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    USDA Organic changes are coming. What will it mean for farmers and consumers?

    Large amendments aimed at enhancing recordkeeping and defining outdoor rules for livestock and poultry will take effect in March.

    By Lydia Noyes • Feb. 7, 2024
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    Opinion

    Why a new ‘tomato tax’ is rotten to the core

    Suspending the tomato trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico would cost jobs and lead to higher prices for retailers and consumers, a NatureSweet exec writes. 

    By Skip Hulett • Feb. 5, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Food Dive

    So far, it’s been a challenging year for many CPG companies with lingering supply chain issues, inflation worries and a slowdown in investments by venture capital firms.

    By Food Dive staff
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    Opinion

    Bridging the divide between the wants of food companies and the needs of farmers

    Driven by the urgency to be more environmentally responsible, businesses sometimes fail to fully grasp the multifaceted challenges faced by their suppliers. Here’s how to get everyone on the same page.

    By Ofir Ardon • Jan. 30, 2024
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    Arizona could join states in stand against cultivated meat

    The Grand Canyon state joins Florida, Texas, and others in exploring or imposing additional requirements that would prohibit the sale in their states.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
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    6 food trends to watch in 2024

    Artificial intelligence will play a more prominent role in the new year as plant-based, traditional meat and breakfast cereal manufacturers face challenges in their sectors.

    By Food Dive Staff • Jan. 9, 2024
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    Controversial Prop 12 rule takes full effect in the new year

    Pork products sold in California must adhere to regulations that prohibit the use of swine gestation crates as of Jan. 1, 2024.

    By Nathan Owens • Jan. 4, 2024
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    CPGs are masking inflation by deceiving consumers, lawmaker says

    Federal data shows that smaller package sizes have played a significant role in driving up unit costs, hurting shoppers while benefiting suppliers, Sen. Bob Casey said last week in letters to four industry groups.

    By Sam Silverstein • Dec. 19, 2023
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    COP28 takeaways: More than $7B mobilized for food system climate action

    With the end of the U.N. climate summit, here's a final tally of some of the major financial commitments and sustainability pledges meant to transform the agricultural and food sectors. 

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 15, 2023
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    Here’s the UN’s roadmap for agriculture to reach net-zero emissions

    A landmark report released at COP28 says wholesale changes to production practices and diets will be needed to keep temperatures in check while ensuring food security needs are met.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 11, 2023
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    Draft text of COP28 agreement leaves food off the table

    Nestlé and PepsiCo joined environmental groups in calling on negotiators to take "more ambitious, comprehensive, and equitable climate action on food."

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 11, 2023
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    The biggest food sustainability pledges at COP28, from Bezos to JBS

    Food companies commit millions of dollars to tackle methane and advance regenerative agriculture, while governments prioritize farming in climate action plans. Here are the highlights from the U.N. climate summit in Dubai.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 8, 2023
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    Over 130 countries sign COP28 pledge to integrate food into climate action

    Notably absent from the list of signatories is India, which has said it will refuse to sign on to any agreement that could compromise food security.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 4, 2023
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    Biden steel tariffs could drive up canned goods prices, trade group says

    The Consumer Brands Association also said the tax could result in the loss of tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs in the CPG food sector.

    By Dec. 1, 2023
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    Food system transformation on the menu at COP28

    Agriculture will be central to climate talks for the first time as the UN pushes nations to tackle farming's toll on the environment.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Nov. 29, 2023
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    Danone partners on $200M+ accelerator to reduce methane

    The yogurt producer is the first corporate sponsor of the Global Methane Hub’s program, which will fund research for solutions that address livestock's effect on emissions.

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    Secret Island Salmon swims upstream with ‘F-word’ campaign

    Edgy messaging is helping the direct-to-consumer brand drive awareness as it prepares for a broader launch at retail.

    By Christine Blank • Nov. 27, 2023
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    Cultivated meat labeling puzzle could bring legal headaches

    Though regulators came to a consensus on what to call the namesake product in 2022, continuing debates over package labeling rules could still create headwinds for players in the space.

    By Nov. 27, 2023
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    FTC crackdown could change influencer marketing for food and beverages

    Warnings from the antitrust division over aspartame have the potential to make social media campaigns more cautious in how they communicate.

    By Nov. 27, 2023
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    Research suggests using more packaging could cut food waste

    Ameripen, which backed consumer research by Michigan State University, says findings could spark a closer look at date labeling and other on-pack messaging as well as how to balance freshness features with weight concerns.

    By Maria Rachal • Nov. 21, 2023
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    Snickers maker Mars to buy UK chocolatier for $665M

    The purchase of Hotel Chocolat expands the confectionery giant’s presence in the region and increases its exposure to premium offerings.

    By Nov. 16, 2023
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    ‘Startup nation’ at war: How Israel’s food tech sector is handling upheaval

    The country has been a hotbed for the tech sector, especially for food, but the Israel-Hamas war has put employee engagement and product development initiatives on hold.

    By Nov. 1, 2023
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    California poultry processors face preliminary injunction for violating child labor laws

    Children were working long hours on production lines at Exclusive Poultry and two other companies.

    By Nathan Owens • Oct. 31, 2023
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    Sanderson Farms cleared in blockbuster price-fixing case

    A unanimous jury decision exonerated the chicken company in one of the largest antitrust cases involving the poultry industry.

    By Nathan Owens • Oct. 30, 2023
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    Opinion

    How to safely harness generative AI for productivity gains in food and beverage businesses

    There’s a lot of promise for the technology, but it could cause more harm than good if it’s not implemented properly.

    By Thor Olof Philogène • Oct. 25, 2023
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    Meat snack maker fined $140K, faced shipping restrictions for child labor violations

    The U.S. Department of Labor is ramping up enforcement activity and putting employers "on notice" as it reports a significant rise in the number of children illegally working at facilities.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Oct. 13, 2023