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California Farm Bureau opposed to food-labeling initiative
Daily Democrat
Describing it as a poorly written measure with serious implications for family farmers and ranchers, the California Farm Bureau Federation reaffirmed its opposition to a food-labeling initiative on the November ballot, as it announced positions on the other measures facing voters this fall. More

Planning for FSMA compliance
While planning for new regulations is under way, there are ways to optimize preparation for Food Safety Modernization Act and any regulations that may occur in the future. The following steps are a list of actions food and beverage manufacturers can take now to stay ahead of the curve. More

FDA says it can't afford new food-safety law
Reuters via The Columbus Dispatch
Citing a lack of money, the Food and Drug Administration said it is having difficulty implementing expansive new rules to improve food safety, nearly two years after President Barack Obama signed them into law. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg predicted that her agency "very soon" will issue new regulations needed to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act. Hamburg said implementation has been slow because Congress has not provided enough money to meet the law's ambitious demands. More

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Turning a fresh page in the frozen food market
Marketwire via Sys-Con Media
How can marketers and retailers reinvent frozen foods to re-attract consumers to this center-store category? "Frozen Foods in the U.S.," a study from Packaged Facts, reports that sales in the $44 billion U.S. retail market for frozen foods have been flat to declining, with nearly all dollar sales gains attributable to inflation or new products — not to increased consumer demand. More

Weathering the drought
As a result of this year's drought, many food companies already are seeing an uptick in commodity prices that is impacting their bottom lines. Attorney Brette Simon spoke about how the drought may affect both large and small food companies, especially when it comes to mergers and acquisitions. More

Fruits and veggies for now, and the future
Agricultural Research Service
Genetic improvements in fruits and vegetables essential are to meet the ever-changing needs of growers, processors and consumers. Scientists in Agricultural Research Service laboratories around the country strive to meet those needs. More

Bosch: Demand grows for sustainability, automation
Food Production Daily
Pressure is mounting for food manufacturers to move further into sustainable packaging and automation, according to Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging. More

Labeling lure: Will GMO food info provide a benefit for the cost?
Cornell University via Newswise
Margaret Smith, Cornell University professor of plant breeding and genetics and agricultural extension leader whose research concentrates on corn breeding, comments on the local and national implications of California Proposition 37. More

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Certification gains importance for produce farms
The State Journal-Register
Even the smallest fruit and vegetable farms are feeling the effects of a federal food-safety crackdown. The added scrutiny, however, is coming from commercial buyers, not federal regulators, says Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, a University of Illinois Extension educator for local food and small farms. More

2 ways to tap into rising food demand
Investing Daily
According to a recent study by the University of California Santa Barbara and the University of Minnesota, world food demand could rise by as much as 110 percent between 2005 and 2050. An easy way to profit from higher food demand is to buy agribusiness-focused ETFs. More

Poll: Strong but shaky support for labeling GM food
The Sacramento Bee
An overwhelming majority of California voters favor Proposition 37, which would require new labels on genetically engineered foods, according to a recent poll. But support is likely to erode in November as Californians are exposed to more advertising against the measure, says the study by agricultural economists at Oklahoma State University. More

What Proposition 37 means for marketers
Advertising Age
In the latest regulatory food fight, California voters on Nov. 6 will consider a measure that would require special labels for items containing genetically engineered ingredients. Proposition 37, which a majority of voters favored in a new poll, could have far-reaching implications not just in the Golden State, but across all of ad-land for food marketers and agencies. More

US food retail market: Slower, negative growth, and WalMart
Food Navigator-USA
Does size matter? The answer is yes, if you're supplying the U.S. food retail market. With new data revealing that food and beverage manufacturers turning over less than $1 billion have grown volumes by an average of 3.6 percent in the year to date, while those turning over $1 billion to $5 billion saw volumes slide 0.5 percent and those turning over more than $5 billion saw volumes slump 3 percent. More

Risk managers: What is 'confirmed information?'
Food Safety News
Recent food recalls serve as a case study in public relations, bringing to light an extremely important topic for food producers and distributors. What is the definition of "confirmed information?" More

Oil prices, global demand push food higher
United Press International
Food prices are up, but the global economy — rather than a lack of rain in the U.S. — are likely to blame, a U.S. food marketing expert says. John Stanton, professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, says increasing global demand for crops such as corn is putting pressure on U.S. food prices. More

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