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Latest developments for Midwest Shippers/USSEC Global Soy Trade Exchange joint conference -- new speakers; more lodging options; featured sponsors (08/24/2015)

Registered attendance at the upcoming U.S. SOY Global Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show is now more than 625 key food and agriculture industry, shipping and government officials from nearly 50 countries, and is growing by the day. The high impact program for the event recently took on more importance with the addition of new high level international and government officials. Additional hotel group lodging arrangements have also been added to accommodate the growing event. Go to www.grainconference.org to track the latest developments.

Target to provide more ‘locally relevant’ food & beverage brands (08/24/2015)

A key part of Target’s strategy to ‘reinvent’ its food offering will involve offering more local products, from specialty foods to craft beer, chairman d CEO Brian Cornell told analysts on August 19, Food Navigator reports. Customers are responding when Target enhances their assortment of natural, organic and better-for-you items in their stores, Cornell said.

GMOs becoming a proxy for bigger concerns about the food system - NPR (08/24/2015)

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City on July 18 had it all: an indie pop band on stage, long lines at the beer booths. It was like a Grateful Dead concert, only with free burritos. Chipotle, the chain whose slogan is "food with integrity," was the first national restaurant chain to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from most of its menu. Now, the company is going a step further: using its anti-GMO stance as a marketing opportunity. Last week, National Public Radio included a feature on how the concerns about food content expressed by some consumers, whether right or wrong, extends beyond GMO’s to market economics

Norwegians increasingly skeptical about organic (08/24/2015)

Norwegian strategies to up organic consumption are failing and Norwegian consumers have grown skeptical, say researchers. Follow the link below to view the full story from Food Navigator.

Watch what you spray — or the entire grain industry could pay (08/24/2015)

When it comes to pesticide residues, the world is watching like never before, according to the Alberta Farm Press, reporting on increasing inspections for residues being applied to grain products by the food industry

Midwest Shippers Association’s annual meeting set for September 8 in Minneapolis, in front of 2015 Midwest Specialty Grains Conference/USSEC U.S. SOY Global Trade Exchange (08/17/2015)

The 2015 Midwest Shippers Association’s official annual meeting will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in the Duluth Room at the Hilton Minneapolis hotel, 1001 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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