Frozen Express
Jun. 23, 2014

Thorny issues revealed in US-EU trade talks
The Pig Site
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in the European Union last week, emphasizing the importance of agricultural trade in negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Stumbling blocks to progress appear to include GM crops, hormones in beef and food processing technology.More

How we eat: Is the gluten-free craze healthy?
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Gluten-free products are booming, but health experts question their benefits for all but a small minority.More

Progress on PHOs and why saturated fat is still bad: Bunge
Food Navigator-USA
The packaged food industry has removed roughly three-quarters of the 8 billion pounds of partially hydrogenated oils that abounded in the marketplace at the heyday of trans fats in 2004-05, though a few problem areas and holdouts remain — particularly in the bakery segment amid concerns about viable, sustainable replacements, says Bunge. More

Iowa poll: Chris Christie gains on Hillary Clinton
Chris Christie has narrowed the gap with Hillary Clinton in Iowa, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, the New Jersey governor trails Clinton 44 percent to 36 percent among Iowa voters, a 5-percentage-point gain since March, when he trailed 48 percent to 35 percent.

Related: O'Malley's Iowa visit sparks 2016 speculation, comparisons to Hillary Clinton (The Washington Post) More

Changes in House leadership strengthen John Boehner's hand
The Hill
After last week's elections, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will soon have a new leadership team and is in a stronger position to fend off a possible challenge after the midterm elections. More

McDaniel leads Cochran ahead of runoff
The Hill
Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) leads Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., by 8 percentage points in a final poll before the runoff election on Tuesday.More

Congress examines China food safety issues
The Poultry Site
Last week, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., held a Congressional-Executive Commission on China to discuss the safety issues of processed poultry and pet treats from China.More

Minnesota food companies back group fighting nutrition standards
Star Tribune
The leaders of legislation that pushes for school districts to waive new lunch rules have found financial support from six Minnesota food companies.More

Meat processor hit with $121,000 in OSHA fines
Food Production Daily
Acadian Fine Foods, which specializes in producing meat and poultry products, has been cited for 16 safety and health violations by OSHA, carrying up to $121,660 in fines.More

Franchise trade group still opposes minimum wage boost
The International Franchise Association, which represents roughly 12,500 franchise operators and 1,275 franchisors globally, has made clear that it still considers defeating proposed wage hikes to be a top priority.More

Obama announces plan to save honey bees
The United States is launching an effort to save some of its busiest workers: honey bees. President Barack Obama created a task force comprising various agencies to address the issue of rapidly diminishing honey bees and other pollinators.More

Opinion: 5 myths about organic food
The Washington Post
Peter Laufer, a journalism professor at the University of Oregon and author of "Organic: A Journalist's Quest to Discover the Truth Behind Food Labeling," examines organics.More

Non-GMO does not mean organic: OTA
Food Navigator-USA
With all the attention GMOs have received in recent months — good and bad — confusion in the marketplace has inevitably followed, says the Organic Trade Association.More

Nestle: Size matters even as focus narrows
Nestle is trimming its huge range of businesses and pushing deeper into niche medical products to improve returns, but the food and beverage giant still likes its heft.More

Nestle aims to double direct commodities suppliers
Swiss food giant Nestle aims to boost its share of direct commodity purchases to ensure it keeps a tight grip on quality and supply chains, Chairman Peter Brabeck told an Austrian newspaper.More

Global pork market starts to shift
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Swine-disease outbreaks in the U.S. and Europe are starting to reshape global trade, enabling Brazil and other big pork producers to grab market share.The shift may help tamp down U.S. hog prices.More

Are food marketers missing a trick? (Boomers like yogurt and protein bars too)
Food Navigator-USA
The number of Americans aged 65+ will double in the next 25 years. But manufacturers of products that could have strong appeal to this demographic (Greek yogurt, protein bars) are not doing enough to target them, says IRI.More

Cramer: This company should 'frighten' food industry
As part of CNBC's Disruptor 50 series, Jim Cramer spoke with a company that he says should frighten much larger rivals. The company is Hampton Creek, No. 36 on CNBC's proprietary list of 50 private, venture-backed companies whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape.More

Beetnik's frozen entrees to be distributed by KeHE
Beetnik Foods
Beetnik, an Austin, Texas-based food company, has entered into an agreement with KeHE Distributors LLC to distribute Beetnik's line of Organic and All Natural Gluten Free frozen entrees.More

Sealed Air highlights meat waste and packaging trends
Global Meat News
Up to 30 percent of the world's food supply goes to waste — around 1.3 billion tons — delegates to the World Meat Congress were told.More

The fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the fruit: Draco and TRU team up
Food Production Daily
Draco Natural Products and TRU Aseptics are joining forces to produce a line of whole fruit and vegetable ingredients, housed in aseptic packaging.More

Food labeling and supply chain audits are key
Food Manufacture
The recent halal food scandals and reports of the presence of blood serums and offal in meat product tests serve to highlight several challenges for the food and drink industry.More

Heinz plant owners optimistic
The Windsor Star
Investor Surjit Babra says he was sold on buying Leamington's giant Heinz factory hours into his first plant visit for one reason alone: the "great attitude" of the people working in it.More

Pork products recalled after misbranding
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Wei-Chuan USA, Inc., a Bell Gardens, California, establishment, is recalling approximately 332 pounds of pork mini-bun products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

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