Crop News

Contract Negotiations Under Way for 2024 Potatoes

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United States Sweet Corn season was a strong one with abundant yields and superior quality. With the above budget crop, many processors have extra inventory and price levels have changed from firm to very aggressive. Diced Carrot  It was a good carrot season in Oregon and Washington and the crop came in on budget. Overall, Industry …

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A Battle Cry from Farmers Paralyzes France And Spreads Across Europe

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The farmers in France call it “Operation Paris Seige” and they’re not backing down.  Major roads and highways surrounding cities in France and Belgium have been blockaded with the participation of French and Flemish-speaking farmers.  In the smaller cities as well as in Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse, blockades are disrupting supply chains and creating havoc …

Food Safety

Tech-Enabled Traceability Video Series for Companies of All Sizes

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The FDA has launched its first video that focuses on how food safety and consumer protection from foodborne illness can be enhanced using tech-enabled traceability. This first video is primarily focused on Supply Chain Technology and how companies of all sizes can utilize low or no-cost tech enabled traceability technologies. In this video, 5 companies …

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What Does It Take to Become a Costco Vendor?

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Costco stands out as a remarkable company with a rich history of achievements, as I highlighted in the previous week’s article. Here are some impressive facts about this retail giant: They are responsible for distributing half of the world’s cashews. Annually, they sell more than 100 million rotisserie chickens. Their decision to stock a book …

Food Safety

Embracing a Sustainable Future in Agriculture: The Role of AI in Eco-Friendly Pest and Weed Management

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In the realm of agriculture, the traditional use of glyphosate-based herbicides, such as Monsanto’s “Roundup”, has been a common practice for controlling various weeds and pests. However, concerns have risen about its potential health risks, including negative impacts on gut health, hormonal disruptions, and cancer risks. This has necessitated a shift towards safer, more sustainable …

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Beware: Banned Food Additives in Europe Still Commonly Used in U.S. Foods

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People with dietary restriction who travel abroad often worry about the food they will be served and if it will affect their health. Oddly enough, their trip turns out beautifully and without incident on the eating side. Some believe it may have to do with certain food additives that are banned in Europe but allowed …

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Robotic Technology Brings Food Safety Benefits

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We’re entering a new era in fast foods.  Now, your speedy meals may be assembled not just by human hands, but with the help of the advanced precision of robotics.  An example: Chipotle, a trailblazer in culinary innovation, has joined forces with Hyphen (kitchen technology experts) and together they are cooking up something extraordinary – …

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Vanilla Ice Cream from Recycled Plastic? Still Waiting for Approval

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Ice cream with vanilla flavoring sourced from recycled plastic doesn’t sound very appetizing to me, but I must give credit to Eleonora Ortolani, a Central Saint Martins Design School student in the UK for her forward thinking and desire to make better use of recycled material. “If I tell you there’s an ingredient in that …

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Expansion Frenzy as FRESHIPPO Opens a Store Each Day

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“They say at Freshippo good things come in large quantities“ Freshippo, also named Hema Fresh is a Chinese retail company owned by Alibaba.  It is best known for its innovative new retail model that is driven by big data and advanced technology. The first Freshippo was opened in Shanghai, China in January 2016. Fast forward …

Food Safety

FDA Responds to Conference For Food Protection Recommendations

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The Conference for Food Protection is a non-profit organization that was created to provide a formal process that members of industry, regulatory, academia, consumer, and professional organizations can use to provide input in the development and/or modification of food safety guidance for food safety laws and regulations at all levels of U.S. government. The U.S. …

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Allergic to Sesame? It’s now # 9 on List of Major Food Allergens

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Sesame has now joined eight other foods considered as major food allergens by federal law.  The following list includes the nine major food allergens:  milk eggs fish, such as bass, flounder, cod Crustacean shellfish, such as crab, lobster, shrimp tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans peanuts wheat soybeans Sesame became the ninth major food …

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Cheese Producers Use Edible Microchips To Protect Against Knockoffs

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Parmigiano-Reggiano producers have had enough.  For years Italian producers of parmesan cheese have been fighting against imitation or counterfeit products that have been eating into market share and profits.  As the demand for authentic, high-end cheese grows, so does the knock-off market with estimated global sales for counterfeit cheese now reaching $2 billion annually.  The …