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Lean Cuisine makes 'massive pivot' away from diet marketing
Advertising Age
Diet has become a forbidden four-letter word in the food industry, and Nestle's Lean Cuisine is the latest brand to swear off weight-loss marketing.

Editor’s note: The "Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh." national category education and promotion campaign launched by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is mentioned in the above article.

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How Atkins bucked the downward trend in frozen food sales
The Washington Post
Frozen food aisle may seem like the last place you’d seen innovation in your local grocery store. Yet Atkins Nutritionals has somehow defied the trend. Its frozen meals were one of 12 products recognized in Nielsen’s 2015 Breakthrough Innovation report.
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Chicken producer Wayne Farms puts IPO in cold storage
Reuters
Wayne Farms Inc., the sixth-largest broiler chicken producer and processor in the United States, withdrew its initial public offering on Thursday, citing "market conditions."
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Democratic civil war ends, for now, as House approves final trade measures
The Washington Post
The sweeping bipartisan House vote Thursday to approve the final pieces of President Obama’s trade agenda ended, for now, a feud that left Democratic leaders shaken and fearful of long-term damage should the dispute reignite.

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  • How Barack Obama joined hands with Republicans to conquer his party on trade (Politico)

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    Trump bump terrifies GOP
    Politico
    All jokes aside, the Republican Party is officially afraid of Donald Trump. He has virtually zero chance of winning the presidential nomination. But insiders worry that the loud-mouthed mogul is more than just a minor comedic nuisance on cable news; they fret that he’s a loose cannon whose rants about Mexicans and scorched-earth attacks on his rivals will damage the eventual nominee and hurt a party struggling to connect with women and minorities and desperate to win.
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    Poll says Sanders in statistical tie with Clinton in New Hampshire
    The Hill
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) has pulled into a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a new poll.

    Related: Clinton camp sharpens attack on Sanders (The Hill)

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    Canada gives thumbs-down to added sugar labeling
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    Canada's recent decision to not require mandatory added sugar labeling might end up raising more questions about the Obama administration's plan to do so.
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    Senate Agriculture Committee mulls options on COOL
    Food Safety News
    The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday to discuss country-of-origin labeling for meat, which requires that packages sold in the U.S. indicate the country, or countries, where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
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    House Ag members consider USDA-run non-GMO certification program
    Agri-Pulse
    The chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, says that the success of USDA's marketing programs indicate a proposed non-GMO certification program could be a viable solution for consumers wanting to avoid genetically engineered food products.
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    How more public sector support could boost agricultural research
    The Christian Science Monitor
    The private sector has historically invested more in agricultural research than the public sector has. However, increasing public sector's investment could boost research and progress in food and agriculture.
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    Almond board to fund water, bee projects
    Food Business News
    The Almond Board of California has committed $2.5 million to independent, third-party research into farming practices. Among the 56 projects approved for funding are 13 water projects and 9 honey projects.
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    Michigan bills would extend safety inspections to state prison kitchens
    Food Safety News
    Aramark Correctional Services, the prison food vendor in Michigan, was recently caught serving maggots with potatoes and then ordering inmates to keep their mouths about it, according to published reports.
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    K+S said likely to reject Potash Corp. takeover proposal
    Bloomberg
    K+S AG, the German potash supplier, is likely to reject a takeover offer from Canadian fertilizer producer Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc., because it deems the bid to be too low, according to people familiar with the matter.
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    Kraft employees brace for big layoffs as Heinz merger nears
    Crain's Chicago Business
    In a few days, thousands of employees of Kraft Foods Group will be working for a new boss whose first job includes determining how many of them he will fire.
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    The struggle is real for grocery chains as mergers persist
    Food Safety Magazine
    The prevalence of grocery store mergers is bringing about quite a change in the food retail industry.
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    KFC challenges Indian report on bacteria found in fried chicken
    Reuters
    The Indian unit of fast food chain KFC, owned by Yum Brands Inc., on Friday challenged the results of a test showing the presence of bacteria linked to food poisoning in a sample of its fried chicken, dismissing them as "false allegations.”
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    Young's a tougher sell as Sainsbury loss shows private label vulnerability
    Undercurrent News
    Prior to the Nomad Foods move for Iglo Group and the loss of the salmon business for J. Sainsbury, the talk was a sale process for Young’s Seafood would be run in 2015.
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    Connected semis will make trucking way more efficient
    Wired
    Daimler Trucks North America signed a deal Thursday to take a small stake (less than 25 percent) in Zonar, which specializes in connecting truck computers, drivers, and fleet operators who can use all that data to increase efficiency and safety.
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    Hampton Creek's eggless mayo hitting Mexican Walmart shelves
    Yahoo Finance
    Hampton Creek’s eggless mayonnaise has gone south of the border. Just Mayo, made from yellow pea-based protein rather than eggs, will now be sold at Mexican Walmarts.
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    7-Eleven launching 7-Select GO!Yum, GO!Smart lines
    CSP Magazine
    7-Eleven Inc. has officially rolled out two private-label lines, 7-Select GO!Yum and 7-Select GO!Smart, inspired by customer feedback.
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    What the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history means for farms
    Fortune Magazine
    This spring northwest Iowa has been overwhelmed with dead birds — 31.5 million of them. For weeks flu-stricken and euthanized chickens, turkeys, and other fowl piled up in dumpsters, attracting flies and emitting a stench.
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    Morris Frozen Food Locker recalls misbranded pork products
    WTTE-TV
    Morris Frozen Food Locker, of Washington Court House, Ohio announces a voluntary recall of an undetermined amount of pork products processed from July 9, 2014 to June 23, 2015.

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    Nestlé, Unilever pledge to halve food waste by 2025
    Food Navigator
    Members of the Consumer Goods Forum have committed to halving food waste over the next 10 years at an event in New York this week.
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    Amazon rolls out its version of a food truck
    TIME
    Amazon is introducing something called the Treasure Truck. It’s a basically a standard delivery truck tricked out to look like a typical Amazon package which will offer a single item for sale. The goods will run the gamut of merchandise sold by Amazon.
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    Inside the world's largest food company you've probably never heard of
    KUNC
    Food companies the world over are paying close attention to the groundswell of support for food transparency, the “know where your food comes from” movement. JBS, the largest meat producer in the world, is beginning to take notice as well.
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    Subway names Suzanne Greco president
    Nation's Restaurant News
    Subway has named Suzanne Greco president while her brother, founder and CEO Fred DeLuca, battles leukemia, the company said Thursday.
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