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Phil Lempert: Top 10 food trend predictions for 2014
After conducting a survey with the SupermarketGuru.com Consumer Panel on behalf of ConAgra Foods, Phil Lempert and company have pinpointed the top 10 predictions food retailers need to know going into 2014.
Related: Landor: Top 10 brand trends for 2014 (FoodBev.com)
Dealing with inflation in the food industry
Hillshire Brands Co. CEO Sean Connolly discusses his outlook on consumer spending and food trends during Bloomberg's The Year Ahead: 2014 conference at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Related: Hillshire Brands CEO sees possible acquisitions in 2014 (Bloomberg)
Produce for Better Health honors AFFI's Naasz
As the end of the year nears, the Produce for Better Health Foundation is honoring its ambassador volunteers who help promote PBH's mission and its "Fruits & Veggies — More Matters" national health campaign. Kraig R. Naasz, President and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute, is among the 30 ambassadors earning recognition.
Key lawmakers meet ahead of deadline for new farm bill
With a deadline looming, the four top agricultural negotiators in Congress met for nearly two hours late Wednesday without reaching agreement on a $500 billion U.S. farm bill, and they will try again Thursday morning, the lawmakers said.
Related: Farm bill talks intensify (Politico)
White House: We get why Democrats are angry
The White House says it gets the frustration felt by congressional Democrats over the disastrous first six weeks of ObamaCare, but is convinced once the healthcare law's website is fixed, all will be well and the criticism will fade.
DNC gets Obama campaign treasure chest
President Barack Obama's campaign will transfer voter data, turnout models and information about supporters who volunteered on behalf of the president to the Democratic National Committee, in a move Democrats say will boost the party's efforts ahead of the midterm elections.
Global cost of regulation put at $1.2 trillion
Worldwide costs of complying with government regulations have soared to nearly $1.2 trillion annually, with roughly half the pain falling to U.S. businesses, a new study has concluded.
Road map navigates FDA label changes
Food Production Daily
Food Label Compass, a joint project by FoodMinds, Nutrition Impact and EAS Consulting Group, helps food firms navigate sweeping changes to U.S. labeling requirements.
Related: Consumers demand more details on product labels (Food Product Design)
Possible ban could be placed on fast food near schools, parks
The Austin (Texas) City Council is considering what's called a "healthy food ordinance" during its Thursday meeting. It would restrict the type of restaurants that are built around areas frequented by children, such as schools, to encourage healthier eating habits.
Study: Target empty calories in kids' diet at the source
About a third of the calories kids eat at school, at fast food restaurants and from grocery stores are "empty calories" — like those from sugary drinks and grain-based desserts — that should be targeted for reduction, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
New kosher certification to include food safety standards
Food Safety News
For the first time, a new kosher food certification will introduce food safety standards into its assessment, according to the Vancouver, B.C.-based rabbi who is launching the program.
11th Circuit sides with NLRB in recess appointment fight
Law360 (subscription required)
The 11th Circuit on Friday jumped into the fray over the president's 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, rejecting an employer's argument that the recess appointments were unconstitutional so the board lacked the quorum to issue a decision against it.
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Technomic: 3 in 10 Americans will use prepared food for Thanksgiving dinner
Nearly 3 out of 10 Americans plan to sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner this year that includes at least one prepared ready-to-eat dish from a retailer, restaurant or caterer, according to a recent Technomic survey.
Price of Thanksgiving dinner drops 44 cents (Omaha World Herald)
Only in Vegas: Thanksgiving dinners with a twist (USA Today)
McDonald's menu shakeup means no nationwide McRibs
The Associated Press via ABC News
As it rolls out a host of new menu items, McDonald's has said it will leave the decision of whether to offer the McRib sandwich up to local franchise groups this year.
Yum Brands reorganizing business divisions to drive growth
Yum! Brands is reorganizing its business to "drive greater brand and geographic focus." Effective Jan. 1, Yum Brands will combine its Yum Restaurants International and the U.S. individual divisions for KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
Victims of Listeria-tainted cantaloupe outbreak meet privately with Jensens
Family members of victims of the deadly 2011 Listeria outbreak met face-to-face Tuesday with cantaloupe farmers Eric and Ryan Jensen. On Oct. 22, the Jensen brothers pleaded guilty in Denver federal court to six counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. As part of their plea, the Jensens agreed to meet with victims and answer questions about what happened at their farm.
Tyson expansion coming in Tennessee
The Cullman Times
The Tyson Foods plant in Blountsville, Tenn., will expand to full capacity in January, adding 50 new jobs for the community. State Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Cullman, said he and many others have been working with Tyson on the project for several months.
Related: Tyson 'doubling down' on prepared foods (just-food subscriber story)
54 Wendy's restaurants sold to NPC International
Meat & Poultry
The Wendy's Co. announced plans to sell company-owned 54 restaurants to NPC International Inc., the eighth largest restaurant operator in the United States.
Unilever commits to 100 percent sustainable palm oil by 2014
Food Product Design
Unilever on Nov. 14 announced that by the end of 2014 the company will source 100 percent sustainable palm oil for use in its products globally. The pledge is a significant move in its journey to accelerate market transformation toward sustainable palm oil.
New SGS white paper: Understanding the FSMA
This complimentary white paper from SGS discusses how the FSMA may impact supply chains and how organizations can proactively prepare by integrating FSMA requirements into current food safety management systems.
Novozymes introduces thermostable solution for processed foods
Denmark-based biotech firm Novozymes has introduced Acrylaway HighT, a thermostable solution that helps reduce acrylamide formation in breakfast cereals and other foods processed at high temperatures.
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