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Association putting a fresh face on frozen food
Associations Now
With sales on the decline, the American Frozen Food Institute is working to launch a new marketing campaign for the industry. Among other things, the group's members hope to show how low-cost foods can allow thrifty consumers to eat healthfully on a budget.

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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Consumer prices rise more than forecast on food
Bloomberg
The cost of living in the U.S. rose more than projected in March as food and rents became more expensive, helping ease Federal Reserve concerns that inflation is too low.
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Breakfast on the rise, frozen handhelds lead percentage growth
Facts, Figures & the Future
Breakfast is taking multiple paths across America. Protein, portability and ethnic tastes are at the head of the pack.
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GOP Senate may run purple
Politico
Republicans on the campaign trail say they're going to take control of the Senate in November. But what they don't say is that they'll still need Democrats to get anything done.

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    Grimes outraises McConnell in Kentucky Senate race
    USA Today
    Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes outraised Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, collecting $2.7 million during the first three months of the year, her campaign announced Tuesday.

    Related: McConnell raises $2.4 million for Senate race (USA Today)

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    Democrats target dozens of GOP in year's 'last effort' on immigration reform
    The Hill
    House Democrats on Tuesday increased their pressure on GOP supporters of immigration reform to fight harder for a bill this year.
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    CBO says food stamp costs could drop by $24 billion
    Politico
    After the buckets of political blood spilled over food stamps this past year, the Congressional Budget Office has quietly lowered its cost estimate for the nutrition program by $24 billion over the next decade.
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    4 nonprofits join defense of GMO law against suit
    Honolulu Star Advertiser (subscriber story)
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren on Monday allowed four nonprofits — including the Center for Food Safety — to join Kauai County, Hawaii, in defending a new ordinance that regulates pesticide use and genetically modified crops against a federal lawsuit by seed companies challenging its legality.
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    FSIS adds sodium reducers, antimicrobial to list of approved substances
    Meatingplace
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has added six new substances — including an antimicrobial, binder and flavoring agent — to its list of substances that are approved for use in the production of meat and poultry products.
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    FDA honey guidance a response to labeling litigation?
    Food Navigator-USA
    Honey mixed with other sweeteners must be labeled as a blend, rather than just "honey," according to a draft guidance issued by the FDA last week. So what's the most interesting part about the guidance?
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    Ackee products can be seized, refused for toxin levels, FDA rules
    Food Safety News
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing final guidance on enforcement criteria for ackee products containing the toxin hypoglycin A.
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    FDA allows irradiation of crustaceans
    Food Quality News
    Using ionizing radiation on crustaceans to control foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life is to be permitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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    Further horse meat tests ordered in EU
    Food Quality News
    A new round of tests to see if beef products contain horse has been ordered by the European Commission.
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    Lower salt intake linked to plummeting CVD deaths
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    The 15 percent fall in dietary salt intake over the past decade in England is likely to have had a key role in the 40 percent drop in deaths from heart disease and stroke.

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    See trailer for 'Fed Up' before it hits theaters
    Mother Nature Network
    After it debuted at Sundance, "Fed Up" had the food industry on the defensive. "Fed Up" quickly found a distributor after that debut, and it's set to hit theaters on May 9.

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    Wal-Mart to Beijing: Clean up your own act
    The Wall Street Journal
    After $9.8 million in fines in three years, Wal-Mart is doing something that Western companies rarely do in China: Telling authorities they should clean up their own act.

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    Profit tastes like chicken in search for cheap meat
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Record-high prices for U.S. beef burgers and pork chops are helping to make 2014 the most profitable year ever for chicken producers.
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    Specialty foods extend hot streak
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    In an economy where millions of households forgo purchases of homes, cars, trips and boats, consumers do apparently perceive specialty foods as affordable indulgences: Sales of specialty foods have grown 8 percent to exceed $88.3 billion in 2013, reports the Specialty Food Association.

    Related: Halal food, lifestyle sectors to be worth $2.47 trillion by 2018 (Arabian Gazette)

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    From Aji peppers to purple corn, Peruvian cuisine is hot, says Packaged Facts
    Food Navigator-USA
    Peruviuan cuisine is a hot culinary trend and a "powerful funnel for bringing resurgent South American cuisine into the U.S. food retail and foodservice market," according to a new report from Packaged Facts.
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    Nestle reports sales drop in first quarter, blames strong franc
    Agence France Presse via The Economic Times
    The world's leading food industry group saw its sales plunge 5.1 percent in the first quarter, it said Tuesday, blaming the effect of exchange rates and strength of the Swiss franc.
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    Coca-Cola sales beat estimates as China volumes soar
    Reuters
    Coca-Cola Co reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue as strong sales in China more than offset a drop in Europe and flat volumes in North America.

    Related: PepsiCo earnings preview: Soft drinks underperform again (Forbes)

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    Domino's Pizza expands menu with chicken items
    Meatingplace
    Domino's Pizza has launched a new boneless chicken product to its menu — the first new product for the pizza chain since the launch of Handmade Pan Pizza in September 2012.
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    Sustainable food packaging for 2014 and beyond
    Archita Datta Majumdar
    According to a new report, the global food packaging industry will reach close to $258 billion this year. With more and more focus given to sustainable food packing, the industry is definitely poised for major change.
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    Dried egg recall expands to include additional 83,000 pounds of product
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Nutriom LLC, a Lacey, Wash. establishment, is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The first related recall in this incident was issued in February and expanded in March.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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    New market brings a wave of seafood to Salt Lake City
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Standing inside Ocean City Seafood Market, it's possible to forget you live in a desert. Live crabs, clams and lobsters are shipped from Maryland, Canada, Asia or "wherever we can find it fresh."
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    Personifying your brand: Mascots in social media
    Business2Community
    One social media marketing strategy that has grown in popularity is the use of fictional brand mascots to personify brands. But are brand mascots effective tools on social media, and should your brand have one?
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    Canada's climate warms to corn as Grain Belt shifts north
    Bloomberg
    The snow is piled waist-deep outside the Southern Manitoba Convention Center as more than 400 farmers gather to consider the once-unthinkable: growing corn on the Canadian prairie.
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