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General Mills unveils 50 new snack products
Just in time for reporting its earnings, General Mills, the maker of Cheerios cereal and Yoplait yogurt, announced it will launch 50 new products in the second half of fiscal year 2015.
Related: General Mills sales slip on US weakness, slow growth (The Wall Street Journal)
Coming up in 2015: Sugar, supply chains will be focal points
just-food (subscriber story)
just-food's contributing editor Ben Cooper predicts what will be the key issues in food sustainability circles in 2015, with the debate over sugar likely to continue to rage, while supply chains — in regard to environmental and retailer pressure — will also command attention.
Why did Wendy's quit the breakfast wars?
The Wendy's Co. President and CEO Emil Brolick discusses the company's decision to get out of the breakfast fast food business.
Related: Chili's drops pizza as restaurants seek simpler menus (Bloomberg)
Bush, Clinton and the mixed appeal of political dynasties
The Washington Post
Considering that the country got its start by shaking off a monarch, America has had a peculiarly strong attraction to political dynasties. But it has never seen anything like the possibility that came into sharp focus Tuesday when Jeb Bush announced on Twitter that he is about to "actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States."
Poll: Voters cool to a Hillary Clinton campaign (Politico)
Jeb Bush's policy minefields (Politico)
The 2016 Republican primary is the biggest crap-shoot since at least 1988
The Washington Post
Early national presidential primary polls are, at best, rough indicators of who will eventually become the party's standard-bearer. But the Republican primary field is especially scattered heading into the 2016 cycle, which is one reason why Jeb Bush's recent moves toward a candidacy are getting so much attention.
Related: Jeb Bush's decision to explore presidential bid scrambles the 2016 GOP field (The Washington Post)
Leaders gain from Cruz gambit
Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Harry Reid, D-Nev., are both using Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to cement control of their respective conferences as the 113th Senate grinds to a close.
Psst, Congress — you have a little food stuck in your Cromnibus
Congress has just passed the so-called Cromnibus — a giant $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep government programs running. Food and farming got a lot of tweaks. If President Barack Obama signs the bill, as everyone expects, several things will change.
Related: Congress eases whole grain, sodium demands in school meals (Food Business News)
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3 senators have questions for interagency antibiotics task force
Food Safety News
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent a letter Tuesday to Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Tom Vilsack and Sylvia Burwell, co-chairs of the newly formed Interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, to ask how this task force will address gaps in how the FDA is currently addressing the public health threat posed by the overuse of antibiotics in food animals.
How the NLRB may expand responsibility for labor violations
The National Labor Relations Board is expected to rule soon on if, and how, companies can be held responsible for labor violations carried out by their contractors or franchisees — a move that could have far-reaching implications for businesses.
Strategies to feed 9 billion people in 2050
Encouraging farmers to use water more efficiently and improving the taste and aroma of produce are among the strategies that researchers are exploring to feed the growing population.
Study finds amount of salt in pizza 3 times the daily limit
Some takeaway and prepared pizzas contain almost three times an adult's recommended daily intake of salt, the same as eating seven Big Mac burgers, a survey by Consensus Action on Salt and Health has revealed.
Bland frozen food? Kahiki says no way
The Columbus Dispatch
Frozen food today is a lot like beer was 20 years ago. It's cold, wet and in need of transformation. At least, that's what Kahiki Foods' new chief executive, Martin Kelly, saw when he was recruited by the company this past summer.
Why does ConAgra own a trendy LA food truck?
ConAgra is one of the biggest packaged-food sellers in America, ranging from processed meats to non-dairy dairy-like items to cooking sprays to frozen meals. It also owns a very Los Angeles-like food truck called Wicked Kitchen. One question: Why?
Hispanica announces expansion of distribution in Mid-Atlantic states
Hispanica, a diversified food and beverage company in the Hispanic and ethnic food sector, has added two new distribution partners in the Mid Atlantic: Pamex in Beltsville, Maryland, and KP HV Distribution LTD from Pine Island, New York.
New organic food shopping locator launches in December
ReleaseWire via Digital Journal
There's a new way to shop for organic food in America: OrganicGroceryCart.com.
HACCP vs. risk-based preventive controls
Quality Assurance & Food Safety
What exactly is a risk assessment, and how does it differ from a hazard analysis? What does the FDA mean when it says a "risk-based preventive control?" Let's break it down a bit further.
Global bird flu outbreak implications for US poultry
An outbreak of H5N2 avian influenza that began earlier this month with two British Columbia poultry farms has now expanded to include 10 farms and about 233,800 birds, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Iglo to roll out MSC-certified ecolabel
just-food (subscriber story)
Frozen food maker Iglo Group will roll out the Marine Stewardship Council's ecolabel to its certified wild fish products in Europe in response to growing consumer demand for sustainably sourced fish.
Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.
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