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B&G to pay General Mills $765 million for Green Giant
B&G Foods said it has agreed to pay $765 million to buy Green Giant from General Mills in an acquisition that will make the frozen and canned vegetables business the largest in the food maker's pantry.
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House Dems ask agencies to request full funding for FDA
House Democrats are calling on the Obama administration to request the full funding needed for the Food and Drug Administration to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.
AFFI Government Action summit hotel deadline this week. Book now!
Register today for the 2015 Government Action Summit, scheduled for Sept. 29–Oct. 1 at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Book your hotel room at the Madison Hotel by Friday, Sept. 4, to receive the discount rate of $319 plus tax, per night.
DNC chief faces perilous fall
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a tough fall ahead. The Democratic National Committee chief is under fire from some of the top Democratic presidential hopefuls over her handling of the primary debates, and she's facing a huge decision over whether to support President Obama's historic nuclear deal with Iran.
Wasserman Schultz's divided loyalties
A Hillary Clinton-Joe Biden fight would tear at Florida and be particularly hard on Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Florida congresswoman and Democratic National Committee chair wouldn't just be any Democrat up for grabs: She was one of the last loyalists sticking with Clinton in 2008 and has a true, if more professional, friendship with the former secretary of state. But she also has an intense, emotional connection with the vice president.
Related: A speech. A party fundraiser. In Florida. Clinton? Sanders? No, Joe Biden. (The Washington Post)
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RNC asks candidates to sign loyalty pledge, boxing in Trump
The Washington Post
The Republican National Committee, in a move designed to box in Donald Trump and prevent him from a third-party run, on Wednesday asked the party's presidential candidates to sign a loyalty statement vowing not to run as an independent or third-party candidate in the general election.
Related: Trump to sign GOP pledge, commit to back party nominee (The Washington Post)
USDA makes play for child nutrition ahead of Congress' return
Before Congress returns to a full schedule next week, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday presented remarks at the Center for American Progress, urging support for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which is up for reauthorization this year. The requirements have gained both positive and negative attention – some concluding they have obesity-fighting benefits, while others say they contribute to greater plate waste.
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FDA signs off on food safety rules
The Obama administration has finalized a sweeping slate of regulations meant to protect people and animals from foodborne illnesses. The rules, which are required by the Food Safety Modernization Act, will require food manufactures to implement preventative controls to minimize the risk of contaminating food when it’s manufactured, processed, packed or held by a facility.
Sodas, health officials duke it out city by city
The Wall Street Journal via Morningstar
To watch the heat rising on the soda industry, take a look at San Antonio.
Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. have been pouring millions of dollars into fitness and health programs in the Texas city, where about two thirds of adults are overweight or obese and the diabetes rate is roughly twice the national average. Their message: Good health is about exercise, not just fewer calories.
New trends in the cold supply chain pose challenges and opportunities
Writes AFFI Advantage Partner Lineage Logistics Vice Chairman Bill Hendricksen: Over the last 36 years, I have witnessed how technological, economic and even sociological trends have impacted and advanced the cold supply chain industry. Dramatic changes in shopper behavior, the rise of warehouse automation, technology and consolidation of trading partners have all created exciting opportunities as well as interesting challenges for industry leaders. One thing is for certain: embracing these developments, as opposed to balking at them, has created greater potential for long-term innovation and success.
Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum hotel deadline is fast approaching!
Register today for the Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum, hosted by AFFI and the Midwest Food Processors Association, scheduled for Oct. 19-22 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Book your hotel room at the resort by Friday, Sept. 18 to receive the discount rate of $155 plus tax and resort fee, per night.
AFFI to host webinar on foodborne viruses
AFFI will host a webinar to provide participants with an overview of key challenges the food industry is facing in controlling foodborne viruses. The webinar is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. (Eastern).
Report argues that courts ensure food safety better than industry
Food Safety News
A report released Wednesday by the American Association for Justice argues that the civil justice system is better at getting the food industry to ensure the safety of their products than foodborne illnesses. About 80 percent of foodborne illnesses are never connected to their cause.
Survey: Consumers more concerned with chemicals in food vs. foodborne illness
Food Safety Magazine
When it comes to food safety concerns, American consumers are most worried about chemicals in food, according to the International Food Information Council Foundation's 2015 Food and Health Survey. Previously, consumers’ concerns were centered around foodborne illness.
These states hit hardest by falling farm prices
Economists and central bankers have lots of theories these days about whether global commodities prices will continue to fall. For American farmer's, the drop in a wide range of agricultural prices is very real.
Crowdsourcing gathers foodborne illness reports together on one site
Food Safety News
After suffering through three bouts of foodborne illness and not being able to do much about it, Patrick Quade decided to try and help others who find themselves in a similar position. He established a website in 2009 for people to report their experiences of being sickened by restaurant food.
Why General Mills is tackling global warming
General Mills, the corporate parent of Cheerios cereal, Betty Crocker baked products and Yoplait yogurt, is ringing the alarm bell about potential food shortages caused by global warming.
Clear Lam, Triangle join forces on PrimaPak
Clear Lam Packaging Inc., and Triangle Package Machinery Co., have entered into a new North American equipment manufacturing licensing agreement for Clear Lam's PrimaPak program. The agreement gives the Chicago-based Triangle a license to manufacture and supply the Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Clear Lam's patented PrimaPak system interface, which produces six-sided reclosable packages made from a single roll of flexible film on its vertical-form-fill-seal bagging machine.
Former Hot Pockets plant may pivot to dumplings
Los Angeles Business Journal
The Chatsworth, California factory that once turned out Hot Pockets frozen sandwiches has been sold to a Chinese company that was the exclusive supplier of dumplings to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Cheese maker Entremont moves into frozen food
Sodiaal-owned cheese business Entremont has announced it is moving into France's frozen food sector. Entremont, which saw volume growth of more than 15 percent in supermarkets last year, will next month launch seven products into the frozen category.
Wisconsin firm recalls frozen pork sausage patties for possible metal fragments
Food Safety News
Kenosha Beef International LTD of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is recalling approximately 89,235 pounds of pork sausage patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday.
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