Frozen Express
Jan. 8, 2015

Kroger: Switching to new Nutrition Facts label in 2 years not feasible
Food Navigator-USA
The two-year time frame in which the Food and Drug Administration expects the food industry to switch to new-look Nutrition Facts labels is unrealistic and "would almost certainly drive an increase in prices of food products," claims Kroger.More

Global food prices slide to 4-year low as milk, sugar decline
World food prices tracked by the United Nations slid to a four-year low last month as costs fell for foodstuffs from sugar to milk.More

3G's next step may involve Heinz… and Warren Buffett
The Wall Street Journal
Shares of PepsiCo , Campbell Soup Co. and Kellogg Co. were up Wednesday following news that said the investment firm is discussing the possibility of buying another food or beverage company.More

Cruz, McConnell vie for influence with GOP freshmen in Senate
The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are competing for influence among the Senate's 12 Republican freshmen, with the outcome potentially shaping the agenda for 2015 and beyond. More

Boehner may let dissenters off the hook
House Speaker John Boehner is in a familiar jam: Many of his closest allies want him to pummel members who defy him. The rank and file think retribution is a step too far. And Boehner's style deters him from punishing people, even when they publicly embarrass him.More

Jeb Bush quickly ramps up political operation, presses for big donations
The Washington Post
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is quickly building a sophisticated political operation as he considers a presidential run, scooping up top GOP operatives and pressing party fundraisers to pull in large sums to back his efforts.

Related: Report: Game on? Jeb Bush jabs Hillary Clinton (Politico) More

Avian flu fear leads 30 nations to restrict US poultry
Twenty-two countries this week have joined the list of nations banning or applying restrictions to the importation of poultry from the Pacific Northwest over concerns about avian influenza, though the U.S. states involved have experienced only three small, non-commercial brushes with the bird-killing virus.More

Attorneys spar over Vermont's GMO labeling law
Food Safety News
Attorneys presenting oral arguments before a federal judge in Burlington, Vermont, on Wednesday were depicted as giving that state's first-in-the-nation law requiring labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients its day in court. More

The latest FSMA proposals and impacts on the cold chain
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
With changes afoot to the Food Safety Modernization Act, it behooves the cold chain to examine proposals set forth. More

AFL-CIO concentrating on boosting low wages
The Wall Street Journal
The AFL-CIO is ratcheting up its battle to raise pay for America's low-wage workers, in part by conducting a series of state-based summits about low wages and holding politicians accountable who fail to make the topic a central focus. More

Democrats step up efforts to block Obama's trade agenda
The New York Times
President Barack Obama is facing new opposition from fellow Democrats to one of his top priorities: winning the power to negotiate international trade agreements and speed them through Congress.More

BRC publishes updated food safety standard
Food Quality News
The British Retail Consortium has published a revised standard on food safety and audits against it will start in July.More

J.R. Simplot, Caviness Beef Packers build new plant in Idaho
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Amarillo, Texas-based Caviness Beef Packers formed a joint venture with J.R. Simplot Co. of Boise, Idaho, to build a new beef processing plant in Kuna, Idaho. More

Cargill apologizes for McNugget problem in Japan
Star Tribune
After plastic popped up in McDonald's Chicken McNuggets sold in Japan, Cargill Inc. is extending all apologies. The suspect nuggets were supplied by Cargill's chicken processing operations in Thailand.

Related: McDonald's Japan reports more past incidents of objects in food (Bloomberg)More

Nestle sells Spanish frozen foods brand to Findus Group
The New York Times
The food giant Nestle said Thursday it had agreed to sell its La Cocinera frozen meals business to the Spanish arm of Findus Group, the British frozen food and seafood supplier.More

Tyson beefs up Emporia facility, slims down inefficient capacity
Food Production Daily
Tyson Foods has begun the New Year by getting its manufacturing operations in shape. The U.S.'s second-largest food processor recently concluded a line expansion at its prepared foods plant in Emporia, Kansas, and put its Buffalo, New York, facility up for sale. More

Dot Foods opens $24 million warehouse
The Commercial Appeal
Dot Foods Inc. and its trucking subsidiary, Dot Transportation, opened a $24 million distribution center in Dyersburg, Tennessee, Wednesday, creating 157 new jobs to serve the food chain in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky. More

Livermore researchers develop spray-on 'barcode' to trace tainted food
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a startup firm have developed a spray that can allow contaminated food to be traced back to its source within an hour.More

Are grocers purchasing more specialty foods?
The Strategic Sourceror
For the most part, modern consumers pay attention to what they eat. This consideration for contemporary cuisine has raised discussions not only of healthy foods, but specialty edibles as well. More

Packaging, product, design and food trends for 2015
New packaging, product, design and food trends in the fast-moving consumer-goods market for 2015 will revolve around three things.More

Norovirus: The leading foodborne bug in the US
Food Poison Journal
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that noroviruses cause nearly 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis annually, making noroviruses the leading cause of gastroenteritis in adults in the United States.More

Research: Chitosan film, made from crustacean shells, preserves food
Food Production Daily
A researcher has penned a paper on using chitosan, made from crustacean shells, to substitute petroleum by-products in food packaging. More

Euromonitor studies frozen processed food market in US
Recently published research from Euromonitor International, "Frozen Processed Food in the U.S.," is now available at Fast Market Research More