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Researchers have discovered a surprisingly simple way to get kids to eat more veggies
The Washington Post
Researchers at Texas A&M University, looking for patterns in food consumption among elementary school children, found an interesting quirk about when and why kids choose to eat their vegetables. After analyzing plate waste data from nearly 8,500 students, it seems there's at least one variable that tends to affect whether kids eat their broccoli, spinach or green beans more than anything: what else is on the plate.
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Amazon begins eating U.K. grocers' lunch with butter, cheese delivery
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Amazon.com Inc., is expanding its same-day delivery service in the U.K. to include items like butter and cheese, a move that comes as the online retailer is widely expected to launch a full grocery service in the country. Amazon already offers a range of nonperishable products like toilet paper, diapers, water and coffee to members of its Prime service in Birmingham and London.
Consumers cooking more, stocking pantries less
Food Business News
Consumers are willing to spend more money and time to make healthy meals, according to a new report from Acosta. Forty-four percent of U.S. shoppers said they eat healthy foods despite the higher price, up from 39 percent who reported as such a year before. The figure rises to 51 percent for those with children, Acosta said.
Pennsylvania Republicans back McCarthy
Eleven of 13 House Republicans from Pennsylvania have endorsed Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in his bid for speaker.
The Pennsylvania delegation is among the largest in Congress, and the overwhelming support of its GOP members signals that the current majority leader is picking up broad support in his campaign to replace Speaker John Boehner.
Gowdy movement shows dissatisfaction with leadership choices (Politico)
Democrats doubt McCarthy can quell Republican rebellions (Politico)
House GOP hard-liners agitate to have one of their own in a leadership role (The Washington Post)
Boehner, McConnell, Obama to take last stab at budget deal
Congressional Republican leaders are launching budget talks with the White House.
The talks could give outgoing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, a last chance at a big deal with President Obama.
Related: Senate passes legislation to avert a shutdown, House expected to act later today (The Washington Post)
Campaigns fail to excite 2012 big-money donors
A number of the most generous donors from the 2012 presidential campaign are sitting on their checkbooks, unsure of which candidate to support after a summer that scorched establishment politicians and gave life to outsiders such as retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Donald Trump.
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Sen. Hoeven to introduce voluntary GMO labeling bill
Food Chemical News
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is expected to introduce an industry-backed GMO labeling bill after a hearing next month, said Chuck Conner, CEO of National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, at a Tuesday meeting of produce businesses.
GOP full throttle on Obamacare repeal
Congressional Republicans have agreed on a plan to use a fast-track budget procedure to send an Obamacare repeal to the president’s desk, a largely symbolic move – given an expected veto – but one conservatives have been pushing for since the GOP took control of Congress.
Japan, U.S. agree to aim for conclusion of TPP talks this week
The Japan Times
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden agreed Tuesday that the two countries will cooperate in an effort to conclude talks on a Pacific free trade initiative this week, according to statements by both governments.
Concannon optimistic about child nutrition standards
Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, isn’t losing sleep over the expiration of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act this week — and he’s feeling more optimistic about the Obama administration’s school nutrition standards.
Meat price reporting bill heads to President's desk
The National Pork Producers Council and other farm groups are urging the president to quickly sign into law legislation reauthorizing the livestock mandatory price reporting law. The current statute is set to expire Sept. 30.
China's Bright snaps up Spanish food group Miquel
Chinese food conglomerate Bright Food Group Co Ltd has completed a $123.52 million deal for Spanish food distributor Miquel Alimentació, a spokesman said in a statement sent to Reuters on Wednesday.
'Ajinomoto' to set up frozen food plant in U.S.
Food World News
Ajinomoto Co. is reinforcing its business infrastructure for frozen rice products to expand its frozen food business in North America. "The company will build a new production line for frozen rice products at the Oakland Plant of Ajinomoto Windsor Inc., to expand production capacity and create an efficient supply system throughout North America," Food Ingredients First reported.
Illinois plant sees job cuts after Green Giant sale
The Green Giant plant in Belvidere, IL, will cut 160 jobs following General Mills' announced sale of its Green Giant and Le Sueur vegetable businesses to B&G Foods Inc., for about $765 million, reports the Rockford Register Star and the Associated Press.
PepsiCo, General Mills warn of future water, food shortages
One of the most significant future risks to the packaged food industry isn't consumers losing interest in their products – it's the difficulty in delivering products of any kind amid a shrinking water supply thanks to global warming. Another big problem: surging demand for food on a global scale.
David Biegger named Chief Supply Chain Officer of ConAgra Foods
ConAgra Foods, Inc., announced the appointment of David Biegger as Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, effective Monday, Oct. 5. “We are pleased to welcome Dave to ConAgra,” said ConAgra CEO Sean Connolly. “He has a wealth of relevant experience and will be a terrific leader of our talented supply chain team.”
McDonald's build-your-own-burger under renovation
Bloomberg via Crain's Chicago Business
McDonald's Corp., seeking to snap a sales slump by letting diners customize meals, is renaming its build- your-own burger program and replacing two unpopular flavors. The program's name was changed to Chef Crafted from TasteCrafted, Lisa McComb, a company spokeswoman, said in an e- mail. New flavors include maple bacon dijon and buffalo bacon, while hot jalapeno and deluxe were removed.
The GMO controversy: Time to move on?
Is it time to retire the debate over whether GMOs — genetically modified organisms — are the devil’s spawn or the best thing that’s ever happened to agriculture? It may be — not because it’s not a legitimate debate, but because obsessing over it has slowed progress on so many other fronts. That was one surprising conclusion of several of the participants of the “Sustainable Food Revolution” panel at Fortune Brainstorm E, the annual energy and technology summit in Austin, Texas.
Royal Frozen Food recalls frozen food products produced without a fully implemented HACCP plan
Royal Frozen Food, a Los Angeles, California establishment, is recalling approximately 230 pounds of frozen beef and pork products that were not produced under a fully implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points plan. A portion of these products are missing the USDA mark of inspection and may also contain egg, an undeclared allergen, which was not declared on the product label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
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Research finds trucking operational costs on rise again
The American Transportation Research Institute Tuesday released the findings of its 2015 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.
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