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USCA Says Producers, Consumers Deserve ‘Accurate Labels’

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On Tuesday the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) issued a press release reaffirming its policy supporting voluntary country-of-origin labeling (COOL).

“Specifically, NCBA is seeking solutions to the labeling requirements and verification procedures in place for beef products labeled as ‘Product of the U.S.A,’  ‘Made in the U.S.A.,’ or similar origin claims, which will resolve the concerns of beef producers, work at the speed of commerce, meet America’s trade obligations and prevent confusion among consumers,” the statement said.

As a result of the NCBA statement, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association issued a statement calling for “accurate meat labels.”

“In October, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted a petition for rulemaking to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service requesting the use of certain labeling claims, such as ‘Product of USA,’ ‘Made in USA,’ and  ‘USA Beef,’ to be used exclusively for meat products derived from cattle born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds recently introduced a bill in Congress that would aim to accomplish the same thing,” the statement said.

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Many firms have no contingency plans should US-China trade war worsen, DHL survey says

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As the U.S.-China trade war drags into its 16th month and continues to disrupt supply chains, more than one-quarter of multinational firms have not made contingency plans, showed a survey from a subsidiary of courier giant DHL.

Of respondents, 48% from the engineering and manufacturing industry and 40% from the automotive mobility sector reported that they had no contingency plans at all, even though both fields have been heavily targeted by both countries in the trade war. Of those that had decided against relocating or shifting production out of China, some said they were unaffected by the trade war. However, 43% said long-established connections with Chinese factories and suppliers as well cost and time were among reasons for staying put. Just 8% of respondents said they expected tariffs to eventually be removed.

As the U.S.-China trade war drags into its 16th month and continues to disrupt supply chains, more than one-quarter of multinational firms have not made contingency plans, showed a survey from a subsidiary of courier giant DHL.

The survey by DHL Resilience360, a supply chain risk management software platform under Deutsche Post’s courier unit, included 267 anonymous responses from supply chain executives across industries including healthcare, automotive and consumer.

Over half of respondents were from companies with annual revenue of over 1 billion yuan ($142 million) and most were from the United States and European Union, the survey showed.

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New Balance Adds Oversized “997” To It’s Latest Made In USA Offering

Often-praised for its premium materials and timeless look, the New Balance 997 tends to find itself at the forefront of the Boston-located brand’s lifestyle offerings every year. And the lifestyle silhouette looks to continue its streak of compelling colorways, as a brand new multi-colored rendition has just emerged with an interesting embellishment. Perhaps taking a page out of Nike’s playbook, this brand new “Made in USA” offering adds an oversized “997” hit embroidered into the heels as a nod to its moniker. In addition, a collection of aquatic-themed color schemes make their way onto this next installment as various shades of oceanic blues and greys arrive throughout its multiple overlays, as well as a striking mudguard colored up in rustic orange. Enjoy a detailed look here ahead, and if you’re looking to pick up a pair, they are now available on NewBalance.com and at select retailers for $210 USD.

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Dairy Pure: Dean Foods files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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“Despite our best efforts to make our business more agile and cost-efficient, we continue to be impacted by a challenging operating environment marked by continuing declines in consumer milk consumption. Importantly, we are continuing to provide customers with an uninterrupted supply of high-quality dairy products, as well as supporting our dairy suppliers and other partners.”

DALLAS — A potential buyer for Dean Foods Co. and its subsidiaries was being sought after the Dallas-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Nov. 12 in the Southern District of Texas. Dean Foods and Dairy Farmers of America have been discussing a potential transaction, but no deal had been completed as of Nov. 21.

“The actions we are announcing today are designed to enable us to continue serving our customers and operating as normal as we work toward the sale of our business,” said Eric Beringause, who recently joined Dean Foods as president and chief executive officer. “We have a strong operational footprint and distribution network, a robust portfolio of leading national brands and extensive private label capabilities, all supported by approximately 15,000 dedicated employees around the country.

“Despite our best efforts to make our business more agile and cost-efficient, we continue to be impacted by a challenging operating environment marked by continuing declines in consumer milk consumption. Importantly, we are continuing to provide customers with an uninterrupted supply of high-quality dairy products, as well as supporting our dairy suppliers and other partners.”

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This New York-based company was just caught selling Chinese-made hardware to the DoD

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A criminal complaint was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging surveillance and security equipment company Aventura Technologies, Inc. (Aventura), located in Commack, New York, and seven current and former employees with selling Chinese-made equipment with known cybersecurity vulnerability to government and private customers while falsely representing that the equipment was made in the United States and concealing that the products were manufactured in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Aventura has generated more than $88 million in sales revenue since November 2010, and the charged scheme has been ongoing since 2006.

The Long Island Company Supplied Chinese-Made Surveillance Equipment to U.S. Government and Private Customers While Falsely Claiming its Products Were “Made in U.S.A.”

Aventura Technologies, based out of Long Island, New York, was just busted by the government after allegedly having fraudulently sold security gear to the U.S. military for years, racking up millions in federal contract money.

According to Aventura’s website, which as of November 12 is still up and running, the company claimed to be a “true single-source manufacturer providing end-to-end hardware and software solutions.”

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Volkswagen breaks ground in Chattanooga TN USA for US-made electric cars

Volkswagen has broken ground on an $800 million expansion of its Tennessee production facility that will eventually house assembly lines for electric vehicles. 

