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What Is The 2019 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook?

For the food industry, 2018 saw two seemingly far-off topics – cannabis ingredients and cultured meat – brought to the here and now. There also was some serious realignment of the largest companies. In the past, most purchases brought the acquirer into new markets, but several deals toward the end of 2018 saw big companies […]

Crucial Federal Food Safety Inspections, Recalls, Continue Despite Shutdown

As the partial shutdown of the federal government drags on, impacts at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and elsewhere in the government are building, affecting everything from trade aid payments to implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.  However,  even though the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration are […]

GMO Answers Says It Will Take Questions On Biotech Labeling Rule

GMO Answers, an industry-supported organization that favors genetic modification, urged “those with questions” about the Agriculture Department’s biotechnology disclosure rule announced in December to send them to the private organization for a response. USDA published its rule on Dec. 21 and it is scheduled to go into effect on Feb. 19, with implementation by Jan. […]

USDA Releases GMO Labeling Rules

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released the final federal GMO labeling rule. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard requires food manufacturers, importers and certain retailers to label foods containing genetically modified or bioengineered ingredients. To make the required disclosure, food producers have four options: text on the label; a symbol; an electronic […]

GMO Disclosure Rule Cleared By OMB

The much-anticipated federal GMO disclosure standard has been cleared by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a final step before USDA publishes the rule. The food and agriculture industries are bracing for the GMO disclosure rule and nervously waiting to find out the details of the regulatory regime, officially known as the […]

MN Enjoys $1.5B Budget Surplus

The state of MN released its economic forecast and projects a budget surplus of $1.544 billion for the two-year budget cycle beginning July 1, 2019. The projected surplus for the following two years (Fiscal Years 2022-23) is $456 million. This is the sixth consecutive legislative session that will convene with a budget surplus. In addition, […]

MWFPA Scholarship Programs Now Taking Applications

Applications for the MWFPA and Friday/Weckel Scholarships are now available. The MWFPA Scholarship may award up to $2,000 (depending on availability of funds) in scholarship money to deserving children of parents or guardians who are employees of MWFPA member companies. They must also be a high school senior or post-secondary student accepted into, or attending, […]

People Have To Eat, So Wisconsin’s Food Manufacturers Have Jobs

Wisconsin food manufacturers account for more than a quarter-million jobs in Wisconsin, but the industry can sometimes remain under the radar. “The food industry is a silent industry. People just don’t think that much about it when they think of manufacturing, but food processors are manufacturers,” said Nick George, president of the Midwest Food Products Association.  […]

Skilled Worker Shortage Hurts Midwest Economy, Says New Economic Report

The economy continued to expand in nine Midwestern and Plains states last month but was hampered by shortages of skilled workers, according to monthly survey results released Monday. Minnesota is one of the states included in the survey. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 54.1 in November from 54.9 in October, the report said.   Read more […]