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AFFI President and CEO Naasz announces intent to depart at year's end,
American Frozen Food Institute
American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R.
Naasz today informed the AFFI Board of Directors at its fall meeting in Washington,
D.C., of his intent to resign at year’s end. Naasz informed the board of his
decision, after nearly seven years at the helm of AFFI, to accept the role of
president and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
Related: Liquor lobby names new CEO (The Hill)
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People trust smaller companies more on natural claims
Food Business News
When it comes to creating all-natural products, 75 percent of Americans said they trust small, independent companies over large, established ones, according to a national consumer poll released Oct. 1 by Instantly. Another 70 percent said they believe most natural foods brands are independent, compared to 30 percent who said they believe large companies own natural foods brands.
U.S. food industry backs government plan to aggressively cut food waste
In September, the U.S. government announced the first ever national goal to reduce America’s food waste, giving an extra push to a movement on the part of big brands to cut down on waste. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency – in partnership with charities and the private sector – is targeting a 50 percent cut in edible food waste by 2030.
5 Reasons to bet $5 on Marco Rubio
Over the past couple of weeks, ever since his sneaky-impressive showing in the last GOP debate, Marco Rubio has found himself in the crosshairs of both the Republican establishment and anti-establishment wings of his party. No other candidate poses such a threat to either flank, so he should take it as a compliment.
McCarthy's GOP critics see opening after Benghazi blunder
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s remarks that House Republicans created a taxpayer-funded Benghazi committee to help tank Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers have handed ammunition to GOP critics trying to draft a conservative to challenge him for Speaker.
Related: McCarthy walks back comments on Benghazi committee (Politico)
Can a change of rules change the House GOP?
The Washington Post
House Republicans are set to select new leaders next week, but some in their ranks are pressing to do even more than that to address internal GOP dysfunction. Numerous GOP members on all sides of the party’s ideological and tactical divides are suggesting changes need to be made to party rules ahead of Thursday’s leadership elections, arguing that choosing new leaders without addressing underlying issues will only set up another internal crisis.
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Has the U.S. egg industry reached its 'tipping point?'
Sept. 9, may have become the U.S. egg industry's tipping point. The event that could well lead to a completely different way of producing eggs was the announcement that day from McDonalds that it decided to transition to cage-free eggs over the next ten years.
House Agriculture Committee holds food aid hearing
The House Agriculture Committee invited commodity groups, private volunteer organizations and U.S. food aid suppliers to testify in front of the full committee on food aid this week. The testimonies largely discussed the need to continue U.S. agricultural products in the Food for Peace program.
Lawmakers press for farm benefits in Pacific trade deal
Lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to ensure that a final Trans-Pacific Partnership adequately opens markets for diary and rice while protecting U.S. sugar growers.
Soda industry struggles as consumer tastes change
The New York Times
Soda taxes have flopped in Philadelphia, New York state, and San Francisco. So far, only super-liberal Berkeley, California, has succeeded in adopting such a measure over industry objections. The obvious lesson from Philadelphia is that the soda industry is winning the policy battles over the future of its product. But the bigger picture is that soda companies are losing the war.
Food giants align for climate action
The Huffington Post
A Republican, a Democrat and a bunch of major food corporations put their support behind meaningful action on climate change Thursday. Representatives from Mars, General Mills, Unilever, Ben & Jerry's and Nestle appeared at an event on Capitol Hill calling for strong government action on climate. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., hosted the event with the sustainable business group Ceres.
Study finds smartphones can improve food safety inspections
Food Safety News
Smartphones might be an important tool for food safety inspectors because of their inconspicuousness. Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have found that phones used in place of clipboards can improve the quality of data collected during observations. According to a phenomenon called the Hawthorne Effect, people sometimes change their behavior because they know someone is watching.
Survey shows California leads in organic food production
A new report shows California leading most categories of organic agricultural production in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released results from its 2014 Organic Survey last week, reporting that the nation’s organic farms sold $5.5 billion in products last year, up 78 percent from sales reported in the previous organic survey in 2008.
Chick-fil-A has one advantage over Chipotle
Chick-fil-A doesn't consider itself to be fast food like McDonald's or fast-casual like Chipotle. The company credits its "premium fast food" status as the secret to being the most-loved restaurant chain in America.
Taco Bell debuts vegetarian-certified menu
Food Business News
Taco Bell, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc., has become the first quick-service restaurant chain to offer menu items certified by the American Vegetarian Association.
Drought woes in California town highlight thirsty poultry industry
Residents of Livingston, California have sharply reduced their water usage during the state’s severe drought, now in its fourth year. But this summer, when state officials ranked how water suppliers had done meeting mandated conservation goals, the blue-collar town of 13,800 came in dead last.
Slim Jim maker ConAgra to cut 1,500 jobs and move to Chicago
ConAgra Foods, the maker of Slim Jims, Peter Pan peanut butter, Orville Redenbacher popcorn and Chef Boyardee, is cutting 1,500 jobs and moving its headquarters from Omaha to Chicago.
Related: Buffett's Omaha gets stung as ConAgra follows Heinz cutting jobs (Bloomberg)
More than half of consumers eat across a 15-hour span daily, study finds
Bakery and Snacks
Consumers end up eating for much longer stretches of the day than they had anticipated with over half of adults eating over a 15-hour span daily, says new research.
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