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Expect pricier holiday treats this year
The Wall Street Journal
This year's drought is promising to make many of those favorite holiday treats a bit pricier. The prices of apples — and apple cider, an October staple — are up 20 percent to 30 percent compared to a year ago, thanks to a diminished harvest, according to pricing data compiled by the Dining Alliance, an Allston, Mass.-based group that does bulk buying for restaurant chains. More
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How to take a bite out of food costs
Chicago Tribune
They're coming. Creeping toward your supermarket shelves, butcher and dairy cases, those nasty drought-driven price hikes are getting closer every day. More
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Food safety issues top of mind for firms
The Business Journal
In the world of Twitter and 24/7 cable news, food safety is paramount for food and beverage manufacturers because it only takes one recall or even a single negative news story to devastate a brand. More
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About that poll: Is Romney really up by 7? Will Obama win anyway?
The Washington Post
According to Real Clear Politics, Mitt Romney is, on average, up by 1 point in the polls. According to both Nate Silver and InTrade, President Barack Obama has a better-than-60-percent chance of winning the election. But not according to Gallup.

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    Small New Hampshire could have a big impact
    The Washington Post
    New Hampshire is the smallest of the battleground states, with just four electoral votes, and for much of the fall it has seemed an afterthought to the candidates as they've campaigned across more prominent contested states. That changed Thursday with the arrival of President Barack Obama. More
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    DSCC raises record haul
    POLITICO
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $29.2 million in the third fundraising quarter of the year, its biggest filing period in the committee's history, officials said. The group raised $15.6 million of that haul in September. More
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    A not-so-grand bargain on the fiscal cliff
    The Washington Post
    Washington's deficit hawks are hoping the fiscal cliff will be a springboard for Congress to finally make good on its promise to carry out major deficit reduction. But others are already betting that isn't likely to happen. More
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    Justice Department drawn into Prop 37 debate
    Food Product Design
    As the Nov. 6 election draws nearer, the debate over California's initiative requiring labeling of genetically engineered food is becoming more explosive. In a letter sent Thursday to federal authorities, the campaign in favor of the initiative has accused opponents of fraud and potential criminal behavior through misrepresentations in written materials.

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  • The facts on Proposition 37 (CBS News)

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    Kingston: No cuts to nutrition programs means no farm bill
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    It sounds like an ultimatum: When Congress reconvenes during the lame duck session after the presidential election, nutrition programs included in the farm bill must be up for negotiations or the whole bill will be delayed until next year, according to Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. More
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    CSA advisory panel plans broad review
    Truckinginfo
    A CSA advisory panel plans to undertake an extensive review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's flagship truck safety program. At a two-day planning session this week, the CSA Subcommittee of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee agreed on a review process that will include presentations from researchers who have been critical of the program. More
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    Connecting the policy dots in food, energy and water
    Water World
    Today, there is a complex water, energy and food nexus at play, all located within the production of the one commodity so vital to life: food. More
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    Canadian Senate advances new federal food safety law
    Food Safety News
    Stalled since last spring, the Safe Food for Canadians Act was adopted by mid-week by Canada's 108-member Senate. It will not become law in Canada unless it passes the dominant branch of Canada's Parliament, the House of Commons.

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    Industry manifesto created for EU food manufacturers
    Food Ingredients First
    At the close of its 30th anniversary Congress on Friday, FoodDrinkEurope launched its "Industry Manifesto" to provide a framework for future action in Europe's largest manufacturing industry. More
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    Whole Grain stamp now on 7,600+ products in 35 countries
    Food Navigator-USA
    The Whole Grain stamp now features on more than 7,600 products in 35 countries, while the number of new products featuring whole grain claims rose from 164 in 2000 to 3,378 in 2011, according to data unveiled at the Whole Grains on Every Plate conference Wednesday. More
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    Canada: New operators won't change XL Foods plant review
    Reuters
    The Canadian government said Thursday that management changes at the plant responsible for one of the country's biggest-ever meat recalls would not affect its nearly completed review, as the new operator — JBS USA — touted a strong safety record at other plants. More
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    Microwave shielding technology builds momentum
    Food Production Daily
    Patented technology that allows microwave meals to be cooked more evenly and can even deliver hot and cold food in the same tray is taking off in the U.S. as well as Europe. More
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    Center for Food Safety unveils state-of-the-art facility
    Drovers CattleNetwork
    A new state-of-the-art laboratory equipped with instrumentation to allow rapid foodborne pathogen testing and characterization was showcased recently at The Science Park in College Station. The new facility is designed to support the efforts of faculty who are members of the Center for Food Safety, a collaborative effort by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M University. More
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    Six growing trends in corporate responsibility
    From Field to Fork
    As corporate responsibility grows and mainstreams, companies need to adapt. Brendan LeBlanc, executive director, Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young, offered action steps for today as you build sustainability within your organization. More
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    Dean Foods provides update on IPO
    Zacks Equity Research
    Dean Foods Co. shares closed almost 13 percent higher Thursday after the company's update on its planned IPO of wholly-owned subsidiary The WhiteWave Foods Co. More
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