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From freezer to microwave to table: Top 150 food processors
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods (free registration required)
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods provides an overview of the top 25 frozen food processors in each of six sectors. This year's "Top 150 Frozen Food Processors" report garnered an overall update rate of 71 percent across all categories.
Food prices heading higher
Using wholesale food prices as an indicator of things to come on the retail side, The Food Institute projects that food-at-home price inflation will trend higher into the second quarter of this year. This appears to coincide with USDA projections of 3 percent to 4 percent increases on an annualized basis for all of 2013.
Related: FAO: Food prices stable, wheat output to rise in 2013 (Reuters)
More companies getting involved in obesity fight
U.S. companies and other groups that have made attempts to reverse the nation's rising childhood obesity rate are starting to see results as more American kids exercise and have better access to healthy foods, they said Thursday.
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Organizing for Action still waiting for big Democratic donors
Some of the largest contributors to President Barack Obama's re-election efforts have not yet donated to the national advocacy organization launched this year to advance his second-term agenda, interviews with top Democratic donors show.
How the GOP forced Obama's hand
President Barack Obama used to want a grand deficit deal because he philosophically believed it was best for the country and politically believed it was best for him. Now he needs it because he has no choice.
Related: Turning on the charm, Obama tries to end gridlock (The Washington Post)
Rand Paul: 'Seriously' weighing 2016 bid
Before Thursday, Rand Paul — tea party firebrand — hadn't vaulted into the top tier of Republican power players. But all that seemed to change this week. The Kentucky Republican senator showed serious clout by holding a 13-hour filibuster to delay the confirmation of President Barack Obama's candidate to head the CIA, John Brennan.
Electability seen as virtue in GOP senate bid (The Wall Street Journal)
Levin's retirement leaves Michigan up for grabs (USA Today)
Obama budget delayed until April
The Obama administration will release its 2014 budget more than two months late on April 8, according to congressional sources. Pentagon officials have informed the House Armed Services Committee that the budget is coming on April 8, said Claude Chafin, a committee spokesman.
Employers to start using new I-9 form today
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a revised Form I-9 for employers to begin using March 8 as they verify the identity and employment authorization eligibility of their employees. The new form requires more information about employees, including passport details, telephone number and email addresses.
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Audit reveals some Houston schools violating nutrition guidelines
A state audit from the Texas Agriculture Department has leveled thousand of dollars in fines against some Houston schools for violating school nutrition guidelines.
Study: Food stamps not leading to more healthful choices for kids
Children whose families are on food stamps are just as likely to be overweight and obese as other low-income youth, a new study suggests. Researchers found poor children tend to have diets high in processed meats, saturated fat and sugary drinks and low in whole grains and fruits and vegetables — regardless of whether they receive federal nutrition assistance.
SAFE Seafood Act introduced to combat fish fraud
Food Safety News
U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., has reintroduced a bipartisan version of a previously introduced bill to combat widespread seafood fraud "that cheats fishermen and consumers, while posing health risks to pregnant mothers and others," according to Markey.
Related: Food fraud detection difficult but necessary (Food Business News)
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Center for Biosecurity: More aggressive responses needed
Food Safety News
The 15-year old Center for Biosecurity of UPMC has issued a new report, "When Good Food Goes Bad," calling for more aggressive action whenever foodborne illness outbreaks occur.
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California reefer rule expanded to shippers, receivers
An expansion of an existing California emissions regulation has left a bitter taste among many who work with the state’s produce industry. Beginning in January, enforcement officers employed by the California Air Resources Board have had the power to investigate and fine shippers and receivers suspected of hiring companies whose reefers don't meet the state's Transportation Refrigeration Unit regulation.
Prohibiting marketing of food to kids in Canada: A good idea?
Food Product Design
The Canadian government should bar commercial marketing of food and beverages to children under the age of 18 with a limited exception for campaigns for healthy products, professors and other academics argued in an article that was published in the Journal of Public Health Policy.
McDonald's February sales suffer from Leap Year
The Associated Press via USA Today
McDonald's new Fish McBites failed to hook enough diners to get the fast food chain's U.S. sales growing in February. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Friday that a key sales figure was down 3.3 percent in the U.S. for the month.
China: February exports surge in sign of improving global demand
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
China's exports surged more than expected in February in a possible sign of stronger global demand. Exports leaped 21.8 percent, well ahead of analysts' expectations of single-digit growth as companies shut down for the Lunar New Year holiday, data showed Friday.
Tuna recall expands to more than 3 million cans
A recall of Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea tuna has expanded and includes more than 3 million 5-ounce cans that the companies say were improperly sealed at a California plant. No illnesses have been reported and the manufacturing problem that caused the mistake has been fixed, the companies say.
Bloggers petition Kraft to cut dye from mac & cheese
As of late Thursday, more than 60,000 people had signed a two-day-old petition on the social action website Change.org, asking consumer food giant Kraft to remove two additives from its macaroni and cheese after bloggers discovered those additives are not found in the European version of Kraft's product.
Easier to do taxes than to eat healthy?
Slightly more than half of Americans believe it's easier to do taxes than learn how to eat healthy, according to a recent survey by the International Food Information Council. Most say the stream of often contradictory advice about carbs, fats, calories and nutrition makes it tough to know what — and how much — to eat.
'Never-fried' french fries hit the market
J.R. Simplot Company has redefined the french fry experience with this week's launch of CravOn™, its first "never-fried" frozen french fry for retail.
Pinnacle Foods returns to profitability in year
Food Business News (free registration required)
Pinnacle Foods returned to profitability during fiscal 2012 as the company experienced less in charges than during the previous year.
Nielsen: French frozen beef sales continue to slide
Sales in France of frozen meals made with beef fell sharply for a third straight week in the wake of a horse meat scandal in Europe, bringing lost sales in the category to $2.62 million, consumer research firm Nielsen said Friday.
State sees dramatic rise in Salmonella
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgians are at greater risk of contracting salmonella food poisoning today than a decade ago, according to figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control. The figures fly in the face of promises by state and federal health officials to improve food safety.
Supply chain experts to tackle food costs from farm to fork
The 2013 Protein Innovation Summit will kick off April 15 with programming designed to establish context on the increasingly expensive world in which food makers operate and offer strategies on how to navigate them throughout the supply chain.
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