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Frozen foods giants go head-to-head for Quorn
The new owner of Birds Eye and Findus is plotting a £500 million-plus takeover of Quorn, the British meat-free food maker, as it powers ahead on its seemingly unending deal making trajectory. But Nomad Foods, which pounced on the two frozen food firms earlier this year, is expected to face tough competition from the Toronto-based McCain Foods, the world’s largest producer of frozen chips, which is also understood to be having early discussions about a takeover of Quorn.
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Food industry enlisted academics in GMO lobbying war, emails show
The New York Times
At Monsanto, sales of genetically modified seeds were steadily rising. But executives at the company’s St. Louis headquarters were privately worried about attacks on the safety of their products. So Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, and its industry partners retooled their lobbying and public relations strategy to spotlight a rarefied group of advocates: academics, brought in for the gloss of impartiality and weight of authority that come with a professor’s pedigree.
Singapore's Temasek said to join Savola in bid for Americana
Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Pte has teamed up with Saudi Arabia’s Savola Group to bid for Middle Eastern fast-food operator Kuwait Food Co. in a deal that could be valued at between $4 billion to $5 billion, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Countdown to shutdown begins
Congress returns from its long summer vacation Tuesday to an all-out, three-week sprint to avert a government shutdown – and no apparent plan yet to quell the conservative rebellion over Planned Parenthood that has dramatically increased the odds of a closure.
This week: Congress returns (The Hill)
Spending, school nutrition head long congressional to-do list (Agri-Pulse)
Boehner's future as speaker in doubt
Something has changed for John Boehner.
Figures in his close-knit circle of allies are starting to privately wonder whether he can survive an all-but-certain floor vote this fall to remain speaker of the House. And, for the first time, many top aides and lawmakers in the House do not believe he will run for another term as House leader in 2017.
Poll: Sanders leads Clinton in New Hampshire, closing in Iowa
Bernie Sanders has a solid lead over Hillary Clinton among New Hampshire Democrats five months ahead of the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary, and the Vermont senator is also gaining on Clinton in Iowa, according to NBC News/Marist polls released on Sunday.
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COOL bill battle in the Senate
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
A World Trade Organization arbitration hearing is scheduled for the middle
of the month to discuss how much in tariff increases Canada and Mexico
might levy over USDA's Country of Origin Labeling rules, and the Senate is
split over legislation to address the issue.
California agency issues intent to list glyphosate as carcinogen
The California Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday a notice of intent to list glyphosate, one of the most widely-used herbicides in agriculture, and three other chemicals to a list of carcinogens under the state's Proposition 65 law.
Who should bear the costs of making our food safe?
Food Safety News
Is a simple cost-benefit analysis the right prism through which to view a preventive food safety program? Richard Williams’ interesting, but ultimately misguided, critique of the Food Safety Modernization Act strongly relies on cost-benefit worries to argue against four regulations the Food and Drug Administration is proposing to implement the new law.
FDF boss urges food industry unity ahead of attacks
Food and Drink Federation boss Ian Wright has appealed for food industry unity ahead of what he predicted will be “lies” told about the sector.
Judge: EPA was arbitrary, capricious in writing WOTUS rule
District Court Judge Ralph Erickson recently granted a preliminary injunction requested by North Dakota and a dozen other states that sued the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in June over their Waters of the United States rule.
Premium Brands takes stake in specialty meat processor
Food Business News
Premium Brands Holdings Corp. has acquired a majority interest Expresco Foods, Inc., a manufacturer of ready-to-cook and grilled meat products for the food service and retail markets in the United States and Canada. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.
College students order more frozen yogurt than any other takeout food
College students aren’t known for their healthy eating habits. It isn’t until you leave home that you realize cooking is a lot harder than your parents made it look. That’s one reason ordering takeout is a popular solution to squelch a rumbling stomach. Over 18 percent of Americans get takeout once a week, and online and mobile companies like GrubHub have stepped in to provide convenient ways to order takeout with a tap of the finger.
French competition watchdog to review Davigel deal
France's competition watchdog said on Tuesday it had been asked by the European Commission to review the planned sale of Nestle's Davigel frozen food unit to food service operator Brakes Group, owned by buyout fund Bain Capital.
Amazon expands what and how it delivers
Amazon continues to expand what and how it will deliver to consumers – including opening a restaurant division. In the past week, Amazon has announced the expansion of its one-hour delivery service in Seattle; it has announced a new fulfillment center in the U.K.; and it has apparently begun hiring for a new restaurant division in addition to testing a Farmers Market program.
Report: Free-from foods perceived more natural, healthier
About 84 percent of American consumers of free-from products, such as allergen-free or trans fat-free, said they purchase free-from foods because they believe those products are more natural or less processed. About 43 percent said free-from foods are healthier as well.
Google to start testing grocery deliveries this year
Google Inc., will start testing a delivery service for fresh food and groceries in two U.S. cities later this year, stepping up competition with online retailer Amazon.com Inc., and startup Instacart Inc. The trial will begin in San Francisco and another city, said Brian Elliott, general manager of Google Express, which already delivers merchandise, including dry foods, to customers.
Asian shrimp imports are chewing up U.S. suppliers
The most-popular seafood in the U.S. isn’t very American anymore, but it sure is getting cheaper. A surge of imported shrimp from Indonesia, Ecuador and India has sent prices plunging by more than a third in the past year. While that’s good news for consumers, who eat more of the crustaceans than any aquatic creature, including salmon and tuna, record supplies from foreign shrimp farms is compounding the strain on U.S. fishermen, who have seen their share of the domestic market shrink to about 10 percent.
These are the people who haul our food across America
Chefs may now be celebrities, farmers our food heroes, and small-batch producers worthy of culinary canonization. Yet the workers who make up one of the largest groups in the American food system rarely get a mention: Truckers.
Auntie Anne's brings soft pretzels to frozen food aisles
Refrigerated & Frozen Food
Auntie Anne’s has been producing handcrafted soft pretzels in their franchise locations for the past 30 years. But, with consumer shopping habits showing an influx in retail spending, the company made the next logical step — it introduced a line of frozen products to traditional retail channels like grocery, mass and club stores.
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