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Hazelnut farming set to grow in southwestern Ontario
CBC News
A global shortage of hazelnuts and an incentive from a major chocolate producer is prompting a number of farmers in southwestern Ontario to grow the nuts. The Ontario Hazelnut Association predicts more than 240 hectares (600 acres) will be grown in 2015. That's up from 40 hectares (100 acres) last year. Scott Deslippe sits on the association's board. He said hazelnuts could be a good source of income for farmers.
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Budget squeeze leads to cancellation of new ag research fund
Alberta Farm Express
The provincial government has scrapped a $200 million endowment that was to fund innovative agriculture research. When the Agriculture and Food Innovation Endowment account was announced in March, it was praised by Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson.
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London mayor looking to re-open food truck debate
CTV News
A letter signed by London Mayor Matt Brown and Ward 7 Councillor Josh Morgan is pressing city staff for a new report on food trucks. The last council considered amending a bylaw to allow food trucks on city property, but after numerous reports and meetings, it was defeated by a one-vote margin at a vote held in May 2014. Concerns raised by established downtown restaurants were a large reason why plans were scuttled, but it looks like the debate is set to return to city hall.
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Increased snacking reshapes marketing strategies
Bakery and Snacks
Consumers’ shifting preference for snacks as meals are changing how retailers, restaurants and packaged food manufacturers market food, according to data from Packaged Facts and Dupont Nutrition & Health. Specifically, market research conducted by Dupont found more than 86% of Americans snack daily, with the average number of snacks consumed rising 47% to 2.8 snacks per day in 2014 compared to 1.9 in 2010.
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Functional and healthy GM foods have large market potential
Food Navigator
Consumers are more accepting of, and willing to pay more for, genetically modified (GM) foods that have defined health benefits, say researchers. The new data, published in Nature Biotechnology, suggests that while the majority of developments in genetically modified crops provide no additional health benefit to the consumer, those that do have good market potential.
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Study: High-fat bakery good 'vehicle' for lutein delivery
Bakery and Snacks
Lutein-enriched bakery products hold promise, particularly muffins and cookies where bioavailability is strong, say researchers. Published in the Food Chemistry, researchers from Canada investigated the bioaccessibility of lutein-enriched muffins, cookies and flatbreads made from carotenoid-rich einkorn wheat and further fortified with pure lutein.
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Instacart, the grocery delivery startup, raises $220 million
Fortune
The latest funding round, which values Instacart at $2 billion, comes months after a $44 million round in June. Online-grocery delivery service Instacart said venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led its latest funding round totaling $220 million. The company will use the cash to grow into new markets, both internationally and in the United States, Chief Executive Officer Apoorva Mehta said in an interview.
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'Excipient foods' show promise in enhancing nutrient bioavailability
Food Navigator
Improving the design of functional and finished products by better understanding the role of excipient foods could help increase the bioavailability of functional nutrients, according to new research. The growing demand for nutraceutical-based functional foods that are claimed to have health benefits over and above their normal nutritional function has also seen manufacturers pay increasing attention to the design and development of food products with a matrix that increases the bioavailability of these compounds.
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What are industry's science and technology needs?
Food Navigator
Food fraud, healthy diets and sustainability are among the issues needing innovation in science and technology, according to a major survey from Campden BRI. Campden BRI publishes a document every three years to detail the industry’s needs following an online survey with more than 2,000 food companies and hundreds of face-to-face interviews.
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Why Whole Foods suddenly loves Canada
Canadian Grocer
For years, Whole Foods was the undisputed king of the granola crunching set in the United States. But these days every food retailer sells a heap of natural and organic foods. Even Walmart. No wonder then that Whole Foods is turning its attention to Canada. The company recently opened its 10th store here, in Ottawa.

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Budget squeeze leads to cancellation of new ag research fund
Alberta Farm Express
The provincial government has scrapped a $200 million endowment that was to fund innovative agriculture research. When the Agriculture and Food Innovation Endowment account was announced in March, it was praised by Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson.

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Farmed fish, cauliflower top food trends for 2015
CBC News
As the new year takes root, it brings new food trends for 2015, and CBC's On the Coast food columnist Anya Levykh explains why fresh vegetables and farmed salmon will be big this year. Cauliflower is the wonder food of the moment. It's low in starch and high in nutritional value. Expect to see whole, roasted heads on menus, seasoned with Middle Eastern herbs and spices.

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Tesco launches grocery app for Google Glass
PCR
Tesco has launched an app for Google Glass that lets shoppers browse products, access nutritional info and add items to their basket. The app, titled Tesco Grocery, enables users signed into their Tesco.com account to get more out of their shopping experience, and complete a grocery run without touching a trolley.
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High Liner closes U.S. facility
Food In Canada
High Liner Foods Inc. has announced that it will stop production at its Malden, MA. processing facility during the second quarter of 2015. According to High Liner, the closure is part of an effort to “reduce excess capacity across its U.S. manufacturing facilities.” Processing will instead be moved to the company’s plants in Portsmouth, N.H., and New Bedford, MA. High Liner also operates facilities in Newport News, VA, and in Lunenburg, where it is headquartered.
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