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Robust Organic Sector Stays on Upward Climb, Posts New Records in U.S. Sales

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WASHINGTON, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The robust American organic sector stayed on its upward trajectory in 2016, gaining new market share and shattering records, as consumers across the United States ate and used more organic products than ever before, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2017 Organic Industry Survey released Wednesday at OTA’s Annual Policy Conference. Organic sales in …

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Strengthening the Specialty Food Industry: Specialty Food Association & Food Marketing Institute Announce Alliance

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NEW YORK, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Specialty Food Association (SFA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) have announced the launch of a strategic partnership focused on the $127 billion specialty food category. This relationship will bring together SFA and FMI members to strengthen business development, engage in food safety training, and increase understanding of the growing specialty food industry. …

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Pork and Poultry Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

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WASHINGTON, May 9, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that frozen ready-to-eat fried chicken and pork sausage products produced by Pinnacle Foods, Inc., a Jackson, Tenn. establishment, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Pinnacle Foods, Inc. has already recalled these products in its recall …

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New Hershey Commitments Expand Efforts to Help Consumers Make Informed and Smart Snack Choices

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50 percent of Hershey standard- and king-size confections will be 200 calories or less by 2022 HERSHEY, Pa., April 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) announced today new commitments that will increase the visibility of nutrition information and portion options as part of their ongoing efforts to offer a broad range of delicious snacks and clear information. …

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FDA Removed 28% of Food Facility Registrations from its Database in 2017, Registrar Corp Reports

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HAMPTON, Va., April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — There were 149,933 food facilities registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as of February 2, 2017.  Of those registered facilities, 70,976 (47%) were outside of the United States. See the number of registrations by country here. The ten countries with the largest number of FDA registered food facilities remain the same …

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Specialty Food Industry Sales Hit $127 Billion in 2016

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NEW YORK, April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sales continue to grow as Americans embrace specialty food and beverages. The industry is taking its place as an integral player with traditional and non-traditional specialty food retailers, foodservice operators, and distributors. The Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) annual State of the Industry report, issued today, examines the vibrant $127 billion-dollar industry in detail. Largely …

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Survey Says… Americans Celebrating Easter with Chocolate

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WASHINGTON, March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Roughly 90 percent of Easter baskets will include chocolate or candy, according to a national survey by the National Confectioners Association. “Americans enjoy having chocolate and candy to help make celebrations like Easter even more fun and special,” said John Downs, president & CEO of the National Confectioners Association. “Consumers understand the unique role …

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IDFA President and CEO Urges Congress to Address Risk Management for Milk Processors and Farmers in Testimony Before House Agriculture Committee

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WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), testified today before the House Committee on Agriculture about dairy policy and its impact on potential provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. Dykes said that IDFA’s top priority is to enhance demand for U.S. dairy products—both at home and in the global market. “First and foremost, …

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CED Report Shows Substantial Economic Impact from U.S. Food and Beverage Industry

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WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) released a report detailing the U.S. food and beverage industry’s economic impact on the nation’s economy. The non-partisan, business-led public policy organization presented the findings at a forum comprised of industry leaders at the National Press Club. The report is part of a series …