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Sold-Out International Home + Housewares Show Offers a Wealth of Experience

he 2017 International Home + Housewares Show sold out in late December, more than 11 weeks before opening day, according to the International Housewares Association, the show’s owner and operator. The show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18 and closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.

“We have exceeded last year’s exhibit space square footage, a continued sign of how important this world-class marketplace is to IHA member suppliers,” said Phil Brandl, IHA President and CEO. “We look forward to bringing the industry together at the premier housewares trade event.”

The show will host more than 2,200 exhibitors from around the world, including 400 new companies exhibiting for the first time.

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New Program Will Ease Farmers' Transition to Organic Certification

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production.

Using standards developed by OTA, the National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP) will provide oversight to approved Accredited Organic Certifying Agents offering transitional certification to producers. This will help ease the transition process to organic, allow farmers to sell their products as certified transitional at a premium price and help encourage more organic production.

This announcement is an important step in helping to expand certified organic acreage in the United States. OTA designed the certified transitional program to create a consistent mechanism for certifying agencies to do…

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British Companies to Strut Their Stuff at Winter Fancy Food Show

Winter Fancy Food in San Francisco is a popular trade show for UK food and drink companies looking to target the West Coast of America with their gourmet delights. In January 2017, 40 UK food and drink companies will be represented at Winter Fancy Food all looking to increase their business in the States.

Rude Health is looking to introduce healthy organic unsweetened dairy free drinks, nourishing wholegrain cereals and snacks to California and the West Coast. Using only the kind of ingredients you’d have in your own kitchen – nothing artificial, nothing refined, their ingredients are sourced from fields, orchards and vines – not laboratories. 2017 brings new nut butter porridge pots and cartons, new children’s cereals, and mini 250ml cartons of the company’s best-selling almond drink. …

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