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Another AFFI-CON success!
American Frozen Food Institute
More than 1,300 delegates joined the American Frozen Food Institute in making AFFI-CON 2015 a resounding success! AFFI-CON remains the premier annual gathering place for the frozen food and beverage community.
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Another study shows kids eating more healthy food, throwing less away
USDA
A new study published in Childhood Obesity has again confirmed that students are consuming healthier food at school as a result of the updated meal standards. The study further demonstrates that, contrary to anecdotal reports, the new standards are not contributing to an increase in plate waste.

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  • School Nutrition Association endorses Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act (PoliticalNews.me)

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    Academics and industry clash over WHO sugar advice
    Food Navigator
    Academics have welcomed the WHO's recommendation to slash added sugar intake to 5-10 percent of calories — but the food industry has said it is misleading and based on weak evidence.

    Related: UN: World eating too much sugar (The AP via The Inquirer)

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    POLITICS


    Amid Clinton controversies, Democrats yearn for an alternative
    The Washington Post
    Democratic activists in early presidential nominating states say new controversies swirling around Hillary Rodham Clinton have made them more eager than ever for alternatives in 2016.

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  • Hillary Clinton's penchant for secrecy rattles Democrats (The Hill)

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    Why Democrats think they'll retake the Senate in 2016
    The Wall Street Journal
    Democrats, after suffering the indignity of losing their Senate majority in 2014, have high hopes of winning it back in 2016. That is in large part because the political map for Senate elections next year seems to be tilted in their favor, mirroring the GOP-favored battlefield of 2014.
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    Reid scores early victory as opposition leader
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Senate Democrats think they have had a good couple of weeks, including a win in a battle over immigration and homeland security funding, but their leader is warning them against taking any victory laps just yet.
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    POLICY


    AFFI leads effort against new food regulatory taxes
    American Frozen Food Institute
    An AFFI-led coalition of nearly 60 like-minded organizations recently urged Congress to develop a fiscal year 2016 budget request that fully funds FDA food safety programs without saddling consumers and food makers with burdensome new taxes or fees.
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    Budget subcommittee zeroes in on FDA's request for more FSMA funding
    Food Safety News
    The increased funding the FDA has requested for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act in fiscal year 2016 was one of the key topics of discussion Wednesday during a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing.
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    Organic certifier offers non-GMO seal
    The Packer
    California Certified Organic Farmers is offering members a new seal — Non-GMO & More — that underscores a long-established prohibition of genetically modified organisms in organic.
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    OSHA publishes final text of whistleblower protection rule
    Federal Register
    After receiving just five comments, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has finalized the procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
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    Senate passes resolution to block NLRB 'ambush' rule
    Law360 (subscriber story)
    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board from implementing its contentious new union election rule, after several lawmakers criticized the "ambush election" rule for its purported unfairness to both employers and employees.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    AFFI elects new board leadership
    American Frozen Food Institute
    AFFI recently announced the election of three officers and eight members to the AFFI Board of Directors. The elections took place at the AFFI Annual Meeting and Keynote Breakfast held in conjunction with the 2015 AFFI Frozen Food Convention in Anaheim, California.
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    Colliers lists cold storage facility lease
    American Frozen Food Institute
    AFFI Advantage Partner Colliers International, through their Food Advisory Services group, recently listed a 286,839-square-foot cold storage facility in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for lease.
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    Preferred Freezer Services expands in Houston area
    American Frozen Food Institute
    Preferred Freezer Services has expanded its busy Houston Express location to keep pace with growing customer demand. The expansion adds 84,686 square feet to existing freezer space and 13,058 square feet to the loading dock.
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    Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery
    The Associated Press via Foster's Daily Democrat
    "Artificial and natural flavors" have become ubiquitous terms on food labels, helping create vivid tastes that would otherwise be lost in mass production. As the science behind them advances, however, some are calling for greater transparency about their safety and ingredients.
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    Wal-Mart focuses on grocery sales
    Arkansas Online
    CFO Charles Holley, speaking Wednesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Consumer and Retail Conference, said new Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Greg Foran is "very focused" on grocery improvements.
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    Processors applaud McDonald's move on antibiotics in chicken
    Meatingplace
    Poultry processors, whether they are McDonald's suppliers or not, are all in favor of McDonald's announcement this week that it will stop using chickens exposed to human antibiotics in the next two years.
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    'Forks Over Knives' examines dietary changes as cure for disease
    The Brown Daily Herald
    The documentary "Forks Over Knives" examines how many diseases can be controlled and even reversed by switching to a plant-based diet with fewer processed foods.
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    Cooksimple using meal kits to 'revitalize' grocery center aisles
    Food Navigator-USA
    The CEO of the startup The Healthy Pantry hopes Cooksimple, a healthier, modernized take on iconic meal kits, will revitalize the center of the grocery store, which he compared to the ghetto.
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    Cap'n Crunch enlisted to boost Taco Bell's breakfast sales
    Daily Finance
    Taco Bell is testing Cap'n Crunch-coated doughnut holes for its nascent morning menu.
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    Fastest-growing frozen brand in natural channel showcases new line
    PRWeb via San Antonio Express-News
    Blake's All Natural Foods plans to showcase new flavors along with classic products that have helped it succeed in the natural frozen food category.
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    Michael Angelo's debuts new mostly organic meals
    Austin360
    Instead of going with a fully organic line, Michael Angelo's is now selling frozen meals that are made with 70 percent or more organic ingredients.
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    Nanobombs terminate foodborne microbes
    The Scientist
    Peppering charged water nanoparticles onto fruits and vegetables can eliminate potentially harmful foodborne microbes, researchers from Harvard and their colleagues reported in Environmental Science & Technology.
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    Supply chain analytics empowers warehouse software
    Food Logistics
    With technology offering new ways to make warehouse operations more efficient, the warehouse can become a competitive advantage for a company that manages food and beverage inventory.
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