Nigella Lawson: Pandan could be the new avocado, matcha | Dole improves salad packaging with color-coded redesign | Kroger convenes healthy product showcase
October 20, 2017
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Nigella Lawson: Pandan could be the new avocado, matcha
Pandan, a leaf from southeast Asia that resembles vanilla and can be used to flavor beverages and sweet and savory dishes, is shaping up to be the next hot food trend, says celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. "I think it's going to be the new matcha," she adds.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (10/16) 
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Dole improves salad packaging with color-coded redesign
Dole improves salad packaging with color-coded redesign
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Dole has revealed new packaging for its salad offerings, featuring a color-coded system to aid consumers in product selection. The designs, which are slated to hit stores next month, will help shoppers quickly differentiate among the brand's salad categories.
FoodBev (10/19) 
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Kroger convenes healthy product showcase
Kroger last week hosted a natural innovation summit in its hometown of Cincinnati. The convention showcased about 50 health-conscious food and beverage brands, hand-picked by Kroger for their wellness appeal, high growth potential and market viability.
BevNet (10/19) 
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Turkey to start shipping tomatoes to Russia
Four tomato producers in Turkey have been granted permission to ship up to 50,000 metric tons of their fruit to Russia, with the first shipments coming in early December. Russia has lifted bans on other crops from Turkey, after calling a halt to imports from the country on Jan. 1, 2016.
Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (10/19) 
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Food Safety
Mann Packing recalls veggie products in US, Canada
Mann Packing Co. has issued a recall on about 150 fresh-cut vegetable products distributed to retailers in the US and Canada due to concerns about listeria contamination. The list of recalled brands includes Archer Farms, Trader Joe's and Walmart.
Food Safety News (10/20) 
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SmartBrief Originals
Most Clicked: Take a look at this week's hottest food and beverage industry stories with SmartBrief
Wildfire effects top this week's most-read stories
The impact of wildfires on California wineries was at the front of food and beverage readers' minds this week. The news nabbed two of this week's top 10 most-read spots, followed by news of Nestle opening a dedicated Amazon facility, Conagra's new products strategy and Culver's recent cash infusion.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (10/20) 
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Public Affairs
Food box program gets children interested in healthy eating
A program that provided weekly boxes of fresh produce and healthy foods to low-income families with children at risk of diabetes found that children developed a greater interest in eating fresh, local and unfamiliar foods. The program, part of the Food as Medicine initiative in Alameda County, Calif., also improved the health of some parents.
East Bay Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (10/19) 
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Mobile pantry serves 30 schools
Thirty schools in a California district are served by a mobile school pantry that provides free fruits and vegetables. The food is delivered as a part of a monthly open-air farmers market.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/19) 
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Industry Talent – Center for Growing Talent by PMA
Your personality is not fixed
Personalities are not rigid and narrow, and we can act differently through the use of meaningful and deliberate projects, says researcher and author Brian Little. "The sustainable pursuit of core projects in our lives is the hallmark of human flourishing," he argues.
New York magazine (10/18) 
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Embracing uncertainty is necessary for growth
Companies facing competition or other threats often look to grab control when they need to take a chance on the talents and insights of their employees, customers and partners, says Amanda Setili. "If you want to grow, you should consider all the ways that you might be able to create something entirely new by partnering with other organizations and individuals that can bring something to the table that you don't have," argues Setili.
Skip Prichard Leadership Insights (10/17) 
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PMA News
Why your company needs a technology roadmap
A technology roadmap is critical to any company developing an automation strategy or implementing other new technology. The roadmap will not only help develop and monitor these things, but will also help the systems work together for a more efficient system. To learn more about technology roadmaps and tips to building them, read this article. For more information on the latest industry tech trends, visit PMA’s technology topic page.

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Dan Thurmon helps foster innovative creativity
In today’s landscape, if an organization is standing still, then it’s moving backward. Success depends on embracing change, surpassing limits and outshining the competition. Renowned speaker and author Dan Thurmon will speak to these points at the Breakfast General Session on Sat., Oct. 21, at Fresh Summit. All-Access Pass required; you can upgrade at the Registration Hall.
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