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US lawmakers vote to scrap meat labeling laws
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to repeal meat labeling laws, which were widely backed by U.S. consumer groups, after Canada and Mexico threatened $3 billion in trade sanctions.
Roberts ready to “get a move on” with
COOL (Politico via American Frozen Food Institute)
AFFI commends House for COOL repeal (American Frozen Food Institute)
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AFFI's food safety toolshed has you covered
American Fozen Food Institute
Throughout every facet of the frozen food and beverage industry, companies are preparing to navigate the new food safety landscape created by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Day by day, we come closer to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's implementation and enforcement of a host of new and complex federal rules, requirements, procedures and powers under FSMA.
Americans waste food worth $162 billion every year
International Business Times
A majority of Americans waste more food than they are aware of – $162 billion worth of it each year – according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University. And most are unconcerned about the environmental impact of wasted food, the study also found.
Dems threaten to sink Obama trade agenda
President Barack Obama’s push for a large-scale trade deal with the Pacific Rim is in serious jeopardy, as House Democratic opposition to his top legislative agenda is growing on Capitol Hill.
House to begin trade votes Thursday (The Hill)
GOP, Obama on cusp of fast-track trade victory (The hill)
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Jeb Bush on pace to raise $100 million
The biggest guessing game in the presidential race these days is just how massive a war chest former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will announce on July 15, the first official deadline for candidates to disclose their financial position.
Republicans roiled by debate about debates
The Wall Street Journal
When the Republican National Committee last year decided to limit the number of debates its presidential candidates would hold in the 2016 primary season, party leaders hoped to avoid the protracted, divisive political theater GOP candidates endured in 2012 when there were nearly two-dozen primary debates.
Celebrate summer with chocolate and blueberries, a popular blueberry combo with pastry chefs, bakeries, and consumers. Blueberries pair beautifully with chocolate and whole grains, including gluten-free; enrobe plump, frozen blueberries in dark chocolate for double-antioxidant appeal; make luscious blueberry fillings for chocolate desserts with real fruit benefits.
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
E&C, Ag look for compromise on GMO bill
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Lawmakers on the House Agriculture and Energy and Commerce
committees are considering draft language that would amend Kansas Rep.
Mike Pompeo's Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act to give more authority
on the issue to the Agriculture Department.
Bill filed to eliminate the gas tax
A bill filed by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., would gradually eliminate the gas tax that is used to pay for federal transportation projects. The measure, which has been dubbed the Transportation Empowerment Act, would lower the gas tax that currently pays for most federal transportation projects from 18.4 cents per gallon to 3.7 cents in five years.
African leaders pledge to create free-trade zone
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
African officials pledged to create a free-trade zone across half of the continent, a bold commitment to dismantle long-standing hurdles to investment in the fast-growing but fragmented region.
NYC would be 1st US city with salt warning labels on restaurant menus under plan
U.S. News & World Report
New York could become the first U.S. city to require warning labels on high-salt dishes at chain restaurants, taking campaigns to cut down on salt into new territory, health officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
CDC says its investigation into Listeria outbreak is over
Food Safety News
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s investigation into the Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell Creameries products is over, according to an update the agency issued on Wednesday, June 10.
Alchemy partners with Instructional Technologies, Inc., to improve food transportation safety
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI Advantage Partner Alchemy Systems, the global leader in safety solutions for the food industry, recently partnered with Instructional Technologies, Inc., to improve fleet safety and Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores for food industry warehousing and transportation operators.
Coolhaus combined the power of multiple retail channels to fuel fast growth
Direct-to-consumer marketing through food trucks and fast casual restaurants can efficiently generate brand awareness and consumer trial of new food and beverage products, but to build brand longevity and business stability, the best retail option is traditional mass market, says Natasha Case, the co-founder and CEO of Coolhaus gourmet ice cream.
AFFI to host food waste and FSMA implementation webinars in June
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI will hold the next in its regular series of comprehensive webinars exploring key frozen food regulatory issues on Thursday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. (Eastern).
Boulder Brands CEO Steve Hughes quits as firm warns Q2 sales will decline
Shares in Boulder Brands – the firm behind EVOL Foods, Udi's Gluten Free and Smart Balance – plummeted this morning after CEO Steve Hughes resigned and the firm warned that second-quarter sales would likely be 5-7 percent lower than they were in Q2, 2014, chiefly due to declines in the Smart Balance brand.
Key logistics, transportation issues spotlighted at AFFI Food Logistics Forum
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI recently hosted the 2015 Food Logistics Forum at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada. FLF 2015 education sessions focused on a variety of export and import transportation issues, including labor negotiations at West Coast port terminals, Food Safety Modernization Act regulations, consumer trends and warehouse efficiency programs.
Whole Foods: New value chain to be called '365 by Whole Foods Market'
Austin-based Whole Foods Market unveiled the name of its value brand chain early Thursday, saying the new concept will called "365 by Whole Foods Market." The moniker draws from the company's in-house brand, 365 Everyday, which will feature prominently in the new stores slated to be launched in 2016.
WhiteWave adds another strategic acquisition
Food Business News
WhiteWave Foods Co. is expanding its footprint in the plant-based nutrition market with the acquisition of Vega Foods, a maker of vegan, soy-free and gluten-free powdered shakes and snack bars, for $550 million in cash.
People more concerned with nutrients than actual foods
A new study argues that most people value isolated nutrients more than the actual foods that contain them.
Bird Flu: What restaurants can do to overcome its impact
Avian Influenza is stretching the budgets of restaurant operators across the country, with a recorded 39 million bird deaths in 2015, according to a market report from FoodBuy, a foodservice procurement organization for North America.
Food access worries linked to poor diabetes control
Type 2 diabetes patients worried about access to quality food without food assistance programs have poorer glycemic control and less healthy diets, a study of low-income Latinos showed.
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