Frozen Express
Mar. 27, 2013

Who buys or is willing to buy frozen fruits and vegetables?
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI President Kraig R. Naasz writes, "Thanks to the Produce for Better Health Foundation's 2013 Annual Conference, we have gleaned valuable new insights into who we should engage to encourage increased consumption of frozen fruits and vegetables and how we should engage them. One presentation in particular at the PBH conference is worthy of sharing with you because of the insights it offered into the personas of primary shoppers." More

Frozen entrees give microwaves a cold shoulder
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
With supermarket sales frozen solid, companies like LYFE Kitchens, Evol and others want to make the TV dinner a simpler, healthier and better-tasting experience.More

FSMA's potential pocketbook issues
Food Business News (free registration)
In this Q-and-A with Food Business News, Richard Stier, a consulting food scientist with international experience in food safety, addresses the myriad pocketbook concerns that may arise as the government issues regulations related to the Food Safety Modernization Act. More

GOP confidence in Senate takeover grows
The Hill
Republicans increasingly see the Senate majority as being in play in 2014. Democrats are defending 20 seats, including seven in states President Barack Obama lost in the last election, and they have seen five of their incumbents retire, raising their bar for holding the upper chamber. More

Reid faces dilemma over Democrat defections after budget vote
The Hill
The razor-thin margin of passage for the Senate Democratic budget highlights the challenge Majority Leader Harry Reid will have in steering President Barack Obama's legislative agenda through the Senate.More

Poll: Anger at DC on the rise
Eight in 10 Americans are unhappy with Washington, according to a new poll — with nearly 30 percent describing themselves as "angry." Both of those numbers have jumped in recent months and are now the highest recorded since CBS began asking the question in 2010.More

Q-and-A: FDA's preventive controls for human food, produce safety
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA has assembled Q-and-A documents to help the food industry understand two of its proposed rules relating to the Food Safety Modernization Act: Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.More

Opinion: Mr. President, make imported food safe
Health Affairs
Pew's Sandra Eskin writes, "The [Obama] administration has taken an important step [toward food safety], but it must do more. Important draft regulations focused on the safety of imported foods are still awaiting release."More

USDA official calls for healthy eating focus
Minnesota Public Radio
A top federal nutrition official says food assistance programs should not only fight hunger, but also promote healthy eating. U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon spoke Monday at the University of Minnesota during a two-day visit to the state. More

US-EU trade talks could expand beef, pork exports
Comprehensive trade talks with the European Union hold promise for U.S. beef and pork exports, but market-access expansion will depend on the types of products the EU wants. Thad Lively, senior vice president for trade access for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, said having all issues, including agriculture, on the table gives the industry a better shot at progress than it has been able to achieve isolated discussions.More

Senators pressure energy drink makers to stop advertising to kids
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., sent letters this week to top officials at Monster Beverage, Red Bull and Rockstar Energy, urging them to take additional steps to stop advertising energy drinks to children.More

EFSA delays BPA decision
Food Production Daily
The European Food Safety Authority has delayed the final adoption of its opinion on bisphenol A from May until November this year, opting for a public comment period in July.More

China conference aims to build a culture of food safety
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
Food Safety & Quality Control China Conference 2013 will be held in Shanghai, June 25-26, in concurrence with FiA China Exhibition. During this event, thought leaders will debate and shape the future of the food industry. More

IBISWorld: Frozen food revenues grow as free time filled
PRWeb via Digital Journal
In its updated report on the frozen food production industry, IBISWorld finds revenues for frozen food grow as consumers' free time shrinks. Healthier fare and marketing campaigns also helped keep frozen food production revenues on a slowly upward trend during the past five years.More

Growing sales channel: Supermarket hot bars
The Record
The supermarket prepared food industry — worth $19.5 billion in 2012 — has seen a spike in recent years, as time-crunched customers are opting for lower-cost but healthy meals. More

McProblem: Why millennials are rejecting the Golden Arches
Take Part
McDonald's has a weakness, and it's not just their quarter pounder with cheese. It's 19- to 30-year-olds, code word "millennials." They may be young. They may lack CEO status. But as Blockbuster, Kodak and Blackberry have discovered, millennials' collective preferences can make or break a business.

Related: McDonald's nutrition chief says its food is healthy (The Salt Lake Tribune)More

Greencore to create 350 US jobs in $5 million expansion
Potomac Local News
Greencore, based in Dublin, Ireland, will expand its Stafford County, Va., headquarters by 350 employees using $150,000 in state and local grant money. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced the expansion Tuesday.More

New social platform takes aim at food prices
PRWeb via Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Flyerbug Inc. has launched a new social platform taking aim at high food prices across the United States and Canada. The grocery-centric pricing platform makes sharing grocery prices easier than ever before, leading to better price discovery and greater savings when shopping for groceries. More

Minnesota company quitting frozen pizza business, laying off 125
The Associated Press via Pioneer Press
Austin Packaging Co., based in Austin, Minn., plans to eliminate its frozen pizza manufacturing business, laying off about 125 employees, or half its workforce. The layoffs take effect April 5. The company said the move comes after 18 months of decline in the frozen pizza industry as customer demand slowed.More

Who are our customers?
AFFI President and CEO Kraig Naasz
The Produce for Better Health Foundation offers insights into the personas of shoppers who buy frozen produce.More

FAO: Small and local wins
Food Ingredients First
Small-scale producers and local sourcing are key to fighting hunger, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva says.More

Frozen food habits
How do today's consumers perceive and use frozen foods? Nestle USA studied our habits and found the cold truth.More

Taco Bell testing taquito dippers
Grub Grade
Taco Bell is testing Taquito Dippers in the Columbus, Ohio, market. The only available choice of taquito is with shredded chicken, but there are five options of dip: spicy ranch dip, salsa, guacamole, nacho cheese sauce and reduced-fat sour cream.More

Harnessing technology to help prevent foodborne illness
Food Product Design
Technology is now coming to the rescue of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system, with a new generation of paperless HACCP solutions that harness the latest wireless monitoring technology.More

Scientists introduce new GE food safety protocol
Voxy-New Zealand
Scientists who have been warning about risks from untested GE foods have proposed a new testing protocol to protect human health.More

Industry giants present at CAGE investment conference
Nestle, Danone and Hershey are among those updating analysts and investors on the operations at the CAGE investment conference in London this week. More