Grocery Briefs: May 2010

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Boulder, CO-based New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media Inc., announced a new partnership with the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Under the agreement, Penton will acquire the All Things Organic tradeshow, the organic community’s leading business and educational gathering place in North America. All Things Organic will now co-locate with Natural Products Expo East, beginning with this year’s conference to be held October 13–16 in Boston, MA, and will be the branded organic pavilion for North American organic companies exhibiting at the tradeshow. The OTA stated that the partnership will extend for at least seven years.

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has found that acrylamide meets the criteria for listing as a reproductive toxicant under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 and issued a notice of intent to list this chemical under Proposition 65.

DCI Cheese Company’s facility in Santa Rosa, CA has been recognized for meeting or exceeding the standards of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), as defined by GFSI’s official benchmarking procedure. GFSI is widely considered to be the “gold standard” for international food safety.

 Beaverton Foods, Inc. of Beaverton, OR won one gold and three silver awards at the 17th annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival’s “World-Wide Mustard Competition.”

Boulder, CO-based Snikiddy announced that its Snikiddy All-Natural Cheese Puffs and Snikiddy All-Natural Baked Fries are SB-12 compliant and available in individual snack pack-sizes for vending machines and foodservice.

ShopNoGMO is a new iPhone and iPod application that provides an anywhere, anytime, resource for identifying non-GMO brand choices across 22 categories. This mobile version of the informative Non-GMO Shopping Guide is now available for free from the iTunes store. Shop Healthy! is another comprehensive nutritional grocery guide now available for the iPhone with over 100,000 unique, branded products categorized, offering key nutritional factoids and nutritional label information.

Kronos, a manufacturer of gyros and other Mediterranean foods, has relocated all of its manufacturing and corporate offices to a new facility in Glendale Heights, IL.

The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) announced that executive chef Dan Barber will be the keynote speaker at the sofi Awards ceremony at the 56th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. The show is June 27–29 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Archer Daniels Midland Co., based in Decatur, IL, was ranked the most admired company in the food production industry for the second year in a row by Fortune magazine.

According to the American Beverage Association, leading non-alcoholic beverage companies will make the calories in their products clear and consumer-friendly by putting the information on the front of all their packages, vending machines and fountain machines. The companies will coordinate with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to implement the calorie initiative, and start implementing the initiative across the United States this year with completion in 2012. Some are also committing to reducing the beverage calories in the marketplace through innovation, smaller portion sizes and marketing initiatives.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, May 2010