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IFBA Members Commit to Global Trans-fat Phase-out by 2018

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Members of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) pledged earlier this month to phase out industrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFAs) in all their products by the end of 2018 at the latest. IFBA’s commitment supports The World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, 2013 -2020, which calls on member states to implement policies …

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Latest FSMA Final Rule Targets Intentional Adulteration

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The latest final rule from the FDA requires certain registered food facilities to incorporate new risk-reducing strategies into their processes. These strategies are aimed, not at particular foods or hazards, but at reducing the risk of “intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply.” The goal of the …

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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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Best Practices for Building Transparency and Trust

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Food is under scrutiny these days. Contamination can have devastating effects, both for consumers and for companies, and technology allows unprecedented access to information and conversations about food safety and quality. Each year, the Center for Food Integrity studies in-depth aspects of consumer trust. This year’s report focuses on expectations for food suppliers. More than farmers, retailers or restaurants, consumers …

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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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Simplifying Supply Chain Logistics: An Interview with Shani Atapattu of Overseas Cargo, Inc.

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Logistics of complex supply chains can become a stumbling block on the path to transparency. One way to meet the growing consumer demands is to simplify, simplify, simplify. We spoke with Shani Atapattu, Vice President of Overseas Cargo, Inc. about how third-party logistics companies (3PLs) can lighten the food manufacturer’s burden of proof. What are the biggest logistical challenges food manufacturing supply …

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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 …