Frozen Express
Dec. 10, 2013

Top 10 supermarket trends coming in 2014
Omaha World-Herald
With growing selections of healthy snacks, store brands, recipe apps and international flavors, supermarkets will evolve in 2014 to better meet consumers' desires to save money, save time, eat healthfully and enjoy their food while doing it, a supermarket expert predicts. The "Supermarket Guru," ConAgra Foods Consultant Phil Lempert, said in his annual trend forecast that supermarkets are making dramatic changes to respond to the demands of an evolving consumer. Here are Lempert's Top 10 Trends for 2014.More

Little consumers have big impact on food packaging
For 17 years, Goodwin Design Group has helped deliver child-focused food/beverage products and packaging for General Mills, Campbell's, Hain-Celestial and other big-name clients. Designing food and beverage packaging and products for kids calls for a balanced approach. Children may be the smallest consumers, but their impact on purchasing decisions and product development is immense, Goodwin told

Colorado firm recalls meat and poultry products produced under 'insanitary conditions'
Food Safety News
Yauk's Specialty Meats of Windsor, Colo., is recalling approximately 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under insanitary conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. FSIS began a food safety assessment at the plant on Dec. 5 and discovered that product was being produced under insanitary conditions, including rodent activity in the production, storage and retail areas of the property. FSIS has suspended the assignment of inspectors at the establishment, and the investigation is ongoingMore

Reformers could be key on farm bill
On a 230-194 vote last June, the House attached a tough new set of payment reforms to farm subsidies. Minutes later, two-thirds of the same 230 "reformers" turned around and voted against the bill on final passage. That split still echoes six months later in the final House-Senate negotiations on the farm bill this week. And as they push toward a final deal, the agriculture committees have to ask themselves at each step: Who can be counted on in what could be a very tight vote on final passage? More

The GOP civil war just got worse
The Washington Post
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, surprised the political world Monday when he filed at the last minute to challenge Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, complicating the senator's reelection bid just when it looked to be virtually problem-free. In doing so, Stockman not only threw a wrench in Cornyn's plans, he also intensified the broader GOP civil war that is vexing the lives of Republican senators like never before. Seven of the 12 up for reelection next year now face capable or potentially tough primary challengers, including the two top-ranking Republicans and a third who used to serve in leadership.More

Tough tactics on immigration reform
Immigration reform advocates have tried being polite. They've staged acts of civil disobedience and warned Republicans the party will pay at the ballot box if they drag their feet on an overhaul. But none of that has worked — so now, immigration activists are in all-out harassment mode. In recent weeks, advocates have taken a decidedly sharper, more aggressive turn in their efforts to pressure lawmakers — primarily Republicans — on an immigration overhaul that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.

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Alaskan Senator warns FDA not to surprise Santa with GE salmon decision (login required)
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) says FDA should "leave surprises to Santa this season" and not slip through a decision on the genetically engineered salmon during the holiday like the agency did in 2012. But AquaBounty Technologies, the company hoping to market the product, says Begich "continues to interfere with the operations of a science-based agency, which is unfortunate."More

AFDO, NASDA plead with FDA to open communication to make FSMA work (login required)
If FDA does not coordinate with state agencies to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, especially the produce safety regulation, the program could fail, warns the Association of Food and Drug Association in Nov. 13 comments to FDA. All segments of the food industry are busy trying to get a handle on the reach of the new FSMA rules, and it appears state officials are no closer to understanding their role, especially in implementing the massive new produce safety regulation, and whether they have the capacity to make it happen.More

Reforming food stamps, yet coddling millionaires?
The advancements in U.S. agricultural productivity are one of the great accomplishments of the 20th century. Because agriculture has been one of the lone bright spots in the national economy, it's led to people from all sides to be critical of the current farm bill negotiations.More

Some frozen produce healthier than fresh
The Grower
Although many consumers may believe that fresh produce contains more nutrients than frozen, a University of Georgia study done in collaboration with the Frozen Food Foundation says otherwise.More

Trouble in the food aisle: Tobacco's road?
Convenience Store News
It's no secret that food policy activist groups have long been seeking some type of large-scale legal action against food manufacturers and retailers, using the case against tobacco as a road map.More

South Korea building national food cluster around new food safety center
Food Safety News
Two hours south of Seoul by comfortable and quiet train ride is Iksan City, where the Korea National Food Cluster is being built just east of town. JD Kim, assistant manager for the investment promotion team of the agency for the project also known as "Foodpolis," stays busy running tours back and forth between the development site and Iksan City Hall. His passengers are coming from around the world, mostly from the food industry, academia and foreign governments. They come to Iksan not only to kick the dirt upon which Foodpolis will rise, but to learn more about what might be a huge business opportunity. South Korea has already invested more than $500 million in the idea, which it has been working on since 2007.More

WhiteWave Foods to buy organic brand Earthbound Farm
Food Safety News
Dairy producer WhiteWave Foods has announced plans to pay about $600 million to purchase Earthbound Farm, the largest organic produce brand in the U.S. Earthbound Farm was the producer behind the 2006 spinach E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 200 people and killed three. Following that outbreak, the company redesigned its food safety practices to become an industry leader in growing safe produce.More

'In meat we trust' traces how the meat industry helped shape US identity
Southern California Public Radio
Americans eat more meat per capita than any country except Luxembourg. So for better or worse, you could say that eating meat is as American as apple pie. Throughout our history, the American meat industry has been both a source of American pride and suspicion. But how did meat come to define part of what it is to be American?More

Inventure foods to invest $3.9 million in freezing capabilities, new equipment
PR Newswire
Inventure Foods, Inc. announced freezing tunnels for an estimated total purchase price of $3.9 million in 2014. "We continue to look for opportunities to meet growing demand for our frozen fruit products, while also improving margins in our frozen fruit segment by increasing our internal freezing capabilities," said Terry McDaniel, Chief Executive Officer of Inventure Foods, Inc.More

Food prices in UK to rise faster than salaries until 2018: Fresh produce could become a rare treat for poorer families
Daily Mail
Food prices are predicted to rise faster than incomes every year until 2018, with meat and fresh fruit and vegetables becoming only an occasional treat for some. The cost of putting food on the table is forecast to rise by 3.8 percent next year and still further in 2015, according to industry experts. They also say the cost of eating out in restaurants and pubs has increased by 7 percent in the past six months. More