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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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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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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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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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Safe, Natural and Organic Trending for Babies in China A Great Opportunity for Foreign Suppliers

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been eleven years since the Chinese milk scandal took place…and some families and young teenagers (who survived) are still suffering today.  Ren Che, a thirteen-year-old boy who lives in southern Hunan province is on three sessions of kidney dialysis a week. Doctors found his kidneys full of stones when …

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Regenerative Agriculture Makes Whole Foods Top 10 Food Trends for 2020

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Whole Foods Market, headquartered in Austin, Texas, annually reveals what it considers to be the “Top 10 Food Trends” for upcoming year.  The top food trend predictions for 2020 are as follows:  regenerative agriculture, flour power, food from West Africa, out-of-the-box-into-the-fridge snacking, plant-based beyond soy, everything butters and spreads, rethinking the kids’ menu, not-so-simple sugars, …

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Taking A Closer Look
The New US-Japanese Trade Agreement And Japan Tariff Schedule

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On September 25, 2019, the U.S. and Japan signed a limited trade deal that will eliminate certain tariffs and allow market access to specific agricultural products, as well as industrial and digital products.  Japan is America’s third largest export market and imported more than 14.1 billion dollars in U.S. products in 2018. From a trade …

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How Millennials Are Changing the Food Industry

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How Millennials Are Changing the Food Industry Yes, it’s the largest living generation and there are an estimated 80 – 95 million millennials living in the United States today. While opinions vary concerning the age span of millennials, most agree it includes those born between 1980 and 2000 making them between 19 -39 years old …

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Inside Erewhon Where the Food is Healthy and Crazy Expensive But Shoppers Love it

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If you think Whole Foods is expensive…how about four dollars for an avocado?  Or $24 for Macadamia nut cheese? You won’t find as many of these items at Whole Foods today as Amazon continues to cut prices and offer deals to its Prime members.  Gone are the days when people referred to Whole Foods as …

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The Impossible Burger or a Beyond Burger? The Popularity of Plant -Based Proteins is Growing

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Nothing is impossible. Well, almost nothing…but have you tasted an Impossible Burger yet? If not, you’re in for a treat.  They recently changed and improved their product formulation and it’s even better than before!  As of April 2019, all restaurant partners should now be selling the new,updated recipe. Their aim with the new formulation is …

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Superfood Smoothies A Popular & Healthy Trend That Continues To Grow

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Everyone loves a smoothie!  And why not?  These creamy, smooth and frosty concoctions are not only healthy and energizing, they are highly nutritious, delicious and convenient as well. Smoothies continue to gain popularity today globally across many market segments with sales projected to reach US$17 billion by 2024. Here’s why.  Smoothies satisfy many needs; they …

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Tariff & Non-Tariff Trade Barriers They’re Not Good For Anyone

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On May 18, 2019, an agreement was reached between Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico that ended all US Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum.   In return, Canada and Mexico eliminated the retaliatory tariffs they had put in place such as the 20% duty on U.S. frozen potatoes sold into Mexico (Mexico is the third …

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Sweet Potato In, Sweet Corn Out!

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Figures released last month by the U.S.D.A. Census of Agriculture show that trends behind America’s farms and diets are changing.   Leafy Greens, including kale, along with sweet potatoes, once thought to be fads are now changing America’s terrain. Sweet potato acreage increased almost 38% from 2012 to 2017.   White potatoes along with white flour and …

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Frozen Food Is Making a Strong Comeback

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As consumers search for healthier alternatives to their favorite foods, frozen food producers and grocery retailers are taking note. Although virtually all households purchase frozen food–spending nearly a collective $57 billion annually–consumers may not be aware of the full range of healthy products now available to them. Grocery retailers sell more frozen entrees than any …

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Experts Call for a US-Japan Bilateral Trade Agreement

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Two years after the United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the United States and Japan have reopened negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement. The talks are a welcome development, especially in light of the Japan – European Union Trade Agreement which went into effect on February 1st of this year. That agreement will remove …

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Rising Tinplate Costs May Spike Prices for Canned Goods

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Canned corn prices are on the rise – there are numerous reaons including labor and energy costs, however one area of concern is the rising tin plate cost. Tinplate is made primarily of steel or sometimes iron and contains 1-2% tin. This blend of metals resists corrosion, making it safe to store even highly acidic …