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Marketplace trends to watch for in 2013: It's time to think small
Food Processing
With 2013 planning season in full swing, intensified competition and fickle demand have all of us looking for those rare uncontested market spaces where we can add value. These opportunities are increasingly hard to find, yet the emerging small household demographic represents such a space. Our market rules are undergoing great change and will be altered by this new, dominant and growing demographic. The "family brand" is still relevant, but may not yield the greatest new growth and profit. Those manufacturers that reach, engage and design products for the new demographics will be the real winners in the marketplace. More



Fiscal cliff deal dodges budget cuts, includes partial farm bill extension
Food Safety News
Congress cleared a bill to avert the so-called fiscal cliff that will delay automatic budget cuts to agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control, avoid tax increases for more than 99 percent of Americans and extend part of the farm bill for nine months. The bill cleared the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, 89-8, and the House approved the bill 257-167 before adjourning the recent session. More

Senate approves farm bill extension, aims to prevent milk price surge
Detroit Free Press
The Senate voted to extend parts of the expired 2008 farm bill through September, a move that would prevent milk prices from immediately surging. The measure, part of a last-minute package to avoid the fiscal cliff, has to win an uncertain vote in the House. More

Cultivating a better food system in 2013
Food Digital
As we start 2013, many people will be thinking about plans and promises to improve their diet and health. But we think a broader collection of farmers, policymakers and eaters need new, bigger resolutions for fixing the food system — real changes with long-term impacts in fields, boardrooms and on plates all over the world. More

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Incident management: Food safety requires competence
Food Safety Magazine
With food safety-related recalls becoming more commonplace, it is essential for incident-response teams to understand and implement processes that will help manage these events in the most transparent and effective ways possible. How your company chooses to function in the middle of a crisis, especially during the early stages when communication is most critical, will undoubtedly affect your entire business going forward. More

Study: Listeria linked to cantaloupe in 2011 reveals new outbreak strain
Food Safety News
After analyzing four of the five types of Listeria implicated in 2011's deadly cantaloupe outbreak, scientists have discovered that a new outbreak strain was among those that contributed to the nearly 150 illnesses and 33 deaths caused by contaminated melons. The researchers, an international team of government and university scientists, also compared the strains involved in the 2011 outbreak to those that had caused other outbreaks or been collected from other food facilities. By doing this, they identified two new sets of "epidemic clones" — strains isolated in different times and places that appear to have common ancestors. More

Nutrition trends study: 'Natural' driving product development in 2013
Food Processing
The 2013 edition of New Nutrition Business' trend-spotting report, "10 Key Trends in Food, Nutrition & Health," indicates natural foods and ingredients will continue to see an upward trend in product development. The report, conducted by German-based Kampffmeyer Food Innovation, highlights consumer research that shows 74 percent of people surveyed thought that "natural" meant "healthier." Several product categories appear to be building on the strength of the natural trend. More

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LFR: 7 top trends for the food industry in 2013
FoodManufacture.co.uk
Sustainability will continue to rise up the corporate agenda, emerging markets will become increasingly important and commodity prices will continue to rise in 2013, according to predictions from Leatherhead Food Research. More

Audits of companies for illegal immigrants rise
Associated Press via USA Today
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on payrolls this past fiscal year. Audits of employer forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the total amount of fines grew to nearly $13 million from $1 million. The number of company managers arrested has increased to 238, according to data provided by ICE. More

Lowdown on cleaning up
FoodProcessing
Just like other sectors where cross contamination and infection control is of high importance, the food manufacturing industry follows rigorous hygiene and cleanliness methods. Unlike other industrial sectors, the risks of contamination, bacteria build-up and disease are strong if the appropriate cleaning processes are not implemented. More

Fiberglass - the Best Way to Haul

Looking to expand your hauling capabilities? From harvest to transit, D&T Fiberglass offers a variety of food grade fiberglass reinforced containers for your hauling needs. Fiberglass is the affordable solution with easy repair, customization, and durability. Visit our website to learn more about how fiberglass can work for you.


Survey: Moms trust blogs, peers over government for food information
Food Safety News
American moms, who are increasingly interested in hot-button food issues like pesticides, genetic modification and additives, trust food and mom blogs for information about these topics over the government information, according to a new survey. More

The FTC's latest report on food marketing to kids: Glass half full or empty?
Food Politics
Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, writes: Nov. 21 "was a big day for releasing reports that federal agencies would rather keep quiet. As I discussed in my previous post, the FDA released its long overdue environmental impact report on GM Salmon. Today, let's take a look at the FTC's latest report on the state of food and beverage marketing aimed at children. This is a follow-up to the report the FTC issued in 2008." More


 

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