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FMI Report Explores the State of Foodservice at Retail

More than one-third of consumers do not recognize their local grocer as a foodservice option due to a lack of menu choices, according to FMI’s latest report, 2021 Power of Foodservice at Retail. In addition, 55 percent of consumers are seeking a mix of semi- and fully-prepared items from their grocer. The report also revealedRead More

Consumers Resume On-the-Go Dining Habits: Report

The return to eating on-the-go and an increased interest in health and wellness are converging to create opportunities for specialty food retailers and manufacturers, according to a new report from Murphy Research. Those trends could accelerate this fall as students return to school and more workers return to the office, Sarah Marion, who leads MurphyRead More

Kraft Heinz Launches Innovation Challenge

The Kraft Heinz Co. has partnered with the Future Food-Tech series to introduce an Innovation Challenge to promote new applications or ingredients featuring beans and pulses (dried legumes), reports Food Business News. Kraft Heinz is interested in solutions that deliver on five key areas: sustainability, health, affordability, taste, and convenience. Possibilities may include processing, bioconversion,Read More

Batali, Bastianich to Pay $600,000 to Former Employees

Chef Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich of B&B Hospitality Group will pay $600,000 to at least 20 former employees following a four-year investigation into claims that they engaged in unlawful sex discrimination and retaliation, said New York Attorney General Letitia James. “Celebrity and fame does not absolve someone from following the law. Sexual harassment isRead More

CBA Calls for Government Action on CBD Regulations

The Consumer Brands Association has renewed its call for urgent government action on CBD regulations by sending letters to the FDA and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) that state that federal engagement is critical to ensuring consumer safety. “It is time for the federal government to engage more meaningfully on regulating CBD, given the continued expansionRead More

Key Steps to Enhancing Website Accessibility

There are a range of disabilities that may impair an individual’s ability to access a website, said Sara T. Schneider, partner at Arent Fox during an SFA In the Know webinar, Thursday. These disabilities may include visual (partial, total, or color blindness), motor (difficulty moving specific parts of the body), hearing (deafness or hard-of-hearing), cognitiveRead More

Restaurant Fund Replenishment Act Introduced

House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer has introduced the Entrepreneurs Need Timely Replenishment for Eating Establishments Act, which seeks to assist American restaurant owners who are struggling to stay open. If passed, the ENTREE Act will provide $60 billion to the Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which will be paid forRead More

New SFA Education Tracks Designed to Help Members Succeed

The Specialty Food Association has debuted three new education tracks to help better serve its members and the specialty food industry. The three tracks—In The Know, Maker Prep, and Regulatory Update—are designed to help companies at any stage of their business.   “At SFA, we are committed to providing our members with the knowledge that theyRead More

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