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Registration for AFFI-CON 2015 is now open. More than 1,400 registered delegates attended the 2014 AFFI Frozen Food Convention, and we look forward to welcoming everyone in the frozen food industry to AFFI-CON 2015, Feb. 21-25, at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
School Nutrition Association urges Congress to ease cost of meals
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
In the latest salvo in the fight over school meal standards, the School Nutrition Association, which represents some 55,000 professionals, warns that the cost of meeting new federal standards will triple in fiscal year 2015, which began this month.
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Calorie counts come down at restaurants
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Amid growing pressure for healthier food choices, big restaurant chains have been introducing new lower-calorie menu items that could make a dent in the country's obesity epidemic, according to a new study.
Related: Chain restaurants cutting calories (HealthDay News)
5 things debate-a-palooza revealed about the battle for the Senate
The Washington Post
Candidates debated Tuesday in five battleground Senate races — North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia and Colorado — offering a glimpse at their strategies during the final 27 days of the campaign.
Related: Gloves come off in Georgia Senate debate (The Hill)
For McConnell, it's now or never
If Republicans fall short of expectations this fall, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) could face a leadership challenge.
4 things Hillary can do to win
Here are four dramatic things Hillary Clinton can do to win the presidency.
Clinton allies look to build tech advantage ahead of 2016 (The Hill)
Liberal grass roots gather to find a challenger for Hillary Clinton (The Hill)
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New developments emerge in 'soda tax' campaigns
The Daily Californian
A beverage trade association funneled $600,000 last week into a local campaign against a proposed city tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, bringing its total contributions to $1.4 million.
Soda tax showdown heads for ballots in California (The Christian Science Monitor)
Berkeley officials outspent but optimistic in battle over soda tax (The New York Times)
Cross-border trucking at a crossroads
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
A controversial pilot program that allows Mexican truckers access to the U.S. interior is set to expire this month, with no clear idea about what happens next — and independent truckers have begun pressing for answers.
Senators ask Appropriations Committee to keep COOL
A group of 32 U.S. Senators on Monday urged Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Richard Shelby, chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to ensure legislation that would eliminate Country of Origin Labeling is not included in a continuing resolution or omnibus spending bill to fund the government in fiscal year 2015.
AMI: Vilsack responds to House lawmakers about COOL (Perishable News)
Senators to colleagues: Don't pre-emptively weaken COOL (Food Safety News)
Advocacy group urges USDA to re-evaluate Australia's meat inspection
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Spurred by reports that meat companies are abandoning the Australian Meat Inspection System, Food & Water Watch has asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to re-evaluate USDA's equivalency determination for Australia's meat inspection.
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General Mills platform involves 4 strategies
Food Business News
The One Global Baked Goods platform for General Mills, Inc. has strategies to answer four consumer problems, said Staci Seibold, a vice-president of innovation, technology for General Mills.
Fundamental market shifts benefit smaller firms over larger, analyst says
The marketplace for consumer goods has fundamentally changed, and CPG companies looking for stable long-term growth need to be able to solve this "frustrating puzzle," according to a new report from market research firm Strategy& (formerly known as Booz & Co.).
World's Top 100 F&B companies: The new reality that's here to stay
According to multiple financial studies, China is on track to become the world's largest economy, taking over the U.S.'s No. 1 slot for consumer spending.
Costco profit tops estimate for first time in 5 quarters
Warehouse club operator Costco Wholesale Corp's profit topped analysts' estimates for the first time in five quarters, helped by strong back-to-school sales and higher membership fees.
Yum profits, sales miss; outlook disappoints
Yum Brands reported disappointing full-year guidance and quarterly results Tuesday, sending shares lower in after-hours trading.
Supplier's potatoes show Listeria; 30 tons of breakfast recalled
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Minnesota-based Buddy's Kitchen is recalling 62,488 pounds of meat and poultry breakfast products sent to distributors, retailers and airlines nationwide after a supplier's potatoes, used in the products, tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
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Sara Lee Desserts introduces 2 new frozen flavors
On Wednesday two new flavors join the iconic Sara Lee® Desserts pound cake product line: blueberry and gingerbread pound cakes. Both flavors are now available in the freezer section at grocery retailers throughout the country.
McKee expanding in Virginia
Food Business News
McKee Foods Corp. will invest $34 million to expand production at its manufacturing facility in Stuarts Draft, Virginia.
High Liner Foods acquires Atlantic salmon importer
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Canada-based High Liner Foods has acquired Atlantic Trading Co. LLC, of Weston, Florida, in a move the company hopes will more than double its sales in salmon products.
Calbee North America to build plant in Mississippi
Calbee North America, maker of snow-pea crisps, shrimp chips and potato chips, will build a production facility in Senatobia, Mississippi, in a former BMW factory.
Manufacturers cut food waste to build bottom line
Todd Scherbing, senior director of rendering for Smithfield Foods, says the world's largest pork producer is finding more ways to cut food waste at the slaught line, improving its rendering operations in a bid to boost the bottom line.
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