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Frozen food makers plan PR push as sales slip
The Associated Press via The Big Story
With sales slipping in the category, frozen food makers are in the final stages of preparing a major public relations campaign to defend the nutritional reputation of their products.

Editor's note: American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz is quoted in this story describing the AFFI-led Frozen Food Roundtable consumer-facing campaign designed to change how consumers think and feel about frozen foods. To learn how your company can become a campaign supporter, please contact AFFI Vice President of Communications Corey Henry at chenry@affi.com or (703) 821-0770.

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Family Dollar to cut prices, close 370 stores
Fox News
After posting lower-than-expected earnings in the second quarter, Family Dollar Stores plans to close 370 stores, cut jobs and slash prices on nearly 1,000 basic items to boost results.

Related: Family Dollar, other retailers see shoppers pull back (Reuters)

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Dieters move past calories, food makers follow
The Associated Press via WCPO-TV
The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. Now, people want to lose weight while still feeling satisfied. And they want to do it without foods they consider processed.
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The Supreme Court sides with your freedom of speech
AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz
By now you've probably read, seen or heard about last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision eliminating overall political contribution caps on individuals. In its decision, the High Court's majority sided with allowing individuals to fully exercise their Constitutional right to free speech.

Related: GOP creates new fundraising groups after McCutcheon ruling (Politico)

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Senate Majority PAC raises $11 million
Politico
Locked in a heated and already-expensive battle for control of the U.S. Senate, the Democratic group Senate Majority PAC started the fundraising year with a bang, raising $11 million over the first three months of 2014.

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    The 5 best primaries in the country
    The Washington Post
    After a slate of early primary elections in Texas, Illinois and Florida, there hasn't been a state or congressional primary election in a few weeks. It's the last real quiet period before primary season kicks into full gear starting next month when nearly a dozen states will nominate candidates for Congress and governor.
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    5 ways to fix the Highway Trust Fund
    The Hill
    Lawmakers are scrambling to find ways to plug a $20 billion hole in the Highway Trust Fund before a projected bankruptcy this fall.
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    FSMA questions dominate session with top food safety regulators
    Food Safety News
    Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told the audience at the Food Safety Summit's Town Hall on Thursday to expect a document explaining the principles guiding the agency's internal work for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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    Opinion: Banning GMO labeling is a bad idea — for GMOs
    Time
    A bill introduced in Congress would nullify any state effort to require labeling of genetically modified organisms. But that will make GMO acceptance even less likely, as public support for GMO labels is on the rise.
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    New guide targets traceability to push sustainability in global supply chains
    The Financial
    The United Nations Global Compact and BSR released a first-of-its-kind guide on traceability to help companies and stakeholders worldwide address the evolving landscape of supply chain sustainability and meet their broader sustainability goals, according to U.N. Global Compact.
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    NIOSH director 'surprised' by FSIS reaction to poultry plant report
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health failed to directly indicate which information it thinks FSIS officials misinterpreted when considering poultry processing line speeds.
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    China's limits on GMO corn drive rift in US farm industry
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    China's tougher stance on imports of genetically modified corn is roiling U.S. agribusiness, largely halting trade in the biggest U.S. crop in its fastest-growing market. By one industry estimate, exports are down 85 percent year-over-year.
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    What happened to fast food workers when San Jose raised wages?
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    Climate change, rising CO2 will reduce quality of food
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    In 15 years, food giants took over the organic business
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    Producer prices post largest gain in 9 months
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    U.S. producer prices recorded their largest increase in nine months in March as the cost of food and services rose, pointing to some pockets of inflation at the factory gate.

    Related: US import prices rise on surge in food costs (Reuters)

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    General Mills slams Cornell cereal study as 'absurd' pseudo-science
    Bakery & Snacks
    General Mills has slammed research suggesting on-pack cereal mascots are positioned to gaze into children's eyes, calling the findings "absurd" and describing the study as pseudo-science.
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    El Nino more than 50 percent likely by summer
    Reuters
    The chances have increased over the past month that the much-feared El Nino phenomenon, which has the potential to wreak havoc on global crops, would strike by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the federal U.S. weather forecaster said Thursday.
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    California town plans new move against Sriracha hot sauce plant
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    The small Southern California town of Irwindale has opened a new front in its battle against what it says is a pungent, tear-inducing odor from a chili processing factory owned by the makers of Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce.
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    Potential BPA replacements 'need more study'
    Food Quality News
    Denmark's National Food Institute has said it considers it "unwise" to replace bisphenol A with any of five compounds it studied until more data is available.
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    Improper pest management bugs food safety managers
    Food Production Daily
    Insects might be small, but they can cause big problems in a food processing operation if they are not properly dealt with, say USDA officials.
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    South Dakota beef plant may make a go of it
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    What the next step is for an idled beef plant on the south side of Aberdeen, S.D., remains unclear, but the finalization of the bankruptcy sale of the former Northern Beef Packers to White Oak Financial Advisors has settled two matters.
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    Dole launches Dole Power Up Greens line in US
    FBR
    American food company Dole has launched Dole Power Up Greens, a new line of packaged greens that can be used in a range of salads, smoothies, stir-fry dishes, among others.
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