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There's no better time to be joining AFFI
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Joe Clayton explains how — and why — AFFI's communications and public affairs agenda is designed to create new relationships that bring business value to its member companies. "For a $70 billion industry, the stakes are significant," he writes. "Never, it seems, have Americans paid so much attention to their food, where it comes from and how it is made and distributed."
Overcoming more myths of food industry inspection standards
Food Quality News
The standards governing the food industry are changing all the time as manufacturing processes rapidly evolve, according to Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection.
Once a niche, local foods becoming big business
The Associated Press via CNBC
A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork. Along the way, they're increasing profits and recognition for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier, fresher foods.
Poll: Braley tied with Ernst in Iowa, Shaheen leads Brown in New Hampshire
The Washington Post
The race for U.S. Senate in Iowa is a dead heat, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll out Wednesday that shows Rep. Bruce Braley (D) and state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) tied at 43 percent.
DCCC outraises NRCC by $5.6 million in Q2
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee again outraised its Republican counterpart last month, bringing in $10.9 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s $9.6 million.
Christie heads to Iowa to test 2016 waters
Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., is heading to Iowa on Thursday to test the waters for a possible White House bid in 2016.
Congresswomen take more steps on USDA oversight of Foster Farms
Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., have stepped up their efforts to convince USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to close Foster Farms plants until the Salmonella outbreak that has affected more than 600 people has officially ended.
SNA gears up for reauthorization fight
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The School Nutrition Association is rallying its members and readying its war chest for an escalation of the school nutrition fight. While much of the battle has focused on controversial language in the House agriculture spending bill to offer struggling schools waivers this school year, the real war is going to be over rewriting the law behind all the changes.
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House passes $10.9 billion highway funding bill
The House on Tuesday passed an extension of funding for the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. Passed 367-55, the measure prevents the Highway Trust Fund from going bankrupt in August. The Senate has not yet voted on a similar bill.
Consumer group again asks FSIS to address food safety inspector shortages
Food Safety News
Food & Water Watch continues to prod the U.S. Department of Agriculture about shortages of food safety inspectors.
FNS updates 2014-2015 payments for school food programs
The Food and Nutrition Service has released the 2014-2015 average payment/maximum reimbursement rates for lunches, after-school snacks and breakfasts for participants of federal school nutrition programs. Most states will receive between $2.98 and $3.15 for free lunches and between 28 cents and 36 cents for paid lunches.
US sugar users oppose efforts to broker Mexico trade deal
Reuters via CNBC
U.S. food manufacturers and sugar users have urged top U.S. government officials to reject pressure to negotiate a trade deal with Mexico to end a months-long dispute over allegations of cheap sweetener imports from across the border.
EFSA declares Sunset Yellow safe and ups ADI
Current industry uses of food additive Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) are not a safety concern, according to the European Food Safety Authority, which has upped the acceptable daily intake for the color.
Sugar rush at ethanol plant fuels fight with Nebraska corn farmers
An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it — a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar and corn subsidies.
Grocery stores change how food is sold as people change how they eat
CNBC via KSHB
Everybody has to eat. But what we eat and when we eat is shifting. It's keeping grocers on their toes when it comes to offering the right products at the right price.
Tate & Lyle sets $90 million plans Indiana starch, sweetener plants
British agribusiness Tate & Lyle will spend $90 million to expand and modernize its two starch and corn sweetener plants in Lafayette, Indiana.
Ruiz Foods breaks ground on South Carolina expansion
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Ruiz Foods in Florence Tuesday. The California-based company has committed to an expansion of a former Heinz frozen food processing facility that includes a $55 million investment as well as 500 new jobs.
Cargill Turkey stops using growth-promoting antibiotics
Cargill's Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms brands have removed growth-promoting antibiotics from all turkeys across the independent farms they work with, without charging a premium price, the company said.
Continental Mills upgrades manufacturing facility in Illinois
Continental Mills, a Washington-based privately held manufacturer and marketer of food products, has completed the revamping of its recently purchased manufacturing facility in Effingham, Illinois.
Producer prices rise more than expected in June
U.S. producer prices rose more than expected in June, with gains across most categories, indicating some inflation at the factory gate.
Now is a great time to sell your F&B business: Anchin
Despite tight margins and even tighter competition, it's a great time to be in the food and beverage industry — and an even better time to be a seller, according to New York accountant and advisory firm Anchin, Block & Anchin.
PepsiCo Foundation marks $1.25 million for US health and wellness programs
PepsiCo via FoodBev.com
The PepsiCo Foundation has announced two grants geared toward improving the health and wellness of America's kids through "the power of physical activity and good nutrition."
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