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PROCESS EXPO 2015 to feature AFFI regulatory education series
Refrigerated & Frozen Food
At PROCESS EXPO 2015 (Sept. 15-18 in Chicago) AFFI will offer presentations on the fundamentals of FSMA and controlling Listeria monocytogenes in frozen food operations.
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Dean Foods tumbles after abrupt resignation of Chairman Davis
Bloomberg
Dean Foods Co., the largest U.S. milk processor, fell the most since November after the company declined to offer an explanation for the sudden resignation of its board chairman.

Related: Dean Foods' sales miss estimates as high milk prices weigh (Reuters)

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Buoyant WhiteWave Foods has some challenges in U.S.
Just-Food
WhiteWave Foods raised its full-year earnings forecast after reporting growth across the majority of its businesses. However, the outlook for the Earthbound Farm and Silk owner's packaged fresh and premium dairy businesses in the US appears somewhat challenging.

Related: WhiteWave acquires organic yogurt brand (The Denver Post)

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Donald Trump struggles to turn political fling into a durable campaign
The Washington Post
Donald Trump was ensconced inside his Manhattan skyscraper early last week, preparing for his first presidential debate. The celebrity billionaire wanted to turn the summer fling that had catapulted him to the front of the Republican pack into a candidacy capable of winning the White House — and his longtime adviser Roger Stone had a plan.
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Hillary Clinton starts taking some risks – and landing some punches
The Washington Post
After months of remaining largely above the partisan fray — and often appearing cautious to a fault — Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun taking more risks and landing some punches against Republicans.
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RedState convention: 5 takeaways
Politico
Nine presidential candidates appeared this weekend at the annual gathering of conservatives. But Donald Trump, who got himself disinvited, was the one driving the conversation.
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Food industry evolves to meet school lunch challenges
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Don't worry about the food industry trying to keep up with new school nutrition standards required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Leading companies, including General Mills, Schwan's and Domino's, are increasing their sales - even though about a million kids have left the school lunch program - and the industry as a whole has dialed down its lobbying in the bitter fight on Capitol Hill.
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South African import bans continue to pork, poultry producers' dismay
Agri-Pulse
South Africa is keeping its door shut to American poultry and pork imports, frustrating U.S. producers who say it isn't living up to the requirements of a preferential trade law.
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Clock ticking on Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
The successful shift in the food industry hasn't dampened congressional Republicans' determination to change the rules, but even with control of both chambers, lawmakers have made little progress on legislation that would update federal child nutrition programs, which expires Sept. 30.
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GOP lawmaker slams school lunch regs
The Hill
A key GOP lawmaker says that kids going back to school this fall are unlikely to have tastier lunches because administration officials won't "roll back" strict nutritional standards.
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The science of skipping breakfast: How government nutritionists may have gotten it wrong
The Washington Post
Researchers at a New York City hospital several years ago conducted a test of the widely accepted notion that skipping breakfast can make you fat. For some nutritionists, this idea is an article of faith.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Post maneuvers to mitigate egg crisis
Food Business News
Despite the avian influenza outbreak, sales of egg products rose 1.8 percent within the Michael Foods Group, a segment of Post Holdings, Inc., in the third quarter ended June 30.
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Iowa's egg sector recovering from avian flu
USAgNet
Together with their employees, families and communities, Iowa's egg farmers are looking toward the future and to fully resuming egg production in the state following the devastating avian influenza crisis that took place in the spring of this year.
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U.S. meat industry prepares for antibiotics controls
Global Meat
U.S. meat businesses are preparing for antibiotics measures set to be implemented by the end of December 2016 by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
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Aldi tries high-end food and discounts, too
Bloomberg
Aldi became one of the world’s biggest food retailers using a simple formula of no-frills stores offering a small assortment of products at rock-bottom prices.
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Temperature control: A critical food safety element
Food Safety News
A critical element of food safety is maintaining proper temperatures from the field to the fork. In practical terms, this means keeping produce cold enough to inhibit pathogen growth or spoilage from the time it leaves the farm or orchard until it’s in the customer’s possession.
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3G Capital's brands lose market share amid focus on costs
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
3G Capital Partners LP is known for wringing costs out of food-and-beverage businesses. Its track record for boosting sales and market share of their products is less stellar.
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Nestlé is ripe for activists looking for next Mondelez: Real M&A
Bloomberg
Nestle SA could be the next food company to draw interest from an activist investor after Bill Ackman targeted Mondelez International Inc.
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The importance of carbs in human evolution – and in the Paleo diet
Food Navigator-USA
Aldi became one of the world’s biggest food retailers using a simple formula of no-frills stores offering a small assortment of products at rock-bottom prices.
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Hershey troubled in China
Food Business News
The Hershey Co.’s investment in China has produced sour results. For the second quarter ended July 5, Hershey reported a net loss of $99,941,000, which compared with net income of $168,168,000.
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