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General Mills, ConAgra: Processed food is not the enemy
Food Navigator-USA
Telling consumers — many of whom do not have the time, inclination or money to prepare meals from scratch — that they should steer clear of "processed" foods and eat only "whole foods" instead is unrealistic and unhelpful, according to dietitians at General Mills and ConAgra. More
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Wal-Mart plans to open small stores faster
The Associated Press via USA Today
Wal-Mart is accelerating the expansion of small stores, particularly its Neighborhood Market stores, as it looks to compete with a variety of rivals from dollar stores to drug chains. The company plans to have 500 Neighborhood Market stores and 12 Express stores by fiscal 2016. More
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Data: Significantly fewer US children drinking soda
Food Navigator-USA
The percentage of American children drinking carbonated soft drinks has declined noticeably across all age groups since 2006, according to new data unveiled at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Philadelphia this week. More
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Romney takes lead in poll benchmark
The Wall Street Journal
Mitt Romney has inched ahead of President Barack Obama for the first time in a year in a widely watched benchmark — the aggregation of national polls developed by Real Clear Politics website. As of Wednesday morning, Romney was ahead 48 percent to 47.2 percent.

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  • Romney's momentum ensures a tight race until the end (USA Today)
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    Obama, Romney face most narrow electoral map in recent history
    The Washington Post
    Despite an apparent bounce for Mitt Romney in recent weeks, the fundamental dynamic of the electoral map appears to be locked in for now — with both campaigns focused on the nine states that have dominated for most of this year, according to interviews with strategists on both sides. More
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    Cold calculus of Maine's 3-way race
    POLITICO
    Here's how bizarre Maine's Senate race has gotten lately: Republicans are actively promoting the Democratic nominee, who's not even endorsed by her own party's Washington establishment. All the while the supposedly prohibitive front-runner, a registered independent, is suddenly looking beatable after coming under assault from the right and the left. Not only that, Republicans are hoping this head-spinning scenario in the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe will boost their shaky prospects of capturing the Senate on Election Day. More
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    MyPlate calls for 'foods to increase' as final push for 2012
    Melodika.net
    As the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo kicks off this week, new research from ConAgra Foods Inc. shows that what you add to your diet can be just as important as what you remove. The findings come at a good time as USDA's MyPlate Dietary Guidelines are emphasizing the intake of whole grains as a "food to increase" throughout the remainder of 2012. More
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    Is a healthier school lunch program a lost cause?
    The New York Times
    The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires school lunch programs to serve healthier food: fewer calories and starches, more fruits and vegetables. At some high schools students have protested the changes using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Do you think a healthier school lunch program is a lost cause — or can school lunches be both healthy and tasty? More
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    MAP-21 guidance coming soon
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Federal Transit Authority and the Department of Transportation are providing preliminary implementation instructions and guidance for new and revised programs under MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. More
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    FMCSA stands by driver fitness measurement
    Truckinginfo
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it has long acknowledged shortcomings in its CSA program but will continue to enforce elements of the program that have come under criticism. The agency yesterday posted a notice in reaction to a recent analysis of CSA done by the American Transportation Research Institute. More
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    County studies plan to redistribute unused food
    The Washington Post
    Supermarkets, restaurants and other nonresidential establishments in Montgomery County, Md., throw away 56 million pounds of food a year. A new initiative by the County Council aims to use it to put meals in the mouths of the hungry instead. The council will appoint a work group, including representatives from county government agencies, public schools, the food industry and local nonprofit groups, to research implementation of a food recovery program and produce a report by July. More
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    Japan easing restrictions on US beef, paving way for Tyson
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Japan, Asia's largest beef importer, will consider taking additional steps after easing restrictions on U.S. shipments, widening opportunities for exporters such as Tyson Foods Inc. while ensuring supply to local retailers. More
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    Union claims XL Foods not addressing food safety issues
    CTVNews.ca
    The union representing workers at the Alberta, Canada, meat processing plant involved in a massive E. coli-related beef recall claims the company is refusing to address food safety problems at the facility.

