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Lean Cuisine unveils brand reboot
Food Business News
Women have a new "ally" in the search for health and wellness following the reintroduction of the Lean Cuisine brand, according to parent company Nestle USA.
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AFFI Government Action Summit registration is now open!
American Frozen Food Institue
The happenings (or lack thereof) in our nation’s capital can have a profound impact on your business. Fortunately, as a member of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), you can join with other members of the frozen food and beverage community to make our voice heard and influence the actions of our elected representatives.
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The strategy that could turn around McDonald's, KFC And Subway
Forbes
Legacy fast-food brands are losing market share to smaller chains in a segment in between fast casual and quick service, which Technomic calls QSR-Plus.
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GOP gears up for long primary grind
Politico
Despite rules changes designed to avoid a messy and protracted GOP primary, that’s exactly what candidates are preparing for.
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GOP leaders fear damage to party's image as Donald Trump doubles down
The Washington Post
The head of the Republican National Committee, responding to demands from increasingly worried party leaders, spent nearly an hour Wednesday on the phone with Donald Trump, urging the presidential candidate to tone down his inflammatory comments about immigration that have infuriated a key election constituency.
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Jeb Bush's summer surge
Politico
Just two months after a flubbed question about the Iraq War seemed to imperil his presidential candidacy and a campaign shakeup hinted at disarray behind the scenes, Jeb Bush is back on top of the Republican field.
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Panel acts to delay beef imports, protect food companies
Agri-Pulse
House appropriators have agreed to block imports of fresh beef from regions of Brazil and Argentina until the Agriculture Department does further study on the potential risk from foot and mouth disease.

Related articles:
  • House panel advances bill targeting FDA regulations (The Hill)
  • House Appropriations Committee changes timeline for PHO ruling (USAgNet)

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    Senate could take up highway bill next week
    The Washington Post
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Wednesday that his chamber could begin work on an extension of the Highway Trust Fund as early as next week, but he gave no indication of how long the extension would last or how it would be funded.

    Related articles:
  • McConnell rules out gas tax increase (Politico)
  • Senators pitch tax changes on overseas profits to fund highways (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Trans-Pacific partnership's potential impact weighed in Asia and U.S.
    The New York Times
    The draft text of the agreement has not been released, but emerging details suggest that it could have a substantial effect on a variety of industries. Banks from rich countries like the United States and Japan would have the right to be treated more like local banks in less affluent countries, including Peru, Malaysia and Vietnam.

    Related: Butter on the table in trade talks as Japan faces shortage (The Wall Street Journal)

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    USDA says beef and veal bacterial contamination interventions are working
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service published preliminary data on the first six months of the Beef and Veal Carcass Baseline Survey, and it states that the percentage of all pathogens decreased from post hide removal to pre-chill.
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    Backers of mandatory GMO label laws take aim at glyphosate
    Agri-Pulse
    Proponents of mandatory labeling of food products made with genetically modified organisms rolled out a trio of academics Wednesday in a bid to raise public awareness of the public health and environmental costs of herbicides used in the production of genetically engineered crops.
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    Transportation chief vows 'muscular' safety oversight
    The Detroit News
    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the Obama administration’s auto safety oversight is going "much more muscular" — even as he called the agency massively underfunded.
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    CETA tariff elimination to add $1.4 billion to Canada exports to Europe
    USAgNet
    Canada's goods exports are expected to grow by $1.4 billion by 2022 due to reduced tariffs through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, according to new Conference Board of Canada publication, Stronger Ties: CETA Tariff Elimination and the Impact on Canadian Exports.
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    AFFI welcomes new members
    American Frozen Food Institute
    AFFI's strength is derived from the support of its member companies. A robust membership base enables AFFI to be a strong and effective advocate for the frozen food and beverage industry and provide a diverse range of services and programming.
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    AFFI to host webinar on consumer trust
    American Frozen Food Institute
    AFFI will host a webinar on Thursday, July 16, focusing on how companies throughout the food industry supply chain can build consumer trust by properly informing them about the source, safety and quality of our nation’s food supply.
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    Wal-Mart exec named Darden CFO
    Food Business News
    Jeffrey Davis has been named senior-vice president and chief financial officer of Darden Restaurants, Inc., effective July 16.
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    Marketing to millennials: Mass-produced food with a personal touch
    Food Navigator
    The food industry has evolved to mass produce food in complex supply chains – so how can it appeal to millennials’ desire for personalized, authentic and artisanal food?
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    Pasta Anyone? Investors build appetite for Italian food firms
    Bloomberg
    Investors are developing an appetite for Italian food. Food companies, that is. Mostly family owned, makers of linguini, mozzarella, tomato puree and other Italian fare traditionally have shunned the stock market, turning instead to limited investments from private-equity firms for capital to expand.
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    Blue Bell to begin trial runs at Alabama plant
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    Blue Bell Creameries said Wednesday that it plans test production runs at its Alabama plant as the company inches toward putting its ice cream back on grocery store shelves.
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    U.S. cold storage expands at healthy clip
    JOC
    The U.S. cold storage industry has grown at an average annual rate of 9.3 percent the past seven years, and further growth is anticipated as this niche industry mirrors the country’s economic expansion, according to a report published by Cushman & Wakefield.
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    Food brands must embrace new value equation to win with millennials
    Forbes
    Because of their unique preferences, millennials are shifting the value equation for food. An equation that once allowed consumers to perceive food value based on taste, convenience and price is now more complex; flavor adventures, uniqueness, authenticity, innovation, convenience, portion size, nutrition, packaging, transparency, price, conscious capitalism practices that translate into purpose and supply chain management are among the many factors millennials may consider in the new value equation for food.
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    Boulder Brands cuts 15 percent of work force, restructures organization
    The Denver Post
    Boulder Brands, Inc., on Wednesday announced that it has restructured to "better align functional teams, improve the company's operational effectiveness and deliver improved and consistent results."
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    Report: 8 million baby boomers face hunger in USA
    USA Today
    At least 8 million baby boomers are facing hunger in the USA and may be more vulnerable to food insecurity than their older peers, according to a report released Thursday from the food bank network Feeding America and funded by AARP Foundation.
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    A conversation we need to have: Data's role in food production
    Re/code
    The agricultural industry believes the key to feeding a growing populace lies in using data and technology to do things more efficiently. Over the years, such advances in farming have led to more productive machinery, better planting and harvesting techniques, higher-yielding seeds and improvements in irrigation and fertilization.
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    World food prices fall further in June: U.N. FAO
    Reuters
    Global food prices fell in June, continuing an almost uninterrupted slide since April 2014, led by falling dairy and sugar prices, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.
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