Frozen Express
Jul. 9, 2014

School cafeteria fight: What's for lunch?
The New York Times
Patti Montague, CEO of the School Nutrition Association, weighs in on recent coverage of the battle involving the federal school nutrition program.More

Foster Farms battles insurers over definition of 'recall'
Foster Farms and its London insurers are facing off over the definition of "product recall" as the poultry producer seeks payment of $14.2 million in claims arising from a government-mandated shutdown of one of its plants, court documents show.

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PepsiCo: Product innovation is the key to success
Food Manufacture-UK
Global food and drink giant PepsiCo's future success will hinge on it continuing to innovate, differentiate itself from the competition and raise its operational efficiency to grow its consumer base, according to the company's executive vice president. More

Republicans go all in on Ohio
The Hill
Republicans are betting on Cleveland to turn around their 2016 fortunes in the perpetual swing state of Ohio. The party on Tuesday announced it would hold its national convention in the industrial heart of Ohio, a state that no Republican since Abraham Lincoln has lost while winning the presidency. More

John Boehner urges action on border bill
Speaker John Boehner told Republicans in a closed meeting Wednesday morning that the House should act on a supplemental spending bill that deals with the border crisis before it leaves for the August recess, according to multiple sources.

Related: John Boehner: Immigration could be in suit (Politico)More

The 113th Congress is historically good at not passing bills
The Washington Post
With its August recess imminent and midterm elections following soon after, it's regularly assumed that Congress is done for the year. And, therefore, the 113th Congress, barring a legislative miracle, will soon officially be the least productive ever.More

USDA seeks comments on school nutrition cost study
Office of the Federal Register
USDA is seeking public comment on its study of school nutrition and meal costs, according to a document slated for publication in the Federal Register. "With the implementation of the new meal patters, nutrition requirements and other changes, FNS has to determine the success of school meals in meeting the program goals set by the new standards, the cost of serving healthful meals that are acceptable to children and the relationship of the school meals and competitive foods to children's participation in the programs and dietary quality."More

Senate Democrats oppose House road vote timeline
The Hill
A pair of influential Senate Democrats is opposing a plan from Republicans in the House to push a fight over transportation and infrastructure funding into the next Congress. More

Soda tax's last stand? Bay Area preps for showdown
The Associated Press via Sun Herald
Two California cities — San Francisco and Berkeley — are aiming to become the first in the nation to pass per-ounce taxes on sugary drinks. But if it doesn't happen in these two progressive cities, will the idea finally fizz out?More

Policy proposals include 9 p.m. threshold for junk food ads
Food Navigator
A 9 p.m. watershed for junk food adverts could become part of Labour Party policy in the run-up to the U.K. general election next year.More

APHIS amends testing procedures in National Poultry Improvement Plan
Office of the Federal Register
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will announce in the Federal Register that it is amending the National Poultry Improvement Plan and its auxiliary provisions by removing the descriptions of specific tests and sanitation procedures from the regulations. "Instead, we will require tests to be performed and sanitation to be maintained in a manner approved by the Administrator."More

How not to annoy grocery shoppers via mobile
While consumer packaged goods brands spend more of their digital ad dollars on desktop than they do on mobile, many say their mobile spend is increasing. More

Backlash has begun against gluten-free dieters
The Washington Post
The swelling ranks of Americans adopting gluten-free diets have given rise to another hot trend: People calling the whole thing a bunch of baloney. More

Lawmakers want all Foster Farms plants closed
Food Safety Magazine
Two Congresswomen on Monday called for all Foster Farms poultry processing facilities to be shut until a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened over 600 people is stopped. More

Retailers swallow online food cost to lock in shoppers
Big retailers are taking a calculated hit to margins to invest in online grocery operations, in the hope they can persuade consumers to add more profitable items like clothes and computers to their orders of fruit and vegetables.More

IBM creates system to speed up outbreak investigations
Food Quality News
A system that combines retail data with public health case reports could speed up outbreak investigations and provide better information on suspected products, according to IBM.More

'Aquatic chicken' could feed billions around the world
Food Navigator-Asia
A common fish that was said to have fed thousands in biblical times could feed billions of mouths in the future as food stocks struggle to keep pace with population growth. More

New meat, poultry, seafood products revamp at-home meal solutions
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
There's no shortage of meal solutions. Thats because todays meat, poultry and seafood processors have beefed up the at-home eating experience with a slew of unique offerings.More

Preferred Freezer Services expands in Miami area
Preferred Freezer Services
Preferred Freezer Services, a global leader in advanced design and engineered temperature-controlled warehouses, announces the newest addition to its continually expanding footprint in South Florida. The new Miami area facility is the company's fourth cold storage facility in Florida and the 30th in the United States.More

Best-of-breed supply chain solutions
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Whether it's managing one location or 100 facilities, today's refrigerated and frozen food processors require the best of the best in order to effectively manage their supply chains. That's why today's software providers offer best-of-breed supply chain solutions.More

5 tips for international brands expanding to Canada
Just Eat Canada via The Globe and Mail
Just Eat Canada's Todd Masse writes, "When it comes to our big, beautiful country, a one-size-fits-all approach to introducing an international brand just doesn't work. There are several extremely important factors to consider when entering new terrain."More

Green Sriracha: New hot sauce heats up spice market
Bloomberg TV
Sriracha, the popular hot sauce, doesn't just come in fire-truck red anymore: A new version of the sauce, made by New York-based Musashi Foods, comes in forest green. Musashi owner Gideon Sarraf gives Bloomberg an exclusive look at his colorful new product. More