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Letter from SFA McCARTHY COLFORD e are pleased to present the August 2011 issue of Snack World, the Snack Food Association (SFA)’s official quarterly magazine. It has been a busy spring and summer for SFA and Congress as the national debate regarding raising the debt ceiling continues. Two of the most important issues for the snack food industry continue to be the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and attempts to limit food choices for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamp) participants. SFA continues to work with members, the industry and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the implementation of FSMA, which was signed into law earlier this year. (See “SFA Goes to Washington” on Page 12.) Besides food safety legislation, FSMA and SNAP, we also continue to work with members and industry partners on several other important issues, including proposed regulations affecting drivers such as the independent contractor status; proposed rules regarding hours of service and truck weight legislation; the Employee Free Choice Act (the “card check” bill); and biofuels’ impact on food costs. SFA hosted its second Acrylamide Conference in June. (See “Acrylamide: A Comprehensive Approach” on Page 14.) Attendees reviewed mitigation technologies being employed by the snack food industry to reduce acrylamide levels in snack foods. More than 70 industry leaders attended the second acrylamide conference developed by SFA, and we will continue to monitor the situation and any further developments. In addition to our government affairs and advocacy efforts, SFA will host a number of important education programs this fall including our Total Quality Management Course being held Sept. 12-16 at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and our Executive Leadership Forum, Sept. 18-20 in Jackson Hole, WY. Our Management Development Program, formerly Management Workshop, Oct. 9-11 in Dearborn, MI, has been revamped to provide leadership education for senior sales, marketing, operations and manufacturing managers. SFA also will host the Baking and Snack lounge in the processing section of the trade show floor at Pack Expo 2011, Sept. 26-28 in Las Vegas, NV. SFA also will host a reception in the SFA Baking and Snack lounge on the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 26. SFA member involvement and participation has never been more important, and we hope to see you and your colleagues at these important industry events. Enjoy this issue of Snack World, and we welcome your comments. Sincerely, Addressing the Issues W Matt Colford Chairman Snack Food Association Executive Director, Marketing and Strategic Selling Old Dutch Foods, Inc. Jim McCarthy President and CEO Snack Food Association 6 Snack World August 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Snack World - August 2011

Snack World - August 2011
Letter from SFA -- Addressing the Issues
Supplier’s Corner -- Get Involved
Calendar of Events
Defending the Potato -- In the Eye of the Storm
Legislative Summit Update -- SFA Goes to Washington
Conference Update -- Acrylamide: A Comprehensive Approach
Processing Systems -- Cookie Conundrum
New Snacks
Products & Services
Ad Index

Snack World - August 2011