embraces the left
Hillary Clinton is embracing the left.
The Democratic presidential front-runner has long come under fire from liberals for what they consider a hawkish approach to national security and a too-cozy relationship with banks and other well-heeled interests.
Hillary's email problems just won't go away
Hillary Clinton’s email problem is a "drip,drip,drip" that just won’t stop. On Monday, it turned into a steady trickle.
As the Democratic front-runner tried to shift attention to policy issues and the retail politics of Iowa, a series of developments in court and on Capitol Hill showed that Clinton’s email saga is unlikely to end soon.
Hillary’s e-mail server troubles skew recent coverage negative (The Washington Post)
The Daily 202: Hillary Clinton’s email problems are deja vu, Democrats worry (The Washington Post)
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Survey shows surge in support for school nutrition standards
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Add a feather to the cap of those who have been fighting for strong
nutrition standards in school meals. A new national survey commissioned
by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation shows 86 percent of people support the
current requirements, with 88 percent in favor of government-funded
Three senators persist in push for onfarm antibiotics data
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
After months waiting in vain for a formal response, Sens. Dianne Feinstein,
Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren have sent another letter to the
USDA, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Defense
Department seeking information on how the Obama administration's
Interagency Task Force on antibiotic resistance plans to shape policy to
collect more data on antibiotic use in food animals.
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USDA sees mixed signals from Mexico on GMOs
Food Chemical News
Mexico sends mixed signals in its attitude towards the cultivation of genetically modified crops, according to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. The country is developing drought-tolerant crops and traits allowing a reduction in fertilizer and herbicide use as well as GM trees. But, in 2013, the only GM crop in commercial production in Mexico was Monsanto's glyphosate-tolerant MON88913 cotton.
More Americans support farm-to-school programs, report says
Nearly nine out of 10 people want to see an increase in farm-to-school food programming in the U.S., according to national survey results released Tuesday.
Steep VQIP fees likely to shut out small importers, says Specialty Foods Association
Food Chemical News
Large importers can afford to participate in FDA’s Voluntary Quality Importer Program, but many small and mid-sized importers may never get the chance because the price tag is so steep, says the Specialty Foods Association.
Former NYPD Chief Kelly joins board of Natural-Foods Company Hain Celestial
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Hain Celestial Group Inc., said Tuesday that former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has joined its board, while the natural-foods company reported a 20 percent jump in sales in its latest quarter.
Beef prevails on menus despite drought, higher costs
Nation's Restaurant News
Reports of the demise of beef on restaurant bills of fare have been greatly exaggerated. Despite ongoing concerns regarding drought conditions and resulting higher costs, the use of beef in foodservice remains strong and steady.
Consumer behavior has shifted from 'shopaholic' to 'saveaholic'
Food Production Daily
One challenge for companies in the next 15 to 20 years will be to develop products with customers, not for them, according to Jörgen Jedbratt, trend forecaster, Kairos Future research and consulting firm, Stockholm.
Uncertainty slowing progress of food industry's on-line efforts
Food Business News
If one word was needed to sum up the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s Leadership Forum, held Aug. 14-16 in Colorado Springs, it would be uncertainty. Much of the meeting’s agenda focused on e-commerce, e-tailing and digital marketing, and it’s clear many company leaders are frustrated by the lack of clarity in the market.
Related: Working with Amazon: Welcome to the jungle (Food Business News)
McDonald's ranks No. 1 for 'Breakfastarians'
Las Vegas Review-Journal
McDonald's Corp, which is expected to offer all-day breakfasts starting this fall to turn around slumping U.S. sales, is the top choice for "Breakfastarians," who crave breakfast food at any hour, according to a new survey obtained by Reuters on Monday.
Despite Nestles woes, food companies continue to bet on India
Nestle’s tussle with India’s food regulator does not seem to have dented the confidence of multi-national firms in India’s lucrative packaged food market. American food major Kellogg, the world's largest cereal maker, on Monday announced it would set up a research & development center and a manufacturing facility in India - its third in the country.
'Evenings' at Starbucks: Coffee shop to sell wine, craft beer, small plates
After several years of cautiously testing the viability of selling beverages stiffer than a double shot of espresso, Starbucks is accelerating its effort to sell wine and craft beer in its U.S. stores. The company on Wednesday will begin selling wine and beer, along with the sale of small plates such as bacon-wrapped dates and truffle mac ‘n cheese, at two dozen new locations across the U.S., Starbucks officials said.
U.S. pork demand climbs as big pig herd pressures prices
Reuters via CNBC
Two years after a devastating swine virus killed nearly 10 percent of U.S. hogs, farmers who built up herds to compensate are faced with a sober realization: They've produced too much bacon.
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