alibaba china logoBrazil’s Work Schedule Flexible During World Cup – Although Brazil will not have any official national holidays for the World Cup, working hours at many businesses will be flexible to accommodate the games.  Brazil’s first three scheduled matches (6/12, 6/17, and 6/13) will likely have the biggest impact during the group stage of the tournament.  Delays should be expected when doing business in Brazil through July.

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U.S. Cheesemakers Concerned About FDA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released multiple statements this week attempting to clarify its policy regarding the use of wooden boards to age cheese.  Despite that fact that this techniques has been used for hundreds of years, statements made earlier this year by an FDA official seemed to indicate that the use of wooden boards is not permissible under the FDA.  The policy questions stem from bacteria found in products made by a small producer in New York a couple year ago.  The FDAs clarifying statements explain that they are not banning the practice.

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Alibaba and China Post Sign Agreement –Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba signed an agreement with the state-run China Post to help strengthen its deliver network in more rural areas of the country.  Alibaba plans on going public soon with and Initial Public Offering (IPO) that may be the largest in history.  The company logistics network delivered 5 billion packages in 2013.

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