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2011 Spring TFIC Newsletter

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Jean Kinsey interviewed by WCCO about hunger in Minnesota

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Director Emeritus Jean Kinsey was interviewed on the January 7th Chad Hartmann Show on WCCO about hunger in Minnesota and shares research results from the 2010 Hormel Hunger study. Dr. Kinsey discusses efforts to end hunger in Minnesota and the economic impact of investing in hunger eradication programs. Dr. Kinsey's interview begins around the 1:10 minute mark.

November 2010 Consumer Food Safety/Defense Tracker Data Now Available

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New consumer confidence in the food supply data has just been released by The Food Industry Center and LSU AgCenter. Learn more about the project and see past research results by visiting the CFST Project web page.

CFST research is a joint project between The Food Industry Center and the Louisiana State University AgCenter with funding from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense. The Perceived Preparedness Index (PPI) measures the change in consumers' belief about how prepared we (government and private companies) are to respond to food safety incidents. The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) measures the change in consumers' confidence in the safety of the U.S. food system. When the indexes were initiated in May 2008, only 30 percent of consumers indicated that they believed the food supply was safer than one year ago.

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New campaign aims to end hunger in Minnesota | Minnesota Public Radio News

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New research on transitioning to organic farming is forthcoming from TFIC Director Robert King. Learn more at

Turbulence in grocery industry reflects shifts in food culture - San Jose Mercury News

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Professor of Applied Economics and former Co-Director of The Food Industry Center Ben Senauer is featured in this article discussing the changing trends in the grocery

Cost/Benefit Hunger Impact Study |

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As part of the Hunger-Free Minnesota campaign, The Food Industry Center quantified the economic impact of hunger in Minnesota. The Cost/Benefit Hunger Impact Study released on September 27th is available by visiting

One Date, Two Events

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The Food Industry Center will be hosting two events discussing the place of local foods in the food economy.

In the morning, a FREE workshop on Lessons from Case Studies on Local Foods Supply Chains.

This TFIC workshop is designed for local food system participants and advocates, food industry professionals, students and faculty. It will offer an opportunity to exchange ideas about and discuss the emerging role of local food in our food system.

The workshop is based on research published in the ERS Publication Comparing the Structure, Size, and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains and will be led by the report's research team. Researchers compared local and mainstream food supply chains for five product-place combinations conducted in 5 metropolitan areas across the United States and will share their case studies findings.

8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Heritage Gallery, McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 55454


To Register Visit Workshop Registration

In the afternoon, join us for the:


The Fall Food Networking Conference brings together University students, faculty, and food industry professionals to meet each other and learn about topics currently engaging the food industry.

Guest Speaker: Paul Hugunin
Program Manager, Minnesota Grown Program
and University of Minnesota Alumni

This year's event features speed networking sessions to introduce students to the wide variety of food related careers available and and provide professionals the opportunity to meet the University's talented future industry leaders.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
McNamara Alumni Center Atrium
200 Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 55454


Students: Free
TFIC Sponsoring Members: Free
Industry, Nonprofit, Government & Academic: $15.00
Registration fee will be collected the day of event

To Register, Visit Networking Event Registration

Visit The Food Industry Center Events webpage to learn about other food related events being hosted by the University of Minnesota.

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Hear an interview with CFST researcher Dennis Degeneffe on declining concerns about the safety of Gulf seafood.

Good Question: How Much Of Our Food Is Tainted? -

Dr. Ted Labuza, Research Affiliate of The Food Industry Center gave a recent interview on the nationwide egg recall due to salmonella. Read the interview at

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