Frozen Express
Jan. 22, 2015

Who's your choice for president?
American Frozen Food Institute
There are 657 days until the next presidential election. That may seem like a long time from now but I assure you, the presidential campaign is already underway. While the field of presidential aspirants is still taking shape, the groundwork is being laid at a fervent pace by at least 20 potential candidates and counting. Who would get your vote?More

Tofu in your taco? Chipotle unveils a new healthy option
Sioux City Journal
Would you like some tofu to go with your tacos? That's what servers at Chipotle Mexican Grill will be asking diners as the Denver-based chain adds Sofritas to its evolving lineup of ingredients.More

Idaho confirms avian flu cases as Washington imposes new quarantine
Reuters
Idaho officials said avian flu was confirmed in backyard chickens in the southwest of the state on Wednesday as Washington state quarantined poultry and eggs in areas where the virus was detected in chickens, geese and ducks.More

Hillary Clinton has double-digit leads over potential GOP presidential rivals
The Washington Post
Hillary Rodham Clinton holds double-digit leads over potential Republican challengers Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney as the likely Democratic presidential candidate moves closer to entering the race, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. More

Abortion fight raises Dem hopes that GOP is losing millennials
The Hill
House Democrats think the GOP's agenda, including a hard-line bill banning abortions that GOP leaders pulled from floor consideration late Wednesday, is giving them a new opportunity to win over millennials ahead of 2016.

Related: Abortion bill dropped amid concerns of female GOP lawmakers (The Washington Post) More

2016 hopefuls had some very telling thoughts on the State of the Union
The Washington Post
The probable 2016ers have taken to the Twitters, Facebook and rapid-response videos to comment on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, because they are just that digitally savvy. So we took a look at what a few of them said, and we ran it through our political decoder to tease out what they really meant. More

Trade war erupts between Obama, Democrats
The Hill
A trade war is erupting between Democrats and the Obama administration over efforts to pass "fast-track" legislation that would smooth the way for two major trade deals. More

Bill Gates discusses GMO controversy
The Wall Street Journal
The Gates Foundation co-chair responds to criticism by some environmentalists and others against the use of genetically modified seeds.

Related: Opinion: Labeling misleading and costly (Agri-View)More

FSIS addresses humane treatment of poultry
USDA
In a notice issued Wednesday, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service gave inspectors new directions for what to do if they witness mistreatment of live poultry during routine inspection of poultry plants. The new memo also updated the process for writing noncompliance records.More

FSIS to propose changes to Salmonella, Campylobacter verification testing
USDA
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is preparing a proposal and seeking comments on new pathogen reduction performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw chicken parts and not-ready-to-eat comminuted chicken and turkey products. The agency is also announcing its plans to begin sampling raw chicken parts to gain additional information on the prevalence and the microbiological characteristics of Salmonella and Campylobacter in those products.More

New directive issued for E. coli traceback investigations
USDA
USDA inspectors on Wednesday were given new orders for tracing E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef or bench trim.More

EU-US trade talks in 'troubled waters'
EU Observer
EU-U.S. trade talks are "in troubled waters" and need a "fresh start for parliament to approve an agreement," the chairman of the assembly's international trade committee has said. More

New fat-fighting tactics helping combat global obesity epidemic
News.Gnom.es
From nutritious foods that fill you up faster to new weight-loss medications to government food taxes, obesity experts predict maintaining a healthy weight may get much easier during the next few decades.More

Safe Quality Food Institute honors Alchemy for food safety practices
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI Advantage Partner Alchemy Systems, the global leader in providing innovative food industry technologies and services, was recently honored by the Safe Quality Food Institute with the "SQF Training Center of the Year" award.More

Colliers lists available food buildings for sale and lease
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI Advantage Partner Colliers International, through their Food Advisory Services group, recently listed for sale and/or lease cold storage and food processing facilities throughout the country.More

Philippines' Jollibee targets $1 billion US fast food cmpany
Reuters
Jollibee Foods Corp., the Philippines' largest fast food company, said Thursday it is keen to buy a U.S.-based fast food firm with a market value of at least $1 billion to advance a goal of boosting revenues from outside its home base.More

Technology is reshaping how consumers buy food in 2015
Food Navigator-USA
Technology is reshaping how consumers discover, evaluate and select food — creating dichotomies to which manufacturers must adapt their marketing and product positioning, a recently released white paper evaluating consumer trends in 2015 by Euromonitor International reveals. More

How consumers will shop in 2015
Food Business News
In today's retail environment, convenience is a commodity, and shoppers are willing to spend more for it.More

Sales of gluten-free products continue to grow double digits on quality, selection
Food Navigator-USA
Improving the quality and selection of gluten-free foods available in mainstream channels will help sales in the category grow nearly 1.5 times through 2019, according to market analysis by Packaged Facts. More

Functional phosphates drive meat processing innovation
Food Business News
Limited by USDA to not exceed 5,000 parts per million in finished meat and poultry products, phosphates are a powerful ingredient to assist processors with delivering on quality and performance. More