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Smithfield says not all plant workers can be socially distanced
According to Reuters, Smithfield Foods has said workers cannot be socially distant in all areas of its plants, in response to U.S. senators who pressed meatpackers on coronavirus outbreaks in slaughterhouses.
U.S. foodservice industry set to rebound to pre-pandemic levels by 2023
The latest research from Mintel shows that after several years of growth, the foodservice industry is expected to decline by up to 30% from 2019 to 2020, following nationwide dine-in bans/restrictions, restaurant closures, job losses, and lowered consumer confidence.
A low-carb diet may lower the risk of blinding eye disease
Following a long-term diet that’s low in carbohydrates and high in fat and protein from vegetables may reduce the risk of the most common subtype of glaucoma.
U.S. restaurant industry recovery stalls with no improvement in six weeks
COVID case surges across the United States and the subsequent rollbacks in re-opening plans have stalled the U.S. restaurant industry’s recovery, reported The NPD Group.
Commercially available cell line rapidly detects African Swine Fever Virus
Scientists from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have identified a new way to detect the presence of live African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) that minimizes the need for samples from live animals and provides easier access to veterinary labs that need to diagnose the virus.
COVID-19’s impact on lifestyles and eating behaviors in Asia
According to Innova Market Insights’ COVID-19 Consumer Survey (conducted in March 2020), in China, India, and Indonesia, personal concerns center on health, personal income, and the availability of healthcare and products to buy.
Geltor raises $91.3 million to expand its ingredients-as-a-service platform
The funding round aims to meet accelerating demand from global consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies for sustainable, functional, and 100% animal-free ingredients.
NP Nutra experiences strong first-half sales growth in 2020
Nature’s Power Nutraceuticals Corp. (NP Nutra), a leader in the nutraceutical ingredients marketplace, reported that sales were up 20% year over year for the first half of 2020.
Batory Foods appoints Vince Pinneri as president
The board of directors of Batory Foods, a national distributor of commodity and specialty food ingredients, has appointed Vince Pinneri to the position of president and member of the executive team, effective Aug. 31, 2020.
Purina invests $167 million to expand U.S. production
Nestlé Purina has announced it will expand its operations in Cumberland County, Pa., hiring 94 additional employees and adding new processing and packaging lines to its Mechanicsburg location.
Gathered Foods appoints Christine Mei as new CEO
Gathered Foods, makers of Good Catch plant-based seafood, has announced the appointment of Christine Mei as CEO.
USDA provides an update on 2019 Tyson beef plant closure and COVID-19 investigation
The report summarizes market conditions, fed cattle prices, boxed beef values, and the spread before and after the fire and plant closure at the Tyson Holcomb, Kan., plant, and before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FDA amends its procedures for dairy, infant formula firms exporting to China
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing changes to its export listing procedures for dairy and infant formula firms seeking to export their products to China.
FDA gives $1.5 million for FSMA education, training, and technical assistance
The FDA is announcing $1.5 million of continued funding, in the form of cooperative agreements, to the University of Arkansas Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and the National Farmers Union to enhance food safety under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
IFT & Meeting News
DEI Discussions: Building Work Relationships in a Virtual Work Environment
August 27 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. (CT)
How do you build important work relationships in a virtual workplace? This workshop explores how to build and maintain the relationships that we all need for optimal interactions, individual opportunities, and healthy teams—while operating in a virtual workplace. This workshop is free to IFT members.
SHIFT20 is Now On-Demand
Missed the live virtual event and expo? Didn’t get to see all of the sessions you wanted? No worries you can still get it on-demand. Peruse featured sessions presentations, over 100 scientific and professional development sessions, and 700+ research poster presentations all recorded and now available on-demand. Weren’t able to register? You still can!
Resources and Support for Online Teaching
IFT Webcast | August 3 | 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. CT | Education, Extension, and Outreach Division
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, educators are being challenged to move to online teaching in a short period of time. Besides generating course material, it’s important to incorporate elements that promote student engagement and community building to online courses. This live webcast consists of two sessions: the Fennema workshop and a roundtable in resources and support for online teaching.
JFS and CRFSFS Impact Factors Increased
IFT received good news for both Journal of Food Science and Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety in the 2019 Journal Citation Reports. The Impact Factor for JFS increased to 2.478, while CRFSFS increased to 9.912, making it the No. 2-ranked journal out of 139 journals in the Food Science & Technology category.
Chicago Section IFT Annual Suppliers’ Symposium & Expo
Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Ohio Valley Section IFT Suppliers' Lecture and Expo
West Chester, Ohio, United States