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The market for frozen foods is heating up
Enter this unusual little market in New York City, and you just might get cold feet. It's a frozen food grocery store, Babeth's Feast, where every single item is frozen.
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Students flock to Twitter to complain about school lunches
The Twittersphere was inundated this week with pictures of food — but not in a good way. Students are tweeting their discontent with school lunches that stem from school nutrition regulations.
Foreign produce falls out of favor in France
It's not a ban on imported vegetables, although it might just as well be. French farmers have convinced Carrefour, the country's largest retailer, to replace vegetables from outside France with those grown at home.
Lamest lame duck
GOP leaders had a grand vision for the new Congress: Focus on a bold conservative agenda — not last year's business and the deadline-driven crises that have long dominated Washington.
So much for that.
Obama spurns lame-duck label
President Barack Obama is governing like a man with nothing left to lose. After being dealt a stinging midterm rebuke at the ballot box, Obama has gone on offense — most notably with executive action on immigration that could shield 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.
Related: For Obama, going it alone has its risks (The Wall Street Journal)
Obama: America wants 'that new car smell'
The Washington Post
If the presidency were a car, Barack Obama would be a highway-worn Toyota Prius… or something.
Related: Hillary Clinton leads big among New Hamsphire Democrats but Mitt Romney has considerable support (The Washington Post)
Farmers urge Congress to legalize agriculture workers
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama took executive action Friday to temporarily legalize millions of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, though the program doesn't specifically address agriculture. The move will help only a fraction of the undocumented immigrants toiling in the nation's fields, say farmers who are urging more direct action.
Filing to dismiss GMO initiative challenged
The Maui News
A week after a federal judge granted Monsanto a temporary injunction halting the implementation of Maui County's voter-approved initiative that would temporarily ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, proponents of the measure filed to dismiss the federal lawsuit challenging the initiative.
Aggressive proponents send Oregon measure to recount (The AP via The Register-Guard)
Little county in Washington takes on the GMO goliaths (The Seattle Times)
Whole Foods to put cigarette-like warnings on GMO foods (Slate via Genetic Literacy Project)
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Franchisees buck push for higher minimum wage
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Owners of fast food restaurants and other franchises are mobilizing to counter the spread of union-backed worker strikes and protests seeking higher wages.
Sandwich firm hit with FDA action
Food Quality News
The FDA wants to stop Scotty's Inc. from preparing and distributing tuna sandwiches, as it believes them to be adulterated.
US seeks to step up India trade talks after WTO breakthrough
The United States wants to step up its trade dialogue with India, Trade Representative Michael Froman said Monday, after the resolution of a global trade dispute paved the way for President Barack Obama to visit India.
Japan's early elections cloud future of TPP talks
Law360 (subscriber story)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's move to hold snap elections for the lower house of the nation's legislature is a gambit aimed at restoring faith in Tokyo's lagging economy, but experts say it may muddy the waters for U.S. trade officials' push to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks swiftly.
Lineage Logistics receives top honors at Safe Quality Food Institute's Achievement Awards
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI Advantage Partner Lineage Logistics, one of the world's largest warehousing and logistics companies, announced that Director of Food and Safety Compliance James Reynolds received the Outstanding Supplier Achievement Award at the Safe Quality Food Institute's International Conference held last week in Orlando, Florida.
Top nutritionists share their food trend insights
The annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was held last month in Atlanta. Five nutrition experts who attended the conference share their insights as to what's hot in the nutrition world and how this might affect what you see on store shelves in the coming months
Kerry Foods freezes out frozen foods
Kerry Foods, the Irish maker of ready-meals for supermarkets including Marks and Spencer, is looking to sell its frozen foods business as it gears toward the more profitable ingredients division.
Pioneer Food Group sees 35 percent spike in profit
Pioneer Food Group Ltd. said profit rose 35 percent as the South African company recovered from a 2013 writedown of the poultry unit it spun off. It and PepsiCo Inc. ended an agreement to bottle the soda maker's products in the country.
John Soules Foods plans $19 million expansion to local facility
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Tyler, Texas-based John Soules Foods Inc. more than doubled its workforce when it acquired Pro View Foods in Georgia on Wednesday. The company now plans to add a $19 million expansion to its local facility.
Beef is the new Red Bull as burger craze takes off in Hong Kong
It's a weeknight in Hong Kong, and gaggles of guys from the finance world are gathering to tuck into the latest food craze. Not ramen or sushi or Peking duck: juicy bacon cheeseburgers.
Yum! Brands authorizes $1 billion stock buyback plan
The Yum! Brands Inc. Board of Directors authorized the company to repurchase up to $1 billion in additional shares of common stock in a buyback plant that will run through May 31, 2016.
E. coli fears prompt ground beef recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recall was initiated after routine testing revealed a positive result for the pathogen.
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ConAgra Foods' Lamb Weston unit opens potato processing plant in China
Food Production Daily
ConAgra Foods has opened its first plant in China, a Lamb Weston potato processing plant in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia, giving the company in-country supply capabilities to strategic customers in China.
Noosa Yoghurt acquired by private equity firm
The Denver Post
Colorado-based Noosa Finest Yoghurt plans to retain its homegrown status under new ownership by a major East Coast investment firm.
Five years after launching its first lines of extra-creamy yogurt, Noosa was acquired Friday by Boston-based Advent International.
Saying goodbye to the man behind Pillsbury's giant success
The New York Times
William Spoor, who rose from poverty to become chief executive of Pillsbury and transform it into a food products mega-company, died on Nov. 14 at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 91.
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