Frozen Express
Jul. 14, 2014

U.S. Food Waste Challenge marches toward goal of 400 partners by 2015
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA's ongoing U.S. Food Waste Challenge is seeking to sign up 400 partners by 2015 and 1,000 by 2020 — with the ultimate aim of drastically cutting down on the amount of food wasted by Americans.More

Taste genetics: A new way to look at policy and segment consumers?
Food Navigator
Can new research into the genetic basis of taste could help manufacturers and policy makers better understand consumer choices, purchase behavior and even the later risk of obesity and disease?More

Mondelez's cheese, grocery breakup said to lead to sale
Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Wheat Thins crackers, is separating its European cheese and grocery business in a move that may lead to a sale or spinoff, a person familiar with the matter said. More

Poll: Most GOP approve of SCOTUS
Republican support for the Supreme Court has increased 21 percent since last September, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Related: Poll: Democrats, GOP flip support of high court (The Hill) More

Goodlatte calls for 'targeted' border funding
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said Sunday that Congress should pass "targeted" emergency funding to respond to the border crisis, particularly in boosting resources to detain the unaccompanied children and sending them back to their home countries. More

White House plans highway funding blitz
The Hill
President Barack Obama and other top administration officials will pressure Congress to strike a deal on the Highway Trust Fund in a series of events this week, looking to coerce a deal before the financing for road, bridge, and mass-transit projects is exhausted next month.More

Ben & Jerry's co-founder continues GMO lobbying in Vermont
The Wall Street Journal
Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of the ice-cream giant Ben & Jerry's, joined Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio last week to speak in support of labeling mandates for foods containing genetically modified organisms. The company will donate $1 from each sale of its "Food Fight Fudge Brownie" ice cream to help the state of Vermont defend against a lawsuit filed by the food industry.More

USDA not divulging details of new poultry inspection rule
The Department of Agriculture has sent details of a proposed new rule for poultry inspection to the White House for review. However, they'd prefer if no one else knows the details of the proposal. "Although we do not discuss the specifics of the rule under review, the draft rule has been significantly informed by the feedback we received from our stakeholders, as well as from our interagency partners such as the Department of Labor," USDA said in a prepared statement. More

Germany's fear of 'chlorine chicken' complicates US trade talks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel once said she wished "for nothing more than a free-trade agreement between the USA and the EU." To the dismay of many in Brussels and Washington, Germans are now taking a very different view.

Related: WTO sees cooling trade barriers, seeks more transparency (Law360)More

Judge tosses HPP-treated juice lawsuit that alleged false advertising
Food Navigator-USA
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Hain Celestial over the marketing of its BluePrint high-pressure-processed juices on the grounds that the plaintiff derailed his own case by submitting scientific papers to the court which contradicted his own arguments.More

Superfood fads: Is this the future of food?
The Telegraph
Food can live and die by trends. A U.S. favorite, kale, has more than doubled its growth in five years. What's next for the food industry?More

Taco Bell's appeal to protein junkies
The Wall Street Journal
After introducing Doritos Locos Tacos and the breakfast Waffle Taco, Taco Bell is talking up tweaks to its menu to appeal to diners interested in somewhat more wholesome fare.More

BrusselKale could be the next big superfood
A new vegetable from British seed company Tozer Seeds, called BrusselKale in the U.S. but known as kalette, is expected to appear in supermarkets nationwide this fall. More

Iowa-grown 'super fruit' rising in popularity
Research says the extra antioxidants in aronia berries help with everything from lowering blood pressure to increasing energy. Now that they've caught on with the public, farmers are racing to keep up.More

North Korean drought could lead to problems in the meat industry
Global Meat News
The most severe drought since 1982 in North Korea threatens to bring about the collapse of its meat industry, as well as the start of a large-scale hunger problem among the population, experts predict. More

Indiana processor launches new stuffed chicken product
Milford Valley announced it has launched a new range of stuffed chicken minis for its retail chicken product line. More

Maine trying to turn back green crab invasion
Portland Press Herald
Public- and private-sector efforts are underway to prevent a green crab invasion from becoming a real-life horror to Maine's $17 million soft-shell clamming industry and marine life along the Maine coast.More

Film manufacturer brings new jobs to tristate region
Alliance Barrier Films, which provides a multilayer film for frozen food packaging, is opening a new facility that will bring about 70 new jobs to the Indiana-Kentucky-Illinois tristate region.More

Chocolate maker Lindt makes surprise move on Russell Stover
Swiss chocolate maker Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli said it had agreed to acquire family-owned U.S. candy business Russell Stover, giving it a bigger presence in the world's largest chocolate market. More

China's Hony Capital buysUK's PizzaExpress for $1.54 billion
Chinese private equity group Hony Capital Ltd. agreed to buy U.K. restaurant chain PizzaExpress Ltd. for about $1.54 billion. More