Industry signposts: hints of things to come

Fairtrade sugar boost
Tate & Lyle announced in February that it is moving 100 per cent of its retail cane-sugars range to Fairtrade, a move two years in the planning. The switch reportedly will create a return of nearly $3 million in Fairtrade premiums for cane farmers.

Rising costs
"There's going to be real food inflation in this country ... I think we need to tell the American consumer that things are going up. We're seeing cost increases that we've never seen in our business."

— C Larry Pope, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods

Essential Omega-3s?
The FDA is reviewing current label claims such as 'good source of' and 'excellent source of' omega-3s, on functional foods containing EPA and DHA. Unless compelling evidence can be presented during the comment period, it will rule that no label claims will be allowed.

FDA budget woes

"Strengthening the FDA for this new century will require an investment, providing our agency with a budget and authorities that are commensurate with the scale and scope of our mission."

— Andrew von Eschenbach, commissioner of food and drugs at the FDA.

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