Specialty Food Magazine

MAR 2012

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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SPECIALTY FOOD THE NEWS UPDATE FOR SPECIALTY FOOD PROFESSIONALS NEWS A NEW LOOK FOR PUBLIX'S DELI DEPARTMENTS Florida's Publix Supermarkets is rolling out a new deli design that features wood-grain shelves and signage offering quick-meal ideas using prepared foods. Additionally, new tags for specialty cheeses in cold cases will separate cheeses by category and include information on country of ori- gin and food pairings as well as descrip- tive flavor profiles. Price Freeze for Weis Pennsylvania supermarket chain Weis Markets Inc. lowered prices on 1,700 items and will freeze these prices for 90 days through April 2. This is the company's eighth 90-day Price Freeze since 2009. Grocery, frozen, dairy, meat, health, beauty care and general merchandise items are among the reduced-price products. LEGISLATIVE REGULATORY NEWS suppliers. This is not a food safety law, but one that will give consumers information that permits them to identify "goods and products that have been tainted in the supply chain." The California law applies to retailers and manufacturers with annual worldwide gross receipts of $100 million or more. Nevertheless, to continue to supply the large companies, some smaller retailers and distributors are requesting that their suppliers certify their compliance with the law. & 10 ❘ SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE ❘ specialtyfood.com Supreme Court on Food Safety/Animal Welfare…In National Meat Association v. Harris, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that combined food safety and animal welfare considerations. The law required all non-ambulatory pigs to be euthanized immediately and kept out of the food chain. It was supported by the Humane Society, and challenged by the National Meat Association. The Supreme Court concluded that the California law is preempted by the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) and the federal Humane Meat Slaughter Act. The FMIA contains a broad preemption clause, which the unanimous Court interpreted to apply to pre- and post-mortem operations. The California prohibition on sales of the pig meat is also preempted. The Court said, "...the FMIA addresses not just food safety, but humane treatment as well. ...The FMIA regulates slaughterhouses' handling and treatment of non-ambulatory pigs from the moment of their delivery through the end of the meat production process." Marsha Echols, NASFT's legal advisor in Washington, D.C., is available to counsel members. Reach her at 202.625.1451 or echols@marshaechols.com. PETER COE TRIBUTE AT TASTE UNLIMITED Taste Unlimited, Norfolk, Va., has orga- nized a series of cooking classes as a tribute to company founder Peter Coe, who passed away from cancer last June. Coe taught cooking classes at Taste for years, and now five acclaimed area chefs will donate their time and expertise. Taste will donate 100 percent of the ticket sales from all five classes to Lee's Friends, a local nonprofit organization that helps people living with cancer. Famed N.Y. Cupcakes Now Shipped Online The popular Greenwich Village cupcake shop Magnolia Bakery in New York City has begun nationwide shipping of its cupcakes, frozen and topped with Magnolia's signature pastel vanilla buttercream or chocolate but- ® BY ROBYN PFORR RYAN A look at industry happenings, store and restaurant openings, legislative and regulatory updates and more tercream. The business is also rolling out its Cupcake Club. The club offers online patrons a monthly delivery of a dozen of the featured cupcake of the month. NEW A&P KOSHER LOCATION The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company Inc. has renovated a Bergenfield, N.J., Pathmark store with triple the assort- ment of kosher products and the avail- ability of fresh kosher meat and sea- food. The 54,000-square-foot store also features prepared kosher foods and a re- merchandised kosher bakery. Dean & Deluca Now Baking Bread Nearly 35 years after Dean & Deluca opened its first shop in Manhattan's Soho neighbor- hood, the specialty food chain has started bak- ing its own bread. Up until now the retailer Transparency in Supply Chains…Although it applies only to large retail sellers and manufacturers, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 has focused the food sector on supply-chain management, especially attempts to uncover, prevent and disclose slavery and human trafficking in overseas and U.S.

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