CIFST NewsBrief
Feb. 11, 2014

Fresh food, online growth targets of Wal-Mart investment
U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart will invest "close to" $500 million this year to drive growth in Canada, including moves to enhance its fresh food offering. The company said it will enlarge its supercentre and distribution network as well as expanding its e-commerce offering, During fiscal 2013, which ran to the end of January, the company invested around a similar amount on expanding in Canada.More

Don't miss your chance to get noticed — The World Congress of food science & technology (IUFoST 2014): Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching!
IUFoST 2014 is bringing industry and academia together in planning the Congress. All program themes are being developed by two theme leaders — one from industry and one from academia — to bring the best of both worlds together for collaboration and innovation. You can still put yourself on the program by submitting an Abstract! Deadline: March 3, 2014 More

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Canada's new Anti-Spam Legislation — Are your e-promotions ready for the new anti-spam law?

Any business or organization using e-mail, text messaging or social networks to promote products and services is advised to learn about Canada's new anti-spam law. Once it is in force, compliance with the law will be mandatory, and following the new rules will help businesses and organizations build and maintain the trust of clients and customers. To learn more, visit: More

Frito-Lay: Packaging must 'delight' snackers
Bakery and Snacks
A Frito-Lay leader says that for creative packaging ideas to work, developers must put the consumer first and create packs that "delight" the shoppers they're targeted at. David LeStage, senior manager of R&D for packaging innovation with Frito-Lay North America, told one of the company's main goals is "bringing fun back into snacks." However, he said, many companies structure their packaging creation so that there are too many obstacles preventing the "fun" from happening. More

Search continues for food processor to fill pending Heinz gap
Windsor Star
More than 45 food processors have been approached to either set up shop in Leamington or buy from suppliers bracing for the closure of the H.J. Heinz plant in June. "There are people that we have spoken with that we have then put them in touch with Heinz and where those discussions go from that point on we don't know," Sandra Pupatello, CEO of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, said. More

California's drought expected to impact food prices in Canada
CTV News
It's not just farmers that are feeling the impact of California's record-breaking drought, as experts warn that food prices in Canada could be poised to increase by as much as 20 per cent. Canada imports more than $5 billion worth of produce from California yearly, and much of those fruits and vegetables cross the border during the winter months. But as California endures the most severe drought to hit the state in 500 years, strains on water supplies are expected to force farmers to leave fields unplanted, which will create a ripple effect through the food system. More

Asparagus Development Program gets $1 million from farmers, government
University of Guelph
More than $1 million will be invested by farmers and the federal government into the University of Guelph's long-standing asparagus breeding program to develop improved cultivars. The program, led by Prof. David Wolyn of the Department of Plant Agriculture, is credited with having developed one of the University's most successful plant varieties, Guelph Millennium. More

Food labelling causes Canada-U.S. spat
Canadian Manufacturing via The Canadian Press
Canada's agriculture minister says he's hoping to avoid an all-out trade war with the United States over food labeling. But Gerry Ritz warns that, if there is a war, he's prepared to fight it. More

Study: Red seaweed bread promising for heart health
Bakery and Snacks
Protein-rich red seaweed extract can be used in bread to aid heart health, say researchers. The study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology investigated use of protein hydrolysates from red seaweed found in Europe and America. The researchers from Ireland and the UK looked into this compound because of its renin inhibitory properties — the ability to treat high blood pressure and therefore prevent cardiovascular disease — which they discovered in an earlier 2012 study. More

Jelly Belly giddy for beer-flavoured jelly beans after innovation frenzy
Confectionery News
Jelly Belly is hopeful of international growth after an innovation splurge saw it introduce 50 new products at one show, including the world’s first beer flavored jelly bean. The U.S. firm marked its largest ever international launch at the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) in Cologne, Germany recently and said it was optimistic about growth in international markets, particularly in China and Saudi Arabia. More

Global Chilled and deli food market report 2012-2016
Digital Journal
TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Chilled and Deli Food market to grow at a CAGR of 2.71 per cent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increase in demand for convenience in food products. The Global Chilled and Deli Food market has also been witnessing the increasing private label brands. However, the highly fragmented market could pose a challenge to the growth of this market. More

