"It sends an important message to the
international seafood community that if you are
open and transparent about the seafood you
catch and sell across the supply chain, then the
U.S. markets are open for your business."
— Catherine Novelli, a State Department undersecretary, on
rules issued by the Obama administration that aim to curb
illegal fishing and seafood fraud by preventing unverifiable fish
products from entering the United States.
"Ending deforestation is critical to curb climate
change. Today, we are at an important crossroads
as we work to nourish the world and protect the
planet. Sustainable agriculture must be a part of
— Cargill CEO and Chairman David MacLennan, following
the mid-January release of the inaugural “Cargill Report on
Forests” which outlines the company’s progress on its efforts
to eliminate deforestation from its supply chains.
"We know that people are looking for a variety of things when they choose food for
themselves and for their families. They want food that is fun and exciting, wholesome
and nutritious, convenient and, of course, delicious. We are passionate about
delivering products that meet a wide range of needs."
— Paul Norman, President of Kellogg North America, on the company’s January announcement that it is
introducing more than 50 new products designed to meet the needs of today’s grocery shopper.
"USDA is excited to work with the Organic Trade Association on the National Certified Transitional
Program, providing producers with a consistent transitional standard to market their products. This
program will help those transitioning to organic agriculture, encourage domestic production of organic
products, and ultimately support the continued growth of organic agriculture in the United States."
— USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Elanor Starmer, on the January announcement of a partnership between the
USDA and OTA to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production.
By The Numbers
of exhibitors at last
November’s PACK EXPO
the most in the
history of PACK EXPO:
The number of new
full-time jobs created at the
Fieldbrook Farms ice cream
production facility in Dunkirk,
New York following a
$4 million expansion:
in square feet,
of the new Sanderson Farms
poultry processing facility in
St. Pauls, North Carolina:
of four grants announced
in January by the USDA to
combat citrus greening disease
in the United States: