SFA Webinar: Breaking into Specialty Gourmet Foodservice

The SFA is continuing its Working with Buyers webinar series on Wednesday, September 30 at 1 p.m. ET. Foodservice can be a profitable channel for specialty food makers and the current state of the U.S. market has opened up new opportunities. Join Arn Grashoff of Innovative Food Holdings as he discusses the best products andRead More

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Aquaculture Act

Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced bipartisan legislation to establish national standards for offshore aquaculture. The Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture Act would help to increase the production of sustainable seafood and establish new economic opportunities in federal waters. “The expansion of domestic offshore aquacultureRead More

FDA Will Be Flexible With Nutrition Facts Label Requirements

The FDA will give manufacturers additional flexibility around the updated Nutrition and Supplement Facts label requirements, which take effect January 1, 2021. The FDA says that it will not focus on enforcement actions during 2021 for manufacturers that make less than $10 million in annual food sales. This additional flexibility includes manufacturers of packages andRead More

Specialty Food Live! Extended Through Friday

The Specialty Food Association is extending the Specialty Food Live! event, originally scheduled to end today, through tomorrow at 6 p.m. to allow buyers more time to make connections. The virtual booths will remain open and no further education sessions will be offered, which means more time for buyers to search and find products. Members don’tRead More

Nearly 90 Percent of NYC Restaurants Couldn’t Pay August Rent

Eighty-seven percent of New York City bar and restaurant owners couldn’t pay their full rent in August due to losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, according the NYC Hospitality Alliance’s August Rent Report. Of that number, 34 percent were unable to pay any kind of rent at all. According to the survey, 60 percent of landlordsRead More

Kroger Drives Plant-Based Meat Sales in Integrated Set

“The plant-based food category has seen tremendous growth year over year,” said Julie Emmett, senior director of retail partnerships at the Plant Based Foods Association. Emmett spoke during The Big Idea: Plant-Based session during the Specialty Food Live! virtual event, Tuesday, about the current state of the category and about PBFA’s recent test pilot withRead More

Slutty Vegan, Jermaine Dupri, Impossible Foods Team Up to Drive Voter Registration

Pinky Cole, founder of Slutty Vegan restaurant, is partnering with music mogul Jermain Dupri and Impossible Foods on a nationwide voter registration drive. The Votenik Zoom to the Polls drive, a series of six online events, begin today, culminating in a celebration of participation and action in the election on November 3. The name isRead More

Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium Appoints US Brand Ambassador

The Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium has appointed Chef Michele Casadei Massari as its U.S. brand ambassador. Throughout the coming year, Chef Massari will promote the cheese’s presence in the U.S. from gastronomic, cultural, and nutritional perspectives. Chef Massari will share his passion for this extraordinary cheese through educational events and culinary experiences that will take placeRead More

Western Fires Impact Specialty Food Businesses

Specialty food companies in the Western U.S. are feeling the impacts of the fires that have burned millions of acres and destroyed thousands of buildings in California, Oregon, and Washington. Perhaps nowhere was more acutely impacted than the Rogue Valley in Oregon, which saw the Almeda Fire race through a series of towns, burning thousands ofRead More

Slice Launches Pizza Restaurant Accelerator

Slice, a tech-platform designed to help independent pizza restaurants, has launched Slice Accelerate, an accelerator with the goal of strengthening businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The first cohort will include 100 nominated shops that will receive $15,000 worth of technology and services to enable them to compete against big pizza franchises and set them upRead More

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