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Jury awards Cargill $9 million in E. coli lawsuit
A jury found for Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. in its lawsuit against Greater Omaha Packing Co. for supplying it with E. coli O157:H7-tainted beef, and awarded Cargill a $9 million judgment plus court costs, according to court documents.
How the new 'supercompetitors' are shaping the CPG industry
Many industries are evolving toward a new equilibrium in which a few supercompetitors have carved up the market among them. One powerful example of this kind of industry evolution has occurred in consumer packaged goods.
Food prices post strongest annual gain in more than 2 years
The Wall Street Journal
Food costs increased 2.2 percent from a year earlier in August, the Commerce Department said Monday, announcing the strongest annual gain in food prices since June 2012. On a monthly, seasonally adjusted basis, food prices have increased in 6 of the past 7 months. One category driving the gains: meat.
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GOP sets sights on bigger House gains
House Republicans have been destined for modest gains in the midterms despite a favorable political environment. Now, just five weeks until Election Day, the party is raising its ambitions, jumping into Democratic strongholds long thought to be beyond the GOP's reach.
Democrats make risky bet against GOP Leader Mitch McConnell
Democrats in Washington are taking a risky bet by quadrupling their investment in Alison Lundergan Grimes, a young and largely unproven challenger, who is running against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.
Tea Party revolt imperils Kansas
Kansas Tea Party supporters are threatening to sit out the state's pivotal Senate election, potentially dealing another blow to the reelection hopes of Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
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Panel concerned about name 'high-risk' foods
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
The FDA should proceed with caution on its effort to categorize foods as high- or low-risk, advisers to the agency said Tuesday. The agency is grappling with Food Safety Modernization Act requirements that it designate a list of "high-risk" foods, some of which would be subject to more record-keeping and traceability requirements.
California governor vetoes antibiotics, farm labor bills
California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed bills that would have given new voluntary federal standards for antibiotic use in livestock the force of law in the Golden State and made a farm labor mediator's decision immediately implementable even if an appeal has been filed.
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House lawmakers send letter urging EPA to protect pollinator bees
eNews Park Forest
In a letter sent to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy Tuesday, 60 House lawmakers asked for a series of immediate changes to protect pollinators from the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides.
Related: North American beekeepers sue governments to stop pesticides (Triple Pundit)
GMO labeling debate far from finished, no matter how Colorado votes
Current GMO labeling proposals in Oregon and Colorado bring up thorny constitutional issues about free speech and commerce. If a GMO labeling law makes it all the way to the Supreme Court, and opponents are unable to prove genetically modified food is harmful, labeling laws would be in jeopardy for violations of the First Amendment and Commerce Clause.
De Blasio broadens NYC's 'living wage' provision
Law360 (subscriber story)
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed an order that will increase New York City's "living wage" provision to more than $13 per hour and extend it to workers at commercial establishments that receive more than $1 million in city subsidies.
What's trending in snacks around the globe
Global consumers spent $374 billion on snack foods annually between 2013 and 2014, a year-over-year increase of 2 percent, according to a new global report released by Nielsen.
Ground beef recalled after store clerk notices plastic bits
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Texas-based Sam Kane Beef Processors is recalling approximately 2,633 pounds of ground beef after a store clerk noticed bits of blue plastic inside the packages.
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Mondelez plans $90 million facility in Bahrain
Confectionery and snack maker Mondelez International has said it is building a cookie plant in Bahrain as demand across the Middle East continues to grow.
Ohio county lands $30 million beef processing facility
Tri-State Beef Inc., a subsidiary of Dae Kyung Oil and Transportation Co., has chosen Gallia County, Ohio, as the site for its new $30 million American beef slaughter, packaging and advanced protein processing facility. Local officials say the new company will provide 250 new jobs to the area.
Private-label market share exceeds 30 percent in 15 European countries
The latest market share data shows that the popularity of private label CPG products continues to spread across 15 European countries. Store brands now account for at least 30 percent of all products sold in 15 countries, according to Nielsen.
Kerry Foods to enter frozen category with Paxo and Sharwood's products
Kerry Foods will enter the frozen vegetables and accompaniments category with the launch of new Paxo and Sharwood's products in October. Kerry Foods aims to recruit and convert shoppers into the frozen sector using these two iconic brands.
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