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How millennials are changing food as we know it
Forbes
A report released this summer by Jeffries Alix Partners, "Trouble in Aisle 5," looks at the impact the generation born between 1982 and 2001 — otherwise known as the millennials — will have on the grocery market as they continue to mature into people with money and families. Fresh, healthy and specialty foods stand to prosper, according to the report. More
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Food safety excluded from 2012 Democratic party platform
Food Safety News
Republicans kept their platform secret until it was adopted by the 2012 party convention in Tampa, Fla. It was not until after it was released that we learned it contained nothing about food safety. This week, Democrats released their platform as the party convention began Charlotte, N.C. This one also does not contain any plans regarding food safety. More
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Lunch trays got too thin in fight against fat
The New York Times
Worried that children were losing the war on obesity, New York City began to slim down its school lunch offerings several years ago, replacing fries with baked potato strips and introducing nonfat chocolate milk, whole grain pasta and salad bars, among other tweaks. In the process, the city also cut calories. So much so, city officials now acknowledge, that it often served children fewer calories than required by the federal government.

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    Poll: Mitt Romney's favorables up after RNC
    POLITICO
    Mitt Romney is closing the favorability gap with President Barack Obama, shrinking the president's 14-point lead in April to a 4-point lead after the Republican national convention, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll released Tuesday.

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    Messina: Neither candidate will clear 50 percent in some states
    POLITICO
    Former Congressman Virgil Goode has been granted a spot on the Virginia ballot despite a move by Republicans to keep him off, an issue that Obama campaign manager Jim Messina made clear he is mindful of at a Bloomberg News breakfast this morning. More
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    What is Obama's second-term plan?
    The Washington Post
    There is always one big question at the opening of a political convention, different for each time and place, but something that consumes most of the discussion. In Tampa, it was whether Mitt Romney could warm up his image. In Charlotte, it is whether President Barack Obama will outline a second-term agenda with any more clarity than he has done. More
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    Oxfam: Food prices might soar as climate changes
    Bloomberg
    Jumps in food prices may be larger in the future as extreme weather events linked to climate change affect production, charity Oxfam International said. The impact of climate change on food prices may have been underestimated because most studies focus on how long-term temperature and rainfall changes affect farming, ignoring extreme events, Oxfam said today in a report.

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    USDA predicts farm exports will reach historic highs in 2013
    USAgNet
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's export forecast for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 shows a level of agricultural exports unmatched in the nation's history.

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    Food fight fallout may drift over Maine
    The Portland Press Herald
    A multimillion-dollar referendum food fight is heating up in California, where citizens have secured a ballot question asking voters if they want foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled. Should the citizens' initiative succeed at the ballot box, experts say the impact will be felt across the nation, including in Maine.

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    Bloomberg makes final push for soda ban proposal
    amNY
    With the New York City Health Department expected to pass the supersized-soda ban next week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been making a final push to sell New Yorkers on his health initiative. The mayor reiterated Tuesday that he's not looking to take away choice from consumers by prohibiting the sale of sugary drinks greater than 16 ounces from restaurants and most stores. More
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    US trade envoy confident about TPP
    The Wall Street Journal
    The top U.S. trade negotiator said he doesn't see plans for an Asia-only trade pact that would bind China and Japan to other economies throughout the region as a threat to U.S. economic interests. Instead, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said he wants to accelerate efforts to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which includes a handful of Southeast Asian countries but excludes China and Japan, at least for now. More
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    Foreign Ag Service continues specialty crops grant program
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Foreign Agricultural Service is seeking to extend its Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops, a program that requires grant-seeking entities to submit information and project proposals according to an established timeline. More
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    Meeting set to discuss fish, fishery products prior to Codex summit
    Office of the Federal Register
    Officials with USDA, NOAA and the FDA have planned a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 6, to discuss the U.S. positions on topics related to fish and fishery products in advance of the Codex committee meeting in Indonesia Oct. 1-5. More
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    Mintel: Products with low/no/reduced sodium claims on decline
    Drug Store News
    It seems the number of products touting low/no/reduced sodium claims have declined during the past few years, despite the increased awareness about risks of over-consumption. More
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    Discount food shoppers boost Dollar General earnings 47 percent
    Proactive Investors
    Dollar General Corp. Wednesday posted a higher quarterly profit and raised its earnings forecast for the year as more shoppers sought low-priced food and other basic goods. For the second quarter ended Aug. 3, the discount retailer earned $214.1 million, or 64 cents per share, up from $146 million, or 42 cents per share, a year earlier. More
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    Smithfield earnings fall 25 percent on higher costs
    The Wall Street Journal
    Smithfield Foods Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings dropped 25 percent as the pork producer saw weaker results from its fresh pork business and higher costs weigh on margins. More
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    Maersk: West Coast capacity tight if East Coast ports close
    The Journal of Commerce
    Capacity going through U.S. West Coast ports will be in short supply if the mooted International Longshoremen's Association strike or lockout at East Coast ports forces cargo to be diverted, according to the world's largest container line. More
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    Diesel, gas prices continue upward
    Truckinginfo
    Diesel prices are up an average of 3.8 cents per gallon this week, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, to $4.127 nationwide, while gasoline prices jumped by 6.7 cents per gallon. More
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    New Orleans terminals resume full operations
    The Journal of Commerce
    All terminals and gatehouses at the Port of New Orleans were operating on normal schedules Tuesday, following disruptions caused by Hurricane Isaac last week. More
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    Digital temperature recorder tracks inter-company, cross-dock transfers
    Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    Cargo Data Corp. has released the low-cost Orange Wedge digital temperature recorder designed specifically for monitoring inter-company transfers and cross-dock movements in the perishable food industry. More
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    New commercial team for Co-op Food
    Talking Retail
    The Co-operative Food is strengthening its senior management team with the appointment of three new heads of commercial trading, including Ian Martin, formerly of Asda, who will take up the role of head of commercial trading for beers, wines and spirits, tobacco and frozen food. More
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    Let metrics lead the way to improve your business
    CPGmatters
    Managing a business using such metrics creates tremendous advantages. You are able to identify issues before they get too far out of control and make mid-course adjustments. You can obtain clearer insights into the direction your business is heading (good or bad) and the reasons behind it. More
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