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McDonald's Japan rations fries as US West Coast port dispute drags on
Reuters
McDonald's has embarked on the emergency measure of only offering small-sized french fries to customers as a protracted labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports has contributed to long delays in imports.
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To innovate in food, focus on the social forces driving trends
CPGmatters
By the time a food trend is revealed, it's too late for most organizations to take advantage of it. So how do you keep your food or beverage business competitive? Instead of focusing on the trend, focus on the social forces behind the trends.

Related: 4 trend watchers look ahead to 2015 food culture (Food Navigator-USA)

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Quality and price drive favorable perceptions of store brands
CPGmatters
Consumer perceptions about private label around the world are overwhelmingly favorable, says new research, while market share understandably varies by country.
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Ted Cruz reignites GOP civil war
Politico
Republican senators pounded Ted Cruz over the weekend, lashing him for his procedural tactics and ultimately voting in large numbers against his immigration gambit.
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Clinton quiet as Warren rises
The Hill
Hillary Clinton and her allies were quiet while Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., led a Democratic uprising in the Senate over changes to the Wall Street reform bill that were included by Republicans in a $1.1 trillion government-funding bill.

Related: Why Elizabeth Warren is smart not to rule out running for president (The Washington Post)

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For Jeb, Bush name not such a burden
The Hill
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) looks to be on the brink of declaring a 2016 presidential bid, a move that would be by far the biggest development so far in the race to succeed President Barack Obama. But one question — how will his last name affect his chances? — hangs over everything.

Related: As Jeb Bush gears up for 2016, South Carolina is a case study in GOP's shift right (The Washington Post)

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Dietary guidelines panel wraps up recommendations
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
In its final meeting, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on Monday discussed some non-nutritional policy recommendations for improving the American public's diet, including exploring economic incentives to cut the consumption of added sugars, saturated fats and sodium — a suggestion that smacked of the recent soda tax battles that took place in San Francisco and Berkeley, California.
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USDA proposes organic assessment exemption expansion
Dairy Herd
USDA is proposing expanding the organic exemption from assessments under various commodity promotion programs administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service, including dairy.
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Food labeling liability continues to grow
Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's food labeling regulations present a minefield just waiting for a misstep.
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As trade talks begin, China may lift ban on imports of GMO corn
Bloomberg
China's government has told traders and officials that the Ministry of Agriculture approved lifting a ban on imports of a genetically-modified corn variety commonly grown in the U.S., as trade talks between the two countries begin Tuesday, said people familiar with the matter.
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Nutritionist slams sugary drinks tax
Food Manufacture-UK
Renewed calls to attack health problems by taxing sugary drinks have been slammed by a leading nutritionist, who claims cutting portion sizes and sugar content and tackling irresponsible retail promotions would be better.
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FSIS seeks to update recordkeeping for meat, poultry, egg production
Federal Register
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is asking the OMB for clearance to collect information from non-federal labs and meat and poultry establishments as part of its efforts to maintain a safe food supply chain.
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NLRB rule ups the ante for companies seeking to fend off unions
Law360 (subscriber story)
Employers that want to stay union-free in 2015 will need to mount ongoing anti-organizing campaigns and take proactive steps to address any workplace dissatisfaction that could lead to a union petition in light of the National Labor Relations Board's newly finalized rule to streamline the union election process, lawyers say.
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Berkshire to hold larger stake in Burger King-Tim Hortons parent
Bloomberg
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has expanded its bet on Restaurant Brands International Inc., the new parent company for the Burger King and Tim Hortons fast food chains.
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This time, are organics really going mainstream?
CPGmatters
After slowing down during the recession, the organics business is booming again with Americans gravitating toward healthier foods. With Wal-Mart, Kroger and others expanding organic assortments, and McDonald's entering the fray, the category appears set to reach another gear.
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Get set for veggies, more demand for healthy food
Food Navigator-USA
Eating all your vegetables might be easier in 2015 than in recent years as they increasingly show up in unexpected places, including desserts and drinks, according to the International Food Network.
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Why do Americans love ancient grains?
BBC News
In the past five years there has been an explosion in popularity of so-called "ancient grains" in the American food market.
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Archer Daniels Midland to sell cocoa business to Olam
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Archer Daniels Midland Co. said it agreed to sell its global cocoa business for $1.3 billion, as the U.S. agribusiness giant looks to focus on businesses it deems more profitable.
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Ready-to-prepare meal service on list of startups to watch in 2015
Mashable
Blue Apron, billing itself as "a new kind of Fresh Direct," is among the startups garnering attention for 2015, after raising $50 million in funding and passing the 1 million-meals-a-month mark.
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China's local fast food chains take bite out of foreign brands
The Wall Street Journal
Chinese food chains are aiming to eat McDonald's and KFC for lunch.
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Montana looks at feasibility of processing plant
Meatingplace (free registration required)
A group studying the feasibility of locating a multi-species meat plant in Montana has determined that a mid-sized facility with capacity to process 250 head of beef or bison a day could be profitable.
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Beiersdorf strengthens open innovation initiative
Packaging Today
Beiersdorf has launched a revised version of its open innovation platform Pearlfinder. As of now it is even easier for registered users to submit innovative ideas and get in touch with Beiersdorf scientists.
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