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Trader Joe's ex-president to turn expired food into cheap meals
Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe's, is determined to repurpose the perfectly edible produce slightly past its sell-by date that ends up in the trash. To tackle the problem, Rauch is opening a new market early next year in Dorchester, Mass., that will prepare and repackage the food at deeply discounted prices.
Related: Stepping up to the plate to reduce food waste (Reuters)
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Half the households in this NY congressional district rely on food stamps
The Washington Post
There are 239,061 households in the 15 square miles that make up New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano's congressional district. Nearly half — 119,298 — participated in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program last year. Serrano's is one of 63 congressional districts around the country in which more than 1 in 5 households received food stamps over the past year.
Do consumers hate your food packaging?
Food Production Daily
Badly designed food packaging does more than frustrate — it can hurt your bottom line. "Wrap rage" — frustration with packaging to the point of anger — is a spreading phenomenon, according to the SMU Cox School of Business.
GOP battles boost Obama
There's a simple reason President Barack Obama is using his bully pulpit to focus the nation's attention on the battle over the budget: In this fight, he's watching Republicans take swings at each other. And that GOP fight is a lifeline for an administration that had been scrambling to gain control its message.
Strained relationships increase likelihood of fiscal calamity
Strained relationships between key Democratic and Republican negotiators pose significant hurdles to a bipartisan deal that would avert a government shutdown and a default on the nation's debt obligations.
Democrats eye super PACs for state races
Shell-shocked by the dominance of Republican-controlled state legislatures, Democrats in Washington are fighting back with something they once deplored: super PACs.
International salt reduction: Local tailoring is crucial, warn researchers
Understanding and behaviors on salt consumption differ hugely from market to market across the globe — something manufacturers must take heed of when reducing levels, researchers warn.
Can a new farm bill get through Congress?
Getting a compromise farm bill is far from certain. If Congress does proceed to a conference committee the challenges to get a compromise that can pass both houses of Congress are huge.
Ferrero USA pledges to not advertise to kids
Ferrero USA has joined the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, pledging not to advertise its products to children under 12.
Safe Food Coalition repeats call for USDA to withdraw HIMP expansion proposal
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Not only should USDA backtrack on plans to expand a modified poultry inspection system nationally, it should revoke the equivalency status of any country whose inspection program was evaluated based on a similar pilot project in pork plants.
Corporate colonialism: Pesticides, GMOs and Kauai fight back
The Huffington Post
What has happened on Kauai after Bill #2491 was introduced June 30 has been dramatic. The citizens of Kauai are taking back their power, and it is spectacular to witness.
Analysts roundtable: Grocery competition increases in 'middling' recovery
The economic recovery is in mid-cycle — a good place for it to be for the conventional supermarket industry — though increasing competition from lower-priced alternatives still presents serious challenges, industry analysts said during the 18th annual Financial Analysts Roundtable sponsored by Supermarket News.
10 months after Hostess collapse: 'We had to start from scratch'
The return of brands from the former Hostess stable including Devil Dogs, Ring Dings, Yodels and Drake's Coffee Cake Monday will be followed by several other Drake's products in the coming days including Honey Buns, Blueberry Muffins, Banana Nut Muffins and Danish Pastries, says new owner McKee Foods.
Activist hedge fund backs Smithfield deal
Starboard Value LP, the activist hedge fund that has sought to break up Smithfield Foods, took a U-turn Friday and announced that it would back Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.'s $4.7 billion buyout of the pork giant.
Gluten-free labeling for food producers
The gluten-free food market is growing rapidly with the growing awareness of celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and intolerance and wheat allergies. Here's what food companies need to know about the new gluten-free food labeling rule, issued by the FDA Aug. 1.
Oxfam sees hunger worsening as climate change heats up world
World hunger is expected to worsen as climate change hurts crop production and disrupts incomes, with food price spikes due to extreme weather set to increase, charity Oxfam said.
International Congress of Nutrition: Big food's presence debated
Thousands of nutritionists gathered in Granada, Spain, last week for the 20th International Congress of Nutrition. It was a huge event with eight simultaneous streams of seminars over a full week. The presence of the world's largest food brands caused debate over big food's role in the worldwide obesity epidemic and nutrition overall.
Foods to fight fall allergies
Organic Gardening magazine is trying to help ease seasonal allergies with these nine foods that can be easily found in a grocery store or farmers' market.
Basic aromas? Researchers define 10 categories of smell
While there are currently five recognized "basic tastes," there are likely to be 10 basic categories of odor — and identifying them could benefit industry, according to a new study in PLoS One.
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