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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 …

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Export of Frozen Food to China Now Under Scrutiny

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Earlier this month, Chinese officials advised that traces of the Coronavirus were found on chopping boards used for cutting imported frozen salmon at the Xinfadi market in Beijing.  With 137 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Beijing, salmon was immediately removed from the supermarkets in major Chinese cities despite the fact that the National Health …

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What You Need to Know Today About Food Product Dating

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With home cooking on the rise due to the recent COVID-19 quarantine, many people are taking the opportunity to clean their food storage areas and check the use-by dates on canned, dried and frozen products in pantries, refrigerators and freezers. However, due to lack of understanding, many consumers are unknowingly tossing out perfectly safe and …

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Home Cooking is Back as Comfort Foods Boom with Fears of Meat Shortages Ahead

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Here in California we are still under lockdown or shelter-in-place orders, as are most people throughout the United States.  As a result of COVID-19, there is a noticeable shift in shopping behavior as we consume more “comfort foods” and keep our homes and clothing cleaner than ever.  Frozen pizza, pasta sauce and good old mac …

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FDA Issues Temporary Policy Change for FSMA

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On Sight Audit Requirements Due to COVID-19 On March 17, 2020, the FDA issued a temporary policy for the supplier verification onsite audit requirements as outlined in FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).  This has been enacted to minimize disruptions in the supply-chain due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, at a time when grocery stores nationwide …

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BEING SMALL…Just might be better

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Noon International is a small international trading company that specializes in buying and selling frozen fruits and vegetables globally as well as in the U.S. domestic market. Looking at our volumes, you really wouldn’t call us “small” in our particular category of the import and export of frozen and canned fruits and vegetables; but compared …

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How Chinese Companies Have Responded to Coronavirus

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As the Covid-19 crisis spreads to new epicenters in Europe and the U.S., companies are scrambling to mobilize responses. There are no easy answers, due to the unpredictability of disease dynamics, a lack of relevant prior experience, and the absence of plug-and-play instructions from government or international authorities. Clearly each local situation is different, but …

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Can the COVID-19 be transmitted thru food?

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Today, Thursday, March 5th we got the following announcement from the American Frozen Food Institute https://affi.org/: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Last week, the FDA announced that there have been no …

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CHINESE FARMERS TURN TO ALIBABA FOR HELP

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Alibaba is helping China’s farmers survive the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak. Many brick and mortar businesses in China have recently turned to video live streaming on “Taobao Live” to sell their products…and it’s working. Livestream sessions in February increased by 110% compared to same period last year.  With physical businesses closed in many cities and …

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Costco Wholesale Corp Approved for VQIP Status

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The FDA has just announced that Costco Wholesale Corporation is the first approved participant in the FDA’s VQIP – or Voluntary Qualified Importer Program.  This is a voluntary fee-based program that provides importers an expedited review and import entry of both human and animal foods into the USA under FSMA, the Food Safety Modernization Act. …

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What’s Trending In Specialty Foods?

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If you’re interested in what’s trending in the food industry, you probably attended the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, January 19-21, 2019.  Not only were there hundreds of exhibitors from throughout the world displaying a multitude of products, but also some excellent presentations and/or sessions from the experts… like “CBD in Foods & Beverages”, …

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Washington State’s Red Raspberry Crop Reduced

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United States The overall vegetable season in the Pacific Northwest was good with no major hiccups to report, however the market is fairly tight due to demand from the Midwest region and Europe. Potatoes in the Northwest began about a week later than usual.   Autumn wet and cool weather set in during the last days …