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January 14, 2021
SNAC International News and Events:
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Slides and Recording Available Now: 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Webinar

Updated every five years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans serve as the basis for federal nutrition programs, nutrition and health policies, and educational materials designed for the public. In this webinar, SNAC's regulatory consultant at Food Directions gave an overview of the final policy document and addressed what these recommendations mean for the snack industry. The webinar also provided a look at what's ahead, as well as details on the USDA's “Start Simple with MyPlate” campaign. View the slides and recording here.
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SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming SNAC Webinars
 
Thursday, February 11, 1 pm ET - As consumers continue to demand more information about their food, SNAC and Consumer Brands Association will discuss the benefits of digital disclosure and SNAC’s association partnership with SmartLabel.  
 
Thursday, February 25, 1 pm ET - SNAC’s legislative consultant, Mike Torrey, will brief SNAC members on what to expect in the first year of the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress.
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Regulatory and Legislative News:
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Vaccine Distribution: Letter to President-elect Joe Biden 
 
SNAC and 13 allied trade associations sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team offering to partner on an effort to ensure essential workers have access to vaccinations once sufficient doses of the coronavirus vaccine are available. The letter also requests a designated Federal Coronavirus Vaccine Coordinator in each of the 50 states and territories. The Coordinators’ responsibilities will be to liaise with state, territory, and local public health agencies to ensure an efficient distribution of the vaccine among priority populations such as frontline healthcare workers, older Americans, those with preexisting conditions, and essential workers. The partnership would ensure a strong, coordinated public education campaign that brings acceptance of vaccinations among the public.
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Impeachment Process Could Lead to Delays in New Congress
 
On Wednesday, the House voted 232-197 to impeach President Donald Trump on charges that he incited an insurrection last week by urging his supporters to fight the 2020 presidential election results, leading to their rampage at the U.S. Capitol. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office shared that January 19 is the soonest the chamber could begin an impeachment trial, the day before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The office also noted that McConnell has "not made a final decision" on whether he will vote to convict Trump. If the Senate moves on impeachment, it could delay Cabinet member confirmations and additional COVID-19 relief legislation for weeks, pushing back all other agenda items as well.
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Presidential Transition Process and the Effects on the Food and Agriculture Industries
 
SNAC counsel, Hogan Lovells, created a memorandum regarding the presidential transition process and the effects on the food and agriculture industries. The memo identifies the general phases that occur during a typical presidential transition (winding down of the current administration, transition plans for the new administration, and early days of the new administration) and what to expect, procedurally, during each phase. The memo is available on SNAC’s member resources page.
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School Nutrition Association Calls for Expansion of Food Assistance for Schoolchildren 
 
The School Nutrition Association, representing more than 50,000 school nutrition professionals, has called for this free school meal assistance to continue permanently. Child nutrition programs are typically reauthorized every five years but failed to occur last year. This delay opens up an opportunity for the new Democratic congressional majority to act. 
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Health Canada Sodium Reduction Targets Webinar 
 
Health Canada is holding a technical webinar on Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm EST to review their Voluntary Sodium Reduction Targets for Processed Foods 2020-2025 published on December 18, 2020. According to Health Canada, previous voluntary sodium reduction efforts (2012-2016) have yielded modest results and Canadians, particularly children, teens and males, are still eating too much sodium. SNAC staff will be in attendance on the call. Register for the event here
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SNAC Consultant Appointed to USDA and USTR Group of Agricultural Trade Advisors

SNAC congratulates our regulatory consultant, Beth Johnson, on her appointment, representing SNAC International, to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Processed Foods. ATACs advise the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative about a wide range of agricultural trade issues. This group of appointed advisors will serve until 2025. See more information here
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SNAC Member News:
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Campbell Announces Plans to Close Columbus, Georgia Snacks Plant by Spring 2022
 
This plant currently employs 326 individuals in the production of candy, crackers, cookies, nuts and bars. The closure comes after a careful review of the Snacks division’s manufacturing operations. Valerie Oswalt, Executive Vice President and President, Campbell Snacks said, “Closing one of our facilities is a very difficult decision. The Columbus plant is the oldest in our manufacturing network, making it difficult to retrofit. Our Columbus team is talented and dedicated, and we are committed to assisting them through this transition.” Company News
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Utz Brands to Acquire Vitner’s Snack Food Brand and Distribution Assets

Utz Brands has entered into a definitive agreement with Snak King to acquire certain assets related to the Vitner’s brand for a total purchase price of $25 million. Company News
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LifeSpice Welcomes Hector Sanudo to the Customer Service Team

Hector Sanudo is the newest member of LifeSpice’s Customer Service team and will work at the new distribution center in Lowell, Indiana as Customer Service Specialist. In alignment with his previous professional experiences in account management, logistics and general customer service assistance, Hector will support LifeSpice with processing orders, managing inventory, and daily communication with customers. Company News.
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Bühler and DIL Join Forces to Accelerate Sustainable Food Production

Bühler AG and the DIL Deutsches Institut for Lebensmitteltechnik e. V., a research institute focusing on food technology and food science, have teamed up to develop new production technologies for healthy and sustainable food products, focusing on alternative plant proteins.
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PepsiCo Doubles Down on Climate Goal and Pledges Net-Zero Emissions by 2040

