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Ready or not, here comes 2016!
American Frozen Food Institute
As members of the frozen food and beverage community, and the greater business community at large, it is important to remember just how powerful our collective voice can be when it comes to electing the right people to office and influencing the development of public policy.
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AFFI commends U.S. Senate for advancing TPA
MarketWatch
The American Frozen Food Institute recently commended the United States Senate for advancing bipartisan legislation granting Trade Promotion Authority over the next six year to the President of the United States.

Editor’s note: The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) press release commending the U.S. Senate for advancing Trade Promotion Authority legislation is highlighted in the above publication.

Related: AFFI Commends U.S. Senate for Advancing TPA (Star Tribune)

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Americans trash $640 worth of food a year
USA Today
Americans throw away about $640 worth of food every year, and they don't really care about the environmental impact of trashed leftovers piling up in landfills, according to a survey out Wednesday from the American Chemistry Council.

Related: Donating surplus food (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Obama poised for huge win on trade
The Hill
President Obama is poised for one of the biggest victories of his second term after the Senate voted Tuesday to advance legislation enhancing his trade powers.

Related: Dems weigh last-ditch move to sink trade bill (Politico)

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Obamacare dilemma for GOP govs running for president
Politico
If the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare subsidies, the four governors running for president will face a harsh choice: Let tens of thousands of people get kicked off their health plans, or try to create a state exchange and lose credibility with a virulently anti-Obamacare Republican primary base.
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Hagan won't challenge Burr for Senate seat: report
The Hill
Former Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., will not try to rejoin the Senate in 2016, Roll Call is reporting. Hagan, who defeated incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008, lost a reelection bid last year to Sen. Thom Tillis.
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Corn refiners declare war on sugar, conservative groups jump onboard
The Washington Post
For decades, it’s been an unspoken rule among Washington’s agricultural lobbyists: advocates for one crop do not attack other crops, so that everyone’s benefits can be protected.
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Senators file $275 billion highway bill
The Hill
A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would spend $275 billion over the next six years on the nation's roads, as lawmakers scramble to prevent an interruption in federal infrastructure spending next month.
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Researchers call on government to drop restrictions on total fat consumption in Dietary Guidelines for Americans
News Medical
In a Viewpoint published in the Journal of the Medical Association, researchers from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Boston Children's Hospital call on the federal government to drop restrictions on total fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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State legislatures pass on adopting GMO-labeling policies this year
Food Safety News
U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-KS, may want to send some thank-you letters out to state legislative leaders who shut down efforts to get in his way this year. Pompeo is the GOP’s point man in Congress on federal policy to preempt the states from writing their own laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Sysco's $3.5 billion U.S. foods bid blocked by federal judge
Bloomberg
Sysco Corp.'s planned $3.5 billion takeover of U.S. Foods Inc., was blocked by a federal judge who said a merger of the food distribution giants would probably reduce competition and raise prices for hotels and restaurants.
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Just one-third of consumers claim to have a healthy diet
Food Navigator
More than half of consumers (56 percent) have not changed their eating habits despite media coverage of high sugar content in many foods and drinks, according to a market research report.
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AFFI partners with CQ Roll Call for Taste of America Contest
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI recently partnered with a widely-read, inside the beltway publication CQ Roll Call for the finale of its annual "Taste of America" Capitol Hill contest. The contest is a tournament-style online food competition pitting state against state, with congressional delegations vying to have their state’s entry crowned America’s most popular food.
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Antibiotic-free - Is this the next ethical food label?
Food Navigator
British meat has been found to contain MRSA and consumers are concerned. So would an antibiotic-free label reassure the public, or are there already enough ethical food labels?
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Colliers lists available food facilities for sale or lease
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI Advantage Partner Colliers International, through their Food Advisory Services group (CFAS), recently listed for sale and/or lease cold storage and food processing facilities throughout the country.
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Most consumers spend majority of grocery budget on packaged foods, CivicScience finds
Food Navigator-USA
Consumers may talk big game about buying more fresh foods, but most still spend the majority of their grocery budget on packaged, prepared foods, new research from CivicScience reveals.
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Lineage Logistics names new CEO
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI Advantage Partner Lineage Logistics, a temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company backed by Bay Grove Capital, LLC, recently named W. Greg Lehmkuhl as its new chief executive officer, effective mid-July. Current Lineage CEO Bill Hendricksen will transition to the role of vice chairman.
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Food shortages could cause societal collapse by 2040, says U.K.-funded study
Headlines and Global News
If global policies don't change, this scientific model predicts global collapse and food riots by 2040 and, in part due to climate change.
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Register today for the 2015 Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum
American Frozen Food Institute
Register today for the Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum, hosted by AFFI and the Midwest Food Processors Association, scheduled for Oct. 19-22 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
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Foodmageddon could be just 3 steps away
USA Today
A heat wave. Crop disease. El Niño. Three weather-related catastrophes could be all it takes to throw the world's food supply into chaos, according to a study by Britain's Anglia Ruskin University, commissioned by insurance giant Lloyd's of London.
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Clear Springs Foods gains BAP certification
American Frozen Food Institute
Clear Springs Foods, the rainbow trout leader and sustainable seafood innovator, recently announced that it has received Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for all of its U.S. farms.
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Wal-Mart to impose charges on suppliers as its costs mount
Reuters
Wal-Mart Stores will begin charging fees to almost all vendors for stocking their items in new stores and for warehousing inventory, raising pressure on suppliers as the world’s largest retailer battles higher costs from wage hikes.
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Nestle names Takeda's Francois-Xavier Roger as finance chief
Reuters
Swiss food group Nestle on Tuesday named Frenchman Francois-Xavier Roger as its new chief financial officer and executive vice president as of July 1. Roger, currently CFO of Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical , replaces Wan Ling Martello, who became Nestle's head of Asia, Oceania and Africa in May.
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Clear Springs Foods gains BAP certification
American Frozen Food Institute
Clear Springs Foods, the rainbow trout leader and sustainable seafood innovator, recently announced that it has received Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for all of its U.S. farms.
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McCormick to acquire Stubb's barbeque sauce
Food Business News
McCormick & Co. has entered into an agreement to acquire One World Foods, marketer of the Stubb’s barbeque sauce brand, for approximately $100 million.
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When taste is a trade issue
The New York Times
German cheese maker Christian Schmelzer already knows that Americans are interested in the cheese that he and a partner produce, but Mr. Schmelzer doesn’t dare try to export his cheese to the United States. “I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be allowed,” he said. Agricultural products account for only about 5 percent of trade between the United States and Europe.
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Shake Shack's french fry debacle, and how it recovered from its biggest mistake
Fast Company
In 2013, Shake Shack decided to upgrade its french fries, which had previously been of the frozen, crinkle-cut variety. The solution, Garutti thought, was to introduce fries that were hand cut from fresh russet potatoes.
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The big changes sweeping the food industry
National Center for Business Journalism
Earlier this spring, Fortune Magazine looked at The War On Big Food. It noted that major packaged food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone in 2014, as shoppers ignored the center aisles of grocery stores in favor of fresh and organic products. But it isn’t just a switch from packaged to fresh: Consumers are rethinking how they eat, dine and shop.
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