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• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the National Grocers Association (NGA) yesterday both spoke out approvingly of the US House of Representatives’ passage of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772).

“This strong bipartisan effort demonstrates both Congress’ and food retailers’ interest in providing standardized nutrition information to customers without constant worries about fines and penalties for a slight error,” said Jennifer Hatcher, FMI chief public policy officer.

“This bill provides a common sense solution to a burdensome regulation that was applied as a one-size-fits-all approach to vastly different industries,” said Peter Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “Independent supermarket operators are committed to providing their customers with accurate nutritional information, but need the flexibility to implement the rule across a multitude of store formats, all of which operate much differently than a chain restaurant.”

• Fresh Del Monte Produce said yesterday that it is acquiring California-based Mann Packing, for $361 million, which allows it to further diversify and invest in the value-added category segment.
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