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Trouble in the food aisle
Convenience Store News
It's no secret that food policy activist groups have long been seeking some type of large-scale legal action against food manufacturers and retailers. More than three years ago, a seminar for state attorneys general meticulously reviewed each component of the A.G.-led tobacco lawsuits, explaining how the tobacco strategy could be leveraged into similar legal action against the food industry regarding obesity, marketing and other alleged ills.
Related: Watchdog: Multinational food companies undermining health (Food Magazine)
United the food industry stands
Food Production Daily
Building partnerships is the best way for food and beverage professionals to succeed, according to one business expert speaking at the Midwest Food Processors Association 2013 conference.
Reforming food stamps, yet coddling millionaires?
The advancements in U.S. agricultural productivity are one of the great accomplishments of the 20th century. That success naturally breeds critics. Because agriculture has been one of the lone bright spots in the national economy, it's led to people from all sides to be critical of the current farm bill negotiations.
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Lawmakers rushing to reach budget agreement to avoid another shutdown
The Washington Post
With the holiday recess fast approaching, congressional negotiators were closing in on an agreement to avoid another government shutdown. But they faced a last-minute outcry from House Democrats demanding to extend federal jobless benefits as part of any deal.
Rand Paul: Kentucky Senate election 'fairly close'
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Thursday warned that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., faces a tough re-election fight.
Related: Thad Cochran is running again. But can he win? (The Washington Post)
Sorry Democrats, you're likely to lose House seats in 2014
The Washington Post
Pundits are starting to forecast the 2014 House election and the conclusion, basically, is that there's not going to be a wave in 2014. There won't be one for Democrats, certainly. But there probably won't be one for Republicans, either. The baseline forecast right now is that Democrats lose five seats in the House.
Historic trade reform ready for WTO approval
The first global trade reform since the creation of the World Trade Organization is ready for agreement by ministers from the body's 159 member countries later on Friday, sources involved in the talks said.
Renewable fuel backers try to change EPA's mind at hearing
Supporters of the renewable fuels industry turned out en masse Thursday, desperate for the U.S. government to change course after last month announcing a plan to lower the amount of biofuels that must be added to the fuel supply in 2014.
'Let's Move Salad Bars to Midwest Schools' campaign gets attention in Michigan
A program supported by the Centers for Disease Control and the United Fresh Foundation, "Let's Move Salad Bars to Midwest Schools," is aiming to increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption.
Opinion: Does 'Fed Up' campaign give school lunches a fair shot? (Education Week)
Do lunches make the grade? Schools face menu challenges (Daily Journal)
Canada: Meat industry singled out for new penalties
The Canadian meat industry was surprised by an out-of-the-blue announcement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that it is being singled out for a financial penalty regime for food safety infractions.
In surprise move, Domino's Pizza CEO quits
The chief executive of Domino's Pizza has revealed plans to leave just months after the group's chief financial officer announced his intention to retire. Lance Batchelor, who has been chief executive for almost three years, will leave Domino's for a "significant private equity backed company."
Some frozen produce healthier than fresh, says study
Although many consumers may believe that fresh produce contains more nutrients than frozen, a University of Georgia study says otherwise.
Editor's note: This story details a study from the University of Georgia commissioned by the Frozen Food Foundation that compares the nutritional value of frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information, visit www.frozenfoodfacts.org.
Breaking into breakfast
Food Business News
The most important meal of the day remains a hot market for the food service industry. With restaurant breakfast day-part sales expected to reach $47 billion in 2013, according to Rockville, Md.-based research firm Packaged Facts, more chains are looking to gain entry or expand in the morning meal occasion.
Frozen food company hopes to grow under new CEO
Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods, an Elmwood Park, N.J.-based all-natural frozen food maker, said Thursday Larry Praeger will be its new chief executive officer to succeed his father, the late Dr. Peter Praeger, who founded the multimillion-dollar business.
Grant aims to jumpstart commercial chickpea production in Virginia
A Virginia State University professor has been awarded a two-year, $29,186 specialty crop block grant from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to spur the development of chickpea varieties that are suitable for production in Virginia.
Fitch publishes European food retail peer study
Fitch Ratings has published its "European Food Retail Peer Study," the report analyzing the main factors that influence rating decisions for corporations in the European food retail sector and comparing specific traits of Fitch-rated companies in the industry.
Food industry focuses on better packaging
Innovative packages are key in the fight against food waste. More effective barrier layers, germicidal films and freshness indicators are intended to halt consumers' throwaway mentality. However, despite all these improvements, companies have to keep a constant eye on process efficiency and on costs.
UK: New superfoods listed in 10 food predictions for 2014
New superfoods feature in the full list of top 10 food and drink trends for 2014, released by research company Innova Market Insights at the Food Ingredients Europe trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.
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