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Battle over genetically engineered food heading to voters
Los Angeles Times via The Sacramento Bee
A fight over genetically engineered foods has been heating up in the nation's grocery aisles. Now it's headed for the ballot box. Voters will soon decide whether to make California the first state in the country to require labels on products such as sweet corn whose genes have been altered to make them resistant to pests. More

Advocacy group calls for mandates on post-consumer packaging
Plastics News
A new report from the environmental and social responsibility advocacy group As You Sow says U.S. packaging companies "lag their global peers" in taking responsibility for post-consumer packaging, that there is a need for some form of a mandated producer responsibility program to finance "an upgrade to the recycling infrastructure in the U.S." and that "the explosive increase of plastic packaging requires special attention." More

Is the food industry under attack from an NGO/media complex?
Food Navigator
With nongovernmental organizations increasingly turning their attention to food production — and often doing a better job than the food industry of engaging with the media — the debate about issues from biotechnology to Bisphenol A will only become more polarized, one author has predicted. More

Business report available for US frozen vegetable market
Business Wire
Research and Markets has added "Frozen Vegetables Market in United States: Business Report 2012" to its lineup of market analyses and summaries intended to help companies assess market opportunities and plan business strategies. More

Dole may sell packaged foods business
Associated Press via Food Manufacturing
Dole Food Company Inc. says it is considering a possible sale or spinoff of its packaged foods business as part of its current strategic review of the company. The fruit and vegetable company has hired Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities LLC to assist it in a strategic review. The company said that it is in talks with third parties who have expressed interest in select businesses. More

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Veggie pops hit store shelves, courtesy of California couple
The Orange County Register
Persuading unwilling children to eat their daily serving of vegetables is not the easiest task, but a California couple think they've found a way to make it easy, fun and, most important, tasty. Robert and Theresa Fraijo co-founded Veggie Mama Inc. in April, making frozen fruit and vegetable treats. Their flagship product, Garden Pops, soon will be available at several California Whole Food Markets. More

Uncovering opportunities with reverse logistics
Food Logistics
Reverse logistics operations have long played second fiddle to most companies' primary focus — getting product to the end consumer. But as supply chain executives continue to look for ways to improve the bottom line, more are finding plenty of opportunity in an increasingly important function. More

Fruit flours: Nutritional, sustainable gluten-free alternative?
Gluten-free foods could benefit from highly fibrous fruit flours developed from the byproduct of juice and cider production, according to new research from Ireland-based food research center Teagasc. More

Shoppers focus on nutrition, private brands
Progressive Grocer's Store Brands
Nutrition continues to drive decision-making in supermarket aisles across the country, according to "Shopping for Health 2012," the 20th in a yearly study recently released by the Food Marketing Institute and Prevention magazine. More

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