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The Organic Trade Association launched a pilot project to prevent and detect fraud in the global organic system. The three-month project was initiated to develop a voluntary fraud prevention program for organic companies, beginning with a "best practices" guide to facilitate the industry-wide implementation of systems and measures to prevent organic product fraud, both in the U.S. and abroad. Full Story
FDA made available a final guidance for industry regarding the registration of food facilities. The guidance is specific to small entities and is intended to help those businesses comply with the July 14, 2016, final rule "Amendments to Registration of Food Facilities." Full Notice
US Foods will expand its F. Christiana and Co. food distribution center in Marrero, LA. The company plans to triple its current 70,000-sq. ft. facility with expansion expected to begin later in 2018, reported The Times-Picayune. Full Story
Hormel's refrigerated foods reached a new sales record, up 14% from a year ago. Its international business unit's comparable sales increased 22%, with improved sales of Spam and profitability in China, a result of its new pork production plant in Jiaxing. The overproduction of turkeys continues to drag down the company's Jennie-O Turkey Store business, as excess breast meat is still stockpiled in cold storage and whole bird inventory is above last year's levels, reported Minneapolis Star Tribune. Full Story
Unusual flavor combinations, healthy indulgences and over-the-top treats were some of the top trends at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. Smarties Candy introduced a new logo, fresh packaging and a smoothie-inspired product line, From the Ground UP introduced cauliflower-based pretzel products, and Nestle launched Butterfinger Candy Pop popcorn. Private labels were also popular, as brands such as Target's Archer Farms and Trader Joe's are emphasizing better and fewer ingredients to appeal to healthy and natural trends, reported Chicago Tribune. Full Story
Saputo Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire Shepherd Gourmet Dairy (Ontario) Inc. for $77.7 million. Shepherd Gourmet manufactures, markets and distributes a variety of specialty cheeses and yogurt. The transaction will enable Saputo's dairy division to increase its presence in specialty cheese and expand its yogurt offering in Canada. Full Story
USDA is working with the State, Labor and Homeland Security departments to streamline the H-2A visa program. The agencies believe the use of the E-Verify program will ensure a workforce that is authorized to work in the U.S. Full Storyread more
The Food Institute and asset solutions partner Harry Davis & Company are teaming up to deliver a free webinar on June 19 entitled “Understanding Your Assets: Expert Strategies for Food & Beverage Processors.” They will explore what value food manufacturers may be leaving on the facility floor, the basics of asset management, the various scenarios for valuing your assets, and a suite of strategies to maximize your assets’ value.
Despite the warnings of Elon Musk, artificial intelligence is on its way. It's not a topic we've shied away from in the Food Institute Blog, either, but a few developments over the past few weeks have inspired me to once again dive into the technology of the future in hopes of determining how it will affect the food industry.read more
Now, more than ever, the issue of food waste is top of mind for the food industry. Despite retailers, foodservice operators and manufacturers trying to tackle it head on, many challenges lurk around the corner. Despite this, innovative and impactful approaches abound to tackle this complex concern.read more
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