Burlington, VT— As expected, Vermont’s passage of a law requiring genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food to be labeled has been followed by a lawsuit. The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA), the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers have collectively sued the state in federal court, alleging that the new law is unconstitutional.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

chia recall

Washington, D.C.—Salmonella contamination is to blame for an increasingly widespread recall of organic sprouted chia powder.

This article continues our series on building consumer trust, with insight from Abraham and Gabe Nabors, owners of Mustard Seed Market and Café, given during a recent NPA webinar.

npa webinar

Washington, D.C. —Consumer trust is of supreme importance for retailers, translating to brand confidence and consumer loyalty, but knowing how to gain and maintain it proves is difficult.

dr. oz weight loss

Washington, D.C.—Television personality Mehmet Oz, M.D., testified in Capitol Hill on June 17, in front of a senate panel investigating how to protect consumers from false and deceptive advertising of weight-loss products.

News and notes from industry food companies.

The organic food industry achieved its fastest growth rate in five years in 2013, says a new survey from the Organic Trade Association (OTA). An 11.5% jump saw the industry reach $35.1 billion in sales, up from $31.5 billion in 2012. The growth is set to continue, according to OTA, as the Organic Industry Survey projects that this rate will at least be matched and possibly exceeded over the next two years.

Washington, D.C.—In what is being called a “historic investment,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $78 million available annually for the development of regional and local food systems. The operations eligible to receive funds include food hubs, farmers markets, aggregation and processing facilities, distribution services and other local food business enterprises.