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B&G Foods in the lead to buy General Mills' Green Giant, sources say
Reuters via CNBC
Snack food company B&G Foods is in late-stage discussions to acquire General Mills' Green Giant frozen and canned vegetable business, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. If B&G prevails in the auction for Green Giant, it would expand beyond its shelf-stable snack food into the frozen food aisle. Its negotiations with General Mills are ongoing and there is no certainty a deal will be reached, the sources said.
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School lunches becoming healthier, statistics indicate
The New York Times
The humble school lunch, that staple of most every American child’s diet, has become healthier. That was the conclusion of a federal report released Thursday that showed that the nutritional profile of school meals in the United States had improved substantially since higher government standards went into effect in 2012.
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Nomad Foods reports £392 million loss as empire grows
Food Navigator
Nomad Foods, the new owner of frozen food company Iglo Group, has reported a £392 million loss in the six months to June 30 as the investment firm eyes other potential acquisitions.
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Raising taxes on the wealthy? Calling out income inequality? Meet the new GOP.
The Washington post
We're living in a time in which Americans feel like the economy is rigged against them. And it's not just Elizabeth Warren who's saying that (or at least suggesting it) these days.
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Democratic insiders: Joe Biden won't run
Politico
The vast majority of Democratic insiders from the early states don’t believe Joe Biden will run for president, despite evidence that he is seriously considering a 2016 bid.

Related: Clinton aims to end Biden talk (Politico)

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Rising Kasich threatens Bush
The Hill
Jeb Bush has a new nemesis, and it isn’t Donald Trump. Presidential hopeful, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), is quietly rising in the polls in New Hampshire, capitalizing on a strong debate performance where he seemed at ease in the spotlight.
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POLICY


Food industry tells Obama to drop the FSMA fees, again
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
A broad swath of food industry groups is once again asking the Obama administration to stop proposing food safety user fees to fund the Food Safety Modernization Act in its annual budget proposal.
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Ruling clears way for unions
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Contract workers and other temporary employees will be able to more easily unionize following a landmark ruling Thursday by a U.S. federal labor regulator.

Related: Labor board ruling eases way for fast-food unions' efforts (The New York Times)

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Judge blocks WOTUS rule one day before scheduled implementation
Agri-Pulse
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule from going into effect on Friday in a number of states, a victory for agricultural interests that had brought lawsuits to halt the rule.
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Berlin threatens a U.S.-Europe trade pact with GMO foods rejection
The Wall Street Journal
So much for Europe’s efforts to put the junk science surrounding genetically modified food to rest. Berlin this week signaled it will prohibit cultivation of GMO crops in Germany, even if the crops have been approved by EU scientific bodies and despite an attempt by Brussels to legalize them.
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France's food waste law scrapped on a technicality
Food Navigator
A law that would have forced French supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity has been scrapped on a legal technicality – but supermarkets are being urged to adopt it voluntarily and some have already pledged to do so.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Dole CEO, ex-president must pay $148 million over buyout
Bloomberg
Dole Food Co. Chief Executive Officer David Murdock and a former executive of the fresh-fruit producer were ordered to pay $148.1 million over allegations they drove down the value of the company so Murdock could take it private on the cheap in a $1.2 billion deal.
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USDA case study: Consumers seem to recognize the most dangerous outbreaks
Food Safety News
A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that consumers respond to foodborne illness outbreaks differently depending on the severity.
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Stop counting calories and start promoting nutritional value, urge researchers
Food Navigator
When it comes to cutting levels of obesity-related heart disease and death, it’s time to stop counting calories, and start to make simple changes that improve the nutritional value of diets, argue public health experts.
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Brain study unravels why ethical labelling increases willingness to pay
Food Navigator
Shoppers are willing to pay up to 30 percent more for ethically produced goods that carry the Fairtrade logo, according to a new brain study that suggests ethical foods produce a greater “reward signal.”
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Ag exports to drop slightly from FY 2015 but still strong, USDA says
Agri-Pulse
Agriculture exports for fiscal year 2016 are projected at $138.5 billion, down $1 billion from the revised $139.5 billion for the current year, USDA said in a report. Despite the expected decline, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a release that “the strong pace of American agricultural exports continues,” noting that FY 2015 and 2016 are forecast to be the third- and fourth-highest on record, respectively. FY 2016 starts Oct. 1.
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Tyson, McDonald's cut ties with TN chicken farm after video showing abuse
Food Safety News
Two major food corporations with well-known brands to protect have cut ties with a Tennessee chicken farm that finds itself the latest target of an animal abuse investigation by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals.
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Kapowsin Meats recalls pork product due to possible Salmonella contamination
USDA and FSIS
Kapowsin Meats, a Graham, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 523,380 pounds of pork products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

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