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Global Food and Beverage Companies Call on House Lawmakers for Urgent Action on Climate Change

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WASHINGTON – MAY 25, 2016 In the wake of the Earth Day signing of the historic global climate agreement, more than a half-dozen leading food and beverage companies converged on Capitol Hill today to press U.S. House lawmakers for federal action on climate change. At a congressional briefing, top executives from Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar, Kellogg Company, Mars Incorporated, PepsiCo, …

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2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo Reveals NCA’s Latest Confection Trends

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WASHINGTON, MAY 23, 2016 / PRNewswire-USNewswire  The National Confectioners Association has officially unwrapped the latest candy and snack industry trends of 2016 as the Sweets & Snacks Expo kicks off in Chicago from May 24 through May 26 at McCormick Place. Covering four acres of chocolate, candy, cookies and savory snacks, several trends emerged that are setting the course for …

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Consumers Want Variety, Sophistication, and Health, says IRI’s 2016 Product Pacesetters Report

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2016’s New Product Pacesetters Report released last month from IRI reveals a few things marketers can learn from the top food and beverage products introduced last year. There’s a notable, ongoing shift in consumer preferences toward innovation and interaction. Willingness to try new products is up, even in smaller market sectors. For many consumers, information shared by other product users and by …

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Mars Announces Green Energy Partnership

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As part of its mission to become “sustainable in a generation,” multinational candy manufacturer Mars, Inc., recently announced a partnership with Eneco UK for the wind energy necessary to power all of its UK facilities.  The Moy wind farm in the Highland region of Scotland will supply the equivalent of the electricity used by 34,000 UK households. Mars already sources electricity …

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FDA Draft Guidance for Qualified Facilities

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Starting today, the FDA is inviting comments on a draft guidance document for determining whether your business meets “qualified facility” definitions under FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food. When finalized, the guidance will explain how to determine your qualification status and how to submit the form (FDA 3942a) attesting your status to the FDA. Guidance of this sort is a …

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The Snack Report: Younger, Busier, Healthier, from Technomic’s 2016 Trends Study

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In today’s on-the-go consumer lifestyles, snack foods are enjoying a revolution, and now they’re younger and healthier than ever before. A Food Processing article this week says Technomic’s latest Consumer Trends Report shows over half of consumers snack between meals. Snacking is also a more constant activity, one that is slowly replacing traditional meal times. In addition to younger consumers driving snack …

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Sparta Survey Reveals Food and Beverage Preparedness for FSMA

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According to a recent Sparta Systems survey, a majority of food and beverage companies (61%) feel ready to meet the stricter requirements of the first food reform laws the U.S. has seen in 70 years. We’ve broken down the free whitepaper of findings by populations and perspectives. Survey Population Many respondents to the survey come from small companies (58%). Almost half …

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FPSA and IFFA Team up on Trade Shows

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In a press release this week, the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) announced a new alliance with Messe Frankfurt, owner of the world famous IFFA trade show. Their agreement promises mutual cooperation in support of both organizations’ events. “PROCESS EXPO 2017 will benefit greatly from this agreement thanks in large part to promotion from Messe Frankfurt’s offices, not just in …

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Resident, Persistent Listeria Genome Recognized in Most Recent Recall

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The major recall by CRF Frozen Foods this week has been a long time coming. According to NPR, new CDC tools that track the sequenced genome of listeria recognize in this latest cluster of illnesses, matches from bacteria that has sickened others in recent years. Listeria monocytogenes kills 1 in 5 victims and holds higher risks for older adults, pregnant women, …

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Calling Food Industry Mentors to Invest in Innovation

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DECATUR, Ill. APRIL 19, 2016 /BUSINESS WIRE/ Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM) and National Foodworks Services (NFS) today announced the official launch of the first annual Food Innovation Challenge. The Food Innovation Challenge is a contest designed to provide new food entrepreneurs with access to resources and industry mentors to evaluate their product ideas, and ultimately the opportunity to win …