Frozen Express
Jul. 18, 2013

Peltz: PepsiCo should buy Mondelez, spin off drinks
Activist shareholder Nelson Peltz dialed up pressure on PepsiCo Inc., saying it should buy Mondelez International Inc. for more than $62 billion and spin off its soft drink business.More

Ingredients watch: FDA to assess Salmonella risk from eating tree nuts
Food Quality News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking to quantify the public health risk associated with Salmonella in tree nuts after admitting the exact details are not fully understood.More

New York to hold public hearing on proposed GMO labeling law
New York Daily News
The New York Assembly's Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection has scheduled a public hearing July 30 to debate the merits of a bill currently before the legislature that would require manufacturers to list whether their products contain genetically engineered ingredients.More

Immigration reform's dog days
The White House and its immigration reform allies are banking on the August recess as their next — and possibly last — major opportunity to compel House Republicans to act.

Related: Senate immigration plan wins majority support from public (The Washington Post)More

Fundraising hauls hint at 2014 hot spots and trouble spots for Dems, GOP
The Hill
The second-quarter fundraising reports for Senate and House candidates are mostly in. While it's too early to write off poor money raisers or crown fundraising powerhouses with front-runner status, the reports offer a clear snapshot of who's up and who's down in many of the most competitive 2014 races.

Related articles:

  • GOP struggles for traction in pivotal North Carolina Senate race (The Hill)
  • Super PAC aims at Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes (Politico)
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    Klobuchar going to Iowa
    The Washington Post
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who is getting a little early buzz as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, is heading to Iowa as headliner for the North Iowa Democrats' 10th Annual Wing Ding Aug. 16.More

    Another appeals court invalidates Obama's NLRB recess appointments
    The Richmond, Va.-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled Wednesday that President Barack Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were not consitutional recess appointments, making it the third circuit court to invalidate the appointments.More

    What happens next for food stamps and the farm bill?
    McClatchy Washington Bureau via The Seattle Times
    The removal of food stamps from the farm bill by the House of Representatives raised concerns among low-income families, farmers and lawmakers in both parties.

    Related: Ballooning food stamp rolls highlight ideological divide (The Seattle Times) More

    Merrigan's last act: Enlisting extension agents as 'voices for food'
    Food Safety News
    About two weeks before she stepped down from her position as U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Kathleen Merrigan reached out to ag extension agents in a six-state "Voices for Food" campaign.More

    Appealing a noncompliance record? Here's what FSIS inspectors do
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has provided its meat and poultry inspectors with updated procedures regarding how to respond when an establishment appeals a finding of noncompliance.More

    New Jersey weighs tax on plastic, paper grocery bags
    Ocean Signal
    New Jersey Assembly bill S-675, hailed as the "Plastic and Paper Bag Reduction Act," would tack on 10 cents for every paper or plastic bag consumers use at the checkout counter. More

    India school tragedy raises questions for free food plan
    The deaths of at least 23 Indian children poisoned after eating a free school meal cooked in insecticide-tainted oil has triggered an outcry over food safety just as the ruling Congress party is set to launch an ambitious plan to feed 800 million poor, with an eye on elections due within a year.More

    Is Wendy's sending moms a secret message?
    The Stir
    Have you taken a close look at Wendy's newest logo? The ruffles in Wendy's collar seem to spell out "MOM," which is garnering attention among the mommy blogger population.More

    Frozen food's role in fighting senior hunger
    AFFI members deserve thanks for their enormous contributions to America every day through the production of a plentiful variety of nutritious and affordable foods. More

    Weis begins new price freeze in groceries
    Progressive Grocer
    Weis Markets has launched its 11th round of price freezes, effective in all 164 stores, on more than 1,300 products. Newly reduced prices will remain at discounted levels for 90 days.More

    Supervalu Q1 net soars on lower operating costs, but revenue down
    The Wall Street Journal
    Supervalu Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared amid lower operating costs, although the wholesale and retail grocery company's revenue continued to weaken. Supervalu's sales have been pressured by increased competition from dollar stores, drugstores and mass-market retailers such as Wal-Mart, which are expanding their grocery departments. More

    No Colonel or bones in KFC upmarket restaurant
    USA Today
    KFC offers flatbread sandwiches, salads, rice bowls and boneless chicken at its market-testing Louisville "KFC eleven."More

    Why foodborne illness could rise during heat waves
    Refrigerated food trucks that make deliveries to restaurants, markets and stores, sometimes struggle to keep their cool during triple-digit heat.More

    Expert: Food industry is key in preventing diabetes, cognitive decline
    Food Navigator
    The food industry must continue to innovate new food products that help consumers with pre-diabetes and glucose intolerance to reverse their long-term risk of diabetes and dementia, according to Professor Louise Dye.More

    Grocery Direct Consolidated Transportation announces name change
    Grocery Direct Consolidated Transportation Inc. has changed its name to Shippers Express Truck Lines Inc., effective immediately.More

    Food fraud: Honey and 7 other commonly mislabeled foods
    Medical Daily
    The growing number of cases of food fraud has yielded the inauguration of the Food Fraud Database to track food fakery of household goods sold in stores nationwide. Some products are more likely than others to be the target of fraudulence.More