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The Battle to Control What We Think About Food

Touch the Soil News #219 We’ve all heard the expression putting a “Spin” on information or truth. The “spin” essentially means that by turning and twisting information, you can drop the truth and add false ingredients. We were particularly interested in a report that just came out called “Spinning Food.” The upshot of the report is that Industrial food companies create “Front Groups” that look like legitimate enterprises, but are used to put a “Spin” on the story of food. The authors of the report include Kari Hamerschlag, Anna Lappe and Stacy Malkan with support from Friends of the Earth. Cover of the special Spinning Food report (courtesy of Friends…

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News Roundup – Food-Chain News You Might Have Missed

Touch the Soil News # 134 Kraft-Heinz Merger, Now a Reality The much publicized merger between Kraft Foods and Heinz is now completed according to a recent company press release. Together, the two companies form the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest in the world. The Company’s immediate focus will be on integrating the two businesses, establishing a new organizational structure and delivering its 2015 financial objectives. Unfortunately for the employees, stockholders have high expectations, some of which will be funded by eliminating jobs. Estimated are 7,000 job cuts at Heinz and as yet an undetermined number at Kraft. Following is a short…

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Food-Chain News Roundup

Touch the Soil News # 121 – includes 4 videos   Monsanto Blunders in its Approach to Buy Syngenta Swiss company Syngenta, has been dogged by Monsanto to sell itself to Monsanto (three tries so far). Monsanto has offered a deal worth $45 billion. However, Syngenta believes their company is worth far more than Monsanto’s proposal. In addition, Syngenta feels such merger is dangerous if it cannot be consummated without hang-ups and regulatory snags. Should the two companies try to merge and fail, it could hurt the value of Syngenta. Monsanto has agreed to put up a $2 billion safety net that would go to Syngenta should the deal fail.…

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The World’s Largest Food “Manufacturing” Companies – Behind the Scenes (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1, we covered some background on the 10 largest food manufacturing companies plus behind-the-scenes information on the first five companies. In Part 2, we will look at the last five companies with #1 being the largest food manufacturing company in the world. Company #5 – Mondelez International Mondelez International split off from Kraft Foods in 2012, taking with it all the snack and candy brands such as Cadbury, Nabisco, Oreo, Trident gum, Wheat Thins, Ritz crackers, Sour Patch Kids and many others. Headquartered in East Hanover, New Jersey, the Company has annual revenues of $35.3 billion annually. It is the world’s largest snack food company. The CEO of…

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The World’s Largest Food “Manufacturing” Companies – Behind the Scenes (Part 1 of 2)

Touch the Soil News # 119   The following information on the world’s 10 largest food manufacturing companies comes from Oxfam, USA Today and the annual reports of the respective companies. Globally, the food-chain industries (farming, processing, manufacturing and retailing) employ more than 1 billion people or a third of the global workforce. Yet, a relatively small number of companies wield an enormous amount of influence – hence the focus on the 10 largest food manufacturing companies. These 10 food manufacturing corporations employ less than 1.5 million people – less than two tenths of one percent of the total food-chain employment. Yet, the influence of these companies goes up and…

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