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Natural vs. organic: What's the difference, and do shoppers care?
How clean is your label, and who decides — plaintiff's attorneys or Whole Foods Market? Are "all-natural" claims still resonating with consumers or are other on-pack cues more important? And do shoppers understand the difference between natural and organic claims?
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Coming to your dinner table: California's drought
California — a state whose natural condition is "extra dry" — is suffering an epic drought, with water supplies being stretched among a growing population and a significant portion of U.S. food agriculture. What would a dramatic scale-back in California's ag production do to the state — and the rest of us?
Grass-fed waste: Thousands of pounds of gourmet beef trashed in recall fallout
Takepart via Yahoo News
Roughly 60,000 pounds of meat: That's about how much grass-fed beef world-famous BN Ranch was forced to junk just over a week ago, all because it was processed at the now-defunct Rancho Feeding Corp., which is at the center of a recall incident that has led to criminal charges.
Related: Niman dumps 30 tons of meat caught up in recall (KQED)
McConnell's plan to shut down Obama
Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration's policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.
Small business owners aiming to unseat incumbents in midterms, poll shows
The Washington Post
Most small business owners, like so many other Americans, are less than pleased with the way their lawmakers have been representing them in Washington — and that could make re-election all the more difficult for some incumbents this fall.
GOP establishment favorite wins Alaska Senate primary
Former Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan has won his GOP Senate primary, setting up a key battle with vulnerable Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska.
Blueberries are a boon for kid-friendly, mom-approved beverages. Beverage formulators put blueberries on the label and benefit from the image as a healthy, delicious fruit full of natural goodness and the associations of comfort food. Blueberries impart lush flavor in juices, beverages and teas as is or combined with other fruits. Blueberry juice, puree and other liquid blueberry products are available year round.
U. S. Highbush Blueberry Council
Global Food Traceability Center issues best practice guidance
The Institute of Food Technologists Global Food Traceability Center this week issued a guidance document on the best practices in food traceability, offering a comprehensive framework for six food industry sectors — bakery, dairy, meat and poultry, processed foods, produce and seafood.
NYC councilman calls for stricter nutrition for kids' meals that offer toys
New York Daily News
New York City Councilman Ben Kallos is set to introduce a bill Thursday that would bar fast food joints from offering free toys, coupons and other incentives with a kids' meal if the food served contains more than 500 calories and more than 600 mg of sodium.
Trade association wants FDA to change, reissue FSMA transport rule
Food Safety News
The National Grain and Feed Association wants the Food and Drug Administration to make significant changes to its proposed rule for sanitary food transportation under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Yea or nay? Perceptions of school meals since healthy meal makeovers
Michigan State University
The passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 created the first update in school nutrition standards in over 30 years. Despite the negative media reports of famished students and concerned parents, a study in the Journal of Childhood Obesity indicates greater support for the new meals among students one year after implementation.
Related: Kids still not eating recommended amount of vegetables, fruit (SFGate)
Food fraud: It's what's for dinner?
What's for dinner would seem to be one of life's more straightforward questions. However, the answer to that question isn't as simple as it once was.
The going gets tough for multinational companies in China
A combination of factors such as a slowing Chinese economy, rising costs, lethal competition and increased government scrutiny are changing the dynamics of business for MNCs in China. How should they cope?
The salt libel
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
We were told the science was settled. Yet new research suggests that salt is not nearly as dangerous as the government medical establishment has been proclaiming for many decades — and a low-salt diet may itself be risky. Other than how to season tonight's dinner, perhaps there's a lesson here about politics and the scientific method.
J.M. Smucker strives to save water, curb landfill waste and reduce greenhouse gases companywide
The Plain Dealer
As a 115-year food manufacturer run by fourth- and fifth-generation family members, the J.M. Smucker Co. said it is especially committed to becoming a more environmentally conscious, socially responsible company.
Campbell Soup the target of deal speculation
Options traders are doubling down on bets that Campbell Soup Co. is the next big takeover candidate.
Could technology replace food expiration dates?
What if individual food items had smart labels that gave consumers the information — beyond simple expiration dates — to determine whether something is safe to eat from the moment they pick it up at the store? Technology could be the answer to foodborne illness and food waste.
Gallup: US avoiding fat over carbs; still too much federal emphasis on low fat?
Nearly twice as many Americans say they are actively trying to avoid fat in their diet (56 percent) as those who say they're actively avoiding carbohydrates (29 percent), according to a Gallup Consumption survey of 1,013 adults conducted last month. Still, fewer Americans are avoiding fat now than a decade ago.
5 tips to make your food product packaging protectable
Food Production Daily
Store shelves are crowded with an ever-increasing variety of eye-catching and interesting product packaging, all in an attempt to lure a customer bewildered by choice. Is that packaging part of a food maker's trademark? Lawsuits could decide the issue.
Make quality an important part of your warehouse
The process of recognizing quality has been applied for many decades. , WERC launched its "warehouse facility certification" as a 21st-century equivalent of the Good Housekeeping seal. Quality is the result of eliminating defects. It is important to avoid confusing quantity with quality.
Paleo boom or bust? The Primal Kitchen hungry for US expansion
Bakery & Snacks
Expanding into the U.S. snack sector needs to happen now or never, and CrossFit could be the way in, says the founder of U.K. Paleo bar start-up The Primal Kitchen.
Wholesale club becomes pioneer in EPA's Food Recovery Challenge
The U.S. EPA says BJ's Wholesale Club is the first wholesale club and the most recent participant in EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, a national initiative aimed at encouraging businesses and institutions to actively participate in food waste prevention, surplus food donation and food waste diversion from landfill or incineration.
GTI, Refrigerated Transport Electronics form strategic partnership
Globe Tracker International via Ferret
Globe Tracker International, a leader in global trade data sharing, autonomous asset tracking and monitoring and related data analytics, has entered into a partnership with Refrigerated Transport Electronics, a developer and manufacturer of innovative monitoring products for the intermodal refrigerated container industry.
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