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Turning a fresh page in the frozen food market
Marketwire via Sys-Con Media
How can marketers and retailers reinvent frozen foods to re-attract consumers to this center-store category? "Frozen Foods in the U.S.," a just-released study from Packaged Facts, reports that sales in the $44 billion U.S. retail market for frozen foods have been flat to declining, with nearly all dollar sales gains attributable to inflation or new products — not to increased consumer demand. More
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Feds could lessen drought impact — but don't bet the farm on it
Forbes
Corn futures prices on the Chicago exchange have risen about 50 percent since mid-June, hitting all-time record levels last month, and other grains such as wheat and soybeans are also sharply higher. Livestock and dairy product prices will inevitably follow. Federal officials have been insensitive. More
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ConAgra taps into comfort food trend as new data shows frozen category sales have stagnated
Food Navigator-USA
Volumes in the U.S. retail frozen foods market are going backward, according to a new report from Packaged Facts published just as ConAgra unleashed its latest innovation in the category — new baked entrees under the Healthy Choices brand. More
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Obama, Romney look to win over the undecided
The Wall Street Journal
After jousting from afar for months, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will meet Wednesday night in one of their last best chances to sway undecided voters and solidify support among the party faithful. More
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5 things to watch in Obama vs. Romney debate
USA Today
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney finally get their chance tonight to take their campaign arguments directly to each other in the first of three televised debates. The stakes are high: Up to 60 million people could be tuning in for answers that will help them decide whether to continue the nation's course under Obama or move in a different direction with Romney at the helm.

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    Rise in support from independents helping Obama gain in polls
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama has caught Mitt Romney among independent voters, helping to fuel his recent rise in the polls. Romney led among independents earlier in the election cycle, when the race remained statistically tied for weeks.

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  • Poll: Obama leads in Ohio, Romney closing gap in Florida, Virginia (The Hill)
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    Emulsifying Protein Enhances Frozen Sauces
    OptiSol® 1000 is a superior emulsifying protein providing freeze-thaw stability while improving overall quality in reduced fat sauces and spreads for frozen prepared foods. A natural, clean-label emulsifier, OptiSol 1000 improves flavor and mouthfeel, as well as enhances viscosity, cling and opacity. Get reduced fat with full fat quality at a lower cost than oil. Call Tim Harried at 608-316-8526 or tharried@glanbia.com.




    Survey: Which congressional candidates support RFS?
    Ethanol Producer Magazine
    A total of 10 candidates for U.S. Senate or House of Representatives in Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota responded to a two-question survey sent out by the American Coalition for Ethanol. More
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    FSIS could expand non-O157 testing in 2013
    Meatingplace
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is looking to expand the list of raw beef products it will test for six non-O157 strains of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in fiscal 2013 and may also propose merging its E. coli and Salmonella testing programs to enable testing the same sample for multiple pathogens, according to FSIS officials. More
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    APHIS amends, reorganizes list of ag bioterrorism toxins
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has amended its list of agents and toxins that could pose a severe threat to animal or plant health and to the safety of subsequent products made from those plants or animals. In addition, APHIS has reorganized the list based on the potential threat each poses. More
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    German officials find shortcomings in French GM cancer study
    Food Navigator
    The German food safety agency has found serious flaws in the experimental data presented in a recent study linking Monsanto's GM maize and herbicide Roundup to cancer.

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    Fruit As It Should Be!

    Wawona demonstrates passion for food quality, delivering the best fruit from the orchard to your freezer. Wawona remains a family owned business with principles on quality, innovations and excellent customer services.
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    CO-PACKING. PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT. SOURCING & SUPPLY

    Harvest creates and manufactures innovative frozen food products for some of the best brands in the industry. From ingredient supply to complete meal creation, we can help you every step of the way. Harvest Food Group…Leading the Way in Frozen Foods.
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    US frozen sector has growth potential
    Food News (subscription required)
    Consumer habits in the U.S. are progressively shifting toward frozen foods, as market research shows big business opportunities for frozen food producers who expand the variety and quality of items they sell. More
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    2 ways to tap into rising food demand
    Investing Daily
    According to a recent study by the University of California Santa Barbara and the University of Minnesota, world food demand could rise by as much as 110 percent between 2005 and 2050. An easy way to profit from higher food demand is to buy agribusiness-focused ETFs. More
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    US potato exports projected to benefit from world shortage
    PotatoPro
    U.S. potato and potato product exports grew 10 percent during the recently completed marketing year. But experts say there are many reasons to believe exports will exceed the 10 percent growth and actually be closer to 15 percent in the coming year. More
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    Smithfield Foods reports progress on core sustainability
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Smithfield Foods Inc. released a detailed report of its sustainability results for fiscal 2012 on its newly updated website, www.smithfieldcommitments.com. This site is dedicated to sharing information regarding the core sustainability programs critical to Smithfield Foods' business. More
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    McCain Foods announces major renovation for Idaho plant
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    McCain Foods USA, based in Lisle, Ill., will begin a major capital improvement and renovation project for its Burley, Idaho, potato plant. The project is slated to begin this fall and will be completed during the next two years. More
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    Fruits and veggies for now — and the future
    Agricultural Research Service
    Genetic improvements in fruits and vegetables are essential to meet the ever-changing needs of growers, processors and consumers. Scientists in ARS laboratories around the country strive to meet those needs. More
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    Researcher uses peptides to improve structure of high-protein food
    Food Ingredients First
    The structure of high-protein foods formed during heat-induced aggregation and gelation can be controlled by the addition of peptides, according to new research by NIZO scientist Hans Kosters. More
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    Mispackaged soup recalled by Whole Foods
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Whole Foods Market is recalling soup sold in all stores in six states due to mislabeling. The Whole Foods Market Kitchens soup labeled as roasted garlic and eggplant soup was in fact lobster bisque, which poses the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if consumed by customers with a shellfish or milk allergy.

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    Bosch: Demand grows for sustainability, automation
    Food Production Daily
    Pressure is mounting for food manufacturers to move further into sustainable packaging and automation, according to Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging. More
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    Study: Flax fibers could be used in food packaging
    Food Production Daily
    Researchers in New Zealand have discovered potential anti-fungal properties in harakeke, or native flax, that could see the fibers used in food packaging. But they admitted more funding is need to continue the research. More
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    Logistics executives expect revenue gain
    The Journal of Commerce
    Meeting financial targets, North American 3PLs look to industries with higher growth potential, a Penske-sponsored survey reports. More
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