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Big food investors to meet on cage-free eggs, humane sourcing
Cage-free eggs have come a long way. Once considered niche issues, humane food-sourcing practices like cage-free egg buying and gestation crate bans have won headline-grabbing commitments from global companies such as McDonald's Corp, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and Nestle.
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Is the clean-label trend fueling food waste?
As demand for preservative-free food rises, whose fault is it if food waste increases too – industry or consumers?
Americans are wasting nearly half of the most expensive grocery item they buy
The United States is one of the largest seafood markets in the world, buying 4.7 billion pounds in 2011 — second only to China. Not all of that fish, however, is consumed: According to a study conducted by the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, nearly half — 2.3 billion pounds — ends up in the garbage.
Pope to Congress: 'Do unto others ...'
Pope Francis stood before a bitterly divided U.S. Congress on Thursday and reminded lawmakers of that most golden of rules, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Those others, the pope made it clear, include immigrants, the impoverished, the Earth itself, and political rivals.
Boehner braced for pope's message (Politico)
Trump momentum shows signs of stalling
The summer of Trump is over, and rival campaigns are latching onto glimmers of hope that autumn will be the season of the billionaire businessman’s decline. After faltering in last week’s debate, Donald Trump showed signs that the campaign grind has taken its toll. He’s taking longer to shake off controversial remarks, delivering relatively subdued performances during interviews and campaign appearances, and, most disconcertingly, stalling in polls.
Trump slips in new poll, Fiorina, Carson and Bush make gains (The Hill)
Trump goes into attack mode (The Hill)
Biden surges in new Bloomberg poll
Vice President Joe Biden surged in a new national Bloomberg Politics poll of Democratic voters and independent voters leaning toward the Democratic Party released Wednesday morning, even though he has not announced his intentions for the presidency.
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The carrot war gets serious
Nearly every day, in more than 7,500 of the country’s poorest schools, trays of fresh baby carrots, strawberries and chopped jicama arrive in classrooms, often portioned into little cups, courtesy of the federal government.
Editor’s note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story stressing the importance of including all forms of fruits in vegetables in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
California, Oregon eyed for GMO-labeling ballot
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Pro-GMO labeling groups are mulling where to push ballot initiatives in
2016, and California and Oregon are on top of the list. Dave Murphy,
executive director of Food Democracy Now, told MA that groups are "in the
process" of picking a state and wrangling donors.
Why does government act as tax collector for agribusiness?
Every time a cow or steer in this country is sold for beef, the seller pays a dollar into a special fund. "We collect about $80 million" each year, says Polly Ruhland, CEO of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board. "Half of that stays at our state chapters."
CME: U.S. meat in cold storage sets new records
The Pig Site
USDA-NASS recently released the monthly Cold Storage report, and numbers within the report largely supported current supply and demand factors affecting markets, write analysts Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.
Lock up your bees: Insects are the assets to steal as almond prices soar
The world’s most valuable pollinator is under attack. Bees, responsible for an estimated $15 billion of crop output in the U.S. alone, play an essential role in almond production. With the nut fetching record prices, the insects have become the asset to own – or steal – in Australia’s biggest almond-producing region.
Research finds wide disparity in food costs across nation
Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap 2015 study finds many low-income communities that are home to a significant number of food-insecure households have higher-than-average food costs. "In other words, many of the people we serve not only struggle to make ends meet, but they are also forced to spend more of their meager dollars to put food on the table than much of the rest of the country," said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America.
Consumers' shifting definition of restaurant value
Food Business News
For restaurant goers, value isn’t just about money anymore. Almost 80 percent of consumers said “value” is very important in their dining decisions, according to Technomic’s Value & Pricing Consumer Trend Report, but their definition of food service value now includes several factors, including service, menu offering quality and overall ambiance.
Food safety a 'fundamental issue of concern'
Food safety remains a “fundamental issue of concern” for the food industry, government and consumers and attending events such as the Food Manufacture Group’s Food safety conference will arm delegates with vital information to avoid problems.
Johnny Rockets launches new fast-casual concept
Nation's Restaurant News
Johnny Rockets launched a new millennial-focused fast-casual concept Wednesday called Johnny’s Burger Factory, which the company plans to grow as a sub-brand. The Johnny’s Burger Factory restaurant is the first of two company locations to open this year, opening in Buffalo, New York. The second is scheduled to open outside Syracuse, New York, in November.
Healthy Choice steams-up the frozen aisle with Simply Café Steamers
Healthy Choice, a brand of ConAgra Foods, Inc., has introduced a line of frozen meals made with all-natural protein and no artificial ingredients. The Simply varieties are an extension of the brand's Café Steamers line, the first and only meals that feature a special steaming basket to unlock freshness you can see and taste. With eight varieties, Simply Café Steamers offer various natural proteins, low carb options and unique flavors combinations.
Mexico food makers crush competition behind healthy debt levels
Mexico’s largest food producers are outperforming regional competitors as a slumping peso boosts profit margins. Mexico’s largest tortilla, bread, mayonnaise and chicken makers have gained investors an average 14 percent in U.S. dollar terms this year, compared with an average 15 percent loss for food companies across Latin America, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Why food delivery is an uphill battle for Amazon, Google, and Uber
For such a simple concept, the same-day delivery market is starting to look mighty complicated. Established players like Amazon are expanding to include food and alcohol on demand, while Google is throwing some of its substantial resources into grocery and produce delivery in select cities, building upon its Express service for dry foods and other products.
Lactose-intolerant Americans spur Ivory Coast cashew-farm boom
Salty-snack junkies, the lactose-intolerant and lovers of Asian food are providing an economic boost for farmers in the war-torn northern provinces of Ivory Coast. The West African country is poised to surpass India as the world’s top grower of cashews. Ivory Coast output has tripled in the past decade, including a jump after the civil war ended in 2011, industry data show.
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