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Packaged Facts: Non-GMO foods to comprise 30 percent of US sales by 2017
U.S. retail sales of non-GMO foods and beverages are projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 12.9 percent in the next five years and could represent 30 percent of the market — with a value of $264 billion — in 2017, predicts Packaged Facts.
Push to label GMOs on all food products (Your News Now)
UC Berkeley researchers divided on use of GMOs (The Daily Californian)
Q-and-A: FSMA's ongoing implementation
As the Food Safety Modernization Act continues to be implemented, Jim Cook of SGS Food Safety Services explains the latest regulatory updates and how food manufacturers can prepare for the act's ongoing implementation.
Lineage Logistics names first President of Logistics
Lineage Logistics, a warehousing and logistics company sponsored by Bay Grove Capital LLC, announced Tuesday that Diogo Lobo has joined Lineage as its first President of Logistics. In this position, he will assume responsibility for developing a new line of logistics services enabling Lineage to fulfill customers' needs across the temperature-controlled supply chain.
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White House asks: What rift with left?
The White House on Monday defended its standing with liberals after a series of high-profile rebukes, arguing that recent fractures were more circumstantial than evidence of a trend.
Opinion: A state of paralysis as budget, debt loom
The Washington Post
Recently overheard from a senior House Republican, commenting on prospects for a budget agreement: "At this point we're hoping Vladimir Putin comes up with a plan." It is a summary of the state of Barack Obama's second term.
Opinion: This time Boehner, not Obama, needs to avoid government shutdown
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama pledged again this week that he "will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States" — that is, over the debt limit. Make no mistake, the incentives are still heavily for John Boehner to cut a deal and avoid a shutdown at all costs.
Franchise owners come to Washington to plead for Obamacare relief
Franchise restaurant owners have come to Washington seeking a change to Obamacare that they say could prevent them from having to cut their employees' hours.
Former CDC director: Commercial interests thwart junk food marketing efforts
Although federal efforts have led to "modest improvements" in food quality and marketing practices in recent years, "commercial interests have consistently overridden the health concerns of children," according to one former government health expert.
FDA to hold 2 additional public meetings on major FSMA proposals
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA is announcing two additional public meetings on the Food Safety Modernization Act proposed rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies. The first meeting takes place Sept. 19-20 in Washington, D.C., and the second is planned Oct. 10-11 in Miami.
Business groups: Farm bill might violate trade rules
The new U.S. farm bill might violate World Trade Organization rules against trade-distorting subsidies, major U.S. business groups said Monday in an appeal to lawmakers to revamp the bill, which is already facing slim odds of passage.
Related: House GOP seeks cuts in food stamps (Politico)
NLRB urges Supreme Court to overturn recess appointment ruling
Law360 (subscription required)
In a brief filed Friday, the National Labor Relations Board urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the D.C. Circuit's blockbuster ruling invalidating the president's recess appointments to the board, saying the decision would disrupt the constitutional balance of power between the government's branches.
CDC acknowledges role of farms in antibiotic resistance
Food Safety News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Monday addressing and categorizing the threats of antibiotic resistance. Although it notes that the majority of drug-resistant infections occur in health care settings, concern is growing over antibiotic-resistant infections from food.
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Bill would reduce lawsuits over Prop 65 warning signs
Capital Public Radio
Proposition 65 mandates California businesses post signs warning customers of possible exposure to harmful chemicals. But Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto said the signs have spawned an industry in which lawyers sue businesses whose signs aren't up to code.
AMI appeals court's COOL decision
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The American Meat Institute has filed a notice with the District Court for the District of Columbia that it intends to appeal a decision from last week on country-of-origin labeling.
Controversial lunch policy described as 'something from the Dark Ages'
The Willingboro School District in New Jersey has received attention recently for a controversial policy that requires cafeteria workers to throw away a child's lunch if he or she does not have enough money in the account that pays for it.
Some crops migrate north with warmer temperatures
A warming and more variable climate is one factor affecting where crops such as corn and soybeans are grown.
'Fake' beef seized in China
Police in Xi'an, Shaanxi province have seized over 44,000 pounds of fake beef made from pork and treated with chemicals, according to reports.
Gluten-free food fad gaining momentum among marketers
Touted by everyone from the Pillsbury Doughboy to Miley Cyrus, gluten-free foods have entered the mainstream. Even Twinkie is considering jumping in a market estimated by research group Packaged Facts to be worth more than $4.2 billion in sales this year.
ConAgra Foods sells Lightlife brand to equity firm
The Associated Press via Worcester Telegram
Packaged food company ConAgra Foods is selling off its Lightlife line of meatless products to a private equity firm.
Recall: 170,000 pounds of uninspected ravioli by suspended food maker
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Siberoni, based in Portland, Ore., is recalling 169,655 pounds of raw and frozen meat and poultry "pelmeni" (Eastern European-style ravioli products) that were produced without the benefit of inspection — including some product made and sent to a distributor after the company had been suspended.
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Chickpeas as the new chia: Welcome to next-gen snacking
After spending years marketing products from Luna Bars and PopChips to thinkThin bars, The Good Bean co-founder Sarah Wallace knew a thing or two about building healthy snacking brands before she decided to put her money where her mouth is and go it alone in 2010.
Food company relocating headquarters to Western New York
After county officials approved tax abatements, Wythe Will Tzetzo LLC announced it is relocating its headquarters from Virginia to Tonawanda, N.Y., where it will build an $18.7 million, 310,000-square-foot production and warehouse center.
Post to buy Glencore's pasta unit for $370 million
Post Holdings Inc., the maker of Raisin Bran and Honey Bunches of Oats cereals, agreed to buy Glencore Xstrata Plc's Dakota Growers Pasta Co. for $370 million to expand its food offerings.
Emerging markets trigger sales for Coca-Cola International
Emerging and developing markets in Eurasia, Africa and the Pacific are key to the Coca-Cola International's growth strategy as more consumers there join the middle class.
Atkins hopes to ride paleo, low-carb craze to a comeback with new frozen line
Capital Public Radio
Atkins Nutritionals says a renewed faith in the low-carb approach to dieting is helping the company grow again. It has launched a low-carb frozen food line and is plowing millions into advertising to win back dieters.
Doritos 'Crash the Super Bowl' contest goes global
For the first time in eight years, PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division is opening up its successful Crash the Super Bowl contest to consumers around the world who can create and submit 30-second homemade ads celebrating their love of Doritos tortilla chips.
IMI Global acquires controlling interest in Validus Ventures' auditing business
Marketwired via Sys-Con Media
Where Food Comes From Inc. (d.b.a. IMI Global Inc.), a provider of third-party verification of food production practices, announced Tuesday it has acquired a 60 percent interest in the auditing business of Validus Ventures LLC, the U.S. leader in independent certification of socially responsible production practices covering pork, poultry and dairy products.
Food distributor saves $2,000 a month with new refrigeration technology
Process and Control Today
Variable speed drives from Control Techniques, an Emerson Industrial Automation business, have helped slash energy bills by more than $2,000 a month, reduce downtime and extend equipment life at a U.S. food distribution center owned by one of the largest suppliers to the food service industry.
New market research: Commercial refrigerators
A new report from Transparency Market Research analyzes the commercial refrigerator market, including drivers and restraints, in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the rest of the world.
Veggie-heavy stress reduction regimen shown to modify cell aging
Comprehensive lifestyle changes, including more fruit and vegetables as well as meditation and yoga, were shown to reverse signs of aging at the cellular level for the first time in a study published Monday.
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