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New study encourages consumers to think 'frozen'
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
As Americans strive to eat healthier and add more fruits and vegetables to their diets, a recently concluded "market basket" study from the Frozen Food Foundation and the University of Georgia has a simple message for consumers: Think "frozen."
Editor's note: The nutrition study highlighted in this story was conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia with the support of the Frozen Food Foundation. This first of a kind "market basket" study compares the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetables with those of their fresh counterparts. For more information on the Foundation, and its mission to promote the value of frozen foods, please visit www.frozenfoodfacts.org.
Pinnacle playing it cool in frozen category; Net earnings tripled during the third quarter
Food Business News
Competitors may be sweating sales declines in the frozen section, but Pinnacle Foods, Inc. said it is positioned for growth in the cooled-off category.
With a frozen portfolio driven mostly by Birds Eye Vegetables and Birds Eye Voila! bagged meals, what the company said are two "very on-trend categories," Pinnacle has held or regained share in frozen foods through innovation and brand-building. "Vegetables have been consistently growing, and we were not happy with the fact that we were losing some share in the first half of the year," said Bob Gamgort, chief executive officer, during a Nov. 13 earnings call with analysts.
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House GOP silent on timeline for tax reform
House Republican leadership and the party's top tax writers declined Thursday to lay out a timeline for an ambitious overhaul of the U.S. tax code, increasing the odds that committee action gets pushed into next year.
Republicans more optimistic on farm bill
House Republicans were more upbeat Thursday on getting a farm bill done this year, with Speaker John Boehner raising the subject and Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas saying he and his Senate counterparts are "getting to a common point on the commodity title."
Related: Vilsack: More than ag at stake in farm bill (Politico)
Analysis: For Obama, his presidency is at stake
President Barack Obama's extraordinary mea culpa news conference Thursday was about more than making a fix in a provision of the Affordable Care Act. It was about turning around a downward slide that could threaten the future of his presidency.
FDA publishes 2013 Food Code
Food Safety Magazine
The FDA announced this week that, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, it has published the 2013 Food Code (eighth edition), setting best practices for food safety at establishments that serve consumers.
New Hampshire lawmaker argues against today's FSMA deadline
The Associated Press via WAMC
New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster wants the FDA to add at least another week to the comment period for sweeping food safety rules that farmers say could drive them out of business. The deadline is today.
Related: Pushback against FSMA deadline begins (Food Safety News)
Vilsack: Let WTO resolve country-of-origin labeling
Food Safety News
The fate of mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meat products should be left out of the farm bill and handled by the World Trade Organization, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday.
Chicago Public Schools' 'Eat What You Grow' program to go national
A food safety training manual piloted in Chicago Public Schools will serve as a national model for schools seeking to grow produce for their school cafeterias. The manual looks at such things as water sources and soil content.
Taylor: We're partnering with Mexico to keep foods safe
FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael R. Taylor writes, "Food safety is an issue that crosses borders. The reality of this global marketplace is that consumers, industry and governments worldwide are in this together."
Heinz plant to close: 410 to lose jobs as frozen food facility shuts down
Idaho State Journal
The Heinz frozen food plant in Pocatello, Idaho, will be closing over the next six to eight months, putting 410 people out of work. Pocatello's facility is one of three that H.J. Heinz announced it is closing in North America and Canada.
H-E-B labeling helps customers make carb-aware food choices
Drug Store News
As part of an initiative started in time for American Diabetes Month, H-E-B is helping customers make carb-aware food choices by labeling food with 0 g to 15 g of carbohydrates per serving with their new Carb Aware Nutritional Icon.
Transporting perishable food products: Delivering a recipe for success
Getting edible items with limited shelf-lives to customers is complicated. Three food producers describe how they deal with temperature and time constraints.
E. coli lawsuit filed against Glass Onion Catering
Food Safety News
A Sonoma County, Calif., woman sickened with E. coli infection after eating a salad made by Glass Onion Catering filed a lawsuit against the company Thursday.
Icicle documents food safety as kosher foods on the rise
Kosher foods, which must meet a number of dietary and processing rules to comply with traditional Jewish law, are the fastest growing ethnic cuisine, reported the market research firm Mintel. Icicle, by Burton Software, is responding to that growth by tailoring its food safety solutions.
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