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Frozen fruits and vegetables trump fresh
American Frozen Food Institute
In an effort to encourage consumers to take a fresh look at frozen, the Frozen Food Foundation, in partnership with the University of California-Davis, recently released the results of a multi-year study comparing the nutrient content of eight commonly-purchased frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables. The results? Frozen fruits and vegetables are nutritionally equal to — and in many cases better than — their fresh counterparts.
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White House selects communities to develop local food projects in 19 states
Food Production Daily
Six federal agencies have jointly announced the 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, an initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans.
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Minimum wage fight hits the streets of 160 US cities Thursday
Reuters
Workers in the fast food, home care and airline industries are staging protests and strikes throughout the United States Thursday to advocate for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights.

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  • Chicago raises minimum wage to $13 an hour (Examiner)

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    House GOP scrambles to avoid shutdown by Dec. 11 deadline
    The Washington Post
    Since the big GOP wins at the polls last month, House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have been stressing the need for Republicans to move away from their habit of governing by crisis that has defined the past six years in Washington.

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  • Deal to avert a shutdown? (Politico)
  • Pelosi in tough spot as Democrats split over GOP funding bill (The Hill)

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    Mary Landrieu, Deep South's last Senate Democrat, must fend for herself
    The Washington Post
    There remains the formality of a runoff election on Saturday — but as far as the national Democratic Party is concerned, three-term Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is presumed dead.

    Related: Santorum campaigns for absent Cassidy, slamming Obama (The Washington Post)

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    4 potential Republican challengers who worry Hillary
    The Hill
    Hillary Clinton allies are focusing on four potential Republican challengers for the White House: Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Scott Walker.
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    Appropriations crunch cracks door for ag riders
    Politico Pro (subscriber story)
    It might be crunch time for appropriations, but it's also opportunity time for several measures the agriculture industry would like to see inserted as riders in spending bills.
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    Oregon GMO recount: Vote total shifts by 2 as first results roll in
    The Oregonian
    The first results in Oregon's Measure 92 recount are in, and with seven counties reporting, the overall total has shifted by two votes. The current tally of recounted votes now stands at 19,409 in favor and 33,553 against.

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  • State, Kauai County plan $100,000 study of GMO crops (The Huffington Post)
  • After mid-terms, uncertainty ahead (American Sustainable Business Council via Triple Pundit)

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    Obama-McConnell meeting: No bourbon
    USA Today
    No, President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell did not sip bourbon at their White House meeting Wednesday — and that's about the only specific to emerge from their private session.
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    Of carrots and kids: Healthy school lunches that don't get tossed
    NPR
    Samples of carrots cooked three ways are placed on a table for the kids at Walker-Jones Educational Campus, in Washington, D.C., to sample after they have finished lunch. The crowd favorite will later end up on the school lunch menu.
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    AHI contests Pew analysis of loopholes in FDA judicious use policy
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    The Animal Health Institute is disputing a report issued Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts that finds too many antibiotics thought to be limited by FDA's 2013 guidance would continue to be marketed for animal production.
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    AFFI-CON 2015 early-bird registration deadline is fast approaching
    American Frozen Food Institute
    Register now for the 2015 AFFI Frozen Food Convention (AFFI-CON) scheduled Feb. 21-25 at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California. Registration rates will increase $150 for members and $300 for non-members after Friday, Dec. 5. Attendees must be registered by this date in order to be included in the first pre-registration list.
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    FBEC 2015 registration is now open
    American Frozen Food Institute
    Registration for the 45th Food and Beverage Environmental Conference scheduled for March 22-26, 2015, in Point Clear, Ala., is now open. The 2015 conference will focus on new ideas and innovative solutions within the food and beverage industry.
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    World food prices stable for 3rd month in a row
    Reuters
    World food prices were stable for the third consecutive month in November, as higher cereals and vegetable oils prices were counteracted by marked falls in sugar and dairy products, the U.N.'s food agency said Thursday.

    Related: Food crises still a risk as grain stocks near a 15-year high (Reuters)

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    Frozen section expands by 50 percent — a year ahead of schedule
    Argus Leader
    Buche's Bargain Butcher in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has added five bunker freezers for 50 percent more space for frozen meat, said R.F. Buche. Sales are nearly a year ahead of schedule, thanks to a pricing strategy called Pick 5.
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    Unilever to form standalone spreads business unit
    Reuters
    Unilever plans to form a standalone business unit for its North American and European spreads as it struggles to turn around a business hit by a fall in bread and margarine consumption, its chief financial officer said Thursday.
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    Amy's Kitchen opens new operations in Idaho
    KPVI
    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and representatives from Amy's Kitchen gathered Wednesday to celebrate the opening of Amy's Kitchen in Pocatello, in a former Heinz processing facility.
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    Canada-based Nature's Touch Frozen Foods opens facility in Virginia
    Area Development Online
    Canada-based Nature's Touch Frozen Foods will invest $1.8 million to establish its first Virginia operation in Warren County. The company imports the highest quality of fruits and vegetables and assembles and distributes them across the U.S. The project will create 25 new jobs.
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    Schwan's delivers with new organic, gluten-free options
    Green Bay Press-Gazette
    Schwan's Home Delivery recently added new organic and gluten-free foods in the forms of fruits, vegetables and pizzas.
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    Supplier's cilantro testing leads to frozen enchilada recall
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    After an organic cilantro supplier notified Overhill Farms Inc. that some of its product may be contaminated by Salmonella, the company has issued a recall of its frozen Open Nature Chile Cheese Enchiladas.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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    Record California rain just moistens parched ground
    Bloomberg
    Record rains have fallen across California. And yet the drought remains.
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    Hungry for protein business, JBT Corporation acquires Wolf-tec
    Food Production Daily
    As part of its strategy to drive growth, create value and improve profitability, food processing equipment provider JBT Corp. has purchased the assets of Wolf-tec Inc. for $54 million.
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    KKR invests $100 million in arid climate agriculture firm
    Reuters
    Private equity firm KKR & Co. has invested about $100 million in U.K.-based agribusiness Sundrop Farms Holding Ltd., which plans to use solar panels and sea water to grow vegetables in a vast greenhouse in Australia's driest state.
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