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Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery
The Associated Press via The Salt Lake Tribune
"Artificial and natural flavors" have become ubiquitous terms on food labels, helping create vivid tastes that would otherwise be lost in mass production. As the science behind them advances, however, some are calling for greater transparency about their safety and ingredients.
Schools respond to 'too small' lunch complaints
The goal of those new school meal requirements from the federal government is better nutrition, but some parents are wondering if their kids are getting enough to eat.
Brian Gladden to join Mondelēz as executive vice president, CFO
Food Business News (registration)
Brian Gladden has been named executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Mondelēz International, effective Dec. 1. He will succeed David Brearton, who will assume a new role that focuses primarily on the establishment and launch of the joint venture with D.E Master Blenders 1753 to form Jacobs Douwe Egberts.
Kansas Senate an awkward problem for national Republicans
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and his home-state colleague, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran, were in good spirits at the Shawnee County Pachyderm Club Oct. 9 when a question from the press made things awkward.
Seeking to revive his Senate campaign, Pat Roberts turns to 'The Man' — Ted Cruz (The Washington Post)
Billionaires for Greg Orman (Politico)
South Dakota candidate Pressler: 'We're like a deer in the woods'
South Dakota independent Senate candidate Larry Pressler effectively wrote Republicans' attack ads with his declaration, during an Oct. 8 interview with The Hill, that he'd be "a friend of Obama" if elected to the Senate.
Video: Alison Lundergan Grimes declines to say if she voted for Obama (The Wall Street Journal)
Landrieu replaces campaign manager in final stretch (The Wall Street Journal)
Halloween prep time! And time for a blueberry trick or two in these
blueberry treats: Blueberry mystery muffins (a big juicy dollop of
blueberries hiding in the middle); Blue Moons, crescent moon-shaped
blueberry buttery cookies); Blueberry Bats and Boo-scotti (frighteningly
good). US Highbush Blueberry Council.
U. S. Highbush Blueberry Council
Obama tweaks midterm pitch: 'Our values, our ideals' are on ballot
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama tweaked a line in his pitch for Democrats in the midterm elections after it was featured in new ads by Republican candidates and drew a rebuke from one of his closest, longtime political advisers.
New $1 million contribution for GMO-labeling measure moves total spending closer to all-time Oregon record
Big money continues to pour into campaigns both for and against Measure 92 in Oregon, which if passed by voters Nov. 4 would require mandatory labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms.
Related: Ben & Jerry's Greenfield digs into 'Food Fight' non-GMO ice cream (Portland Tribune)
NFI's Connolly: Retail, food service giants have to drive benchmark for eco-label standards
The job of setting a benchmark for eco-label standards should be driven by big retail and food service buyers, said John Connolly, head of the U.S. National Fisheries Institute.
Maui, Hawaii, residents put anti-GMO ban on the ballot
The Huffington Post
Hawaii has long been considered "ground zero" for the debate over genetically modified organisms, but now one county is taking on biotech companies in an unprecedented way. On Nov. 4, residents of Maui County, which includes Maui, Molokai and Lanai island, will vote on whether to place an immediate moratorium on all genetically modified farming in the county.
Retailers seek port labor accord to avoid holiday delays
The National Retail Federation urged workers and management of West Coast ports to reach a new labor agreement and avoid delaying holiday shipments.
"The failure to reach an agreement is now having a significant impact on port operations and contributing to port congestion in significant and damaging ways," the federation said yesterday in an Oct. 8 letter.
AFFI-CON 2015 registration is now open!
American Frozen Food Institute
Registration for AFFI-CON 2015 is now open. More than 1,400 registered delegates attended the 2014 AFFI Frozen Food Convention, and we look forward to welcoming everyone in the frozen food industry to AFFI-CON 2015, Feb. 21-25, at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
Restaurant finance watch: What to expect for the rest of fiscal 2014
Nation's Restaurant News
The second half of fiscal 2014 is looking more favorable for the restaurant industry, despite share price volatility within the sector, according to a Wall Street analyst report issued Oct. 9.
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Mexico's tax on junk food, sugary drinks hitting Pepsi, Coke
The Associated Press via Fox Business
No wonder Coke and Pepsi are spending millions of dollars to fight proposed taxes on sugary drinks in California. PepsiCo reported a higher quarterly profit Oct. 8 as global sales increased, but one weak spot was Mexico.
'Advergames' a new front in fight against childhood obesity
University of Connecticut via Medical Xpress
American food and beverage manufacturers are turning to digital media and mobile devices to encourage children to like their products, opening up a new front in the nation's war on obesity.
Test uses low-tech litmus paper to detect E. coli
Food Safety News
Litmus paper, long known as a low-tech method of testing substances for acidity, might have a new use as a cheap, quick way to test for E. coli, according to researchers at McMaster University in Ontario.
Faerch Plast launches world's 1st ovenable CPET skin packs
As part of a long-term growth strategy to increase market share in the meat and poultry sector, Faerch Plast, has launched the world’s first ovenable CPET skin pack.
Is the Internet the future of the local food movement?
When it comes to technology, the food service industry is stuck in the 1980s. That's how Ashwin Mudaliar sees it, at least: Chefs often peruse paper catalogs for ingredients and supplies, phone or fax their orders to suppliers with a paper check, and receive an invoice on — you guessed it — paper.
Michigan State to expand global reach with food channel debut
Michigan State University
Michigan State University is launching Foodchannel.msu.edu, a new educational portal that will offer open-access courses and resources to students around the globe. MSU will build on its successful massive open online course on food fraud as a foundation for its education portal, which will begin registration for multiple food-related MOOCs on Oct. 15.
How brand owners can benefit from smart packaging
Curious about how your products can take advantage of smart packaging technologies? The Active & Intelligent Packaging Association can help you sort it all out.
Hedge funds Lansdowne, Lone Pine bet against UK grocers
Hedge-fund firms are betting against Britain's struggling supermarkets amid speculation the worst isn't over for the industry. Lansdowne Partners LP and Lone Pine Capital LLC are short Tesco PLC, J Sainsbury PLC and WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, with Lansdowne holding the largest short position in all three companies.
Shippers push 'Cool Japan' with Vietnam cold storage
Japanese shipper Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. is taking the export drive called Cool Japan literally by helping to build a $15 million refrigerated storage facility in Vietnam.
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