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Frozen foods cut waste in half, save UK families over $400 per year
The amount of food wasted in Britain could be reduced by 3 million tons a year, say researchers, because people can better plan the week's meals using frozen foods. The same new study shows how families can save more than $400 per year by visiting the freezer aisle.
Related: Why do we waste so much food, and what can we do about it? (Food Navigator-USA)
F&B industry projects strong 2014 sales; nutrition, private labels lead the way
The U.S. food and beverage industry anticipates continued sales growth in 2014 on the heels of strong performances the past two years, according to the second annual "U.S. Food & Beverage Industry Study" from accounting, tax and advisory services firm WeiserMazars.
Backlash has begun against gluten-free dieters
The Washington Post
The swelling ranks of Americans adopting gluten-free diets have given rise to another hot trend: People calling the whole thing a bunch of baloney.
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Poll: Hillary Clinton ahead, Rand Paul leads GOP
Sen. Rand Paul narrowly leads a tight 2016 Republican presidential field, while Hillary Clinton remains comfortably ahead among Democrats, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.
Re-election bids and a Senate rivalry threaten to derail spending bills
The Washington Post
Election-year politics and personality-driven rivalries have collided in the U.S. Senate to upend what some had hoped would be a cease-fire in the long-running congressional fiscal wars.
Democrats plot legislative offensive on high court's birth control decision
Democrats want to lure Republicans into a fight over birth control with legislation to reverse the Supreme Court's decision that Obamacare may not require certain businesses to include contraception in their employee health coverage.
DeLauro, Slaughter call for shutdown of all Foster Farms plants
Food Safety Magazine
Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., on Monday issued a call for all Foster Farms poultry processing facilities to be shuttered until a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened over 600 people in 29 states is stopped. They also introduced legislation that would strengthen USDA's ability to recall meat, poultry and egg products by clarifying the term "adulterated."
Vermont attorney general assembles team to defend GMO labeling
Burlington Free Press
Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell has named five attorneys to work full-time to defend the state against a lawsuit filed in June that challenges the constitutionality of mandated labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Related: Opinion: The GMO dilemma (Eco-Business)
Scientists report on 3-year project to boost nutrition profile of low-cost food
European Food Information Council via Phys.Org
CHANCE, a three-and-a-half year research initiative comprised of academics, food and drink industry representatives and SMEs, aimed to address poor nutrition of European citizens living on a low budget. Final results point to the effectiveness of creating nutritionally enhanced food prototypes for people at risk of poverty.
Farmworker housing linked to consumer demand for safe food
Food Safety News
When a farmworker and her children were discovered living in a decommissioned walk-in freezer due to lack of housing, Marty Miller, executive director of the Office of Rural Development and Farm Worker Housing in Yakima, Washington, was dismayed — but not surprised.
New swine disease mimics PEDv, prompts proactive measures
Mountain View Gazette
Veterinary epidemiologists are warning pork producers of a new virus that has taken hold in the U.S. and is spreading. It's called swine delta coronavirus, or SDCV, and its symptoms are very similar to porcine epidemic diarrhea, which has killed more than 1 million piglets in the U.S. in the past year.
EU pledge: Amica Chips and ICA Foods to stop ads to kids
Bakery & Snacks
Amica Chips and ICA Foods have pledged to stop advertising to children under 12 and cease communication with primary schools unless asked, as part of a voluntary EU scheme.
Related: Asian children bombarded with junk food ads on TV every 4 minutes (Health Canal)
Lineage Logistics acquires Northern California facilities from Dreisbach
Lineage Logistics has acquired two cold storage facilities in California's Santa Cruz County from Dreisbach Enterprises. With the addition of these two operations, Lineage now operates four warehouses in the Watsonville region and has a national footprint comprising more than 550 million cubic feet across 104 facilities in 21 states, which represents the second largest refrigerated warehouse network globally.
Editor's note: Lineage Logistics is a member of the AFFI Advantage Partner Program. For more information on the benefits of becoming an Advantage Partner, please contact AFFI at (703) 821-0770.
How to respond to a food crisis via social media
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
In a day when the average consumer has a mobile device that instantly connects them with a few hundred of their closest friends, it's common for companies to be uneasy about how to handle a crisis situation that arises from or spills over to social media. The fact of the matter is, you should be uneasy. You don't have as much control over your brand as you once thought you did.
Google stashes $500 million to battle Amazon in grocery wars
The Business Journals
Google Inc. has set aside $500 million to power an expansion of its delivery service, Google Shopping Express, into new cities, building its fleet of courier vehicles and ramping up its competition with Amazon.com Inc.'s service, Amazon Prime Fresh.
The perfect time for some good news
With the food and beverage industry facing so many challenges, from rising raw material costs and implementing more stringent food safety plans to GMO labeling legislation changes and workforce shortages, here's some good news for a change: Food and beverage manufacturers at all levels are opening up their wallets.
US specialty food prize tops $88.3 billion in 2013
At $88.3 billion in 2013, the size of the U.S. specialty food prize is already mouthwatering, and if current trends continue (sales grew 9.6 percent in 2012 and 8 percent in 2013), it will blast through the $100 billion barrier in 2015. But which categories are growing most rapidly?
Is the frozen food industry thawing out?
Over the past several years, U.S. sales of frozen meals leveled off and began a slow decline. Since 2009, sales of freezer-aisle items fell 3 percent to $8.92 billion, according to Euromonitor International, a consumer-market research center.
Wal-Mart looks to grow by embracing smaller stores
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Just weeks after being named CEO of the world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart's Doug McMillon gave his top executives an assignment: read "The Everything Store" and absorb its lessons. The retail giant is trying to embrace new business models as its superstores fall out of favor.
Developing dashboards: The right data for warehouse managers
Like the dashboard on your car, your business system should be designed to provide the essential information that warehouse managers must have in order to know exactly how their operation is performing. But many systems are "data rich, information poor," also known as DRIP.
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