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'That's a wrap' for the California legislature
Agriculture Council of California
Last Friday, the California State Legislature wrapped up the 2015 regular session with the Assembly concluding after midnight, and the Senate finishing up just prior to the Assembly. As usual, it was a dramatic end-of-session, with one major climate change measure stalling and another significantly pared-down in order to garner final approval.
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CLFP/PG&E joint workshops on energy efficiency
CLFP
The California League of Food Processors is partnering with Pacific Gas and Electric to provide two Energy Efficiency workshops specifically for food processing companies. The workshops will focus on the available incentive programs, financing options for energy projects, new technologies, workforce training programs and third-party services. The workshops will be held on Oct. 9 at the PG&E Training Center in Stockton and on Oct. 29 at the PG&E Gas Operations Center in Clovis. For detailed information on the workshops, including the agenda and meeting site addresses, visit http://files.ctctcdn.com/c845e959001/770d47f5-25fd-42df-afa3-d034aada39eb.pdf. Please RSVP to Peggy at PG&E at (559) 263-5575 or PSR6@PGE.com. RSVP deadlines are Oct. 5 and Oct. 27. For questions regarding the workshops, please contact: John Larrea at john@clfp.com, Rob Neenan at rob@clfp.com or Carlo Federiconi at PG&E at cpf5@gpe.com.
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FDA issues draft guidance for calorie menu labeling
Agri-Pulse
The Food and Drug Administration released a draft guidance document to help chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations comply with a new rule that requires calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards.
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Child nutrition bill delayed as talks continue
Agri-Pulse
The Senate Agriculture Committee has delayed action on a child nutrition bill with negotiations still continuing. The committee was scheduled to mark up a replacement of the expiring Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 but will instead turn to three less controversial bills, including measures to re-authorize mandatory price reporting and grain inspection standards.
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Global food prices hit lowest level in over 6 years
CNBC
Global oversupply and concerns over China's economic slowdown have knocked food commodity prices to the lowest level in over six years, the United Nation's food body said.
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Too early to hang our hopes on El Nino
The Californian
After years of drought conditions that have developed into the worst California has seen since weather conditions were recorded here, people across the state have been anxious for some good news about the weather. And in recent weeks they've gotten it, with reports about an unusually strong El Niño event — a warming of the waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that affects weather pattern — that's raising the odds of a wet winter and spring in the state.
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New super-foods, from baobab to turkey tail, come with promises and caveats
Los Angeles Times
When acai is at Wal-Mart and bags of quinoa and chia seeds line the aisles of Costco, it's clear that super-foods have officially reached the masses. These supposedly nutritionally potent foods, which have grown for thousands of years in the Amazonian rainforest, the swamps of Trinidad or the Andean region of Peru, have found their way into American supermarkets and pantries.
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For grocers, Southern California is an irresistible — and cutthroat — market
Los Angeles Times
The bold Southern California expansion by tiny grocery Haggen Inc., and the company's abrupt bankruptcy filing only six months after opening its first store in the region, came as little surprise to Jack Brown. But as the Haggen bankruptcy filing illustrated, Brown and the rest of the industry are seeing a fresh flurry of activity among rival stores.
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A chart of how Americans should spend their food budget ... and how they actually do
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The USDA's economic research group put together a look at how an American food budget that actually follows dietary guidelines would break down — and then they put together one using the actual data on how Americans spend their food budget. Unsurprisingly, the two match up not at all. Almost half of what we spend on our food goes towards either meats or "other foods."
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Rise in food recalls catalyzes development of improved food safety technologies
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Recent food product recalls due to potential health hazards have created the need for detailed monitoring of food safety at every step along the supply chain. As a result, the market is seeing the introduction of new pathogen testing technologies, novel packaging, intervention technologies and advances in electronic tracking systems, according to recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Mountain View, California.
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What grocers need know about modern foodies
Progressive Grocer
With the aging of millennials and the digitalization of Gen X, foodies have evolved into "housechefs," whose growing decision-making power requires a whole new set of changes in positioning, purchase patterns, and marketing practices, according to the global food, beverage and lifestyle marketing agency's latest insights.
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