Frozen Express
Jul. 2, 2014

AFFI Government Action Summit registration now open! Frozen Food Filibuster welcomes NGA's Best Bagger Competition
American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz
The happenings in our nation's capital can have a profound, and sometimes detrimental, impact on your ability to conduct business. It's not surprising that business leaders are often frustrated by the actions, or inaction, of federal decision makers in our nation's capital. Thankfully, you have the power to make your views known through AFFI's 2014 Government Action Summit, planned Sept. 9-11. Register today!More

EFSA links acrylamide in food to higher risk of cancer
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA has confirmed previous evaluations that, based on animal studies, acrylamide in food potentially increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all age groups. More

Forget dinner. It's always snack time in America
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Americans are becoming serial snackers. What started as grazing more than three decades ago has turned into willy-nilly consumption patterns, disrupting the three-meal diet — and roiling the food industry.More

Poll: Obama worst president since WWII
A plurality of voters think Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 33 percent of voters think the current president is the worst since 1945.More

The Bill and Hillary Clinton money machine taps corporate cash
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Bill and Hillary Clinton helped raise more than $1 billion from U.S. companies and industry donors during two decades on the national stage, through ad campaigns, paid speeches and a network of organizations advancing their political and policy goals.More

Is South Dakota the Senate race Democrats forgot?
The Washington Post
Virginia Pearson has plenty of ideas about what South Dakota needs from its next U.S. senator, but little clue about a candidate who recently held an event in her town. "I don't know a lot about Rick Weiland," Pearson said. Neither do a lot of people in South Dakota.More

'Made in USA' group wants court to order Trader Joe's to comply with COOL
Food Safety News
Joel D. Joseph, chairman of the Los Angeles-based Made in USA Foundation, announced Tuesday that he wants a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit he filed in April against Trader Joe's over country-of-origin labeling.More

Berkeley residents to vote on soda tax in November
A California college town known for its liberal activism will vote in November on whether to place a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, touching off the latest obesity-fighting campaign in the United States.More

Oregon proponents of GMO labeling expect ballot measure to qualify
Advocates of mandatory labeling of genetically engineered crops in Oregon said they had collected more than enough signatures to qualify a measure for the November ballot, and planned to submit them Wednesday to state officials. More

Battle over honeybees is about to become Washington's next lobbying war
National Journal
The insect world's biggest murder mystery is moving to K Street. Those concerns hit the national stage last month when President Barack Obama launched a federal investigation to find out what is driving the decline.More

FMI: Food traceability needs common language
Food Production Daily
For traceability to work, food industry stakeholders must create and share a common language on safety and sourcing, according to an expert at the Food Marketing Institute.More

Nestle US chief looks for brands to fix or toss
The Wall Street Journal
When Paul Grimwood took over Nestle SA's struggling U.S. operations — seven businesses running 87 factories — a year and a half ago, he faced an unlikely problem: Hair nets.More

UN ranks 'Top 10' foodborne parasites
The Global Dispatch
A "Top 10" list of the foodborne parasites of greatest global concern was released Tuesday, and the U.N. is developing new guidelines to control them.More

NORPAC Foods, Inc. and Henningsen Cold Storage Co. celebrate new cold storage facility
American Frozen Food Institute
NORPAC Foods Inc., a leading producer of fruit and vegetable products, and Henningsen Cold Storage Co., a leading provider of full service, multi-temperature warehousing and logistics services, celebrated the opening of their new 225,000 square foot frozen food storage and distribution facility at an open house event on June 29 in Salem, Oregon.More

Consumer Reports finds shifting tastes among US fast food customers
Consumer Reports
The latest fast food survey by Consumer Reports shows a shift among American consumers whose patronage built giants like McDonald's and KFC. Today, those consumers focus more on value, healthy options and delectable fare.More

Toshiba moves into vegetable production
Bangkok Post
Toshiba Corp. says it will produce long-life vegetables in almost aseptic conditions with the aim of earning around $3 million in sales annually. More

Nestle sells Juicy Juice to Brynwood as purge of laggard units underway
Nestle SA, the world's biggest food company, sold the Juicy Juice fruit drink brand to Brynwood Partners LP as the Nescafe maker trims underperforming assets.More

As storage overflows, China expected to scrap corn stockpiling
China is expected to scrap its corn stockpiling scheme by as early as next year as it battles to reduce mammoth state reserves that account for more than half of global stocks.More

Supermarket house-brand loyalty
The Boston Globe
In the 1970s, supermarkets featured less expensive generic brands in monochromatic packaging that had little appeal except for the price. Since then, a series of economic recessions has produced more frugal consumers, and house brands have vastly improved.More

Pizza chain enters fast casual segment with new concept
Round Table Pizza, a chain of 450 restaurants located throughout the West Coast, has jumped into the fast casual segment with the opening of its new concept, Fresh Pixx. More

Nigeria's changing diet, shopping habits unveils a market of 170 million
In Nigeria, foreign investors see semblances of the consumer boom that swept through Brazil, China and India over the past decade: an underdeveloped country home to a population of about 170 million that is consistently posting annual economic growth above 6 percent.More

Stay Fresh Foods doubles its HPP capacity
Food Production Daily
The producer, specializing in health beverages, meats and salads, is installing Avure equipment that will double its capacity for high-pressure processing toll services.More

IFIC: Consumers value both fortified and naturally functional foods
Bakery & Snacks
Consumers are open to fortified foods just as much as those that contain naturally occurring functional ingredients, according to the International Food Information Council.More

Bühler stands out from the crowd with night vision goggle technology
Food Production Daily
Bühler is standing out from the competition by using InGaAs (indium-gallium-arsenide) technology in its Sortex sorters, which is similar to infrared detectors used in night vision goggles.More