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Drought to cause $2.7 billion hit to California ag economy in 2015
Capital Press
University of California-Davis researchers say the drought could cause about $2.7 billion in economic losses for agriculture in 2015 and cost as many as 18,600 workers their jobs. The researchers' presentation came during a state Board of Food and Agriculture meeting to discuss the drought.
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Barack Obama poised to hike wages for millions
Politico
The Obama administration is on the verge of possibly doubling the salary levels that would require employers to pay overtime in the most ambitious government intervention on wages in a decade. And it doesn't need Congress's permission.
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The organic thing: For many, still a mystery 25 years later
U.S. News & World Report
2015 marks the silver anniversary of the federal Organic Foods Production Act, which legitimized a popular and growing American trend: The production and handling of foods labeled as organic. That milestone is significant for a variety of reasons, as organic is now a $35 billion industry and growing annually at double-digit rates.
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5 emerging multicultural ingredients with cross-generational appeal
Food Navigator-USA
Multicultural wellness ingredients are emerging as a tie that binds the diverse desires of multiple generations together, according to the latest Packaged Facts' Culinary Trend Tracking Series report. The report revealed that avocados increasingly are appearing in drinks, from smoothies and cocktails. Based on this Packaged Facts suggests the ingredient will start appearing in more ice cream and frozen products.
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Technomic: Food industry will hit $2 trillion by 2025
Fast Casual
The food industry will see $2 trillion in annual sales by 2025, according to Technomic's "Food Industry Transformation: The Next Decade" report, but competition for market share will only continue to grow for restaurants, retailers and manufacturers.
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Over half US grocery store purchases are highly processed foods, says study
Fox News
A new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that almost two-thirds — 61 percent — of American grocery purchases are highly processed foods. In addition, 77 percent of American grocery purchases consist of either moderately or highly processed foods.
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Grocery industry tries not to freak out as Amazon plans its own food line
Recode
Amazon has long been a frenemy to the businesses that sell goods on its site. Soon, grocery food brands are going to get their own taste of why an Amazon relationship can be so complicated. The company plans to introduce its own line of grocery items, including milk, cereal and baby food, under the Amazon Elements label that it launched last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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FDA sees big opportunity on sodium reduction
Politico
The FDA very much wants to move the ball forward on voluntary sodium reduction targets because of the "substantial" opportunity to improve public health, said acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff.
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Wal-Mart building an 'omnichannel' presence
Food Business News
Walmart expanded on its "omnichannel" strategy at the retailer's annual management update for the investment community, and executives expressed a contrarian viewpoint to the loyalty programs many other retail and food service operators employ.
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