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TreeHouse Foods eyes $3 billion deal with private-label company
New York Post
TreeHouse Foods shareholders are hungry for a merger — and the company’s chief executive has promised them a tasty treat. Sam Reed, TreeHouse’s chairman, president and chief executive, quietly met with some of the packaged food company’s biggest investors to assure them he has a deal in the works, The Post has learned.
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Mondelez CEO stands by efforts to cut costs
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Mondelez International Inc., Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld has made aggressive moves to cut costs, boosting the snacks giant’s profit margins and stock price. But the arrival of a second major activist investor at the company is helping cement a widely held view on Wall Street: She could do more.
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Scientist: 'Vilification' of biotechnology risks food security
Agri-Pulse
One of the most distinguished scientists in the public policy sphere is warning that “the increasing vilification of GM foods as a marketing tool by the organic food industry” may be “the most counterproductive development” in the effort to increase food production to meet the needs of a population projected to approach 10 billion in 35 years.
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The GOP's big-money plan to save the Senate
Politico
Gov. Maggie Hassan isn’t a Senate candidate yet, and it’s not at all certain she ever will be. But New Hampshire television viewers may have a different impression. Five Republican outside groups have already dropped a staggering $2.5 million blasting Hassan, an attempt to damage her standing and potentially even scare her away from what would be one of the nation’s premier Senate races.
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Joe Biden is leaning toward a 2016 run
The Wall Street (subscriber story)
Vice President Joe Biden, who has long been considering a presidential bid, is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date, people familiar with the matter said.

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    Democrats plan to stick with fewer presidential debates
    The Wall Street Journal
    Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz stood by her party’s decision to sharply limit the number of presidential debates this election cycle.
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    The transportation funding plan that's set for a shunning this fall
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    When lawmakers return to D.C. in two weeks, they'll be looking to settle on a passable plan for funding transportation infrastructure years into the future. Senate leaders are of course partial to the proposal their chamber passed before departing, and many of their House counterparts are leaning toward raising money through a massive tax code overhaul.
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    The final (WOTUS) countdown
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    EPA's Clean Water Rule is set to take effect Friday, well, that is if the courts don't get to it first. Federal judges in Georgia, North Dakota and West Virginia are mulling whether to grant requests for an injunction on the rule from 24 states and the mining company Murray Energy (plaintiffs in three different lawsuits), and at least one has promised a decision before the big day.
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    Apple growers sour on bee-protective pesticide rules
    Food Chemical News
    U.S. apple growers are unconvinced by EPA's proposal to improve protections for commercial honeybees, suggesting the plan could harm the nation's $3 billion apple market by needlessly restricting pesticide uses.
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    McCormick completes Stubb's acquisition
    Food Business News
    McCormick & Co. has completed its purchase of One World Foods, Inc., the Austin, Texas-based seller of Stubb’s premium barbecue sauces, for a cash payment of approximately $100 million.
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    Extreme weather to cause extreme food shortages, task force finds
    USA Today
    Food shortages and price hikes caused by extreme weather will be three times more likely over the coming decades, according to a new report. The U.K.-U.S. Taskforce on Extreme Weather and Global Food System Resilience found that unless better planning, modeling and trade arrangements are put in place, massive disruptions to our food supply — the kind that usually only occur once a century — will happen every 30 years.
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    Chipotle plans 1-day, 4,000-worker hiring binge
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. plans to hire 4,000 employees in a single day next month, seeking to counter a tightening market for restaurant labor by dangling the possibility that high-performing recruits could someday earn six-figure salaries and stock in the burrito chain.
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    Why salad is so overrated
    The Washington Post
    As the world population grows, we have a pressing need to eat better and farm better, and those of us trying to figure out how to do those things have pointed at lots of different foods as problematic.
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    McDonald's up for a 2nd serving in Russia
    Gulf News
    McDonald’s is to open 20 new restaurants in Russia, as the world’s largest fast food company aims to expand its business in the market a year after it got caught in the middle of deteriorating relations between Moscow and Washington.
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    Frozen berries recall costs Patties Foods
    Business Spectator
    The Nanna's frozen berries Hepatitis A scare and subsequent recall has caused Patties Foods to log a headline profit decline of almost 90 percent.

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    Qatar banking on farms with no soil to help meet demand for food
    Bloomberg
    Only about 1 percent of Qatar land is prepared and ready for growing crops and 9 percent of the population works in agriculture, according to the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization. Imports make up 89 percent of domestic demand for chicken and 100 percent of its rice needs, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show.
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    Russia's war on western food: Detaining cheese, crushing frozen geese
    NPR
    Throughout the week, Russians have been watching scenes of destruction on the evening news. It's part of Russia's war against so-called contraband foods, as authorities crush, burn and bury Western food products.
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    How fast-food chains cook up new menu items
    The Wall Street Journal
    When it comes to introducing new menu items, fast-food chains say it’s important to keep one basic truth in mind: For every Egg McMuffin, there are plenty of Pastrami Burgers.
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    Meal routine helps lead to healthier diets, say researchers
    Food Navigator
    Having a set meal routine is one of the strongest factors associated with healthy diets, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition.
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    Americans are embracing more whole grains
    The Review
    Driven by a new awareness of healthy eating, increased demand for gluten-free products and a desire to spark up their kitchen routine, more Americans are reaching for exotic grains with mystifying names such as teff and triticale.
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    What are the hottest flavor trends for 2015/16? From Shishito peppers to Marcona almonds
    Food Navigator-USA
    What's hot and what's not in the world of flavors? Elaine Watson caught up with Greg Kaminski, executive research chef at Synergy Flavors, to get the lowdown on Marcona almonds, rhubarb, ginger, and Shishito peppers.
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    Investigation over into outbreak linked to recalled frozen tuna
    Food Safety News
    The investigation into a Salmonella outbreak which sickened at least 65 people from 11 states and hospitalized 11 of them is now over, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Editor’s note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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