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Challenges Face European Potato Growers and Processors

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United States With sweet corn shortages in the Midwest region and Europe, coming into season with lower than usual inventories, plus some loss of yields here in the Pacific Northwest, expect for a tight sweet corn market with prices firm going forward.  Most Northwest suppliers are officially off market, for the time being. Carrot harvest …

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Cultured Meat Just Approved for Human Consumption Are you ready to eat lab-grown meat?

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The first lab-grown meat was just recently approved for human consumption in Singapore.  This is a big deal, especially exciting for the San Francisco based company “Eat Just” – the first ones to get it to market.  You may also know lab-grown meat by its more official title, cultured meat or by other descriptive terms …

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China Claims Evidence of COVID-19 on Imported Frozen Foods Crackdown on Imports Draws Criticism Worldwide

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“COVID19 did not start in central China’s Wuhan but may come through imported frozen food and packaging” experts said on November 24th Facebook post by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily. It is clear from this statement and a recent stepped-up media campaign by the Chinese government that they will do whatever is necessary …

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U.S. Inventories Of Frozen Fruit Low

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United States With sweet corn shortages in the Midwest region and Europe, coming into season with lower than usual inventories, plus some loss of yields here in the Pacific Northwest, expect for a tight sweet corn market with prices firm going forward.  Most Northwest suppliers are officially off market, for the time being. Carrot harvest …

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The Return of the Automat, A Modern Solution to “Contactless” Eating

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In the early 1900’s the residents of Philadelphia experienced a new kind of dining – the first Automat called “Horn and Hardart” (named after its founders) had just opened.  It was a huge success. Food was chosen by the customer from a wall of cubbies that were coin-operated, and the quality of food couldn’t have …

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Food Safety Becomes Political in Taiwan

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Just a few weeks ago Taipei’s streets were filled with thousands of protestors gathered for the “Autumn Struggle”, an annual march organized by various Taiwanese labor groups.  The anger of the marchers was fueled by a recent decision of the current government to allow the importation of U.S. pork that contains the additive ractopamine. This …

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Robots Gain Popularity in Retail Grocery Stores

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Have You Met Marty? He’s made by Badger Technologies and only one of five robotic systems currently in place in grocery stores throughout the U.S.  He checks inventory, alerts staff to spills on the floors and directs customers to various store locations.  As of April 2020, 172 Giant Stores and 325 Stop and Shops have …

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FDA PROPOSES NEW RULE FOR FOOD TRACEABILITY

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The FDA has proposed a new rule “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods” (Food Traceability Proposed Rule).  This is a key part of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint and would implement Section 204(d) of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This was prompted by the many produce recalls over the …

Food Safety

Getting Smarter About Food Safety

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The FDA is initiating a new approach to smarter FOOD SAFETY that will use technology and other methods in order to create a more digitized traceable food system. Simplicity and modernization are also keys in the development of this “smarter food safety” along with effective leadership and additional education in the area of food safety …

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In Search of Restaurant Survival as Consumers Demand More Affordable and Safer Food

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Throughout the world, COVID-19 has changed the way people dine both inside the home and out. Public attitude towards restaurants and choice of eating places has changed.  Restaurant owners have had to become more innovative and adapt to these differences in order to keep their businesses open and hopefully, profitable. Some are ready and anxious …

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Potato Market Still Uncertain

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United States Northwest sweet corn has commenced, and so has the true heat of summer!  Processors are between 35% and 45% complete with their pack.  Favorable weather continues continue in the Pacific Northwest for this crop.  Packers are keeping true to their budgets and quality. Carrot will commence in late September.  The sometimes-forgettable Lima Bean …

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Truth and Transparency: Is Your Product Label “Clean” Enough for COVID Consumers?

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In the food industry, there is really no definition for “clean label”, yet its importance cannot be underestimated. It has taken on even greater significance with the impact of COVID-19 and more buyer demand for truth and transparency. And the global market for “clean” labelled food sales this year will be worth $180 billion – …

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COVID-19 Leads to E-Grocery Boom Snapshot: China & the USA

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USA Online grocery sales in the U.S. grew 22% in 2019 (Coresight Research U.S. Online Grocery Survey 2020) and COVID-19 lockdowns have propelled e-commerce food shopping to an even higher level.  In April 2020, e-commerce sales overall jumped 49% compared to early March before lockdowns went into effect, according to new data from Adobe’s Digital …

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Northwest Sweet Corn Season Begins!

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United States Northwest green peas harvest has been completed.   Conditions have been good; however, weather heated up in the middle of the pack which caused bunching for some processors.  Overall budgets were met, however there may be more lower grade peas than desired, with high quality AAA grade product at a premium.   In regard to …

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State of the Specialty Food Industry Report

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Each year the Specialty Food Association publishes a detailed industry report – it is a joint research project prepared by Mintel and SPINS/IRI.  The report covers the three most recent calendar years of sales data and has figures for 63 specialty food categories. In addition, it includes data and insights from a 23-question customer survey …