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Global food safety firm building facility in Guelph
Inside Halton
The merger two years ago of the Guelph Food Technology Centre with global food safety and quality player NSF International is evolving into a major new facility in Guelph. Bracing themselves against biting winds, about 40 people gathered on a windswept hill in the University of Guelph's Research Park North property for a groundbreaking event for a 25,000-square-foot building. A number of city councillors and staffers were on hand, as well as other dignitaries.
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How do you like them genetically engineered, non-browning apples?
Maclean's
For a brief period about five years ago, there were fewer homegrown apples for sale on Canadian grocery-store shelves than there were melons. They've since edged back ahead of melons, but, with the exotic array of fruit available in the grocery aisle, Malus domestica remains second banana to, well, bananas. Apple sales have been stagnating.
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Grocers rebound with slight sales hike
Canadian Grocer
Canada's traditional grocery industry managed to do something last year that it hadn’t done since 2012: grow. Sales at so-called traditional grocers (chain and independent supermarkets and convenience stores) rose 0.7 per cent in 2014 over the previous year.
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Demand for Canadian agriculture globally
BlackBurn News
Demand for Canadian agriculture has grown globally. The Canadian Agricultural Outlook, released Friday, touched on economic growth around the world. Economies with large population bases, rapid urbanization and rising incomes drive demand for primary agricultural products; meat, dairy and feed as well as processed food products. While growth in non-food demand from bio-fuels may be less than what it was in the past ten years. That’s because mandates are being met and expansion depends on economic conditions.
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Nestle to remove artificial food dyes from chocolate candy over growing health concerns
Medical Daily
Chocolate bar giant Nestlé has agreed to remove all artificial dyes from its chocolate candies by the end of 2015, a move that many parents stand behind for their children’s health and well-being. They announced their next step will be to remove all artificial dyes from their product line. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a dietician and physician-run advocacy group, is now asking Nestlé’s biggest competitor, Mars, to also stop using food dyes in M&M’s and the rest of its popular candy.
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Saputo calls on Ottawa to reserve EU cheese import quotas for major dairies
Toronto Star
Canada's largest dairy processors are pressing the federal government to allocate to them the lion’s share of higher cheese import quotas from Europe under the new trade deal with the European Union, Saputo chief executive Lino Saputo Jr. said.
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Ontario introduces Great Lakes Protection Act, 'badly needed' says Windsor researcher
Windsor Star
Specific legislation such as what the Ontario government is introducing to protect the Great Lakes is "badly needed," a local Great Lakes fish researcher says. The Ontario government announced it is introducing a Great Lakes Protection Act that would, if passed, help reduce algal blooms, protect wetlands, fight climate change and monitor and report on the health of the lakes.
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What beef can learn from wine marketers
Western Producer
The cattle business could learn a few tricks from the wine industry, says Canada Beef's market development director. Stylish, sentimental television commercials and that memorable tagline — "we will sell no wine before its time" — helped Ernest and Julio Gallo become household names in the 1980s.
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Small farmers hold the key to seed diversity
Yahoo
Up to 75 per cent of the seeds needed to produce the world's diverse food crops are held by small farmers, researchers said following a review of international census data. Growers with farms of less than seven acres preserve diversity through "networks of seed and knowledge exchanges", Karl Zimmerer, a Penn State University geography professor who led the research, told a conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Friday.
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Global study focuses on disruptive forces in retail
Canadian Grocer
Results from a new PwC study show some of the main areas impacting retailers and how consumers interact with them.

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Mars, IBM to use genetic data for food safety understanding
Confectionery News
Mars and IBM Research have created a consortium which will use advances in genomics to boost food safety. The consortium will conduct a metagenomics study to categorize and understand micro-organisms and the factors that influence their activity in a normal factory environment.

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Food security project going global
University of Guelph
A University of Guelph research project that has already improved the livelihoods of small-scale Asian farmers will further expand worldwide, thanks to more than $4.2 million in federal support announced this afternoon.

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Sobeys gets customers to eat their greens
Canadian Grocer
Who needs Popeye when you have Jamie Oliver? The celebrity chef is the fresh face encouraging Canadians to eat their spinach. Oliver is working with Sobeys to promote the retailer's latest healthy eating campaign that asks shoppers to "Power up with Green."
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