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New App Opens a Window on Food Transparency

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In the wake of sweeping food safety reforms and the FDA’s redesigned labels, there’s been lots of talk about transparency. Now a new app aims to “reimagine food data for the Internet age.” The Sage online platform currently houses data on over 20,000 fresh and packaged foods (for now). It offers consumers an interactive, customized window on the nutrients in their …

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National Food Safety Month Spotlights Foodborne Illness Detection and Protection

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In its ongoing commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association today announced this year’s National Food Safety Month (NFSM) theme: “Notorious Virus”- how to protect against the leading causes of foodborne illness. “Food safety and security is the top priority for America’s one million restaurants,” said Sherman Brown, senior vice president of the …

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Survey: Product Transparency Is Key for Success in the Food Industry

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Label Insight recently released its 2016 Transparency ROI study, and the results show that product transparency is a central issue for today’s food consumers. Read on for highlights about what information consumers want, how they want it, and the ways transparency can affect brand success. Transparency can have a positive impact on brand preference and loyalty, even if it costs …

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Forecast: U.S. Food Industry to Grow by 3.9% in 2017

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A recent forecast from Technomic projects that the U.S. food industry will grow by 3.9% overall in 2017. Read on for more highlights. Foodservice is expected to grow more than retail, with supermarket fresh prepared foods leading the way Foodservice sales are forecast to grow by 4.8%, compared to 3.0% growth for food retail. Within the foodservice category, the following …

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Mondelez Ends Merger Discussions with Hershey’s

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DEERFIELD, Ill., Aug. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) today announced it has ended discussions with The Hershey Company regarding a possible combination of the two companies. “As the world’s leading snacking company, we remain focused on successfully executing our strategy to deliver both sustainable top-line growth and significant margin expansion and are well-positioned to continue to …

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AB InBev To Cut Thousands of Jobs After Miller Merger

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Pending shareholder approval of a proposed $107 billion merger with SAB Miller, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) estimates a 3% workforce reduction over the next three years, the rough equivalent of 6,600 jobs. It’s not yet clear if regulatory restrictions on the integration of certain departments will result in even further cuts. England stands to be the hardest hit by the …

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Report: Big Food Loses Ground, But Can Adapt for Future Growth

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Is Big Food in Trouble?, a recent report from A.T. Kearney and The Hartman Group, found that large food companies are losing ground to small and medium-sized competitors. Here’s a summary of their findings and their advice for the future. Large food companies are losing ground Between 2012 and 2015, the overall food and beverage market grew by 3.4%. During that time, the …

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Compliance Deadlines Extended as FSMA Goes Into Effect

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The FDA today issued new draft guidance that clarifies and extends compliance dates for certain parts of four of its seven foundational FSMA rules. The new draft guidance does a few things so far: Provides more time for meeting requirements related to certain assurances needed from customers Extends deadlines for importers of food-contact substances Provides extensions to align compliance dates …

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FSIS Allows GMO Negative Claims

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Effective immediately, food companies may label as simply “non-GMO” any meat, poultry, and dairy products that were not made or fed with genetically modified or bioengineered ingredients. In a recent Federal Register notice, the new guideline was opened for comment and may be amended according to input submitted during the 60-day window. This is the first time FSIS will approve this type …

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Panna Café Express To Go Inc. Recalls Various Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

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Class I Recall Health Risk: High WASHINGTON, AUG. 21, 2016 – Panna Café Express To Go Inc., a North Miami Beach, Fla., establishment, is recalling approximately 1,951 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and used the USDA marks of inspection without authorization, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and …