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Influential food policy and political leaders headline AFFI's Government Action Summit
American Frozen Food Institute
Major nutrition, food safety and food labeling initiatives are likely to make their way onto the congressional agenda this fall. The 2015 Government Action Summit, scheduled for Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 in our nation’s capital, offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain insights into these and other political and policy matters of greatest importance to the frozen food and beverage community.
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Wendy's revenue falls, as chain continues to sell restaurants
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Wendy’s Co. reported revenue that fell less than expected in the second quarter as the fast-food chain continues to unload company-owned restaurants.

Related: Wendy's works on wooing cost-conscious consumers (Columbus Business Journal)

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Kraft Heinz is still taking shape after its own merger
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
As activist investor William Ackman suggests the idea of a tie-up between Mondelez International Inc., and Kraft Heinz Co., the latter is still digesting its own deal.
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As Republicans ready to debate, Trump says, 'I'd prefer no conflict'
The Washington Post
Jeb Bush has been practicing all summer for this moment: his first big chance to convince voters he is a reliable problem-solver fit to sit in the Oval Office.

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    Hillary Clinton confronts her negatives
    Politico
    There aren’t any outward signs of panic, but the Clinton campaign has made a $2 million, early-state ad buy featuring biography-heavy commercials.
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    The new political reality: BeforeTrump and AfterTrump
    The Washington Post
    On the day of the first Republican presidential debate, we thought it would be helpful to review how we got to this point. With the help of our analytics partners at Zignal Labs, they identify June 16 as a turning point in the race. That’s the day that Donald Trump announced.

    Related: Poll: Republicans see Rubio most favorably (The Hill)

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    Russia starts destroying banned Western imported food as Putin's presidential decree comes into force
    International Business Times
    A decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, ordering the destruction of all confiscated food products imported from the West, came into force Thursday.
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    G.M.A. petitions FDA for specific uses of PHOs
    Food Business News
    The Grocery Manufacturers Association on Aug. 5 said it has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to approve specific low-level uses of partially hydrogenated oils in food products.
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    USTR tells WTO that COOL damages are much lower than estimated
    Food Safety News
    Last week, the United States Trade Representative filed a legal brief in the World Trade Organization dispute over mandatory country-of-origin labeling, arguing that the $3 billion sought by Canada and Mexico in retaliatory tariffs are a dramatic overestimation of damages.
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    Dems call in celebrity reinforcements to fight GMO bill
    Agri-Pulse
    Hollywood royalty in the personae of actresses Blythe Danner and daughter Gwyneth Paltrow came to Capitol Hill Wednesday to support legislation offered by Senate Democrats that would require labeling of foods containing genetically-modified ingredients.
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    USDA schedules FMMO hearing in California
    USAgNet
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a hearing has been scheduled to consider proposals to establish a Federal Milk Marketing Order in California. The hearing – which experts have indicated is expected to last a number of weeks or even months – will begin on Sept. 22.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    AFFI develops new labeling resources
    American Frozen Food Institute
    AFFI, along with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, developed two labeling resources to help AFFI members navigate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture labeling regulations on finished product reformulations.
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    Organic farmers face growing pains as demand outpaces supply
    USA Today
    When Andrew and Melissa Dunham took over a 150-year-old corn, soybean and cattle farm from a relative in 2006, the 80-acre spread northeast of Des Moines, Iowa, couldn’t support a full-time farmer.
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    AFFI to host webinar on environmental monitoring and product testing
    American Frozen Food Institute
    AFFI will host a webinar on Thursday, Aug. 20, examining effective environmental monitoring and product testing programs warranted under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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    U.S. milk shelf-life is longest among milk producing countries
    NPR
    What does the U.S. (and other developed nations) have that these countries don't? A complex system to keep milk cold, says William Kisaalita, an engineer at the University of Georgia. It's called the cold chain, and it's a series of refrigerated tanks, trucks and storage units that milk — and other foods — travel through from farmer to distributor to consumer.
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    Inventure rebuilding Fresh Frozen distribution
    Food Business News
    A late-April voluntary product recall of its Fresh Frozen line of frozen vegetables as well as select varieties of its Jamba “At Home” line of smoothie kits due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, in its Jefferson, Ga., facility contributed to a quarterly loss at Inventure Foods.
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    Dairy drop drags food prices down in longest run in 16 years
    Bloomberg
    The biggest drop in dairy prices in almost a year helped drag down global food costs for a ninth month, the longest stretch of declines since 1999.
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    7 ways to mitigate the global food loss catastrophe
    Forbes
    The problem of losing food is not new. FAO estimates that the per capita food loss and waste in Europe and North America is 280-300 kg per year, which is roughly 30 percent of the produced food. This is not only ethically questionable, but outright unsustainable, as we will have to feed a 1 billion more people by 2030, according to the UN.
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    U.S. trade gap expands 7 percent in June
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    The strong dollar is tamping down demand for American-made goods overseas while giving foreign manufacturers an edge in the U.S., creating another hurdle for the U.S. economy.
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    Spicy foods linked to longer life, study finds
    Forbes
    New research out in The BMJ suggests that the spice of life may be – well, spice. At least when it comes to longevity. The large-scale study that included almost half a million people found that those who had more spicy food – generally in the form of chili peppers – more than once a week had a reduced overall risk of death over the seven-year study period.
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    Activist Ackman takes $5.5 billion stake in snacks giant Mondelez
    The Wall Street Journal
    High-profile activist investor William Ackman has built a $5.5 billion stake in Mondelez International Inc., a giant bet that the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers will become the biggest target in a wave of consolidation reshaping the food industry.
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    Blue Bell gets state's OK to sell ice cream made at Alabama plant
    Food Safety News
    Alabama Department of Public Health officials said Wednesday that Blue Bell Creameries has the green light to produce and sell ice cream from the company’s plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.
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    Jamba introduces new organic and non-GMO cold pressed juice blends
    Drinks Business Review
    Health and wellness brand Jamba has expanded its product portfolio with the introduction of new line of organic, non-GMO and ready-to-drink cold pressed juice blends.
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    Metro buys Asia food service group for $290 million
    Reuters
    German retailer Metro AG has bought Singapore-based restaurant supplier Classic Fine Foods Group from private equity group EQT for $290 million to help it expand in the food delivery business in Asia and Europe.
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