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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 …

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China Imposes New Trade Tariffs on $60 Billion of American Products

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This month, China announced new trade tariffs that will affect $60 billion worth of products produced in the United States. China’s announcement is in response to recently imposed duties on $200 billion of imported Chinese goods. Earlier this year, the United States also upped fees on Chinese products valued at $34 billion and imposed a …

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Drought Conditions in Europe Worse Than Expected!

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Earlier this summer, temperatures hit record highs across Europe as heat waves swept the continent. A summer with extreme dryness and heat has left normally green fields a disturbing shade of brown. Drought settled over Europe with a high pressure weather system remaining in place for much of the summer. Vegetable growers/producers are facing the …

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Japan and the European Union Sign Major Free Trade Deal

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In July, Japan and the European Union signed a groundbreaking free trade deal that eliminates over 90% of tariffs on goods exchanged between Japan and European countries. Trade between the European Union and Japan represents more than 600 million consumers and is valued at approximately $150 billion, or approximately one-third of the global economy. Notable …

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Cauliflower- Rice – the New Way to Better Health

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Look Who’s Eating Cauliflower-Rice! Just about everybody who is health conscious and looking for a new and delicious frozen vegetable alternative is eating (and loving) frozen cauliflower-rice.  It’s not often that a frozen vegetable gains such quick popularity, but cauliflower-rice is definitely one of the hottest products trending in frozen food today, and here’s why:  …

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Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts – killing at least 62 people

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday, June 3rd, killing at least 62 people and spewing a river of lava and plumes of smoke almost 6 miles into the air. Broccoli season is underway; fortunately, there was no damage done to the plantations. The winds were blowing east/northeast of the volcano, while the main growing area …

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European Consumers Want Healthy, Nutritious Frozen Foods

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If you’re looking for the latest food trend, it just might be hiding in the freezer aisle. Led by millennials and European consumers, frozen foods are currently enjoying a renaissance in popularity–with lucrative results for innovative food producers. RBC Capital markets show that for the first time since 2013, frozen food volume growth is positive. …

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Frozen Meals Are Making a Comeback

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The typical American grocery shopper is busy, hungry, and looking for an affordable and healthy meal option–no cooking required. Although frozen meals have previously earned a reputation as either junk food and unhealthly based on the high levels of salt and additives, they are currently making a comeback as consumers embrace newer healthier options. A …

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Broccoli Yogurt Promises a New Cure for Cancer Patients

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In Singapore, scientists recently discovered the naturally occurring bacteria and compounds found in yogurt and broccoli become a powerful antidote to colorectal cancer. The researchers created a non-toxic variation of E. coli called E. coli Nissle, a type of bacteria that occurs naturally in the digestive system. To administer the cure, the researchers gave mice …

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Pineapple’s Power!

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As winter settles over the northern hemisphere, a taste of the tropics seems more appealing than ever. Fortunately, pineapple offers numerous health benefits that can help keep winter colds at bay while supporting overall health. Pineapple contains a blend of enzymes called bromelain, which delivers antioxidants and helps the body digest protein. The anti-inflammatory properties …

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Mushrooms Predicted to Gain New Popularity in 2018

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As consumers become increasingly invested in healthy eating, mushrooms are predicted to be one of the hottest foods of 2018. Lion’s mane, reishi, cordyceps, and chaga may all soon be household names. Instead of stir frying or roasting, we’ll see powdered mushrooms in beverages, soups, and desserts, as well as certain cosmetic products. Popular mushrooms …