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US producer, wholesale prices rise as food prices fall
The Associated Press via The Vancouver Sun
A measure of U.S. wholesale prices rose in February by the most in five months — pushed higher by more expensive gas and pharmaceuticals. But outside those increases, inflation was mild. The producer price index grew a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in February from January, the Labor Department said.
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Report indicates food companies need to plan for the future
The Strategic Sourceror
Financial services leader Rabobank Group's global food and agribusiness research and advisory recently released a report that revealed many food companies lack organizational adaptability and would be ill-equipped to adjust to new sourcing, production or logistical challenges they could face in the coming years.
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Trends in optimizing your formulations, recipes
Food Processing
The economy in general, 2012's summer drought and the lack of a U.S. Farm Bill all are pushing prices for such key commodity ingredients as corn, soy, meat, poultry, milk and eggs into the stratosphere. Fortunately, emerging technology has come to the aid of the formulator, allowing for optimizations that can help relieve the pressure.
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Study: Contaminated water could lead to Norovirus in supply chain
Food Quality News
Contaminated water used to dilute pesticides could be responsible for viruses entering the fresh food supply chain, scientists claim.
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Cold plasma could revolutionize pathogen control in food processing
FoodProductionDaily.com
Food industry advisory body Campden BRI is exploring the effects of cold plasma technology on specific surfaces and microorganisms to help food manufacturers wage war on pathogens.
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SunOpta expands production in Central Valley
Central Valley Business Times
Canadian food processing company SunOpta Inc. says it is expanding capabilities at its aseptic processing and packaging operations in Modesto, Calif. This includes the startup of a second processor at the plant, increasing capacity by about 50 percent.
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Consumers increase focus on sourcing, sustainability
Progressive Grocer
Conscious shoppers are increasing their spend on organics, sourcing food products, seeking out non-GMO and buying sustainable "Farm to Table" food products traceable to local/regional farmers and producers, according to a study conducted by Market LOHAS and laz pr.
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Monsanto president: GMO labeling must be addressed
WUIS
Whole Foods' GMO labeling mandate certainly has caught the attention of the food industry. Monsanto President Brett Begemann called on the agriculture industry to cooperate and co-exist with those who have different food policy views.
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Meta-study debunks BPA fears
FoodProductionDaily.com
A new meta-study on Bisphenol A aims to debunk health fears surrounding the food contact material, claiming risks associated with it are too low to present realistic concerns.
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Report indicates food companies need to plan for the future
The Strategic Sourceror
Financial services leader Rabobank Group's global food and agribusiness research and advisory recently released a report that revealed many food companies lack organizational adaptability and would be ill-equipped to adjust to new sourcing, production or logistical challenges they could face in the coming years.

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What's next for GMO labeling?
Food Processing
The year 2012 saw a growing chorus by activists, backed by the organic food industry, to mandate labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms. One might think the energy behind by this movement fizzled last November when California voters rejected Proposition 37 by a margin of 52 to 48 percent. This defeat, however, has done little to slow down anti-GMO activists and the resulting pressures faced by food companies.

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Was sequester impact overstated?
Food Safety News
Five days after across-the-board budget cuts kicked in at most federal agencies, some lawmakers and newspaper fact-checkers are seriously beginning to question whether the doomsday scenario painted by the White House was accurate.

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Fighting food waste with frozen food packaging
Plastics Today
Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, says that by helping to preserve fresh flavors and nutrients in frozen foods, plastic packaging often leads to less food waste.
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Recycling of nonbottle rigid plastics tops 930 million pounds annually
Packaging Digest
The recycling of rigid plastics, excluding bottles, climbed 13 percent in 2011 to reach at least 934 million pounds for the year, and U.S. consumers with local access to recycle all nonbottle rigid plastics shot from 40 percent to 57 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to a pair of reports released at the recent Plastics Recycling Conference.
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Computer system being developed for food safety, sustainability
Engineering and Technology Magazine
Scientists at the University of Lincoln are working to create a flexible and efficient new computer system that can be used to quickly detect faults in food products and packaging on the production line. Safer foods, less waste and better use of natural resources is the goal.
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'Wanted' ad targets food advertising to children
Food Product Design
The Center for Science in the Public Interest ratcheted up its assault on Nickelodeon and parent company Viacom Inc. with a new ad slamming the media company for allowing characters from its popular television shows, such as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants, to appear on snack food packaging targeted toward children.
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Mintel: Young adults, parents key to ethnic food market
Retail Times
Young Americans and those with children like to spice things up in the kitchen, according to new research from Mintel on the ethnic foods market. Some 9 in 10 adults ages 25 to 34 say they prepared ethnic food at home very recently versus only 68 percent of those 65 or older. The most popular cuisine in this growing market category? Hispanic food, the survey found.
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Farm labor shortage looms as young workers steer clear of agriculture
Bradenton Herald
Vicente Contreras is 70 years old — and "no mas," he insists with a smile — and he says he still is fit and hearty enough to perform the hard labor of California's farm fields. Contreras concedes his knees hurt when he climbs ladders to pick peaches, nectarines and plums for $8 to $9 an hour, six days a week, during the peak summer harvest. And during the less rigorous pruning of grapevines in winter, he can't move as fast as the young workers — at least when they happen to be around.
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