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Global frozen food market could top $294 billion by 2019
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
Transparency Market Research has launched a new market report saying the demand for frozen food — valued at $224.74 billion in 2012 — is expected to reach $293.75 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 3.9 percent from 2013 to 2019.
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Water footprint: The food industry's next big challenge?
Food Navigator
Reducing water footprints is an environmental challenge food and beverage companies should be prepared to meet if they want to maintain their competitive position and build reputation among end consumers, according to an analyst at Euromonitor.
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'Pink slime' returns to school lunches in 4 more states
Politico
Thousands of schools across the U.S. rushed last year to stop feeding their students meat that contained lean finely textured beef. But new government data show schools in four more states have since put aside concerns and resumed buying the controversial product.
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Credit raters take pressure off Congress for debt deal
The Hill
Credit rating agencies are keeping their clubs behind their backs as lawmakers begin to duke it out over the debt ceiling. The "big three" raters were a visible force during the debt-ceiling battle of 2011, warning that only a broad deal to reduce red ink could protect the nation's credit rating.
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House GOP may reuse legislative gambit on Obamacare
Politico
House Republicans are dusting off an old legislative gambit from April 2011 as one way to move ahead this week with a stopgap spending bill for the first months of the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

Related: AFL-CIO nearing formal criticism of Obamacare (The Hill)

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Labor, with union membership declining, will woo non-workers
The Hill
The AFL-CIO on Monday opened the door to becoming a group that is more representative of the left than of its members. Facing what AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka called a "crisis" of membership, officials took the dramatic step at their annual convention of adopting a resolution that invites anyone in the country to join, regardless of union affiliation.
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WTO risks irrelevancy, new chief warns
Politico
World Trade Organization members must agree in December on a package of measures to liberalize trade or risk becoming irrelevant after 12 years of failed talks, the new head of the world trade body warned Monday.
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FSIS updates voluntary recall procedures
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has updated the procedures for companies issuing a voluntary recall of meat and poultry products, offering more detailed guidance and including new regulations about who, when and how to notify FSIS officials of a recall.
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Seattle City Council votes to support state GMO labeling bill
KPLU
The Seattle City Council has voted 8-1 to support Initiative 522, which would require labels on food products that have been genetically modified or contain genetically-modified ingredients.

Editor's Note: AFFI's 2013 Government Action Summit taking place Tuesday through Thursday this week, will feature an in-depth panel discussion on GMO food package labeling.  To register for the Summit, or for more information, please click here.

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  • Inslee creates Washington Organic Week (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
  • Anti-GMO group renews push in Oregon (Capital Press)
  • Floodgates open to amendments on Hawaii GMO bill (The Garden Island)

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    FTC will look into fuel pump fight between ethanol producers, Big Oil
    Autoblog
    Two U.S. senators have asked the Federal Trade Commission to find out if Big Oil is pulling strings to block gas stations from accessing gasoline blended with extra ethanol.
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    AFFI Government Action Summit now underway
    AFFI
    AFFI's annual Government Action Summit kicked off Tuesday and will continue through Thursday. Register now and add your voice to industry advocates.

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    Bay Area courts take on big food
    San Jose Mercury News
    Dozens of class-action lawsuits have piled up on the plates of Northern California's federal judges, as lawyers target the food industry for misleading the public in labeling.

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    10 seriously healthy fast food meals
    Prevention via ABC News
    These 10 delicious and truly nutritious fast food meals will help keep you honest in the face of deep-fried temptation when you are short on time and don't have access to other choices.

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    Chinese-raised chicken could be on US tables soon
    Politico
    Chicken raised and slaughtered in China could be sitting on U.S. grocery store shelves as soon as a year from now, a top meat safety official told Politico before leaving on a weeklong trip to China.
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    McDonald's selling steak for breakfast in menu overhaul
    Bloomberg
    McDonald's Corp. is introducing a new "thick, juicy steak" for the morning crowd, Lisa McComb, a spokeswoman for the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company, said in an email.

    Related: Strong sales in Europe help McDonald's worldwide (Reuters)

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    Fastest wheat sales in 6 years diminish inventory
    Bloomberg
    The U.S. and European Union are selling wheat at the fastest pace in at least six years, diminishing stockpiles even as farmers reap a record crop.
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    Wholesaler bringing organic food to Memphis doorsteps
    Memphis Business Journal
    Memphis-based wholesaler Galler Foods Inc. is launching an organic produce and grocery e-commerce division, called Farm Truck Organics, this month.
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    Manufacturing profits dipped in Q2
    The Wall Street Journal
    U.S. manufacturing profits slipped in the second quarter of the year as sales only inched ahead, although food makers are among the sectors that enjoyed a good quarter, the Commerce Department said Monday.
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    Food services provider Aramark files for IPO of up to $100 million
    Reuters
    Food services provider Aramark Holdings Corp. filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of its common stock.
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    Grocery delivery gaining traction throughout hotel industry
    Travel Weekly
    Hotel grocery delivery is not just for select-service, extended-stay or family resorts anymore. Denihan Hospitality's Affinia Hotels, a small luxury-boutique chain, reached an agreement last month with the online grocer FreshDirect to provide specially packed meals for guests.
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    Mintel: The market for after-school snacks doesn't exit
    Bakery & Snacks
    Food makers have been focused on the lunchbox trend but have failed to notice a gaping hole full of promise: the after-school snacking occasion, a Mintel analyst says.
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    Packaged Facts report analyzing fast food industry now available
    Pizza Marketplace
    Packaged Facts has released its latest analysis of the fast food restaurant industry, focusing on the quick-service, fast casual and snack and beverage restaurant segments.
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    Pepsi-flavored Cheetos a salt-reduction masterstroke?
    Bakery & Snacks
    Frito-Lay's limited edition Pepsi-flavored Cheetos in Japan aren't anything groundbreaking, but the new taste profile could be used as a platform to reduce salt levels, an innovation expert says.
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    Researchers suggest 'yin and yang' effect of sodium and chloride
    Food Navigator
    New research from the University of Glasgow has revealed that a low chloride level in the blood is an independent indicator of mortality risk in people with high blood pressure.
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    Cargill earmarks $6 million for fighting hunger in America
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger relief organization, announced Tuesday that Cargill is making a $6 million commitment to the organization over the next three years to expand its work with Feeding America to strengthen food safety initiatives and help provide millions of meals to families in need across the country.
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    Recall issued for ground beef sent to Idaho schools
    Idaho State Journal
    Idaho Department of Education officials say dozens of public schools received ground beef from a California company that's issued a product retrieval due to products that may contain small pieces of plastic.
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    General Mills recalls cinnamon rolls after equipment failure on production line
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    General Mills initiated a Class II recall of a limited quantity of refrigerated Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with Icing Monday after discovering a broken piece of plastic on the production line.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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    Taco Bell's take on social marketing: Publish, don't market
    Adweek
    Taco Bell's director of digital and social marketing, Tressie Lieberman, describes her job as a "daily adventure" where each morning begins with a staff meeting in which ideas are hatched — and production is sometimes wrapped before the end of the same day.
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    Will your frozen dinner be kept cool by hydrogen?
    Fast Company's Co.Exist
    Since we're not about to start driving hydrogen cars, keeping cold the trucks that bring us our food could be a perfect way to start using the alternative fuel in the hopes that it goes big.
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    Agilent boosts food safety and quality analysis
    Food Quality News
    Agilent Technologies has opened a $25 million research and testing laboratory center in Australia to boost food and beverage analysis capability.
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