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As Hostess closes, plenty of blame to go around

Hostess, union employees blame each other for company's failure.
By Shane O'Halloran
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The beleaguered company is going through its second bankruptcy and has been sold three times in the past.
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Americans say food production headed in right direction

However, widespread misperceptions remain
By Shane O'Halloran
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New survey shows the need for dialog despite confidence in how food is grown and raised.
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Canada sees deterioration in processed food trade balance

Surplus with US and Mexico now a deficit
By Shane O'Halloran
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Canada’s processed foods exports have stalled.
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What's in a label?

If it doesn't speak your brand, you've lost sales
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Labeling should create a readily identifiable product image where the consumer says, "Yes!"
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Prop 37 goes down swinging in California election

Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food, but this proposal was flawed.
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Had it passed, food and beverage processors would have been required to list GMO ingredients on the label. There are other solutions.
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Campbell Soup Company to create Ohio’s first commercial biogas power plant

Partnering with CH4 Biogas, the processor will open the facility in Napoleon, OH.
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The facility will convert production waste into electricity to fuel beverage production.
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Adapting the supply chain for tomorrow’s food security

Droughts, lagging productivity and food price volatility threaten food security, and the supply chain must react accordingly.
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Increases in the number of worldwide middle-class consumers and decreases in the number of companies in the supply chain further complicate worldwide food security.
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Don’t depend on e-commerce sites for accurate product information

While a processor’s product label may provide plenty of nutritional and allergy information, that information often doesn’t find its way to consumer web sites.
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A study of the quality of nutritional information taken from product labels to e-commerce websites shows a loss in translation.
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Traceability systems needed to increase trust in food safety

A new study from Canada’s Conference Board says one step forward and one step backward in the supply chain is a simple, robust and cost-effective method of traceability.
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Recalls in North America and around the world reinforce the need for a robust traceability system.
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Peanut butter recall déjà vu

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Reported earlier in FE’s Tech Flash e-newsletter, the recent Salmonella Bredeney outbreak has sickened a total of 35 people in 19 states, and has been attributed to peanut butter—and potentially other nut butters—from Sunland Inc. (Portales, NM).
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