Workers Begin to Organize Against Amazon Takeover of Whole Foods​

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from austins_only_paper on Flickr. Amazon’s announcement in June that it plans to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion has led to speculation throughout the retail industry about the corporation’s intentions in the grocery sector. Supply chain and retail workers in particular fear the merger will result in layoffs and less bargaining power overall. Some are ratcheting […]

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ABI Aims at Craft Brewers Again, This Time Targeting their Hops​

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user paulmiller. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer producer in the world, is taking another shot at the American craft brewing industry, this time by cornering the market on some key ingredients independent brewers need to make quality beer. The company last week announced that they would no longer be exporting hops from their […]

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North Carolina Craft Brewers Fight for Freedom from ABI-Controlled Distributors​

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user criminalintent. North Carolina is home to a booming craft beer industry, including Highland Brewing Company and Olde Mecklenberg. But the growing power of the independent breweries has put them at odds with an increasingly consolidated distribution and wholesale industry in the state. In response, the brewers are backing a bill that would […]

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Independent Ranchers Take New Tack in Fight Against Pro-Big Beef Checkoff​

Posted Leah Douglas Checkoff Programs, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from flickr user nicholas_t. The most recent attack by American ranchers on the Department of Agriculture’s beef checkoff tax reached a federal court two weeks ago. The suit, filed by the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF), challenges how the checkoff program operates in Montana. But the outcome of the case could reshape how the […]

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Big Ag Uses “Right to Farm” to Target the Rights of Oklahoma Citizens

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from usdagov on Flickr. Oklahomans vote November 8 on a Big Ag-backed proposal to limit the ability of citizens to regulate agricultural activity within the state. If passed, State Question 777 would add language to the state constitution requiring any new agricultural legislation to undergo strict scrutiny in the courts, making it harder for residents […]

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With SABMiller Deal Complete, ABI Takes Aim at Craft Brewers

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user quinnanya. Anheuser-Busch InBev is angling to control every shelf of your local beer store, and they’re doing it behind the scenes. That may seem surprising, given that the Belgian company has made headlines this year with its nearly complete $108 billion acquisition of SABMiller, the second-largest beer company in the world. But […]

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Photo by Wilson Ring/Associated Press. 

Food & Power Newsletter: Big Food Turns to Congress to Overturn State GMO Labeling Laws

Posted Chris Wager GMOs & Seeds, Leah Douglas, Miscellaneous, Newsletter

Photo by Wilson Ring/Associated Press. After months of debate, Congress in early July established a national standard for the labeling of foods that contain ingredients that have been genetically modified (GMOs). President Obama is expected to sign the bill, officially called the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The new federal standard was strongly opposed by a […]

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