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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.

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.

Drought in Spain May Impact Global Olive Oil Prices Drought in Spain May Impact Global Olive Oil Prices

Olive crops in Spain may be down as much as 40 percent compared with 2013 due to very dry weather in Andalusia.

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.

Cornish Cheese Gets Cleared for US Import Cornish Cheese Gets Cleared for US Import

Yarg, a creamy Cornish cheese, will now be available in the U.S. after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection at Lynher Dairies in the UK cleared the dairy product to be imported into the States.

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.

CT Lawmaker Proposes National Sugary Beverage Tax CT Lawmaker Proposes National Sugary Beverage Tax

A national effort to tax soda drinks will be launched by a Connecticut lawmaker in hopes to curb the consumption of sugary drinks that impact the rising obesity and diabetes rates.

Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium Celebrates 80th Anniversary Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium Celebrates 80th Anniversary

The Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano marked its 80th anniversary with a reception on June 28 at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina at Chelsea Market in New York City.

San Diego Increases Minimum Wage, Adds Mandatory Sick Leave San Diego Increases Minimum Wage, Adds Mandatory Sick Leave

San Diego's minimum wage will increase to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, after a vote of 6-to-3 from the City Council.

Highlights from Largest-Ever Summer Fancy Food Show Highlights from Largest-Ever Summer Fancy Food Show

The recent Summer Fancy Food Show, held from June 29—July 1 at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, is the largest in the show’s 60-year history, filling 361,000-square-feet of exhibit space with more than 1,400 US exhibitors and 1,291 from around the world.

Chicago Mayor Supports Minimum Wage Hike Chicago Mayor Supports Minimum Wage Hike

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorsed a recommendation that the city's minimum wage be raised to $13 an hour within four years.

Minimum Wage Hike Passes in RI, Nov. Ballot Petition in NE Minimum Wage Hike Passes in RI, Nov. Ballot Petition in NE

Updates on the minimum wage movement.

Obama Creates Task Force to Address Honeybee Crisis Obama Creates Task Force to Address Honeybee Crisis

President Obama has established a pollinator health task force and recommended spending $50 million to reverse pollinators' loss in his 2015 budget proposal.

sofi Award Winners Revealed sofi Award Winners Revealed

The winners of the 2014 sofi™ Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year were revealed last night in a ceremony on-site at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.

Largest Summer Show Opens in NYC Largest Summer Show Opens in NYC

The 60th Summer Fancy Food Show opened yesterday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York with more than 2,730 exhibitors representing 49 countries, marking the largest show to date.

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