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• The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) announced yesterday that it is canceling its planned January 30 - February 1 trade show in Chicago, "given the rise and uncertainty of the Omicron variant and overall surge of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. and abroad, as well as the reinstatement of travel restrictions."

PLMA had already postponed the show from November to January because of Covid.

PLMA said that it still plans to have its  PLMA Global online event March 28-31, and its annual Chicago show November 13-15, 2022.

I never understood why they would schedule a trade show in Chicago for late January.  Even if Covid and its variants had not been a problem, it was likely that weather would have created other issues.  I don't think this cancellation is reflective of the broader meeting environment as much as it is specific to PLMA;  I think organizers are going to have to emphasize safety, but I think most will go forward.

•  The Boston Globe this morning reports that warnings are being circulated in Massachusetts that "up to 90 percent of the eggs currently being supplied to the state will disappear from shelves in 2022 unless the Legislature changes upcoming new standards for those that may be sold in Massachusetts supermarkets.

"Without legislative action, eggs born of hens that have less than 1.5 square feet of space could not be sold in the state, a standard industry experts say is strict enough to effectively destroy the market."

No yolk.  (Sorry.)