Food Business News - May 3, 2016 - (Page 9)

Editorial EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-chief Morton I. Sosland Executive editor, markets Neil N. Sosland Editor L. Joshua Sosland Executive editor Keith Nunes Senior editor, markets Jay S. Sjerven Managing editor Eric J. Schroeder Senior editor, markets Ron Sterk Associate editor Jeff Gelski Assistant editor, markets Laura Lloyd Senior editor, digital content Monica Watrous Internet editor Rebekah Schouten Contributing editor Donna Berry Graphic designer, market graphics, data Christina Sullivan PUBLISHING STAFF Chairman and C.E.O. Charles S. Sosland President L. Joshua Sosland President emeritus Mark Sabo Director of Publishing G. Michael Gude Associate publishers David DePaul Bruce Webster North American sales Matt O'Shea Vice-president, chief financial officer Melanie Hepperly Audience development director Don Keating Advertising manager Nora Wages Design services manager Sadowna Conarroe Associate design services manager Ryan Alcantara Circulation manager Whitney Hartman Digital systems analyst Marj Potts Manager of advertising design Becky White Director of e-Business Jon Hall Director of on-line advertising and promotions Carrie Fluegge Promotions marketing manager Jim White WE'RE EAGER TO RECEIVE YOUR FEEDBACK: E-mail or write to us at Food Business News, 4801 Main Street, Suite 650, Kansas City, Mo, 64112 May 3, 2016 KEITH NUNES Vermont's immediate impact is becoming clearer he patchwork of state laws requiring food and beverage companies to label products that contain bioengineered ingredients is emerging and underscores the challenging situation the industry faces if a federal statute that addresses the issue is not passed into law. As state legislators from around the country propose legislation they are not only creating unique sets of regulations with which companies must comply, but they are putting a greater strain on the ingredient supply chain. Fortunately, regulators in Vermont have sounded a conciliatory tone regarding implementation and enforcement of the bioengineered labeling law beginning July 1. The state's attorney general made clear that his enforcement priorities will focus on what are deemed "willful violations" and will not bring enforcement cases based solely on a company's failure to remove improperly labeled products that were distributed before July 1. Yet, while most attention is directed toward Vermont's effort, there are other pieces of legislation making their way through other state houses. In Rhode Island, for example, such legislation is currently under consideration and close attention must be paid to its progress. In addition to requiring the labeling of products containing bioengineered ingredients on both the front and back of the package, the Rhode Island measure also defines a "natural food" as one "which has not been treated with preservatives, antibiotics, synthetic additives, artificial flavoring or artificial coloring." Further, under the proposed legislation, products marketed as natural in Rhode Island must not have been processed in a manner that makes such food significantly less nutritive. The legislation does not define the meaning of "significantly less nutritive." Other states introducing legislation include Massachusetts and New York. If New York's law were to pass, record keeping requirements in the statute would represent a major compliance challenge to food and beverage companies During the Grocery Manufacturers Association's annual science forum, held this past April in Washington, D.C., Pamela T Bailey, president of the group, outlined the challenges the shift by some companies to non-bioengineered ingredients is placing on the supply chain. Sugar beets produced in the United States, of which 90 per cent are bioengineered, are currently at a 24-year low in orders. Concurrently, cane sugar, which is non-bioengineered, is experiencing two-year highs in prices. "Let's be clear: If this trend continues and accelerates, there won't be enough domestic supply of either non-G.M.O. sugar beets With no action at the federal level, Vermont's law is the de facto national standard. S d d"M or cane sugar tto meett th the U U.S. demand," Ms. Bailey said. "And Mexico is already indicating that it is willing to supply the needed sugar cane if domestic supplies are inadequate. "Is this what we want? Do we really want the law in Vermont to turn back the clock on our agriculture supply chain, to take us back to an era of more chemicals on our farms, of more tilling, more erosion, and lower yields per acre?" The list of companies that are adding labels to products that contain bioengineered ingredients is growing. They include such corporations as the Campbell Soup Co., General Mills, Inc., ConAgra Foods, Inc., the Kellogg Co. and more. Another company, the Dannon Co., has vowed to go further and is in the process of altering its supply chain to not only eliminate bioengineered ingredients but also enhance the company's level of transparency with consumers. Transparency and trust are at the center of the debate over the labeling of food and beverage products containing bioengineered ingredients. With no action at the federal level and Vermont's law the de facto national standard, proponents of the legislation are on the cusp of what they may perceive as a victory. Yet once the labels are in place, one has to wonder what genuine benefits will result. FBN FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® 9

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Food Business News - May 3, 2016
Dr Pepper pivoting with the consumer
New front opens in the battle over sodium
Beverage Business News - Beverage makers capitalizing on dairy
Table of Contents
Web Contents
Editorial - Vermont’s immediate impact is becoming clearer
Three meals a day still the American way
Mondelez battling weakness in biscuit market
Pinnacle picks Mondelez exec as new c.e.o.
Chipotle Mexican Grill in the midst of a slow recovery
Hormel sells Diamond Crystal Brands
Starbucks sets forth single-serve strategy
PepsiCo initiating transformational innovation agenda
McCormick acquires Australian herbs company
Costco eyes Nebraska for new poultry plant
Hershey still seeking answers to slow growth
Nestle, R&R to create world’s third largest ice cream company
Saputo details succession plan for presidency
Papa John’s removes HFCS from menu
Danone building strength in yogurt
Dannon to go non-G.M.O.
Taco Bell to limit antibiotics in chicken
Dr. Praeger’s focused on keeping brand fresh
PepsiCo appoints new global food service leader
NatureBox moves from snail mail to retail
Market Insight - The good and bad of El Nino, La Nina
Ingredient Trends - Clean label gains momentum
Food packaging and clean label
Ingredient Innovations - Red means go in color innovation
Specialty dairy ingredients used in beverages
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends - I.G.C. forecasts world wheat stocks at new record in 2016-17
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

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