The Wednesday announcement marks the beginning of a shift toward battery-electric vehicles for the U.S. market. While Americans will not see this generation of VW’s new ID 3 battery-electric hatchback, the lines that will eventually be built in this 564,000-square-foot facility will be tooled for the production of American-market electric vehicles. 

“This is a big, big moment for this company,” said VW of America CEO Scott Keogh. “Expanding local production sets the foundation for our sustainable growth in the U.S. Electric vehicles are the future of mobility and Volkswagen will build them for millions, not just millionaires.”

The addition is expected to bring in 1,000 new jobs, and VW will continue to expand the Chattanooga site in order to accommodate the demand for future products. A forthcoming 198,000-square-foot addition will house production of battery packs for the vehicles that will eventually be built there. 

VW’s first U.S.-market EV will be a compact crossover modeled after the ID Crozz concept—a vehicle that’s about the size of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and many others—including the upcoming Tesla Model Y

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Give Your Business an Edge with the COTTON USA™ Virtual Hangtag

Online shopping continues to infiltrate consumer shopping behavior as e-commerce evolves across digital channels and grows its stronghold in the consumer’s purchase journey. In fact, according to the 2018 Global Lifestyle Monitor, 72 percent of global respondents said that they shop for clothes online.

So the e-commerce “store” is no doubt a critical business touchpoint in apparel worldwide. As a result, global brands and retailers are transitioning from heavily focusing on brick-and-mortar properties to prioritizing more agile e-commerce points of sale.

However, because consumers are visiting multiple apparel retail sites in this always-on shopping ecosystem, brands and retailers need new ways to get an e-commerce edge in order to drive sales.

Despite needing this edge, at this critical storefront, brands and retailers are burying the information about their products that matter most to the consumer to help entice a purchase. Consumers are more conscious than ever of what the products they purchase are made from, and they seek out this information. But, right now, online communications aren’t featuring this as a differentiator, and instead only touching on the basics of size, color and product dimensions—even for products made from natural fiber inputs like cotton.

Brands and retailers aren’t leveraging a digital vehicle to effectively demonstrate greater product benefits—a communication touchpoint that’s inherently part of a brick-and-mortar store.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Trump toured a Texas computer factory to tout US manufacturing

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President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook toured a Texas manufacturing facility on Wednesday, getting a glimpse of a factory used by Apple to assemble the Mac Pro desktop.

The tour was a public symbol of Trump’s close relationship with Cook, and also provided an opportunity for the president to showcase a leading American company that’s manufacturing in the U.S. as Trump struggles to put into place the first piece of a U.S.-China trade agreement.

“I would always talk about Apple, that I want to see Apple building plants in the United States, and that’s what’s happening,” Trump said in a brief conversation with reporters after the tour. “And Tim Cook is someone I greatly respect.”

The relationship between the two men has been cultivated over the past few years through dinners, meetings and Cook’s membership on key presidential advisory councils.

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USMCA is a better deal for Ohio

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USMCA is good for Ohio’s manufacturers and workforce. Updated rules of origin will encourage more goods and materials to be manufactured in the U.S. This ensures that the benefits of USMCA flow to North American workers. Specifically, USMCA encourages both U.S. manufacturing and regional economic growth by requiring that 75 percent of auto content be made in North America.

Trade with Canada and Mexico is crucial to Ohio’s economy. The annual value of Ohio’s exports to these countries exceeds $25 billion and covers a wide range of industries supporting tens of thousands of jobs across the state. Unfortunately, the United States, Canada, and Mexico haven’t comprehensively addressed trade issues since the mid-1990s. We need a 21st Century Agreement for the 21st Century economy. That is why President Trump renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and seeks to replace it with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

I serve on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (IGPAC), which provides policy advice to the U.S. Trade Representative. I have therefore been able to represent Ohioans’ interests as our nation’s trade agreements are discussed, evaluated and renegotiated. Based on this experience, I am confident that USMCA is a better deal for the people of Ohio. That is why I recently sponsored Senate Resolution 376 urging Congress to ratify USMCA. The State Senate has passed this resolution, and I am now encouraging other states across the country to do the same.

The benefits of the USMCA are significant. Non-partisan analysis by the International Trade Commission shows that USMCA will add $68.2 billion in GDP to the U.S. economy. It will spur 176,000 new jobs, including 76,000 jobs in the U.S. auto industry.

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EPEM | China Appoints Adam Reiser to CTO for Blockchain Integration

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Boot maker jailed for selling the military Chinese-made boots with ‘Made in the USA’ labels

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Investigation: How sellers exploit Amazon’s loopholes to sell unsafe products

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Donald Trump: U.S. Farmers Are ‘Warriors’ in Trade War with China

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Vitalik Buterin, Crypto pioneer inventor of Ethereum, Alex Lightman Futurist

 Vitalik Buterin, Crypto pioneer inventor of Ethereum, Alex Lightman Futurist Co-Founder of Verity International Ltd. keynote speakers at Blockchain Futurist Conference Canada 2019
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Verity and EPEM | Verifying baby formula for import into China

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Amazon has a counterfeit problem and VERITY has the solution

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MADE in USA Fraud Claims on the Rise.

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Verity | U.S. Farm Aid

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