The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) will host its 13th annual Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival on Japanese cuisine from Nov. 4 to 6 at the CIA's Greystone campus in St. Helena, Calif.

The conference, aimed primarily at foodservice professionals, will feature more than 50 accomplished chefs and food professionals from Japan to lead sessions covering such topics as Japanese ingredients, beverages, techniques for flavor development and aesthetics of presentation. For more information, visit
In response to President Obama signing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on July, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) voiced its support of the law, which will reform debit card swipe fees set by banks and credit card companies.

"Retailers and their customers are winners today," said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO, in the statement. "Consumers have been paying more than $50 billion a year in hidden swipe fees to credit card companies and banks every time they swipe their credit or debit card. We applaud the President for signing this law to bring fairness and transparency to these fees."

FIA is a founding member of the Merchants Payments Coalition, a group of nearly 100 associations representing retailers, supermarkets, drug stores, convenience stores, fuel stations, online merchants and other businesses that accept debit and credit cards. For more information about FMI, visit