Frozen Express
Mar. 18, 2013

Can CPG makers balance sales of name brands and private label?
Food makers, take note: Producing both private label and name brands — called "dual-tracking" — is a fairly risky strategy. Yes, it can pay off, but only if the private label part of the business is economically viable on its own and is fully embedded in the supplier's strategy.More

Senators propose bill to avoid inspection furloughs
U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Chris Coons, D-Del., introduced a bipartisan amendment that would protect private-sector jobs by solving a funding gap for the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Related: Senators try to save inspectors from sequestration (Food Chemical News)More

Food industry's top 10 budget wish list
Food Manufacture UK
Help with rising fuel costs, less red tape and easier access to finance are at the top of U.K. food manufacturers' wish list for the 2013 budget.More

GOP backs immigration overhaul to woo Hispanics
USA Today
The Republican Party is embracing a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, in an effort to attract more Hispanic voters who overwhelmingly backed President Barack Obama and Democrats in the last election. The support for an immigration overhaul is part of a $10 million outreach effort to minorities and gay people that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is unveiling Monday.

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  • The GOP problem with Hispanic voters – in 7 charts (The Washington Post)
  • RNC: 'Drastic changes' needed if party hopes to remain competitive (The Hill)
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    David Plouffe: Hillary Clinton 'probably the strongest' for 2016
    President Barack Obama's former top adviser David Plouffe says Hillary Clinton is "probably the strongest" candidate in either party among potential 2016 presidential contenders.More

    Poll: Voters prefer Republican budget ideas, but dislike GOP
    The Hill
    More voters trust the Democratic Party than the Republican Party on budgetary issues, according to the results of a new poll for The Hill — even though a strong majority actually prefer Republican fiscal policies. The discrepancy would appear to be rooted in the GOP's image problem. More

    Obama to tap Thomas Perez for labor secretary
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama will formally nominate assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas E. Perez as the next labor secretary Monday, White House officials said, marking the first Latino selection to Obama's second-term Cabinet.

    Related: Obama nominates Perez for Labor secretary (The Wall Street Journal)More

    National School Lunch Program: A history of bipartisanship?
    Roll Call
    The National School Lunch Program was created in 1946 when leaders, alarmed by the poor health and malnutrition of World War II conscripts, thought a feeding program seemed a good way to raise healthier Americans and to provide another market for farmers for surplus commodity crops and foods.More

    Federal food safety proposals raise concern, criticism
    Yakima Herald
    A workshop held Friday in Yakima, Wash., gave local producers and packers a firsthand look at how proposed FSMA rules would affect them — and they came away with concerns.More

    Russia tells US to prove absence of ractopamine in meat
    In a letter sent to USDA officials, Russia has said the U.S. can restart exports of turkey meat to the Russian federation only if it supplies additional information about laboratory controls to confirm ractopamine is not used in production. More

    Bill would add Montana-made foods to school lunches
    More Montana-grown products could be making their way into school lunches in the state, via an effort to boost farming and ranching. House Bill 471, the Farm To School bill, would add Montana-made foods into the state's K-12 lunchrooms. More

    Ferro: EOBR rule could come by September
    Commercial Carrier Journal
    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Anne Ferro said she expects a rule mandating the use of electronic onboard recorders to be proposed by September of this year.More

    Industry reacts to Whole Foods' GMO mandate
    Supermarket News (subscriber story)
    Whole Foods Market's commitment to full GMO transparency by 2018 drew mixed reaction from industry stakeholders last week. More

    SunOpta expands production in Central Valley
    Central Valley Business Times
    Canadian food processing company SunOpta Inc. says it is expanding capabilities at its aseptic processing and packaging operations in Modesto, Calif. This includes the startup of a second processor at the plant, increasing capacity by about 50 percent.More

    ConAgra scores by understanding shoppers' new media habits
    All grocery shoppers are not created equal, especially when it comes to their digital habits. ConAgra Foods learned the differences by studying how shoppers are using social, mobile and online media. More

    Report: Firm knew about horse meat contamination a year ago
    Food Production Daily
    QK Meats knew last summer that some products it sourced from Poland contained horse DNA, according to an Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine report.More

    Striking a balance between brands, private labels
    Food makers, take note: Producing both private label and name brands — called "dual-tracking" — is a fairly risky strategy.More

    All federal meat inspectors to be furloughed
    Food Safety News
    U.S. meat inspectors will be forced to take the same 11 days off, possibility shutting down the U.S. meat industry on those dates, a USDA official says.More

    Food ingredients getting more public scrutiny
    The AP via
    Previously unnoticed ingredients are in the spotlight as health-conscious consumers demand details about what they eat and drink.More

    Plastic bits lead to ground beef recall
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    After three consumer complaints (but no illnesses), South Carolina's FPL Food LLC is recalling 5,820 pounds of ground beef chuck that may contain bits of plastic thought to be the liner that covers source material used in the final ground product.More

    Pork products recalled on lack of HACCP plan
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Ben-Lee Processing Inc., based in Atwood, Kan., is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat and heat-treated bacon and ham products that were produced without a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points plan.

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