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Will the voice of frozen foods be heard? AFFI Government Action Summit just weeks away.
American Frozen Food Institute
Register today for the 2015 Government Action Summit scheduled for Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Summit affords AFFI members with a unique opportunity to better educate elected officials and their staff about the companies, products and people that comprise the frozen food and beverage industry.
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Americans love the food industry
Chicago Tribune
Gallup asked plenty of other people to rate 25 major U.S. business sectors to see which were most and least popular. Short answer: Americans love the food industry, which accounted for three of the top five. And they're fond of the computer and the Internet sectors.
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New FSMA rules released, AFFI has you covered
American Frozen Food Institute
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week issued two Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rules on Preventive Controls for Human Food and Animal Feed. This latest action serves as a reminder that day by day, FDA is steadily progressing with FSMA’s implementation and enforcement.
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Will Wednesday's GOP debate move the discourse from flash to substance?
The Washington Post
The last time Carly Fiorina was here, the former Hewlett-Packard chief ­executive sketched out her ­foreign policy blueprint. One thousand people heard her condemn the slow training of ­anti-Islamic State forces, the ambitions of China and the wonky “tooth to tail” ratio of military power to military bureaucracy.

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    GOP candidates must win over dissatisfied voters
    The Wall Street Journal {subscriber story)
    Whether or not Donald Trump remains the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, his supporters will be a potent political force that other candidates must confront.

    Related: Is voter anger behind the Trump and Sanders surges? Maybe yes. (The Washington Post)

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    Boehner and his allies prepare fall battle with conservative GOP critics
    The Washington Post
    House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, is bracing for what could be the toughest weeks of his speakership as several dozen conservatives in his party are threatening to topple him unless he is more ferocious with Democrats during the upcoming fiscal showdowns.
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    POLICY


    Waste not, want not
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    You know that box of Cheerios in your pantry that just passed its sell-by date? Don't toss it yet. The Obama Administration is announcing today national food waste reduction goals that will be aimed at cutting the more than 133 billion pounds of food from consumers, restaurants and grocery stores that ends up in landfills each year.
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    USDA opposes EPA bee rules
    Food Chemical News
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is skeptical of EPA’s proposal to protect commercial honeybees by restricting pesticides uses and suggests the agency lacks the authority to implement the regulation.
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    Implementation schedule for safety system could halt rail service
    Agri-Pulse
    If the current deadline for implementing one of the biggest changes ever in railroad safety systems is not adjusted, some rail companies have told Capitol Hill to expect service interruptions.
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    Obama nominates Califf to lead FDA
    Food Safety News
    The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama has nominated Robert Califf, M.D., to be the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Califf, 63, is currently FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco.
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    CDC hires top lab safety official to address string of incidents, culture
    USA Today
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that it has hired a permanent top official to oversee laboratory safety at the agency, more than a year after a string of its high-profile lab incidents with anthrax, Ebola and avian influenza started becoming public.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Canada: Bonduelle gaining monopoly on frozen vegetables
    Fresh Plaza
    Bonduelle, the French multinational behind a host of private label frozen vegetable brands, as well as leading brands Géant Vert (Green Giant) and Arctic Garden, has purchased a new large-scale factory in Canada which will grant it a share of the country’s frozen-vegetable market, lsa-conso.fr reports.
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    The Schwan Food Company announces new arena name
    American Frozen Food Institute
    The Schwan Food Company recently announced the arena and exposition center at the Marshall Amateur Regional Sports Hub and Schwan Regional Amateur Sports Center in Marshall, Minnesota, will be named the Red Baron Arena & Expo.
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    Miratorg develops beef project, expands cooperation with McDonald's
    Global Meat News
    Russian meat giant Miratorg plans to increase the supply of beef cuts to McDonald’s restaurants in 2016, giving the fast food chain the opportunity to launch a new premium Black Angus burger.
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    How consumers define 'clean eating'
    Food Business News
    Good news for consumer packaged goods companies: A new study from The NPD Group reveals many consumers agree clean eating may include packaged and processed foods.
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    Kids consume 12 percent of their calories from fast food, study shows
    USA Today
    At a time of growing concern over childhood obesity, a new report shows kids get 12 percent of their calories from fast-food restaurants. A third of kids eat fast food on any given day, according to the report made public Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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    Fast food study reveals where Americans spend most money
    Pizza Marketplace
    Recently Business Insider studied how much Americans typically spend on average at three popular restaurants — Taco Bell, Chipotle and Papa John's, reported WTHR.com. Taco Bell was the cheapest, with Americans spending on average $5.13 there, according to the article.
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    Sonic falls after fast-food chain posts disappointing sales
    Bloomberg
    Sonic Corp., the fast-food chain known for drive-in service, suffered its worst stock decline in almost three months after posting disappointing sales.
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    Target may ditch junk food at the counter
    Fortune Magazine
    Target will soon start placing healthier foods near its cash registers at some stores and putting other snacks and soda elsewhere, a move aimed at bolstering its efforts to tap Americans’ growing interest in healthier wares.
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    Wal-Mart to expand grocery pickup service
    The Wall Street Journal
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its grocery-pickup services to several dozen locations, as it tests shoppers’ desire to get their groceries without leaving their cars. The world’s largest retailer by revenue will next week add five additional grocery pickup locations to the parking lots of existing smaller format grocery store-style Neighborhood Markets in Northwest Arkansas.
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