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Meat industry criticizes D.G.A.C. recommendation WASHINGTON - The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee's recommendation consumers adopt a "healthy eating pattern" that is lower in red and processed meats has struck a nerve with meat industry representatives, most notably the North American Meat Institute. Published this past February, the committee's recommendation said, "The overall body of evidence examined by the 2015 D.G.A.C. identifies that a healthy dietary pattern is higher in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low- or non-fat dairy, seafood, legumes, and nuts; moderate in alcohol (among adults); lower in red and processed meats and low in sugar-sweetened foods and drinks and refined grains. "Additional strong evidence shows that it is not necessary to eliminate food groups or conform to a single dietary pattern to achieve healthy dietary patterns. Rather, individuals can combine foods in a variety of flexible ways to achieve healthy dietary patterns, and these strategies should be tailored to meet the individual's health needs, dietary preferences and cultural traditions. Current research also strongly demonstrates that regular physical activity promotes health and reduces chronic disease risk." Within the dietary pattern recommendation is also a footnote that states lean meats may be a part of a healthy dietary pattern. "We appreciate the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's recognition of the important role that lean meat can play in a healthy balanced diet, but lean meat's relegation to a footnote ignores the countless studies and data that the committee reviewed for the last two years that showed unequivocally that meat and poultry are among the most nutrient dense foods available," said Barry Carpenter, president and chief executive officer of NAMI. "Nutrient-dense lean meat is a headline, not a footnote. As they develop the final policy report, we urge the Agriculture Department and the Department of Health and Human Services to acknowledge lean meat's role in a healthy diet and to undertake a careful review of the information about processed meats that was reviewed by the committee." FBN analysts, Mr. Gamgort expanded on the potential he sees Gardein's plant protein capabilities have to offer Pinnacle Foods. "If you take a look at the plant-based protein segment, its potential to do, for example, what plant-based milks have done in the dairy segment is significant," he said. "It is a very small percentage of meat consumption. When you take a look at the plant-based milk area, it is about 10% of sales. So there is tremendous upside in the category." Mr. Gamgort added Gardein has a strong presence in organic and natural food retailers, but that the brand has gained traction in mainstream supermarkets as well. "If you take a look at a Publix store in the March 24, 2015 southeast or if you look at Target, they have some of the highest levels of distribution in terms of variety of Gardein of any retailer in the country," Mr. Gamgort said during the February conference call. "And so this is something that was in place and building when we made the acquisition. Given that we have strength in traditional channels and the Gardein organization has strength in natural and organic, that is the point about being able to build off of the best of both organizations to expand the coverage - distribution coverage of both brands. "The other piece that we are able to do is fuel the expansion through manufacturing capacity expansion, both in terms of investing in the plant in Vancouver to expand its output, as well as we are in process of looking for another manufacturing site to fuel the kind of growth that we're talking about." FBN - Keith Nunes PROTEIN POWERHOUSE At Batory Foods we offer a powerful mix of the highest quality protein products and industry knowledge to make your formulation a success. Whether you're looking for a single protein ingredient or a full complement of plant or animal based proteins, you've come to the right place. For more information, or to order a sample today, visit or call 800.367.6975 Animal Based * Plant Based * Dairy Proteins * Dried Egg Products FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® 35

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Food Business News - March 24, 2015
Inside General Mills’ new approach to innovation
Nestle pursuing nutrition-based treatment for autism
Dairy Business News - Inclusion innovation: More than a chip or a chunk
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Editorial - Flexibility is needed to meet new opportunities
Kind raising the bar with innovation
McDonald’s to unlock power of local regions
Lancaster Colony acquires flatbread maker
SodaStream going after Keurig
Six forces shaping natural, organic product development
Stevia slow to penetrate confectionery market
C-Suite insight: C.P.G. at a crossroads
Kroger’s Simple Truth sales hit $1.2 billion for year
Private equity firm buys American Beverage Co.
Washington - Dietary Guidelines coming into focus
Market Insight - A `normal’ year for U.S. crops?
Health and Wellness - Shining a health halo over protein
Meat industry criticizes D.G.A.C. recommendation
Ingredient Innovations - Number of proposed pho alternatives widens
Still no timetable for final GRAS rule
Company Profile - Mondelez gaining momentum
New Food Products
Natural Products Expo West/Engredea
Ingredient Market Trends - Millers forecast soft red winter wheat crop at 381 million bus
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
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