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Kathleen Wynne splits Ontario Agriculture portfolio in surprising twist
As anticipated, at the official swearing-in ceremony, Kathleen Wynne became Ontario's first female Premier and she also became Minister of Agriculture. What wasn't so expected was that Kathleen Wynne split the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs portfolio into two, spinning off the Rural Affairs portion of the portfolio to new comer Jeff Leal, MPP from Peterborough.
Investment strengthens Canadian agri-food and biofuel industries
A POS Pilot Plant will be the first commercial organization in Canada to offer short-path distillation (SPD) services, on a contract basis to its clients with the support of the Government of Canada. Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD), announced investments in the POS Pilot Plant in Saskatoon.
Call for Nominations: CIFST Institute Awards
Nominations are open for the Awards outlined below. Click here for complete criteria, eligibility, nomination and selection information or visit www.cifst.ca and click on the "Awards and Scholarship" link. CIFST relies on members to ensure that peers, organizations and/or teams are acknowledged for their work and successes in food science and the food sector.
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National dairy farm biosecurity standard launched
Canada's food safety agency has formally introduced its biosecurity standard designed specifically for the Canadian dairy farm. The voluntary biosecurity standard maps out dairy farmers' "control areas" and target outcomes in the areas of animal health management, animal movement, premises management and conditions for workers, visitors, vehicles and equipment. In laying out the basis for a biosecurity standard, CFIA explained, "today's more intensive farm operations are more susceptible to diseases and therefore often demand stricter biosecurity protocols."
Berkshire Hathaway, 3G to buy Heinz in $23 billion mega-deal
H.J. Heinz has agreed to be acquired by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway investment firm and Brazilian private-equity giant 3G Capital for $23.3 billion, in what it claims is the largest deal ever in the food industry. Under the deal, which has been unanimously approved by Heinz's board and is expected to close in the third quarter, shareholders will receive $72.50 in cash for each share, a 20 per cent premium on the closing price.
Agropur, Farmers Dairy propose merger
Canadian dairy cooperatives Agropur and Farmers Co-operative Dairy plan to merge their operations. Announcing the move, the dairies said it would benefit their farmer-owners by providing national scale and accelerating a process of consolidation that — they hope — will help make the Canadian dairy industry more sustainable.
Emerging technologies offer promise for energy efficiency
Bakery and Snacks
Infrared ovens, reflective coatings and phase-change materials for freezing hold promise for improved energy efficiency in the baking industry, says the American Bakers Association (ABA). The group highlights opportunities to improve energy efficiency using these emerging technologies in its Energy Star guide produced with the help of members from Bimbo Bakeries, AMF Bakery, Flowers Foods and others.
Canada's agriculture sector a hot topic at Banff convention
Promoting the agriculture industry will be at the forefront for the convention on agribusiness which takes place in Banff. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is just one of many speakers that will discuss the challenges facing Canada's agriculture industry moving forward.
UN report: Canada needs a national food strategy
A United Nations report says Canada needs a national food strategy, raising specific concerns about food security issues facing Native and northern communities. The 21-page Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, was released in December. The report's conclusions were based on De Schutter's 11-day fact-finding mission across Canada last May, where he met with numerous government departments including Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, as well as Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq.
Twinings takes to skies with special high altitude tea for British Airways
Food and Drink Europe
Twinings has developed a new Signature Blend of tea with British Airways (BA) that took to the skies at the start of February and is specially designed to taste better at 35,000 feet. Tea brand Twinings — a subsidiary of Associated British Foods — said that BA research showed that the taste of tea could be reduced by up to 30 per cent at this altitude.
Philippines as an emerging 'quality' cocoa origin
The Philippines can evolve as a top-quality cocoa source and serve the needs of growing demand for chocolate in Asia, according to a start-up company trading beans in the market. PhilCocoa is a new cocoa trading company in the Philippines that claims the quality of cocoa beans from the market via greater use of fermentation methods could prove attractive to chocolate manufacturers capitalizing on growing Asian consumption.
Study reanalysis links omega-6 rich foods with heart disease risk
Cutting out saturated animal fats in favour of omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable could lead to an increased risk of death among patients with heart disease, according to fresh insights from clinical trial data first collected in the 1960s. The resurrected clinical trial data suggests that people who follow health advice to cut out saturated fats and increase intakes of polyunsaturated fatty acids — including omega-6s found in healthy margarines and spreads — may be at increased risks.
Naturally-coloured drink demand spurs quest for natural emulsifiers
The fast-growing trend of natural colouring has required new approaches to emulsification — particularly for beverages — and it is an area of ongoing research. According to Leatherhead Food International, Europe accounts for the largest segment of the natural colours market, at 36 per cent of the global total. Natural colours are also the fastest growing segment of the global colours market; overall sales, including synthetic colours, rose 16 per cent from 2005 to 2009, while natural colour sales grew 35 per cent in the same period.
Compact solution to fresh produce palletising
Food & Drink Technology
Automated packing and palletising systems firm Brillopak has unveiled a new robotic palletiser specifically designed for fresh fruit and vegetables. The development of the Compact C211 followed research by the firm into the issues surrounding fresh produce packaging. One of the major findings was a pressure on margins, causing firms to seek efficiencies in terms of labour and cost reduction, alongside an increased focus on health and safety liabilities.
'Involve consumers in food science earlier'
Food and drink manufacturers should involve consumers in the development of new scientific techniques and technologies at a much earlier stage, if past mistakes are to be avoided, according to consumer watchdog Which? Some consumers felt they were given false reassurance on safety or were not given all the facts. Nicole Patterson, principal consumer analyst at Leatherhead Food Research, agreed that it was essential that food scientists and technologists communicated more effectively to win consumers' trust.
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