A Mars plant in Slough, England, has received kosher certification for all ingredients and processing products used to create its candy brands there. A Mars official said this is part of the company's commitment to remove artificial colors and flavors to appeal to a broader consumer base.
ConTechPlus, the Australasian confectionery industry's annual conference, highlighted supply-chain innovation. Among the four finalists was Scalzo Food Industries, which teamed up with its supplier to create a special roasting technique.
A food safety bill in Congress calls for a $500 annual fee to be paid by all food-making facilities, half the original $1,000 proposal. The bill also adds a cap so no company would pay more than $175,000.
New York City has approved 1,000 food carts to bring fresh produce to parts of the city that lack sources for reasonably priced, healthful food. The Green Carts do not accept food stamps and are limited to selling raw fruits and vegetables.