PepsiCo, Inc. announced plans to more than double its science-based climate goal, targeting a reduction of absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its value chain by more than 40% by 2030. In addition, the company has pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, one decade earlier than called for in the Paris Climate Agreement. "The severe impacts from climate change are worsening, and we must accelerate the urgent systemic changes needed to address it," said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO, Ramon Laguarta. "Climate action is core to our business as a global food and beverage leader and propels our PepsiCo Positive journey to deliver positive outcomes for the planet and people. Our ambitious climate goal will guide us on the steep but critical path forward -- there is simply no other option but immediate and aggressive action." Company News
 
Frito-Lay to Run Trio of Super Bowl Ads for First Time

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division will run three campaigns during the Super Bowl, premiering TV commercials for Doritos, Cheetos and its portfolio of snack brands. The portfolio campaign will feature the most NFL stars ever in a PepsiCo spot. Read more.
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Industry News and Trends:
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2021 Food and Beverage Industry Outlook

As America and the world enter the second year of the pandemic, the food and beverage industry is struggling to come to terms with it. The crisis has reversed some trends, accelerated others, and created others from scratch. As the industry works through the crisis, with the end hopefully in sight, it remains to be seen which of the lessons will carry over. Read more on Food Processing.
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Thailand Salt Tax: Firms Failing to Reformulate Risk Increased Costs 

The implementation of a salt tax in Thailand is still expected to take place sometime in 2021, and this may have cost implications for food manufacturers whose reformulation efforts have not yet caught up, according to a local food industry expert. Read on Food Navigator.
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U.S. Consumers Snacking More Than Ever
 
Americans have been increasingly opting for fruits, nuts and ready-to-eat snack foods throughout the day, according to The NPD Group. In its annual “Eating Patterns in America” study, the market research firm found that over the past five years, U.S. consumers added 25 between-meal snacking occasions per capita, from 505 in 2015 to 530 in 2020. Read more in Progressive Grocer.
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Post Consumer Brands Introduces New On-The-Go Cereal Snacks
 
"According to recent research from Mintel, nearly 40% of consumers say they eat cereal as a snack, and 13% report eating cereal on the go," said Tara LaFerla, Brand Manager of Portfolio Innovation at Post Consumer Brands. "We developed our new PEBBLES™ Crisps and Honeycomb Big Bites to make it even easier for people to enjoy their favorite cereals anywhere and any time of day. Our new cereal snacks have big flavor and big crunch in a ‘no mess’ form that parents and kids will love." Company News
 
UK-based Mindful Snacker is Looking for Helathy Opportunities
 
Mindful Snacker’s first product, a better-for-you potato crisp, will hit shelves in April. The company uses a unique cooking technique to create a fried-like crisp without the added salt and fat. Read more 
 
Posh Peas: Snack Brand 'Novo Farina' Plans to Grow from Local to Shelf Domination - Read more.
 
Zing Introduces New Keto-friendly Snack Bars - read on PennLive.
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Retailer News:
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Target Celebrates Strong Performance During Holiday Season

By reinventing its approach to the busiest shopping season of the year, Target Corp. grew comparable sales in the combined November/December period 17.2%, driven by a 4.3% increase in traffic and a 12.3% increase in average ticket. Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is No. 7 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2020 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America, with approximately 1,900 locations. Read on Progressive Grocer.
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Grocery Retailer Confidence Strong Heading into 2021, says Survey

More than 150 grocery retailers (including brick-and-mortar, online and omnichannel) shared their thoughts and plans for 2021 in Supermarket News’ first Retailer Expectations Survey, covering such topics as the economy, sales projections, store count and hiring, and, of course, the impact of COVID-19 as we get closer to the one-year mark since the pandemic first struck the United States. Read on Supermarket News.
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Walmart to Test Grocery Delivery to Home Smart Boxes

Grocery delivery will be more challenging as Americans across industries hopefully head back to the office. Walmart wants to be ready. The retailer announced Jan. 12 that this spring, it will deliver groceries to temperature-controlled smart boxes placed outside customers' homes in a pilot program. Read more.
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Jewel-Osco Tests Self-serve Grocery Pickup Kiosk - Expanding its click-and-collect options, Albertsons Cos. is piloting an automated, temperature-controlled pickup kiosk outside a Jewel-Osco supermarket in Chicago. 
 
Kroger Checks Out a Smart Cart - The Kroger Co. has been quietly testing a souped-up shopping cart that can weigh items, provide shopping suggestions, and scan and pay for orders without requiring shoppers to visit a traditional checkout lane. Read on Winsight Grocery Business.
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ICYMI - In Case You Missed It:
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Ask SNAC! – A New Member Service Tool

Is your company facing an issue and would you like to know if other SNAC members are having a similar problem or have any tips? Now is your opportunity to Ask SNAC! SNAC has launched a new member service tool where SNAC members can submit their industry questions or requests to be shared anonymously with other members. Participation is voluntary and answers will be blinded, aggregated and shared with those members that reply. The initiative will be overseen by legal counsel and helps to fulfill SNAC’s vision of “Connecting the Snack Industry to Create Growth and Opportunity”. To participate in the first “Ask SNAC” survey, open this link: Ask SNAC. To pose a question, please contact Colleen Farley at cfarley@snacintl.org.
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New Guidance for Employers regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations
 
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an updated and expanded guidance addressing questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” now includes a new section (Section K) providing information to employers and employees about how a COVID-19 vaccination interacts with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  The EEOC has also provided resources on its website related to the pandemic in an employment context.
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