Ag News: U.S. Rice to South Korea and Crunch Pak’s Cosmic Slices
**U.S. rice is headed for South Korea thanks to a new trade agreement.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue made the announcement, saying Korea will provide access for over 132,000 tons of U.S. rice annually, with an annual value of about $110 million.
Korea also agreed to important disciplines to ensure transparency and predictability around the tendering and auctioning for U.S. rice.
**Crunch Pak will be the exclusive processor and marketer of SLICED Cosmic Crisp apples that are receiving plenty of media attention as growers bring the first commercial crop to market this fall.
Crunch Pak’s Ozgur Koc tells thepacker.com, “Our goal is to provide shoppers with an excellent eating experience and having the exclusive rights to new varieties with complex flavor profiles helps us meet that goal.”
The Cosmic Crisp, developed by Washington State University, is grown only in Washington.
**The Center for Consumer Freedom placed a full-page ad in The New York Post last Tuesday, highlighting fake things people should probably avoid, including fake meat.
CCF says despite being called “plant-based,” fake meat products are ultra-processed substances that go against clean-eating trends.
The ad is part of CCF’s educational campaign to alert the public of the ultra-processed nature of fake meat. For a helpful ingredients comparison tool or for more information on the campaign go to CleanFoodFacts.com.