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Today's frozen product lines aim to attract health-conscious consumers
By the 21st century, frozen foods were being consumed by 99 percent of U.S. households and had accounted for almost $9 billion in sales. But something unusual began to happen in 2008. Frozen food sales leveled and then began to fall as consumers bought into the concept that fresh is healthy but frozen is not. Now the industry is working to change that.
FAO: Global food prices fall again as cereal supply outlook improves
The outlook for world supplies of cereals and vegetable oils improved in June, contributing to the third straight monthly drop in global food prices, the United Nations' food agency said Thursday.
Related: USDA: Bigger crops, smaller prices help cut global hunger (The Wall Street Journal)
1 in 6 Americans go hungry; are ugly fruits and veggies the solution?
The Atlantic via Quartz
Doug Rauch, the former president of the Trader Joe's, has firsthand knowledge about America's food waste — and he's on a mission to straighten out America's food paradox.
Obama's annoyance with Congress boils over
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's displeasure with gridlock in Washington — and with the Republicans he blames for it — has been rising for months. This week it has boiled over.
Biden: Don't forget about me
Vice President Biden is doing everything he can to make sure people don't forget that it's not just Hillary Clinton who has an interest in the White House in 2016. He does too.
To hold Senate, Democrats rely on single women
The New York Times
The decline of marriage over the past generation has helped create an emerging voting bloc of unmarried women that is profoundly reshaping the American electorate to the advantage, recent elections suggest, of the Democratic Party. What is far from clear is whether Democrats will benefit in the midterm contests this fall.
US, Korea come to terms on organic trade agreement
Food Business News
The United States and Korea have reached an agreement paving the way for organic processed products certified in either country to be labeled as organic in either country. The arrangement between the two nations is effective immediately.
Related: Organic food agreement with Korea will help Amy's Kitchen (Mail Tribune)
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Antibiotic-resistant pathogens report: Some good news, some bad
Food Safety News
The latest federal report on antibiotic resistance in enteric bacteria shows that, while there has been some progress in reducing the resistance of some pathogens, other are showing greater resistance.
Food firms risk consumer trust — and lawsuits — to call products 'natural'
The largely unregulated word drives sales, but should businesses give it up? Food companies face pressure from a Consumer Reports campaign and class-action lawsuits.
International trade may factor into fiber definition
Food Business News
The Food and Drug Administration might look elsewhere in the world, especially Canada, as it prepares a dietary fiber definition, according to a June 27 webinar put on by AACC International.
US arrests second Chinese citizen in ag technology theft
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
U.S. authorities arrested a second Chinese citizen in connection with an alleged conspiracy to steal high-tech corn seed developed by U.S. agricultural companies.
Opinion: Snack rules help, even if they're hard to swallow
The federal government already has served its main course in nutritional changes to the school lunch program. Now it is focusing on side dishes.
'Food compass' to guide relabeling efforts
Food Business News
With packaged foods traveling into a new realm of nutrition labeling, three regulatory and food policy organizations joined forces to assist this journey. They announced their partnership at the 2014 annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists.
Technomic's hot trends: The ghost pepper in the foodservice machine
CSP Daily News
Foodservice research and consulting firm Technomic has identified trends emerging for the second half of 2014, including hot peppers and sauces beyond Sriracha, barbecue flavors in QSR handhelds and classic snack brands incorporated into new menu offerings.
Dot Foods inks deal with Mexican company
Florida-based food distributor Dot Foods is going international, with officials Wednesday announcing a new venture with Mexico's RJ Alimentos.
Flagstone Foods to keep strong St. Paul presence
On Monday, St. Paul-based Flagstone was sold for $860 million to TreeHouse Foods, based in suburban Chicago. At first, it wasn't clear what would happen to Flagstone's Minnesota headquarters. But the new owners have indicated Flagstone's operations will stay intact.
Snyder's-Lance sells some assets, plans 'aggressive' expense cuts
Snack maker Snyder's-Lance, which owns a plant in Columbus, Ohio, said Tuesday it has sold off its private brands and two facilities, with an overall plan to "aggressively" restructure itself.
Shrimp's new path to the plate
The New York Times
In a warehouse south of Boston, miles away from the city's bustling harbor, James Tran, a semiconductor designer, is incubating an unlikely product: shrimp. With wild stocks of shrimp dwindling but American appetites soaring, tank farming is on the rise.
Double-digit growth on the horizon for global cold chain market
SBWire via Digital Journal
MarketsandMarkets has prepared a new report on the state of the global cold chain market, estimating that revenues will grow 13.2 percent by 2017.
IFT expert: There's a health continuum for every food
What is the future of 'natural' on product labels? Are sin taxes and warning labels just policy tools disguised as a consumer advocacy? And should health and wellness be part of every brand's messaging? Registered dietitian Rachel Cheatham discussed these issues at last week's IFT show.
Analyst insight: The battle between fructose and glucose
Manufacturers should look to reduce overall use and reliance on sugar and not focus on replacing fructose with glucose, while concerns over HFCS should start to disperse as newer research invalidates current thinking, says Laura Jones of Mintel.
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