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Perdue Farms to acquire leading natural meat brands
Food Business News
Perdue Farms has entered into an agreement with the private equity firm LNK Partners to acquire Natural Food Holdings, owner of the Niman Ranch, SiouxPreme Packing and Prairie Grove pork businesses. Terms of the transaction were not released.
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USDA allocates $8 million for schools struggling to make healthier meals
The Hill
The Obama administration is allocating an additional $8 million to help schools that are still struggling to meet first lady Michelle Obama's prized nutrition standards.
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Green Giant is going to get a makeover
Food Business News
The cornerstone of B&G Foods’ strategy has been to acquire brands that may be considered “distressed” and make them relevant to consumers. That is the company’s strategy for the Green Giant, but the acquisition also is going to have a dramatic effect on B&G Foods.

Related: General Mills sells its Green Giant vegetable brand for $765 million (Food Bev)

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How Donald Trump rewired the 2016 campaign
Politico
In three short months, the real estate mogul has altered nearly every aspect of the GOP presidential race and left rivals like Jeb Bush scrambling to respond.

Related: Ben Carson's collision course with Donald Trump (Politico)

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Get ready for a 2nd GOP debate with even more fireworks
The Washington Post
The rapidly shifting dynamic of the 2016 presidential campaign will probably turn the second Republican debate into a far more contentious event than the first.
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Democrats pin Senate hopes on Hillary
The Hill
The battle for control of the Senate rests on the outcome of the presidential race, strategists in both parties say. Since 1860, no party has been able to climb out of the minority to capture the Senate during a presidential election year without also winning the White House.
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POLICY


Hoeven confident on relaxing whole grain, sodium rules for school meals
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Sen. John Hoeven is feeling good about being able to relax whole grain and sodium standards in school meals as part of the child nutrition reauthorization bill that's in the works.
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EU Parliament votes to ban cloning in food, marketing
Politico
The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to ban the cloning of animals for use in food, going beyond a Commission proposal. Citing food safety, the welfare of animals and ethical concerns, 529 members voted in favor, 120 against, with 57 abstentions.
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GMA asks for raw data from four consumer studies shaping Nutrition Facts overhaul
Food Chemical News
Food manufacturers are asking FDA for raw data from four key consumer studies that appear to be shaping FDA’s proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


McDonald's switching to cage-free eggs at U.S., Canada locations
Bloomberg
McDonald’s Corp. will switch to serving only cage-free eggs at its nearly 16,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada in the next decade, a bid to appeal to diners concerned about the origins of their food.
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Millennials lead food industry toward greener territory
Press Herald
More restaurants offer vegetarian dishes today than ever before. This trend is fueled by a number of consumer preferences, including a desire for greater health and an interest in ethical food. One of the most influential drivers is the millennial generation’s fondness for vegetarian meals.
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Details thin in Subway's antibiotic free chicken plans
Food Safety Magazine
Subway is joining a rapidly growing list of fast food restaurants choosing to serve antibiotic free chicken due to growing concern about antibiotic resistance from consumers.
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Food safety and quality more important than ever to consumers
WholeFoods Magazine
A new survey from Daymon Worldwide suggests that 50 percent of consumers are more concerned about food safety than they were five years ago, and these fears are playing out in some of their buying decisions when they go to the shelf.
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There are major differences between nutrition labels in the U.S. and Europe
Business Insider
While labels in the U.S. have been rigidly regulated since the early 1990s, the same level of uniformity was only recently introduced in Europe. Last December, the EU passed a comprehensive provision on the required content and presentation of nutrition labels, which will become mandatory in December 2016.
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Household food insecurity unimproved in 2014 despite economy
Agri-Pulse
Despite the improving economy, there was no meaningful decline in household food insecurity again last year. The Agriculture Department says that 14 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2014 - meaning that they had difficulty at some point during the year getting adequate nutrition. There was no statistically significant change in the rate from 2013 at 14.3 percent or 2012 at 14.5 percent.
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Small amount of ground beef recalled in NY for possible E. coli contamination
Food Safety News
Schrader Farms Meat Market of Romulus, NY, is recalling approximately 20 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday.

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