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FDA provides temporary labeling flexibility for menus, packaged food

To facilitate the distribution of food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guidance document to provide restaurants and food manufacturers with flexibility regarding nutrition labeling of certain packaged food.

Nestlé Purina PetCare acquires natural pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen

Nestlé Purina PetCare has acquired natural pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen, the UK’s leading producer of premium wet and dry natural foods for dogs and cats.

Cooking at home, pantry stocking may boost McCormick’s Q2 performance

McCormick & Company has reported financial results for the first quarter, which ended Feb. 29, 2020. Sales declined 2% in the first quarter from the same period a year ago, and in constant currency, sales declined 1%.

DFA wins bid for Dean Foods

Dean Foods has announced that, following a comprehensive sale process and a competitive auction as part of its Chapter 11 process, the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has been named the winning bidder to acquire a substantial portion of Dean Foods’ business operations.

USDA extends expiration dates for some audit certifications

To aid the movement of fresh specialty crops into marketing channels, AMS is extending the expiration date of USDA audit certifications scheduled to expire on or before May 31, 2020, by 60 days.

SweeGen expands with four new application centers across the globe

SweeGen has announced its newly launched food and beverage application centers located in four global regions—North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.

National Flavors names Brian Briggs CEO

National Flavors Co., a Michigan-based producer of flavors and extracts, has announced that Brian Briggs has been named chief executive officer, effective April 2, 2020.

Conagra Brands reports third-quarter results

Conagra Brands has reported results for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2020, which ended on Feb. 23, 2020. Third-quarter net sales decreased 5.6% to $2.6 billion, while organic net sales decreased by 1.7%, driven by a 1.3% decline in volume and an unfavorable price/mix impact of 0.4%.

U.S. restaurant industry hit hard by pandemic

The mandated restaurant dine-in closures that took effect across most of the United States beginning the week ending March 22 took a toll on U.S. restaurant transactions, reports The NPD Group.

IFT transitions annual event to virtual experience

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has announced that it will transition the IFT20 Annual Event and Food Expo, slated for July 12–15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, to a virtual event experience.

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