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'Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh.' national launch
American Frozen Food Institute
Tuesday marked the launch of the "Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh." national consumer education and promotion campaign. This first-of-its-kind national dialogue is designed to inform consumers that freezing is simply nature's pause button, and to invite them to take a fresh look at frozen. After all, keeping food fresh is what freezing is all about.
NPD: Hispanics will change the future of US food culture
Hispanics are one of the fastest growing minority groups in the United States, and according to new data from The NPD Group, over the next five years it will be Hispanics who have one of the strongest impacts on the food culture of the nation.
Frugal US consumers make it tough for food companies to raise prices
According to Deloitte's annual survey of food shoppers released last week, 94 percent agreed they would remain cautious and keep spending at the same level even if the economy improves.
Senate GOP clashes with Mitt Romney on minimum wage
Mitt Romney says Republicans should hike the minimum wage. But the 2012 presidential contender has run into a formidable stumbling block — Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Poll: Why incumbents should worry
American voters are filled with more anti-incumbent sentiment than in any election year in more than 20 years, a new poll says.
Related: In Florida, blow to Democrats' House hopes (The Wall Street Journal)
Cantor's tea party opponent in Virginia primary may be picking up momentum
The Washington Post
There was a time when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., sympathized with the tea party's frustration with Washington. Now, he's engaged in open warfare with the GOP's insurgent wing.
Legal trend pins responsibility for illnesses on produce distributors, growers
Food Safety News
When the produce distribution company Mike Dill works for began receiving indemnity agreements from corporate customers asking to guarantee that their organic produce was completely free of adulterants, he was hesitant to agree to a statement that was not physically possible to prove. Over the past five to 10 years, produce industry professionals have watched these types of guarantees maneuver into the majority of relevant contracts, despite the fact that they can't be proven.
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Food fight: The debate over 'all natural'
Jerri Graham, founder of Nothin' But Foods, and Steven Laitmon, CEO, discuss the debate over the term "all natural."
New restaurant strikes put spotlight on minimum-wage debate
Advocates for raising the pay of U.S. fast food industry workers are bidding to reboot interest in their movement in a big way, with hopes they'll spur supportive strikes at restaurants across the globe Thursday.
Related: Fast food industry bracing for biggest round of strikes yet (Moyers & Company)
Opinion: 'Fed Up' and sugared out with the food fight over facts
Center for Science & Democracy via Union of Concerned Scientists
The current policies framing our food environment favor commodity crops like corn, sugar beets, and soy — and the food and beverage manufacturers that use them — rather than public health.
US, EU report on joint progress against antimicrobial resistance
Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the European Commission on Tuesday released the first progress report of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance, adopting 17 recommendations for collaboration.
SAFE: Food safety needs continued emphasis in Horizon 2020
Food Quality News
Priority topics to ensure the emphasis on food safety in Horizon 2020 work programs have been laid out by the European Association for Food Safety, the SAFE consortium.
Bee deaths prompt calls for US to ban some pesticides
Beekeepers blame a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids that have gained widespread use in the past decade and have been linked to a mysterious die-off of bees called Colony Collapse Disorder. They want the EPA to follow the lead of the European Union in December and ban its use.
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Organic Trade Association: US sales topped $35 billion in 2013
U.S. retail sales of organic products grew 11.5 percent to $35.1 billion in 2013, the strongest growth the industry has seen in five years, according to new data from the Organic Trade Association, which is predicting even higher growth of 12 percent this year.
Related: 'Organic' is just an inorganic buzzword (New University)
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Lineage Logistics completes acquisition of Loop, Oneida and Millard
AFFI Advantage Partner Lineage Logistics announced Wednesday that is has completed the acquisition of Loop Cold Storage, Oneida Cold Storage and Millard Refrigerated Services, expanding its national cold storage footprint to over 544 million cubic feet and a facility network of 102 sites in 21 states.
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New freezing method makes frozen spinach look like fresh
Scientists at Lund University in Sweden have developed a new method of freezing that can keep thawed veggies as crisp and crunchy as fresh; their technique is based on what happens in nature.
Consumers seek healthier food but 'it's difficult when you cook snacks in fat'
Food Production Daily
Future food processing trends will focus on convenience, which in turn will see healthier options for snacks on-the-go in terms of the variety of flavor and texture, according to tna.
Sticking with PHOs? 'It could be illegal'
Food Business News
When switching away from partially hydro-genated oils, food companies may risk creating an inferior product. But in the future, sticking with partially hydrogenated oils also might pose a risk.
Wal-Mart settles with cantaloupe victims from Colorado outbreak
The Denver Post
Wal-Mart this week agreed to pay families of victims who died in a 2011 cantaloupe listeria outbreak that killed 33 people and was traced to a Colorado farm. The company settled with 23 families, including nine in Colorado, Bill Marler, the families' attorney, said Tuesday.
TreeHouse Foods said to weigh acquisition of Flagstone Foods
TreeHouse and private-equity firms including Blackstone Group LP, Carlyle Group LP and Leonard Green & Partners LP made first-round offers in the $1 billion range and are considering whether to advance to the next round of bidding for Flagstone Foods, sources familiar with the matter said.
What's on the growth menu at Yum Brands?
The Motley Fool
Yum! Brands is shaping up to be one of the best ways to invest in both China and the fast food industry.
Cargill battles drought in cattle country
Cargill is set to close another Texas feedlot, and last year it shuttered a mammoth beef packing plant in the state. The problem: not enough cattle to go around, a result of a long and punishing drought.
Bob Evans expands 2 production plants
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Bob Evans Farms Inc., New Albany, Ohio, announced plans to expand two of its BEF Foods fresh production facilities, located in Xenia, Ohio, and Hillsdale, Michigan. Both sites will be expanded to increase overall capacity and processing volume in fresh production.
Edible film from fungus fights food pathogens
The Suncoast News
In an effort to help the producers of many types of processed foods keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out, researchers at Penn State University have been experimenting with an edible film created from a polymer produced by a type of fungus.
PMMI announces findings of retail ready packaging study
Retail ready packaging markets around the world are growing according to PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, which announced its study findings at the Interpack trade fair in Germany last week.
Your supply chain is only as safe as the weakest link
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Do you know your suppliers' suppliers? Do you have a food defense strategy in place? Are you challenged by cargo theft, fraudulent pickups and other not-so-safe security measures?
Global sourcing in food industry may expand with advanced cold storage
The Strategic Sourceror
Sourcing food from different parts of the world usually involves transporting exotic produce by aircraft. However, advances in cold storage technology has caused experts to speculate whether or not these goods could be distributed by sea.
Direct-to-sheet PET consumes 65 percent less energy
Food Production Daily
DPET, a direct-to-sheet packaging material from OCTAL, promises cost and energy savings over conventional PET.
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