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A fast food chain's quest to turn gardening into good business
Fast Company's Co.Exist
McDonald's, take note: A regional fast food chain called B. Good is showing how onsite gardening can make sense for quick-serve restaurants.
Related: Why Bill Ackman has a big appetite for fast food chains (International Business Times)
Get your name in the running for 2013 Frozen Food Processor of the Year
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.
Farm, food groups want better oversight of GMO field trials
More than 150 U.S. farm and food businesses and organizations on Wednesday called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to strengthen its oversight of field trials of experimental, genetically modified crops.
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.
Republicans need to win North Carolina, but so far, they've stumbled
The Washington Post
Rep. Virginia Foxx became the latest Republican to pass on the North Carolina Senate race Tuesday. "I already have the best job in North Carolina," Foxx said in a statement. So, why aren't Republicans lining up to run against Sen. Kay Hagan (D), who is among the 2014 cycle's most vulnerable incumbents?
The great Democratic hope: Government shutdown
They'd never say it publicly. But catch many Democrats in an honest moment and they would admit that a Republican-led government shut down this fall might be the best thing — perhaps the only thing — that could revive their fading hopes of capturing the House next year.
DNC fundraising hits the skids
The Democratic National Committee is in the middle of its worst fundraising year in a decade. The committee's 2013 cash pace is lagging behind even for a typical off-year, according to a POLITICO analysis of the DNC's fundraising. And it has barely made a dent in paying down election year debt nearly 10 months after President Barack Obama was re-elected.
GOP to probe Obama's climate plans
House Republicans have scheduled their first big hearing on President Barack Obama's sweeping second-term climate change agenda: The Energy and Commerce Committee has invited officials from 13 agencies to a Sept. 18 hearing on the executive actions Obama unveiled in late June.
Business groups urge court not to reconsider NLRB poster rule
Law360 (subscription required)
The coalition of business groups that successfully challenged in the D.C. Circuit the National Labor Relations Board's rule requiring employers to display posters about workers' right to unionize urged the appeals court Tuesday to reject the labor board's bid for a rehearing.
Related: Ruling on top lawyer adds to NLRB questions (The Wall Street Journal)
FDA proceeds with fortified snack food study, but drops grocery component
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
FDA moved closer to launching a study that will test whether consumers who substitute fortified candies, beverages and snacks for more nutritious foods believe they're following a nutritionally sound diet.
Opinion: Why are industrial chemicals in food not safety-tested?
NRDC via Yahoo News
Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist with the NRDC, tackles the topic of food additives and safety testing.
Opinion: Ideology, disease and Big OJ clash over our breakfast
Beef might be what's for dinner, but at breakfast, orange juice is king. Americans love their oranges — so much so that nearly 70 percent of American households buy orange juice. But they may be in for a shock.
Supply chain professionals 'flock' to e-commerce
The growth of e-commerce is causing a "headache" for the retail sector because it is sucking up supply chain professionals, according to a report.
Whole Foods' battle for the organic shopper
The Wall Street Journal
Whole Foods wants to shed its "whole paycheck" reputation: The grocer is ramping up discounts and moving beyond grass-fed beef to offer lower-priced items and appeal to a wider segment of shoppers.
PepsiCo's possible pounce a strong signal of snack expansion
Market-watchers in India have recently been speculating that PepsiCo is poised to make a bid for an Indian crisp manufacturer as a means to grab greater control of snacks in developing Asian markets.
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How one company crafted an alternative to bad school lunch
Growing up in a family of five children, Justin Gagnon had to prepare his own bag lunch. School food was a rare treat, and it inspired Gagnon in his role as CEO of Choicelunch, a California-based lunch delivery service catering to schools.
Montana improving school lunch at one of the fastest rates in US (MTPR)
Know your food allergy rights in schools (Allergic Living)
Nearly 250 Heinz jobs under threat in UK, Ireland
Heinz has said it may cut 248 office jobs across the U.K. and Ireland, as part of its transition to a private company. The cuts are in addition to a 600-job trimming the company announced for North America a week ago.
Hormel Foods profit misses Street as pork costs rise
Hormel Foods Corp., the maker of Spam canned ham, reported a weaker-than-expected profit in the third quarter, hurt by higher pork and feed costs.
Diamond Foods to pay $11 million to settle investor suit
Diamond Foods Inc. has agreed to pay $11 million in cash to settle a class-action lawsuit over accounting errors that led to earnings restatements and ended its bid for the Pringles potato-chip brand.
Arkansas poultry plant to shut down
Pilgrim's Pride has officially announced that it will stop production at its Batesville, Ark., plant within two months, according to Larry Jones for Independence County Economic Development.
Canada: Region keen on attracting processing plants
Food Production Daily
Food processing is booming business, motivating local leaders in Ontario, Canada, to revive a Rural Economic Development initiative to entice production plants to the region.
Trimming trans fat: Kraft-backed research proposes cellulosic gel replacer
A novel food-grade oleogel made of cellulosic polymer, surfactant and oil could be used to substitute trans fats in foods, according to new research backed by Kraft Foods.
Related: Producers strive to build a better oil (Food Production Daily)
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