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General Mills CEO wants national answer to GMO labeling
As voters in Washington state near a GMO-labeling referendum that the food industry is watching closely, General Mills Inc. CEO Ken Powell used the company's shareholders' meeting Tuesday to promote a national law instead.
Packaged Facts: Non-GMO foods in the spotlight (PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine)
GMO label risk hurts ConAgra (Stock Traders Daily)
Studies show antioxidant levels in frozen food can be higher than in fresh
Two independent scientific studies on compounds in fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables have indicated that frozen may have higher levels of some antioxidants than their fresh counterparts.
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American Frozen Food Institute
Earlier this month more than 30 AFFI member companies and nearly 100 frozen food executives gathered in our nation's capital for the annual AFFI Government Action Summit. For a select group of AFFI Associate Members, the spotlight shone especially bright on those companies enrolled in the AFFI Advantage Partner Program.
Democrats see GOP shutdown threat as opening for 2014 election gains
The Washington Post
Democrats are working hard to exploit massive unrest in the Republican Party over the looming government shutdown, which many see as one of their best chances of holding the Senate or even gaining the House in next year's midterm elections.
Poll: Obama's approval underwater
In a Bloomberg poll released late Tuesday, 49 percent viewed President Barack Obama unfavorably, compared with 47 percent who viewed him favorably — marking the first time he has seen a net unfavorable rating in Bloomberg's polling during his presidency.
25 regulations to watch
Hundreds of federal rules are making their way through the regulatory pipeline at government agencies and the White House. Many of the forthcoming regulations are required under the Dodd-Frank Act, Obamacare and other federal laws approved by Congress. But battles rage daily in Washington over their final shape and scope.
Senate CR to strip Monsanto rider
A controversial legislative rider added by Monsanto to the Agriculture Department budget last spring will no longer be effective after Sept. 30 under a draft stopgap government funding bill being drafted by Senate Democrats.
GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money (The Seattle Times)
Anti-GMO groups ask Supreme Court to reconsider Monsanto case (Mondaq)
With time short, Congress tries to craft new farm bill
The New York Times
House leaders said Tuesday they were working with their Senate counterparts toward a new five-year farm bill, just days after the House pushed through a bill that would slash billions of dollars from the food stamp program.
Related: Shutdown or not, fram bill extension runs out Oct. 1 (Roll Call)
The end of pastured food?
East Bay Express
Under pressure from Big Ag, the Obama administration is moving forward with plans that could put key segments of the organic industry out of business.
Coalition urges Vilsack to reconsider alternative inspection system
A group of food safety organizations has asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to cancel agreements with foreign countries allowed to use a controversial alternative meat inspection system for products they export to the U.S.
Ensuring safety of imported processed chicken from China
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Al Almanza has responded to industry, lawmaker and consumer concerns about the safety of poultry being imported from China, where food safety laws differ from those of the U.S.
FDA permits qualified health claims about whole grains, Type 2 diabetes
The FDA says it will permit qualified health claims on the relationship between eating whole grains and a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, but is the wording it has proposed so qualified that no food manufacturer will want to use it?
Frozen fruit mislabeling class action against Dole trimmed, but not dismissed
Law360 (subscription required)
A federal judge on Monday trimmed a proposed class action accusing Dole Food Co. Inc. of mislabeling its products as "all natural" and "low calorie," finding the plaintiff can pursue claims over products he didn't purchase, but not claims based on statements he didn't view.
Meat, livestock groups appeal rejection of COOL injunction
Nine national or regional meat and livestock organizations from the United States, Canada and Mexico have appealed the Sept. 11 decision by U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to deny their request for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of USDA's May 2013 final rule on country-of-origin labeling.
Exciting consumers about center-store
Many reasons exist for the sales growth challenges in supermarket center-store. The most stimulating aspects of fresh foods haven't been converted into center-store offerings. Not surprisingly, consumer spend flows to the perimeter, and packaged foods increasingly play a supporting role on meal tables across America.
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Pretzel mania spreads from fast food to every food
The American consumer's love of pretzels has twisted its way into pretzel buns on all kinds of burgers and sandwiches, including a new one from 7-Eleven. But the trend is quickly moving beyond bread.
'Permissible indulgence' trend leads to change in snack ingredients
The Wall Street Journal
Is a seaweed flake the new potato chip? Hoping to elevate snack foods out of junk territory and into a healthier zone, more companies are offering munchables made from ingredients with ironclad nutritional credentials, including black beans, brown rice, seaweed and parsnips.
Inventure moves into vegetables with purchase of Fresh Frozen Foods
Arizona-based Inventure Foods Inc. is adding vegetables to its portfolio with its newly announced purchase of Georgia-based Fresh Frozen Foods LLC. Inventure will pay an initial $38 million, although the deal could see it lay out an extra $3 million based on its performance next year.
Schwan Food CEO steps down
Schwan Food Co.'s CEO Greg Flack, who has led the closely held company for the past five years, will step down effective Oct. 4. The Marshall, Minn.-based packaged food maker said its board has conducted a search for a new CEO who is expected "to be announced in the near future."
Unilever: Healthier food choices must be 'doable'
The food industry came under attack last week at the International Congress of Nutrition for not doing enough to improve the healthiness of its portfolios — unfairly, says Unilever.
What McCormick earnings mean for the food industry
The Motley Fool via Daily Finance
McCormick will release its quarterly report Thursday. With projections showing McCormick earnings could be stagnant this quarter, the main question facing investors is whether the spice giant can translate sales gains into more profit.
Wal-Mart 'Made in America' drive follows suppliers' lead
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., whose focus on low-cost sourcing helped to fuel the offshoring of U.S. manufacturing, has been promoting a patriotic new image in recent months.
CraftFund opens site for food, beer makers' public profiles
Breweries and food companies may now being building their profile pages on the CraftFund crowdfunding platform. As CraftFund continues in a holding patter while the SEC continues to delay final regulation on "popular" crowdfunding, the site hopes to capture companies interested in raising funds as soon regulations are updated.
Pink slime lawsuit a year later: BPI, ABC still await state judge's decision
More than a year after South Dakota beef processor Beef Products Inc. filed a defamation lawsuit against ABC News Inc. for its coverage of lean, finely textured beef, the two sides are awaiting a North Dakota state court judge's decision on whether to dismiss the case.
DuPont: Do more with less high performance packages
Food Production Daily
DuPont showcased its Global Food Security Index at Pack Expo, highlighting a case study in Mexico where it created a duo-chamber pouch package, which lasts up to 12 months without refrigeration.
UK chain will require best food safety practices from all produce growers
Food Safety News
U.K.-based Wegmans has announced that as of Sept. 30, the grocery store chain will require all of its fresh produce growers to pass a Good Agricultural Practices inspection.
Nebraska cold storage company fined for ammonia safety violations
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Nebraska Cold Storage for 14 safety violations, including ammonia exposure, and proposed fines of $132,800, OSHA said in a news release.
3 lessons for industrial metal buyers from the food supply chain
These days, mitigating metal price risk takes a lot of outside-the-box thinking and strategy. Kevin Brooks, chief marketing officer of FoodLink Holdings Inc., discusses how the fresh food industry's supply chain can shed light on how metals buyers go about buying their materials.
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