SFA Upgrades Website To Aid Buyer-Supplier Connections

The Specialty Food Association (SFA) has unveiled a redesigned website, www.specialtyfood.com, with new features that will help food producers and buyers conduct business more easily and reach a broader audience.

The site has a new, clean look with bold colors and images, and more tools for association members and the specialty food trade to market and research products. "With the refreshed site we are helping the specialty food trade make important connections and tap into programs and services to build their businesses in an ever-expanding marketplace," says Ann Daw, Specialty Food Association president.

A new directory and enhanced capabilities allow visitors to build industry connections by searching for members, viewing company profiles, and linking directly to member products and other services. Other features include: a new product marketplace that allows buyers and other site users to explore new products by category; a Fancy Food Show section with simplified access to complete exhibitor information; new ways to find the latest news, industry research, resources and business-building information; and navigation through all site information on any mobile device.

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MOM’s Organic Market Launches Oyster Farm

MOM’s Organic Market, Rockville, Md., is adding to its product line oysters from its own oyster farm off of Fleets Island, Va. The company has partnered with the Environmental Working Group and the Oyster Recovery Partnership to offer oyster shell recycling. To support it's ongoing work in the Chesapeake Bay, MOM’s is donating 5 percent of store sales to the Oyster Recovery Partnership on Dec. 5.

MOM's leases ocean bottom acreage off of Fleets Island. "We started with a 500,000-oyster spat in spring of 2013," says MOM's Founder Scott Nash. "Through trials and tribulations, we've learned about soft mud bottom vs. firm sandy bottom, how ocean currents impact oyster growth, how often oysters need to be culled and moved to larger cages, and floating cages vs. bottom cages. This year, the mortality rate of our oysters was 80 percent higher than average rates, but these were important lessons to learn and we are confident that of the 500,000 oyster spat we started this past spring, we will have most of them available for sale by September 2015."

There was a time when oysters were an incredibly abundant and reasonably priced source of protein. “MOM's goal is to use our direct-trade oyster farm to make oysters affordable. We will be offering them at $14 for two dozen,” said Mr. Nash.

MOM's sampled and sold oysters at the grand opening of it's Washington, D.C., store on New York Ave, NE Nov. 14-16, as well as in Rockville and Alexandria. MOM's will also accept oyster shells at these stores for responsible recycling with the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

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Pa. Governor Signs Prescription Drug Monitoring Act

Recently, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program, which provides for prescription drug monitoring and outlines requirements for dispensers and pharmacists. This bill was passed overwhelming by the Pa. General Assembly.

According to the Pennsylvania State Nurses Assn., this act will increase the quality of patient care by giving prescribers and dispensers access to a patient’s prescription medication history through an electronic system. Patients will be able to easily obtain their prescription records and the prescription monitoring system could prevent people from doctor shopping to obtain prescription drugs from several physicians at one time.

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Drew’s All-Natural and Organic Dressings/Marinades and Salsas of Chester, Vt., are Non-GMO Project verified. The Non-GMO Project supports providing shoppers with clearly-labeled non-GMO food and products, and is North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance.

• Voters at the Nov. 17 Falmouth, Mass., Town Meeting were due to vote on a proposed ban of the distribution of plastic bags by all business establishments.

• Bob Craves, a co-founding officer of Costco Wholesale Corp, in 1982, died last week at 72 years old.

• Also passing away recently was John Shields Jr., 82, former chief executive officer of Trader Joe’s. Under his supervision, Trader Joe’s increased its store count from 27 to 158 units and sales from $132 million to $2 billon when he retired in 2001.

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