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Conservative States Add Minimum Wage Ballots for November Conservative States Add Minimum Wage Ballots for November

Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota will vote on minimum wage initiatives in November, with activists on both sides of the issue claiming the proposals have a good chance of passing.

New Smokey Cheddar from Australia's Old Croc New Smokey Cheddar from Australia's Old Croc

Distributor Trugman‐Nash LLC introduces Old Croc Applewood Smoked Sharp Cheddar, imported from Australia.

USDA to Boost Local, Organic Reporting USDA to Boost Local, Organic Reporting

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to expand its reporting on local and organic foods to adhere to a farm bill directive.

New Coconut Oil Joins Cocozia Organic Product Line New Coconut Oil Joins Cocozia Organic Product Line

Epicurex, importer and distributer of 100% organic coconut water Cocozia®, is launching a premium coconut oil available soon at select retailers.

Flavor Wheel for Honey Aims to Educate, Support Standardization Flavor Wheel for Honey Aims to Educate, Support Standardization

A UC Davis researcher wants honey to get the same recognition—and protection—as wine and olive oil.

Amazon, USPS Test Same-Day Deliveries in San Francisco Area Amazon, USPS Test Same-Day Deliveries in San Francisco Area

Amazon.com and the U.S. Postal Service are conducting a two-month test of same-day deliveries of insulated meat, dairy, and produce in the San Francisco area.

CA Governor Will Sign Statewide Plastic Bag Ban CA Governor Will Sign Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

Gov. Jerry Brown says he will sign into law a bill imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, which would make California the first state to pass such a measure.

FTC Bars Barcode Resellers from Anticompetitive Conduct FTC Bars Barcode Resellers from Anticompetitive Conduct

In unanimous agreement, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final order barring anticompetitive conduct among two Internet UPC barcode resellers for repeatedly inviting competitors to collude on raising prices charged for barcodes.

Los Angeles Mayor to Propose Minimum Wage Increase Los Angeles Mayor to Propose Minimum Wage Increase

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is proposing a plan that raises the city's minimum wage to $13.25 an hour over several years with additional annual boosts tied to inflation, according to representatives and City Hall officials.

Salmonella Risk Prompts Recall of Nut Butters Salmonella Risk Prompts Recall of Nut Butters

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that nSpired Natural Foods is voluntarily recalling several lots of peanut, almond, and other nut butters due to possible salmonella contamination.

USDA Seeks Input on Standard Identity for Honey USDA Seeks Input on Standard Identity for Honey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking comments on a proposal for a federal standard of identity for honey as required by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Four Charged in Beef Recall Case Four Charged in Beef Recall Case

Rancho Feeding Corp.'s co-owners and two employees were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to distribute adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat.

Specialty Food Foundation Accepting Letters of Inquiry for Grants Specialty Food Foundation Accepting Letters of Inquiry for Grants

The Specialty Food Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry from organizations interested in applying for a grant to aid in hunger relief or food recovery efforts. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 29.

Australian Black Truffles Gain Popularity in US Australian Black Truffles Gain Popularity in US

The black-truffle mushroom is appearing on more restaurant menus in the U.S., as technology aids in easier shipping and distribution.

CA Distributor Acquires New Zealand Manufacturer CA Distributor Acquires New Zealand Manufacturer

California food processor and distributor Golden State Foods has acquired Snap Fresh Foods, a New Zealand manufacturer.

Ruth Reichl Critiques FDA for Lax Antibiotic Policy Ruth Reichl Critiques FDA for Lax Antibiotic Policy

Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet magazine and former restaurant critic for The New York Times, published a strong critique of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its handling of food safety issues in an opinion column for The New York Times.

Atalanta Takes Home 8 Awards at ACS Conference Atalanta Takes Home 8 Awards at ACS Conference

Atalanta Corporation won eight awards at this year’s American Cheese Society (ACS) Conference, where over 240 companies and nearly 1,700 products were showcased.

Sipp Sparkling Organics Adds Midwest Distribution Sipp Sparkling Organics Adds Midwest Distribution

In 2009, Beth Parentice, created Sipp Sparkling Organics, a healthy soda alternative made from organic ingredients. Sipp Eco Beverage Co. originated in Chester Springs, Pa., and now distributes its products in California and Texas.

Specialty Food Consultant Sarah Freedman-Izquierdo Dies at 57 Specialty Food Consultant Sarah Freedman-Izquierdo Dies at 57

Sarah Freedman-Izquierdo was an internationally recognized chef, specialty food buyer, and marketing and sales consultant.

Notice: Winter Show Hotel Rates Notice: Winter Show Hotel Rates

The Association has released a notice regarding hotel rates for the Winter Fancy Food Show, taking place January 11–13, 2015, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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