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Big Food stocks and anti-GMO sentiment: Right to Choose gains strength
In the face of mass demonstrations, documentaries like "GMO OMG" and a torrent of irate consumers who have inundated the blogosphere with complaints and criticism of genetically modified organisms, food giants are responding with concessions.
Editor's Note: AFFI's 2013 Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 10-12, will feature an in-depth panel discussion by leading thought-leaders regarding GMO food package labeling. To register for the Summit, or for more information, please click here.
GMO opponents take protest on road (Voice of America)New England Naturals obtains non-GMO status (The Gourmet Retailer)
MIA from latest GMO battle: The organic and 'natural' elite (Food Consumer)
Computer woes hurt inspection of meat
The New York Times via The Columbus Dispatch
A troubled new computer system for the nation's 6,500 meatpacking and processing plants shut down for two days this month, putting at risk millions of pounds of beef, poultry, pork and lamb that had left the plants before workers could collect samples to check for E. coli bacteria and other contaminants.
2013 Frozen Food Processor of the Year nominations due soon
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine is now accepting nominations for their 2013 Frozen Foods Processor of the Year award. Food companies, A/E and design-build firms, suppliers or others qualified to provide a detailed rationale for a particular company or facility. Entries are due Sept. 1, and additional information on eligibility and selection criteria is available here.
Lone Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor hangs on
Sen. Mark Pryor might be the most vulnerable Democrat running for re-election in 2014, but he doesn't think the "D" by his name stands for "death knell." Now that's being bullish.
Editor's note: Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., will be a featured speaker at the AFFI Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 10-12 in Washington, D.C. For more information, or to register, please click here.
GOP polls: Landrieu vulnerable in 2014 (The Hill)
Democrats, for once, are rooting for McConnell in Senate primary (The Hill)
Opinion: Republican leaders pushing door open for immigration deal
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee, recently told a Wisconsin town-hall meeting that the House has plans to vote on immigration reform in October.
Gallup: Summer tough on Obama's numbers
There's no summer lovin' for President Barack Obama's poll numbers. Obama's job approval rating has shown a pattern of decline over the course of the summer months during his presidency, a Gallup analysis out Monday shows.
Regulation nation: Obama expands the regulatory state
President Barack Obama has overseen a dramatic expansion of the regulatory state that will outlast his time in the White House. The reach of the executive branch has advanced steadily on his watch, further solidifying the power of bureaucrats who churn out regulations that touch nearly every aspect of American life and business.
Researchers weigh the costs and benefits of food risk communication
Free movement of food ingredients in Europe raises food safety challenges for manufacturers — so what is the best way to avoid foodborne illness outbreaks and communicate risk with consumers?
Obesity's death toll could be higher than believed, study says
Los Angeles Times
Researchers at Columbia University find that 18.2 percent of premature deaths in the U.S. are associated with excessive body mass. The figure is almost four times higher than other estimates.
Food allergies a 'hidden disability' in schools for increasing number of students
Recent cases in both state appeals and federal trial courts around Michigan over life-threatening food allergies have drawn both attention and criticism over how schools deal with the condition.
Related: Campden BRI offers allergen guidance for industry (Food Quality News)
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Fast food workers call for nationwide walkout Aug. 29
The Washington Post
Emboldened by an outpouring of support on social media, low-wage fast food and retail workers from eight cities that staged walkouts earlier this year are calling for a national day of strikes Aug. 29.
What does Wal-Mart wish suppliers knew?
RetailWire via CPGmatters
Wal-Mart makes efforts to be transparent about the standards it demands of its suppliers (it has a 46-page manual available online), but the nuances of working successfully with the chain's buyers and merchandisers are more elusive.
Nestle's sales slowdown seen leading to fewer brands
Nestle SA, the world's biggest food company, needs to reignite sales that have disappointed investors for four straight quarters. One solution: Get smaller. The company is "actively looking" at its 8,000 brands, seeking to identify the laggards after posting its weakest quarterly revenue growth in four years.
Oklahoma police fund sues Dole CEO over buyout
Dole Food Inc. CEO David Murdock was sued Friday by an Oklahoma police pension fund over his buyout that values the fresh fruit and vegetable producer and marketer at about $1.21 billion.
Food Lion's new CEO: 'We just have to get better'
Beth Newlands Campbell is going back to the basics in her attempt to turn Food Lion around: clean stores, fresh produce, helpful associates and consistency from store to store. But Newlands Campbell, the grocer's CEO since December, said she agrees with industry analysts who say that won't be enough.
Volatility squeezing global private label supply chain
In simple terms, the world of private label is changing. Unfortunately, it's becoming more complex.
Consumers shift away from healthy products in transparent packages
Food Production Daily
Transparent packaging for food is reportedly more attractive to consumers than opaque food containers, but consumers tend to shift away from healthy products in open-window packages.
BPA, phthalates tied to kids' weight, diabetes risk
Children exposed to two chemicals commonly used in food packaging are more likely to be obese or show signs of diabetes precursors than those with lower exposure, new research suggests.
Grubhub, Seamless team up to serve online food
Matthew Maloney, chief executive officer at Grubhub Seamless, talks with Betty Lu about the completion of the merger joining the two online food ordering services and what is next for the combined company.
Smashburger wants to be 'Starbucks of burgers'
Smashburger thinks it can become a fast food force by being the un-McDonald's of burger joints. It's all about better burgers, unconventional sides and savvy social media marketing.
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