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    Germany: The dark side of the school meals business
    Spiegel Online International
    Experts now believe frozen strawberries from China are behind a massive outbreak of the Norovirus that recently affected thousands of schoolchildren in eastern Germany. The episode merely illustrates the deplorable state of school lunches, a problem no one seems willing to fix. More
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    Drought: No bacon shortage, but expect higher prices
    USAgNet
    The U.S. is not experiencing a pork shortage, an Ohio State University Extension specialist says, but consumers can expect to pay higher prices at the grocery counter next year thanks to a decrease in pork supplies as a result of the drought of 2012. More
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    Packaged Facts: Frozen pizza sales to hit $5 billion
    PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicl
    Forecasts say sales at pizza restaurants will grow by 3.8 percent to reach $36.1 billion in 2012. At retail, U.S. frozen and refrigerated pizza will register sales of $5 billion as nearly 1 in 4 U.S. consumers visit the frozen food cases for pizza each month, according to "The Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail," a new report from Packaged Facts and Market Publishers Ltd. More
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    McDonald's installs iPads to keep customers entertained
    PadGadget
    Customers at a McDonald's in Virginia Beach, Va., will get more than fries with their burgers as the chain debuts iPads on some of its tables, for customers to use at no additional charge. More
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    Yum's profit up 23 percent as China recovers, US demand grows
    The Associated Press via Global Regina
    For the owner of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains, it was a profitable combination: higher demand in the U.S. and a quick turnaround in its fast-growing China division. Yum Brands Inc. said Tuesday the result was a 23 percent increase in its third-quarter net income. More
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    Diamond Foods to make SEC filings 'as promptly as practicable'
    Bakery and Snacks
    Diamond Foods has said it will file all of its late SEC filings "as promptly as practicable" following a second NASDAQ determination letter threatening delisting. The food maker was given an extension until Dec. 7 to report all findings and until Jan. 14 to hold its annual shareholder meeting. More
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    Sbarro goes upmarket as junk food loses old friends
    The Wall Street Journal
    Fast food chain Sbarro is making the move upmarket as it seeks to recover from a spell under Chapter 11 protection last year. Looking to move up in diners' minds from a fast food stand doing acceptable departure-hall slices to something more valued, the company is banking on making better pizza, which apparently, business strategists agree, is a good idea for a pizza restaurant. More
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    Report: Time to speed use of climate-friendly refrigeration
    PR Newswire via The Herald
    A report released Tuesday identifies the availability of climate friendly technologies for the refrigeration sector in U.S. supermarkets that will allow the rapid phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons — important and growing contributors to climate change.

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    PepsiCo targets women with new protein product launch
    Food Navigator-USA
    PepsiCo is developing a novel protein-based product designed to appeal to women that "won't show up on a shelf the way you envision it," revealed bosses at its Nutrition Ventures arm at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo this week. More
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    Supervalu joins ranks of retailers struggling in turnaround mode
    Retail Leader
    Under pressure to improve its results, Supervalu joins the ranks of retailers who hope to turn around declining performance by selling assets or closing underperforming locations. More
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    'Omnichannel' world will transform partnerships
    Supermarket News
    Supermarket News has just unveiled its roster of top performers in this year's Supplier Leadership Awards, showcasing manufacturers that are managing to stay out in front of retailers' changing needs. But the landscape is transforming so quickly that we increasingly need new ways to describe it. More
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    Servile brands: Service is the new selling
    Trendwatching
    Yes, consumers are more demanding, time-starved, informed and choice-saturated than ever before (we know you know). For brands to prosper, the solution is simple though: turn SERVILE. Turn your brand into a lifestyle servant focused on catering to the needs, desires and whims of your customers, wherever and whenever they are. More
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    Mouthfeel behind why certain foods pair well
    Food Product Design
    Have you ever wondered why a nice glass of wine pairs well with a perfectly cooked steak? It's all about mouthfeel — the sensations caused in the mouth by the physical and chemical interaction between the mouth's tissues and saliva and the chemicals found in food, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology. More
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    Putting food safety to the test
    Convenience Store News
    Customers have high expectations today about food safety, Dr. Nancy Caldarola, education director of NACS Café, noted at the NACS Show educational session titled "Food Safety on the Line." More
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