Washington, D.C.—A bill that would require clear labeling of foods with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, called the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, has been introduced in Congress. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are lead sponsors of the bill, which is similar to one introduced by Boxer and DeFazio in 2013 but not voted on by Congress.

Albany, NY—Rats running amok and other unsanitary conditions have Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to crack down harder on many of the nation’s food facilities.

Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, CA, once ran a television/radio advertising campaign that involved three different jingles. The first featured Beach Boys-esque music and a deep male voiceover. The second was reminiscent of a 1980s female soloist and included an energetic male voiceover and the tag line “Oh Yeah!”. The third had early 2000s-inspired electronica with an autotuned voiceover and ending line, “Chill out and get your game on.” These Genergraphics Gingles were specifically designed to reach three different sets of key clientele simultaneously: Boomers, Gen X and Echo Boomers (also known as Gen Y).

With current strong market expansion for hemp products and state-legalized marijuana, the Cannabis plant is the foundation for some of the fastest growing industry segments in the United States today. This is in spite of the fact that no commercial production of hemp is occurring in the United States and the Cannabis plant remains prohibited by federal statute.

Are your food demos and store promotions getting stale? Consider highlighting some of the hottest drinks on the market: coffee, tea and drinking chocolate. Here is some fun and important information to share with shoppers when showing them off.

rice drink powderGrowing Naturals has released Organic Rice Drink + Protein, a powdered milk alternative made from organic whole grain brown rice. When mixed with water, one canister can create the equivalent of six or seven boxes of liquid. Growing Naturals says this can be added to sweet or savory recipes or used to make smoothies. It is vegan and gluten free.

New from Aiya America are Matcha To Go single-serve sticks. These sticks combine Matcha tea with dietary fiber to create a product that can easily be poured into a hot or cold beverage. Aiya America says that this portable format does not diminish any of Matcha’s health properties, such as high antioxidant and amino acid content, as well as calcium and vitamin C content.

Pulmuone Foods USA brand Wildwood offers flavored tofu, available in baked and smoked varieties. The tofu is made from sprouted soybeans and non-GMO ingredients. They also contain no cholesterol and 0g of trans fat. Flavors include Moroccan, Indian Curry, and Mongolian, joining other flavors like Teriyaki, Hickory BBQ, and Aloha.


The Get Clean Stackable Tea Trio Tin from The Republic of Tea provides two weeks of detoxification. AM Tea combines dandelion for cleansing with spearmint for refreshment. All Day Tea combines rooibos, milk thistle and vanilla to gently stimulate the liver, while PM Tea has alma and schizandra to support healthy stress levels and ginger root to support digestion.

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