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Business updates: Know your market Northern California
The Packer
Bay Cities Produce Co. recently completed a 10,000-square-foot addition to its 55,000-square-foot facility in San Leandro. The addition will allow the company to increase its processing capabilities by up to 30 percent, said Steve Del Masso, vice president. The addition also will mean about a 30 percent increase in refrigeration space. By moving components around, Del Masso said packaging also will expand. Like many other areas of the company, the addition was designed with food safety in mind. The company sought input from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and microbiologists. More



Food facility registration delayed
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that its required biennial food facility registration process, slated to begin Oct. 1, is delayed. The agency has not set an expected window for the registrations to commence. Please check FDA's website at a later date, or sign up for FSMA updates to be informed when it becomes available. More

Proposition 37: California's newest challenge for food product companies
Food Processing
Doing business in California notoriously is challenging for consumer product companies and retailers, particularly regarding product labeling. Last year alone, private enforcement of California's Proposition 65 resulted in $15.9 million in settlements. The playing field is set to get worse. In November, a new right-to-know product labeling law, Proposition 37, is on California's ballot, and this time, taking aim at products containing genetically modified ingredients. More
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    Proposition 37 reveals fight over food labels (San Francisco Chronicle)
    With Proposition 37, the California initiative to label genetically engineered food is on the November ballot, and food labeling is in the spotlight.


Follow the food: Safety laws shape global trade
University of Pittsburgh via Futurity
Nations carefully should consider how establishing or changing their food safety laws could influence global trade, experts caution. Social network analysis of global trade patterns for corn shows that the food safety regulations imposed by national governments are an indicator of how countries organize themselves for trade, according to research published in PLOS ONE. More

Traceability throughout the entire supply chain
Food Logistics
Food traceability can be a logistical nightmare for many companies, but as recent recalls and new legislation have proven, the ability to track products is a growing concern that will continue to be an important part of supply chain logistics. Regulatory bodies in Canada and the U.S. recently have launched far-reaching initiatives to address increasing product recalls. More

Industry out front with food safety programs
Supermarket News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's food safety rules — in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act — have not yet been published. But, the produce industry shows little concern because the industry has been working on its own set of rules with government agencies that improve food safety programs currently in place. The FSMA-based rules are in the Office of Management and Budget, and FDA cannot publish the rules until OMB releases them. More

Food, beverage driving global starch market
Food Product Design
Global starch consumption is projected to reach 133.5 million metric tons by the year 2018, primarily driven by the diversity and sheer number of end-use applications in both food and nonfood industries, according to a new report from market researcher Global Industry Analysts Inc. More


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'Sugar control' study could spawn food solutions for obesity, diabetes
Food Navigator
Intestinal enzymes responsible for breaking down starchy foods could soon be "toggled" to be on or off, leading to foods that might help battle obesity and diabetes by better controlling blood sugar levels, say researchers. More

Has the frozen dinner become frozen in place?
Advertising Age
As consumers gravitate to healthier, fresher options, the frozen dinner has become frozen in place. Frozen meals eked out a 0.6 percent increase in sales in 2011, rising to $7.9 billion, following two years of declines after peaking in 2008 at $8.2 billion, according to Mintel. More

Humidity-regulating films stop condensation in packaging
Food Production Daily
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have created humidity-regulating films incorporating salts that absorb water vapor, leading to extended shelf life and better product appeal. More

BASF: Millennials love new delivery formats, snacks
Food Navigator-USA
We've heard from the branding experts and the market researchers. However, what do ingredients firms, working with some of the biggest names in food, beverages and supplements, think about how to target millennials? BASF says one thing is clear: This generation is more focused on health than their parents were. More

Safety and the food supply chain
Food Logistics
One of the most important safety aspects of the food supply chain relates to the activity that occurs inside the four walls, and that includes the safety of employees. Labor makes up a significant cost for most companies' warehouse operations, particularly in the food and beverage industry. Not surprisingly, economic pressures, higher numbers of temporary workers and unrelenting customer demands for higher productivity and performance can make it difficult to maintain a rigorous safety program. But, despite the challenges, safety doesn't have to suffer. More
 

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