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Reviving frozen sales
Frozen & Dairy Buyer via RetailWire
In 2011, frozen food unit sales dropped to 2008 levels and haven't been able to bounce back fully. "Frozen & Dairy Buyer" surveyed frozen food shoppers and discovered a number of interesting root causes challenging the frozen food category. More
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Changing demographics spell trouble for brands, grocers
CPGmatters
A combination of economic factors and changing demographics and preferences has the potential to create a long-term disruption across the food industry value chain that transforms where and how consumers shop for groceries as well as what products they choose, according to new research from Jefferies-AlixPartners.

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    Four state governors call for ethanol mandate suspension
    Reuters via Chicago Tribune
    The governors of North Carolina and Arkansas joined two of their Northeast peers Tuesday in asking the federal government to temporarily suspend the ethanol quota, piling pressure on President Barack Obama to make a tough choice months before the election.

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  • Ag economist: Expect 8 percent meat price increase in 2013 (McDonald County Press)
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    Poll: Voters continue to rate Obama poorly on the economy
    POLITICO
    President Barack Obama still gets low marks on his handling of the economy and the deficit, according to a poll released Thursday. Gallup finds 60 percent of voters disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy. More
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    Ryan pick presents new challenges for Biden
    The Washington Post
    The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential candidate presents a new set of challenges for Vice President Joe Biden, who has relished the dual roles of elder statesman and resident lunch-bucket American. More
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    Obama searches for 2008 Iowa love
    POLITICO
    There were no bumper cars or fried Twinkies, but there were chants of "four more years" — and, at one stop, "four more beers" — as President Barack Obama tried this week to rekindle the excitement in Iowa that carried him to victory four years ago. More
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    FDA issues annual food safety report to Congress
    Food Safety News
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's annual report to Congress, released this week, offers an overview of what the agency has been up to during the past year. In FDA's latest report, which is required by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, one thing is immediately clear: FDA has an enormous food safety mandate. More
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    13 senators ask FDA to collect more data on antibiotic use
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    A bipartisan group of senators is asking FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to collect additional data on the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals.

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  • Court to FDA: Stop stalling on antibiotics in animal feed (Food Poisoning Bulletin)
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    Fast food companies dodge cancer lawsuits over chicken
    Law 360
    A California judge on Wednesday tossed a consumer watchdog's accusations that McDonald's Corp., KFC Corp., Chick-fil-A Inc. and other food chains had failed to warn customers that their chicken grilling processes created a carcinogen, ruling the group hadn't met noticing requirements before filing the complaints. More
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    Fruit As It Should Be!

    Wawona demonstrates passion for food quality, delivering the best fruit from the orchard to your freezer. Wawona remains a family owned business with principles on quality, innovations and excellent customer services.
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    CO-PACKING. PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT. SOURCING & SUPPLY

    Harvest creates and manufactures innovative frozen food products for some of the best brands in the industry. From ingredient supply to complete meal creation, we can help you every step of the way. Harvest Food Group…Leading the Way in Frozen Foods.
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    Wal-Mart Q2 profit up 5.7 percent on cost cutting
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 5.7 percent increase in second-quarter net income and raised its outlook for the full year. But Wal-Mart said Thursday its total revenue came in short of Wall Street estimates, and the discounter announced it would delay store expansion plans in Mexico. More
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    Study: Age is biggest influence on US eating habits
    Food Navigator-USA
    Age is the single most important factor determining when and where Americans eat, according to a new report from market research organization Packaged Facts, which suggests ways that food companies can respond to shifting demographics and eating habits. More
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    Survey: Americans snack often, with loose definition of 'meal'
    Food Ingredients First
    The average American today consumes 4.1 food and beverage items at dinner, compared with 5.3 in 1985 &mash; and dinner is the only meal consumers consider to be a complete meal a majority of the time, according to NPD's "Snacking in America 2012" report. More
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    10 food innovations that changed lives
    CBS MoneyWatch
    To understand just how far we've come from the nauseating canned vegetables, flavorless frozen orange juice and generic diner food of years past, here are 10 food innovations that changed our lives, mostly for the better. More
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    Pocino Foods' expansion leaves no stone unturned
    The National Provisioner
    After almost 80 years in business, Pocino Foods' latest innovation, an $8 million expansion and renovation, may be the most significant move in the company's history. More
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    Overhill shares get cooking amid transaction talk
    Los Angeles Business Journal
    Shares of frozen food manufacturer Overhill Farms Inc. surged Tuesday, a day after the company announced it has hired investment banking firm Piper Jaffray & Co. to help it evaluate potential acquisition offers and other deals. More
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    Mintel: Breakfast is key to fast food growth in China
    FoodBev
    Only 1 in 5 urban Chinese consumers eat at fast food restaurants in the morning, as opposed to 75 percent during lunchtime. Tan Heng Hong, senior China research analyst at Mintel, said, "To increase consumption of foreign fast food, more has to be done to unlock opportunities in the breakfast market where usage is the lowest." More
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    Eco-friendly demand could open new food supply chain
    Food Navigator
    High demand for environmentally friendly goods is providing the food industry with growing opportunities to create a new and unique supply chain system that offers advantages for everybody, according to new research. More
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    Turkey sausage recalled; pieces of gloves found by consumers
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Johnsonville Sausage LLC issued a recall for approximately 48,000 pounds of turkey sausage with cheddar cheese after two consumers reported finding pieces of gloves in the food.

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