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Squeezed by consumers' focus on fresh foods, Heinz revamps frozen meals
A recent slump in frozen food sales has put more pressure on Heinz and others in the industry to revamp products. And it comes at a time when the new owners of Heinz, which was taken private in a $28 billion buyout last year by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, are intent on boosting profitability.
Burger King in talks to buy Tim Hortons, move to Canada
Burger King is in talks to buy Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons and move its domicile to Canada in a tax inversion play of the type already troubling to the U.S. Treasury.
Momentum builds to keep fraudulent food off store shelves
Chemical & Engineering News
The alarm bells have been sounding for a long time, but only in the past few years have consumers, regulators and companies started to wrestle seriously with the problem of food fraud. Faced with mounting scandals, the food industry looks for ways to prevent the next one from happening.
'Disconnected Obama' needs to change conversation to help party in midterms
The Washington Post
From the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, to the airstrikes in Iraq, the ongoing tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East, and the execution of American journalist James Foley, it's been a tough few weeks for the country — and for its leader.
Democrats hold money lead, but face stiff headwinds this election cycle
Bolstered by a savvy online operation, Democrats on Capitol Hill have vastly out-raised Republicans on the campaign trail this election cycle. But the financial advantage has hardly put the Democrats in the driver's seat ahead of the looming midterms.
It's on: Brown vs. Shaheen (and Obama)
New Hampshire suddenly has a real Senate race. For months, Democrats have pooh-poohed Scott Brown's campaign and touted the vaunted machine of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. But relentless attacks in recent weeks have given Brown's campaign new life.
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WTO panel decides against US in meat labeling dispute
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The U.S. has lost a key round at the World Trade Organization in a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico over meat labeling, according to people familiar with the WTO's findings.
Related: Sources: WTO ruled against US over COOL rules (Food Safety News)
Heinz recall brings food tracking issue to the fore in China
The entanglement of H.J. Heinz Co. in China's latest food scare highlights a key concern for international and local firms: how to keep track of ingredients from diverse sources in a country where food supply tracing technologies are far from the norm.
Related: From tainted food to painted food: China's latest food scandal (The Wall Street Journal)
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GMOs: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
At a time when 59 percent of Americans (at a minimum) now turn to the Internet for nutritional advice, the top 10 GMO opposition groups maintain more than 1 million Twitter followers, 2 million Facebook likes and 80,000 YouTube subscribers. All of this is happening despite the fact that every crop we eat has been through millennia of human-induced genetic modification.
Related: The pros and cons of GMOs (Labmate)
FDA warning letters: Food makers under scrutiny
Food Safety News
A relatively large number of food producers received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since Food Safety News' last update.
Highway use tax returns due soon
The IRS is reminding truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that they may need to file their next federal highway use tax return by Tuesday, Sept. 2.
McDonald's changes US division leadership for second time in 2 years
McDonald's, the world's largest hamburger restaurant chain, named former McDonald's executive Mike Andres as president of McDonald's USA, replacing Jeff Stratton, who had been in the job since December 2012.
Why don't millennials like fast food?
JPMorgan Senior Economist Jim Glassman and "Buyology - Truth and Lies About What We Want" author Martin Lindstrom discuss Fed policy, tax inversion and fast food.
Soybeans slump to lowest since 2010 on record US crop
Soybeans slumped to the lowest level since 2010 on expectations farmers in the U.S. will harvest a record crop.
How reversible air flow evaporators reduce freezing time
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Refrigeration's most important application is the preservation of food. Here's how reversible air flow evaporators help cold food processors achieve longer freezing times and a variation in product quality based on placement in the freezer.
A way to innovate — with less risk
Food retailers could fund entrepreneurs to gain an inside track on ideas for their stores.
Cargill accuses former executive of stealing trade secrets
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Cargill sued a former executive of its meatpacking division, alleging he stole trade secrets before resigning to join rival JBS this month.
New research: G8 Frozen Food market report
The G8 Frozen Food industry guide provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information, including market share and market size (value and volume 2008-12, and forecast to 2017). The guide also contains descriptions of the leading companies including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the market.
Big data applications enhance the customer experience
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
PROS, a big data software company, announced that Brasil Foods selected PROS big data applications to support its customer experience and price effectiveness initiatives.
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