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Nestle explores sale of frozen food unit Davigel
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Nestle SA said Friday it was exploring a possible sale of a frozen food subsidiary, as the Swiss food giant presses ahead with trimming its portfolio of fringe businesses.
Related: Nestle searching for partner to grow frozen food arm Davigel (The Drum)
Thanksgiving's 46 million turkeys getting expensive
Recent history suggests Americans will eat some 46 million turkeys during Thanksgiving, give or take a few birds. The problem is that supplies are dropping.
WTO sees global trade pact within 2 weeks
The World Trade Organization said Friday there was a "high probability" that a major deal on streamlining global customs rules will be implemented within two weeks after India and the United States overcame a key impasse.
Can Mitch McConnell repair the Senate?
The Washington Post
The Senate's incoming majority leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has pledged to return the Senate to "regular order."
Related: McConnell, Reid elected to top posts in Senate (Politico)
How Harry Reid kept his job
Harry Reid stuck to his hard-nose style in public Thursday, unrepentant about losing the majority and blaming Republicans for the gridlock in the Senate.
Related: Democrats sought to delay Reid vote (The Hill)
Senate Democrats wrestle with direction of party
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
In their first gathering since the crushing midterm election, Senate Democrats struggled Thursday to define how they will operate when Republicans take control of the chamber next year, with several lawmakers voicing frustration with the party's direction and its leaders.
Gillibrand supports increased FSMA funding
Food Safety News
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., expressed her support Thursday for additional funding for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Scientists launch petition for national food policy
The Union of Concerned Scientists has started a petition drive urging President Barack Obama to issue an executive order establishing a national food policy.
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Study: School lunches may be better than lunch packed at home
Reuters via Bangor Daily News
In a study of three rural Virginia elementary schools, both packed and school lunches almost entirely met nutrition standards, but those packed at home tended to have more calories, fat and saturated fat.
Related: School lunch boycott gets many supporters (WSAU)
20 years after tragedy, foodborne illnesses still an issue
The Bellingham Herald
Darin Detwiler, a senior policy coordinator for food safety at STOP Foodborne Illness in Chicago and a graduate lecturer in regulatory affairs of the food industry at Northeastern University in Boston, addresses the history and future of food safety.
Good companies must make nutritious products — right?
A new study looks at how how people's favorable perceptions of companies could lead them to eat less-than-nutritious foods. To start, it turns out that consumers are not so good at processing nutrition information.
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Bimbo Bakeries USA to open distribution warehouse in Alabama
Birmingham Business Journal
Bimbo Bakeries USA has leased 60,000 square feet of new warehouse space to facilitate distribution operations in Pelham, Alabama.
Twinkie maker Hostess owners said to prepare it for sale
Hostess Brands LLC, the Twinkie maker bought out of bankruptcy last year, may go up for sale early in 2015, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Pinnacle Foods to acquire Garden Protein International
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
Pinnacle Foods Inc. on Friday announced it is buying Canada-based Garden Protein International Inc., the rapidly-growing manufacturer of the plant-based protein brand gardein™.
How Sam's Club plans to push back against Costco
Sam's Club's solution for beating Costco? The warehouse chain is focusing on new business services like health insurance.
General Mills files patent for cost-efficient flexible dough pack
Food Production Daily
General Mills has developed a flexible package for chemically-leavened refrigerated dough that it claims is considerably cheaper than market options and ensures better baking quality.
To save chocolate, scientists develop new breeds of cacao
The world is running out of chocolate — rapidly. Because of disease, drought, rapacious new markets and the displacement of cacao by more-productive crops such as corn and rubber, demand is expected to outstrip supply by an additional 1 million tons every decade for the foreseeable future.
Retail sales in US showed broad gains in October
American consumers ate out and shopped for clothes in October, enjoying a windfall from cheaper gasoline and prompting a rebound in retail sales heading into the holiday-shopping season.
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