Yum! Brands reports drop in profits
The Poultry Site
Food service and fast food chain Yum! Brands has reported a fall in worldwide operating profit of 10 per cent, including a decline of 26 per cent in China. Operating profit grew by 10 per cent at Yum! Restaurants International and three per cent in the U.S. Earnings per share grew by four per cent, or $0.86, excluding special Items for the fourth quarter of the year to the end of December. More

What makes whole grains whole? Researchers target Europe-wide definition
Food Navigator
A group of researchers has published a definition of "whole grain" stemming from the HealthGrain EU project, in an effort to harmonise labelling and nutrition guidelines across Europe. Many countries, including the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States recommend increasing whole grain consumption, as a mounting body of evidence has linked high whole grain intake with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. More

Food industry fights red tape burden that's costing $657 million a year
Financial Post
When Laurie Thompson wanted to expand her hand-made Belgian chocolates business to include her own packaged-goods line for retail and wholesale, she sought out information about product labelling from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. "I didn't know where to even look for it," said Ms. Thompson, owner of Chelsea Chocolates in Barrie, ON. "A lady said they would send information and never did."More

Fresh food, online growth targets of Wal-Mart investment
U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart will invest "close to" $500 million this year to drive growth in Canada, including moves to enhance its fresh food offering. The company said it will enlarge its supercentre and distribution network as well as expanding its e-commerce offering, During fiscal 2013, which ran to the end of January, the company invested around a similar amount on expanding in Canada.More

CFIA: Seizure of British foods an isolated incident
CBC News
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has shed a little more light on why shipments of popular British food products were seized from a Saskatchewan shop, sending worried customers across the country to stock up. Saskatoon shop owner Tony Badger said earlier this week he was forced to remove Irn-Bru, Marmite and other British products from his shelves because the CFIA told him they contain products not allowed in Canada. More

Sweeteners in the water supply? Stevia gains funding on environmental grounds
Food Navigator
The Swedish government has supported a stevia project led by Bayn Europe and Barentz based on concerns that non-biodegradable sweeteners may have adverse effects on water supplies. Lucy Dahlgren, managing director of Bayn Europe, told FoodNavigator the two companies received funding to market stevia dietary fibre blends as a substitute for chemical sweeteners in the Baltic region, as the Swedish governmental organisation Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) saw water pollution caused by sucralose as a public health priority. More

Robotic 'tongue' tipped to cut beer fraud
Food Navigator
Scientists have developed an electronic tongue to distinguish between different beers with 82 per cent accuracy and claim the invention could be used to improve product quality and reduce fraud. Lead author Manel del Valle told this website that the Cetó et al. study published last May in Food Chemistry was based on "very preliminary research" and said results had since hit 96 per cent. More

Barry Callebaut: Improved chocolate quality with controlled cocoa fermentation
Confectionery News
The taste of chocolate can be vastly improved by adding starter cultures during cacao bean fermentation, according to Barry Callebaut. Speaking to ConfectioneryNews at ISM in Cologne, Germany, Nicholas Camu, group manager of Barry Callebaut's sustainable sourcing program Cocoa Horizons said: "We believe that fermentation is the most important step in introducing taste in your cocoa beans." More

Charts: Why Dutch food is the best in the world
Mother Jones
Over the past few decades, it has become possible to speak of a "global food system" — shorthand for the trade patterns, shaped by multinational companies, that move raw agriculture commodities and processed food across borders. Yet as this fascinating new Oxfam study shows, there are still huge differences in people's experience of food across the globe. Oxfam ranked nations on four criteria: whether food exists in plentiful supply, whether it's broadly affordable, whether it's of good quality, and whether it's causing high rates of obesity and diabetes.More

Insects to be turned into cakes and bread
The Telegraph
People could soon be blowing out birthday candles on cakes made from ground insects. Scientists have developed a technique for turning insects such as mealworms and ants into palatable food by grinding them into flour and using a 3-D printer to turn them into tasty snacks. They believe eating insects could be the solution to global food supply problems in the future, easing the pressure on the environment and animal farming as the population continues to grow and more supplies are needed. More