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European Union ends patents on conventional plant breeding - stimulating innovation
Plant breeders must have free access to biological material in order to be able to breed new crop species. Patent law thus does not apply to conventional plant breeding. This was unanimously confirmed by the European Member States at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels.
J.R. Simplot to court to seek control of troubled affiliates
Agribusiness giant J. R. Simplot is seeking receivership over two of its vegetable suppliers, claiming mismanagement of the $400-million-grossing companies threatens 2,000 jobs and could end in bankruptcy without court intervention.
New Potato Tampering Incident in Halifax linked to Prince Edward Island Potatoes
Earlier today, the Halifax Regional Police announced they received a report of a needle being found in potatoes at a home in Halifax, NS Canada.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Simplot sues McCain Foods USA for copying its Twisted Potato Product Sidewinders
French Fry manufacturer J.R. Simplot has filed a lawsuit against its competitor McCain Foods USA for copying its Twisted Potato Product Sidewinder - a product they protected with a design patent.
Martin's Potato Chips sues Old Lyme Gourmet Co. (Deep River Snacks) over kettle logo.
Martin's Potato Chips Inc. has launched a federal trademark infringement lawsuit to fend off what it claims is a competitor's illegal incursion on its kettle logo.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Former Utz Quality Foods Executive Pleads Guilty To Fraud
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a former Utz Quality Foods, Inc. executive has pleaded guilty to charges that he defrauded Utz out of approximately $1.4 million.
México prohíbe importaciones de papa fresca de Estados Unidos México-prohibe-importar-papa-fresca-de-Estados-Unidos
Un juez federal de México prohibió el ingreso al país de papa fresca de Estados Unidos ante la posibilidad de que los plaguicidas utilizados en su cultivo generen daños al medio ambiente, a la biodiversidad o a la población.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Former Potato Chip Executive, Vendor Charged with $1.4 Million Fraud
A former executive with a Pennsylvania potato chip and snack food company and a vendor have been charged and agreed to plead guilty to defrauding the company out of roughly $1.4 million.