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The new science of taste: A thousand banana flavors
The Wall Street Journal
Consumers want novelties like balsamic ketchup, but cooking up concoctions is a 'natural' challenge. Synergy Flavors, an Illinois ingredient maker, says its flavoring formulas number about 80,000.
Quick fixes could quell rising tide of undeclared allergen food recalls
Simple changes in how food manufacturers handle and trace ingredients, packages and labels at production facilities could reduce dramatically the number of recalls due to undeclared allergens, which make up the vast majority of food recalls, according to FDA.
Bait-and-switch tactics found in 1/3 of US shrimp sales
Food Safety News
Oceana, the oceans conservation group that's earned a reputation for sniffing out fish fraud, is out with a new study on how consumers are even being fooled by America's favorite seafood: shrimp purchased at restaurants and grocery stores.
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Spooked Democrats await their fate
Republican momentum is spooking a growing number of Democratic incumbents wary of becoming surprise casualties on Election Day.
Why a GOP Senate could be short-lived
Senate Democrats have long awaited the 2010 tea party wave to splash back on Republicans during the 2016 election cycle.
That moment is almost here.
Obama casts long shadow on Iowa Senate race
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
President Barack Obama hasn't set foot since 2012 in the state that launched his presidential career, but his presence still weighs heavily on Iowa's unexpectedly close Senate race.
Hoeven: GOP Senate spells doom for EPA Waters rule
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
The Waters of the U.S. rule — a regulation that is largely unpopular with farmers and ranchers — is a goner if the Senate turns red Tuesday, says North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven.
Food industry must consider intentional contamination — NSF
Food Quality News
The food industry needs to adapt to take into consideration intentional contamination in the supply chain, according to NSF.
Poultry parts rule would bring FSIS into present
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
By developing performance standards for poultry parts, the Agriculture Department hopes to quarter the number of foodborne illnesses associated with chicken consumption by 2020. But whether that happens depends on the poultry industry's appetite for change.
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Labels may transition to 'clear' from 'clean'
Meat & Poultry
The food industry becoming more transparent should lead to more use of the term "clear label" in 2015, according to a list of food and beverage trends released Oct. 30 by Innova Market Insights.
Retailers join meat packers in criticizing USDA's ground beef rule
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The Food Marketing Institute, the leading trade association for food retailers, has joined meat packers in criticizing USDA's proposed rule that would require all makers of raw ground beef products to keep records of the meat's sources.
Sugar policy shake-up to squeeze cane producing countries
The Fairtrade Foundation has urged food companies and retailers to choose Fairtrade sugar, amid concerns that a sugar price slump and CAP reforms could push thousands of workers into poverty.
DuPont: 'We will launch 4000 products by 2020'
DuPont's health and wellness division will launch 4000 products in the next six years, its chief said as the company celebrated 50 years at its Braband base in Arrhus, Denmark, Thursday.
Millennial demand for protein forces creativity to navigate high costs
One of the top stories this year has been record-high food costs, particularly protein costs. Beef and pork both flirted with all-time high prices during the summer, with little relief in sight. In fact, meat prices are 13 percent higher year over year, driven up by a 17.8-percent spike in beef prices, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Wal-Mart to expand discounts as retail price war heats up
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it will expand its offering of discounted products during the holiday season and may broaden a price-matching scheme to include online rivals, in the latest sign of an escalating price war among big U.S. retailers.
Related: Wal-Mart to shut 30 Japan stores, expand in food (Bloomberg)
Consumer spending weakest in 8 months, savings jump
U.S. consumer spending fell in September for the first time in eight months, suggesting the economy lost some momentum heading into the fourth quarter.
Death linked to cheese recalled because of Listeria
Food Quality News
One person has died and two have been sickened from Listeria linked to cheese that was recalled earlier this year.
Boudin products recalled on possible temperature abuse
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Carlton Foods, a New Braunfels, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin products, which were produced with pre-cooked rice that may have experienced temperature abuse and may contain an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus.
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Starbucks Americas sales disappoint on softer traffic
Starbucks Corp.'s early re-launch of its popular pumpkin spice latte drink failed to heat up business at its U.S. cafes, disappointing Wall Street and sending the company's shares down almost 5 percent.
Kool Pak provides more services to West Coast
To manage a dramatic increase in customer demand, temperature-controlled transportation and logistics services provider Kool Pak LLC announced the expansion of its West Coast services through an agreement with Sierra Pacific in Patterson, California.
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