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EU, US Battle to Protect Use of Bologna, Bratwurst in Impending Trade Negations EU, US Battle to Protect Use of Bologna, Bratwurst in Impending Trade Negations

Extending its push for stricter naming conventions on American-made foods, the European Union is now aiming for the meat market.

Industry Voices: Weighing In on the Farm Bill Industry Voices: Weighing In on the Farm Bill

Following approval of the Farm Bill in February, members of the specialty food trade shared their reactions and thoughts on what the new law, expected to save about $16.6 billion over the next 10 years, means for the industry.

The Numbers Behind Our Industry The Numbers Behind Our Industry

The specialty food trade again reports healthy sales growth, according to the “State of the Specialty Food Industry 2014” report, compiled by the Specialty Food Association and Mintel International. Dollar sales for retail and foodservice grew 18.4 percent, our annual report reveals.

CT to Increase Minimum Wage to $10.10 by 2017 CT to Increase Minimum Wage to $10.10 by 2017

Connecticut lawmakers passed legislation that would increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

NC Program to Connect Local Farmers Directly to Grocers NC Program to Connect Local Farmers Directly to Grocers

A new program, N.C. Growing Together, will allow Lowes Foods to but fresh produce and meat directly from more than 100 small farms in North Carolina.

Cheese Industry Embattled over EU Naming Proposal Cheese Industry Embattled over EU Naming Proposal

Supporters argue it's good for the industry and the consumer, but the EU’s proposal on restricting naming conventions for cheeses could result in consumer confusion and hardship among American cheesemakers.

Getting Into the Club: How to Bring Your Products to Club Stores Getting Into the Club: How to Bring Your Products to Club Stores

Why to do it, and what it takes to be successful in the club markets.

BREAKING: Cronut Creator Dominique Ansel to Host 2014 sofi Awards BREAKING: Cronut Creator Dominique Ansel to Host 2014 sofi Awards

The Specialty Food Association has announced acclaimed pastry chef Dominique Ansel will host this year's sofi Awards, taking place during the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

Product Diversion: How to Protect Your Business Product Diversion: How to Protect Your Business

If you are a producer of specialty foods or beverages, chances are you have faced product diversion, or will at some point.

Product Diversion: What It Is and How to Protect Yourself Product Diversion: What It Is and How to Protect Yourself

Diversion—the practice in which merchandise intended for a particular distribution channel is shifted to be sold in another without the knowledge or permission of the primary vendor—is a growing concern for the specialty food trade. Diverting fosters financial unpredictability and potential brand-value erosion for manufacturers. ...

Review of Overtime Pay Rules May Impact Salaried Workers Review of Overtime Pay Rules May Impact Salaried Workers

President Obama will direct the U.S. Labor Department to review overtime regulations that exempt many salaried workers from earning overtime wages.

National Organic Standards Board Announces Meeting National Organic Standards Board Announces Meeting

USDA's AMS will hold a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board on April 29 - May 2.

FDA Study Finds BPA Risks Slim to None FDA Study Finds BPA Risks Slim to None

The plastic additive has had a bad rap for years, but a new study shows Bisephenol A, or BPA, may not be as bad as previously believed.

Illinois Bill Proposes Tax on Sugary Drinks Illinois Bill Proposes Tax on Sugary Drinks

Illinois soda drinkers may soon have to pay more for drinks if a bill for tax on sugary beverages makes it through the Legislature.

Specialty Food Association: FSMA Needs to Be More Small Business Friendly Specialty Food Association: FSMA Needs to Be More Small Business Friendly

Changes proposed in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act could have wide-ranging negative effects on the small businesses that drive the specialty food industry.

Replays Available for Winter Show Education Seminars Replays Available for Winter Show Education Seminars

Recordings of the education sessions from the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show are now available for purchase through the Live Learning Center on specialtyfood.com.

Industry Voices: Weighing In on the Farm Bill Industry Voices: Weighing In on the Farm Bill

Following last week’s approval of the farm bill, members of the specialty food trade shared their reactions and thoughts on what the new law, expected to save about $16.6 billion over the next 10 years, means for the industry.

Enforcement-Only Immigration Policies Could Hurt Food Industry Enforcement-Only Immigration Policies Could Hurt Food Industry

If immigration reform focuses solely on enforcement, agriculture production would decrease, causing a sharp rise in food prices.

Small Businesses Get One-Year Extension for Healthcare Law Small Businesses Get One-Year Extension for Healthcare Law

The White House is giving small businesses an extra year to comply with an Affordable Care Act rule requiring that they provide their workers with health coverage or pay a fine.

Researchers Discover Method for Testing Wine's Longevity Researchers Discover Method for Testing Wine's Longevity

Scientists are reporting a precise new way for wineries, and their customers, to predict how long their sparkling wines will last.

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