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Reformers could be key in farm bill passage
Politico
On a 230-194 vote last June, the House attached a tough new set of payment reforms to farm subsidies. Minutes later, two-thirds of the same 230 "reformers" turned around and voted against the bill on final passage. That split still echoes six months later in the final House-Senate negotiations on the farm bill this week. And as they push toward a final deal, the agriculture committees have to ask themselves at each step: Who can be counted on in what could be a very tight vote on final passage?
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Top 10 supermarket trends coming in 2014
Omaha World-Herald
With growing selections of healthy snacks, store brands, recipe apps and international flavors, supermarkets will evolve in 2014 to better meet consumers' desires to save money, save time, eat healthfully and enjoy their food while doing it, a supermarket expert predicts. The "Supermarket Guru," ConAgra Foods Consultant Phil Lempert, said in his annual trend forecast that supermarkets are making dramatic changes to respond to the demands of an evolving consumer. Here are Lempert's Top 10 Trends for 2014.
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EU labeling overhaul to affect (nearly) all food companies
Food Navigator
The Food Information for Consumers regulation is set to come into effect this time next year. FoodNavigator spoke with Campden BRI's principal food law adviser David Leeks to find out what changes to expect.
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Food labeling and litigation: What's in store for 2014?
Food Navigator-USA
What might give the food and beverage industry's regulatory affairs teams sleepless nights in 2014? From more evaporated cane juice lawsuits to proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel, stay up to date with this FoodNavigator-USA gallery.
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The power of combining GPS fleet tracking and temperature monitoring
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Temperature monitoring is the centerpiece of efforts to maintaining the cold chain, but standard monitoring mechanisms lack key capabilities that can not only reduce spoilage and fleet operating costs but also simplify data collection.
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Fresh vs. frozen nutrition: Study considers storage conditions
Nutritional Outlook
Are fresh vegetables and fruits more nutritious than frozen vegetables and fruits? That’s the question researchers set out to answer with a new study that took into account the impact of storage conditions on the nutrient content of fresh and frozen produce.
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Reformers could be key in farm bill passage
Politico
On a 230-194 vote last June, the House attached a tough new set of payment reforms to farm subsidies. Minutes later, two-thirds of the same 230 "reformers" turned around and voted against the bill on final passage. That split still echoes six months later in the final House-Senate negotiations on the farm bill this week. And as they push toward a final deal, the agriculture committees have to ask themselves at each step: Who can be counted on in what could be a very tight vote on final passage?

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Have CPG store brands plateaued?
CPGmatters
Three years ago at the annual Private Label Manufacturers Association show, McKinsey & Co. released data projecting the possibility that 24 percent of supermarkets sales could be store brands by 2016. Last month, at that same show, Nielsen reported the industry remains at the 2010 level of 19 percent.

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Colorado group seeks mandatory labeling of genetically modified food
Northern Colorado Business Report
A Colorado issue committee seeks to place a measure on the November 2014 ballot to require labeling of genetically modified foods. State officials will convene to decide whether to let Right to Know Colorado GMO in Arvada begin gathering signatures for a ballot initiative petition.

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Global partnership to tackle food safety
The World Bank
More than 70 countries, private companies, international organizations, trade associations, academic institutions and non-governmental groups are meeting in Singapore at the Global Food Safety Partnership 2nd Annual Conference to evaluate its first-year achievements and discuss future plans to scale up and shape the world's response to food safety challenges.
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Plastic packaging demand to rise by 33 million units in 5 years
Food Production Daily
High demand for lightweight plastic food packaging is driving increased production.
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Thermo Scientific makes small work of big-item inspection
Food Production Daily
Thermo Scientific has launched an X-ray machine geared toward inspection of large food packages.
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Global snack trends 2013: 'It was a spicy year'
Food Navigator
Fiery flavors, popped chips and retail-ready pack designs were some of the biggest trends for snack makers this year, according to trade heads in Europe and the U.S.
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