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Stunning rise of frozen fruit: 'Usage occasions have completely changed'
Food Navigator-USA
While sales in much of the U.S. frozen food category are pretty lackluster, sales of frozen fruit have surged in the past three years, with the category now worth more than $1 billion vs. just $300 million a decade ago, says Dole Packaged Foods.
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World's diet worsening with globalization, major study finds
Reuters
The world's diet has deteriorated substantially in the past two decades, a leading nutrition expert said Monday, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits.
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Organic industry skyrocketing; Target doubles selections
One Green Planet
Just how big is the organic industry? Well, how's this for a pesticide-free wow: Target is expected to double its organic and sustainable offerings in its more than 1,600 stores.

Related: UK: Healthy organic food sales buck industry trend (Financial Times)

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POLITICS


Republicans split on DHS funding, edging closer to partial agency shutdown
The Washington Post
Congressional Republicans remained sharply divided Monday over how to fund the Department of Homeland Security, prompting White House officials to begin preparations for a potential shutdown of the agency this weekend.

Related articles:
  • Congress inches closer to cliff (Politico)
  • Obama: I'll 'fight any attempt' to reverse immigration action (The Hill)

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    Conservative summit raises pressure on GOP ahead of possible shutdown
    The Hill
    GOP activists will converge this week on the nation's capital for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference just as Capitol Hill lawmakers are staring down a possible Department of Homeland Security Shutdown.
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    Millennials don't want to run for office
    The Washington Post
    A democratically elected government is only as good as those willing to stand for its offices. Yet polls suggest that many of us believe the country is a nearly hopeless mess — with trust in government at historical lows after steady decline over the past decade, and with Congress's approval rating hovering around that of Nickleback and cockroaches.
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    POLICY


    AAP: Sugar can be 'powerful tool' to improve children's diet
    Food Navigator-USA
    Added sugar in foods and drinks offers no nutritional benefits and contributes to the obesity epidemic by increasing consumption of empty calories, but it can help children eat a balanced, nutrient-dense diet, according to the American Academy of Pediatricians.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
     
    Supply + Demand = Opportunity

    Blueberries are one of the hottest ingredients in all types of beverages. Part of the reason is health but part is also the across-the-board appeal of blueberries with consumers of all ages and with product developers who appreciate the multitude of blueberry products available year-round.

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    Final frontier for school nutrition: Bake sales
    Reuters
    In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics says school nutrition has made incredible strides over the past two decades, but high-calorie, low quality foods are still available from informal sources like bake sales, birthday parties and other events for which students, parents and staff bring treats from home.

    Related: Buffalo district moves ahead with farm to school lunch plan (The AP via The Wall Street Journal)

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    Herbs and spices supply chain under scrutiny after nut findings
    Food Quality News
    Cases of cumin and paprika contaminated with almond protein will be the subject of an industry meeting Wednesday.
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    USDA weighs removal of lymph nodes to cut Salmonella in beef
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    The Food Safety and Inspection Service says ground beef tested for the school lunch program enjoys a low Salmonella detection rate and it may be because vendors are required to remove major lymph nodes, an intervention step regulators could be mulling over for the rest of the meat industry, USDA officials said Friday at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum.
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    US preparing positions for pesticide residues meeting
    Occupational Health & Safety
    USDA's Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, and EPA are sponsoring a public meeting March 16 in order to collect comments about the agenda items and draft U.S. positions that will be discussed at the 47th Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      Lamex Agrifoods

    Lamex Agrifoods is part of the Lamex Food Group with equity investments in processing facilities in Greece, Serbia and Chile, offering dual seasonality of fruit items. Our factories process the finest ORGANIC and CONVENTIONAL IQF Raspberries, Blackberries, Peaches, Apricots, Dark Sweet Cherries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Tart Cherries and more!
     

    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Dole CEO says buyout foes painting him as 'skunk'
    Bloomberg
    Dole Food Co. Chief Executive Officer David Murdock said investors suing over his $1.2 billion buyout of the fruit company designed to take it private are unfairly painting him as "a skunk" who stole the company on the cheap.
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    Analysis: US pizza market
    Globe Newswire
    "Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail," a new report from Research and Markets, places frozen pizza consumption trends within the context of 13 other foods and food types, ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables to processed foods to all-natural proteins.
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    World's largest freezer in final phase of construction
    KVEW-TV
    Developers of a mammoth cold storage facility say it's the largest freezer of its kind in all of North America, and it's nearing the final phase of construction in Richmond, Washington.
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    2 entrepreneurs may have just solved the impending fish shortage
    Bloomberg
    We're running out of fish, and the solution may lie in plants. A pair of entrepreneurs has developed an entirely vegetarian food that may help feed fish farms and stop the potentially catastrophic decline in fish numbers in the wild.
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    Tapping into the flavor pairing trend
    Food Navigator
    The concept of flavor pairing matches up weird and wonderful combinations — pork liver and jasmine, for instance — and there are ways for the food industry to cash in on this niche trend.
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    Temperature logs: A misunderstood liability
    Food Safety News
    Log documentation involving temperature is a necessary tool in any food processing environment. Temperature logs not only shed a light on whether an employee understands the process, but are also a strong indicator of potential liability.
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    Could food be route for Clostridium difficile infection?
    Food Quality News
    More research is needed to establish whether Clostridium difficile infection can be caused by food, according to researchers.
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    Will online grocery shopping lead to customer engagement in the US?
    Loyalty360
    Despite the fact that multichannel grocery shopping is surging across the globe, the U.S. lags far behind in this category according to a global study conducted by dunnhumby.
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