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Kroger to launch store brand for 'foodies'
Food Business News
The Kroger Co. is launching a new store brand called Hemisfares. Billed as a “journey of epicurean proportions,” the brand is expected to appeal to millennials and foodies, said Rodney McMullen, chairman and chief executive officer of Kroger.
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Green Giant under B&G Foods needs to counter millennial preference for freshness
Mention Green Giant and those old enough to remember will probably recite the famous jingle: “Ho-ho-ho … Green Giant!” B&G Foods Inc.’s decision to purchase the brand — along with Le Sueur, best known for silver cans of peas — might have consumers singing all the way to the packaged vegetable sections. But first, the company has to overcome negative perceptions about frozen and canned foods, as well as a trend among millennials favoring fresh fruits and vegetables.
How fast food is reinventing itself as healthy and caring
Public health campaigners, scholars, dietitians, journalists, politicians, filmmakers, celebrity chefs and the public frequently lambaste fast food corporations for causing and exacerbating the global obesity "crisis." It is hardly surprising then that the global food and drink industry (also described by critics as "big food") is keen to promote itself as "part of the solution."
McConnell's fall mandate: Keep calm, avert catastrophe
Mitch McConnell wants his party playing the long game.
To hear the Senate majority leader tell it, Republicans have a real chance to achieve a wish-list of conservative action items — but most of it will have to wait until 2017, when a Republican president takes office.
Poll: Trump, Carson top GOP race; Clinton leads Dems but support drops
The Washington Post
Two non-politicians, businessman Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, dominate the contest for the Republican nomination, together accounting for more than half of the potential vote as support for traditional politicians continues to decline, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The key to winning down-ballot races
Doown-ballot races are increasingly decided by who wins the White House. To grasp this fact, it’s best to focus on two numbers: 6 percent and .781. The first number is the total percentage of House districts that voted for different parties for president and for U.S. House in 2012. It was the lowest percentage in nearly a century.
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FDA issues draft guidance for calorie menu labeling
The Food and Drug Administration today released a draft guidance document to help chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations comply with a new rule that requires calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards.
U.S. threatens South Africa with trade suspension
Global Meat News
The U.S. is threatening to suspend South Africa from a trade scheme after repeated delays in allowing US meat exports to South Africa to resume.
Don't let lobbyists decide what your children eat at school
The Washington Post
Five years ago, Congress brought some healthfulness to the National School Lunch Program , which spends more than $10 billion a year to feed about 30 million K-12 students. The law is up for renewal this month, and the School Lunch Industrial Complex is trying to make it less healthful again. Its arguments in favor of lowering nutritional quality for the nation’s children don’t add up, and Congress should reject them.
Latvia becomes latest EU country to ban trans fats
Latvia has banned the use of trans fats in domestically produced and imported food, joining ranks with Austria, Hungary and Denmark - but campaigners are pushing for an EU-wide ban.
Court stings EPA approval of Dow pesticide, citing need for more bee research
The U.S. 9th Circuit of Appeals vacated the EPA's approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor, concluding that the agency violated federal law when it approved the registration without additional studies regarding potential impact on honeybees.
Senators to chew over school lunch regulations
The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee will meet next week to mark up legislation to reauthorize the child nutrition programs and related standards that first lady Michele Obama championed in 2010 to make school meals healthier.
Related: Senators struggle to reach deal on school nutrition (Agri-Pulse)
Consumers and lawmakers take steps to end forced labor in fishing
New York Times
Federal lawmakers, State Department officials, fishing and pet food companies, and class-action lawyers are stepping up efforts to combat forced labor at sea. Last week, a group of consumers filed a class-action lawsuit in California against Mars, accusing the company, among the biggest producers of seafood-based pet food in the world, of failing to disclose its dependence on forced labor.
How Luvo is bringing the heat to frozen foods
When Luvo debuted on our Most Innovative Companies list in 2014, the startup had just recruited ex-Lululemon CEO Christine Day to lead its efforts to bring healthful, low-calorie meals to the arctic aisle. Luvo, now sold in more than 5,000 store locations, managed to double its sales within the past year — in part by attracting consumers to its mission.
Research shows GE plants produce proteins able to reduce E. Coli on food
Food Safety News
A team of scientists is genetically engineering plants to produce antimicrobial proteins known as colicins, which can then be extracted and applied to contaminated meat and produce to kill E. coli bacteria. In a study published earlier this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team engineered tobacco, leafy beets, spinach, chicory and lettuce to produce colicins.
WhiteWave explores more plant-based categories
WhiteWave Foods said it has identified almost $3 billion of additional plant-based product potential in creamers, ice cream, yogurts and future innovations. The company has continued to expand its reach in the plant-based food and beverage markets well beyond the category staple, almond milk.
Related: WhiteWave Foods identifies $2.7 billion opportunity in plant-based foods beyond beverages (Food Navigator-USA)
Survey: Mexican food straddles foreign, U.S. cuisines
Nation's Restaurant News
Mexican food holds a unique position in the American culinary scene. It is ethnic but mainstream, exotic but also partly homegrown and, according to a recent study by the National Restaurant Association, eaten regularly by about half of those surveyed
New super-foods, from baobab to turkey tail, come with promises and caveats
Los Angeles Times
When acai is at Wal-Mart and bags of quinoa and chia seeds line the aisles of Costco, it's clear that super-foods have officially reached the masses. These supposedly nutritionally potent foods, which have grown for thousands of years in the Amazonian rainforest, the swamps of Trinidad or the Andean region of Peru, have found their way into American supermarkets and pantries.
For grocers, Southern California is an irresistible – and cutthroat – market
Los Angeles Times
The bold Southern California expansion by tiny grocery Haggen Inc., and the company's abrupt bankruptcy filing only six months after opening its first store in the region, came as little surprise to Jack Brown. But as the Haggen bankruptcy filing last week illustrated, Brown and the rest of the industry are seeing a fresh flurry of activity among rival stores that has roiled a Southern California grocery business that already is "arguably the most competitive in the country," said Ron Johnston, who publishes the industry-tracking Shelby Report.
Chipotle's sales at risk from salmonella outbreak, Goldman says
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.’s sales may take a hit after 17 of its restaurants in Minnesota were linked to dozens of food-poisoning cases, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. In a report Friday, the investment firm said an outbreak of salmonella poisoning could lead to a “near-term sales disruption” for the fast-casual chain.
Jennie-O is going to go head to head with hamburger
Food Business News
Ground turkey is not a new product, but current market conditions have given the management of Hormel Foods’ Jennie-O Turkey Store business unit optimism they may make inroads into the market for ground meats.
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