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Toronto street-food rules might finally be cooking
Toronto Star
Finally, after nearly seven years of planning, thousands of hours of debate, and a disastrous first attempt, Toronto is on the verge of passing street food policy that could actually lead to street food being sold. "It's going to happen. Come hell or high water," said Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. "It's long overdue." Multiple councillors say city staff will soon be putting forward a series of recommendations that will allow food trucks to easily operate throughout Toronto.
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Harper government strengthens Canadian poultry research
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Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced an investment of $4 million to the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) to further strengthen the poultry industry's role within the Canadian agri-food sector. The research will focus on helping the poultry processing industry remain competitive, while addressing consumer concerns about poultry welfare and environmental preservation.
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StatsCan: More than half of farmers in Canada are 55 or older
Ottawa Citizen
The face of Canadian agriculture has changed significantly over the last two decades, with fewer and larger farms, and fewer and older farmers, says a Statistics Canada study released recently. There were just over 280,000 farms in 1991, according to the Census of Agriculture, but that number had gradually declined to 206,000 by 2011.
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2013: the big drop for Canadian grocery sales
Canadian Grocer
Brutal competition and deal-hungry consumers took a bite out of traditional grocery stores in Canada last year, leading to the industry's first sales decline in 17 years, according to Canadian Grocer's just-released Market Survey. Sales at so-called traditional grocery stores (chain and independent supermarkets and convenience stores) dropped 0.4 per cent to $87.54 billion in 2013 compared to a year earlier.
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A big bet on gluten-free
New York Times
The Girl Scouts recently introduced a gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookie to their annually anticipated line of sweet treats. Vodka companies vie over which one of them was the "first" to introduce a gluten-free version of their products. Makers of products that have always been gluten-free, including popcorn, potato chips, nuts and rice crackers, are busy hawking that quality in ads and on their packaging. And consumers are responding with gusto.
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Kellogg revamps palm oil policy after months of protests
Food Navigator
The Kellogg Company has pledged to source fully traceable palm oil by the end of next year, a move that has been welcomed by NGOs that have been fighting for the cereal giant to change its policies for months. The cereal giant made its global pledge to source fully traceable palm oil, explaining it would work closely with its suppliers to ensure palm oil is not associated with deforestation, climate change or the violation of human rights.
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PepsiCo shuns energy M&A
Beverage Daily
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says the firm will not buy brands in the lucrative energy drinks space and insists existing $150 million+ offer Mountain Dew Kickstart is "right for the masses". She was speaking as PepsiCo released its FY 2013 results for the year ending Dec. 28 — net sales +1 per cent to $66.42 billion, net income +9 per cent to $6.74 billion
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The time is right for drinkable yogurts to take off in the U.S.
Dairy Foods
Some cultured dairy beverages can be very effective at quenching thirst. So are cultured dairy beverages tasty functional foods, convenient drinks, probiotic carrier systems, dieters' dream elixirs or all of the above?
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More U.S. shoppers demand all-natural food flavours and colours
Treehugger
Artificial flavours and colours are becoming less acceptable to American consumers. Nearly one quarter of U.S. shoppers reported checking food labels in 2013 in order to avoid buying products containing artificial additives — a 15 per cent increase from 2012. Global sales of natural food colourings also surpassed those of synthetic colours for the first time in 2011, which shows that people are paying closer attention to what's in their food. As a result, there is greater pressure on the food industry to come up with natural alternatives.
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Subway agrees to end use of controversial chemical after food blogger's protest
CBC News
Subway says it will be discontinuing use of a chemical found not only in its bread, but also in yoga mats, shoe soles and rubber caps after an online petition made waves across the web. Food blogger Vani Hari — who successfully petitioned Kraft to remove the neon orange dye responsible for its signature Macaroni & Cheese colouring last year — is behind the effort.

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Toronto street-food rules might finally be cooking
Toronto Star
Finally, after nearly seven years of planning, thousands of hours of debate, and a disastrous first attempt, Toronto is on the verge of passing street food policy that could actually lead to street food being sold. "It's going to happen. Come hell or high water," said Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. "It's long overdue." Multiple councillors say city staff will soon be putting forward a series of recommendations that will allow food trucks to easily operate throughout Toronto.

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4 gluten-free myths debunked
Bakery and Snacks
Few topics can spark a more spirited debate these days than gluten, and yet, as the Whole Grains Council/Oldways points out, misconceptions abound when it comes to gluten — especially within the larger scope of whole grains. Cynthia Harriman, WGC's director of food and nutrition strategies, outlined four primary consumer misconceptions about gluten and grains and how the industry is working to debunk them through science.

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General Mills CEO: Cereal slowdown is industry's fault
Bakery and Snacks
The sales slowdown in the US cereal category has nothing to do with consumers and everything to do with manufacturers, says the chairman and CEO of General Mills. Speaking to analysts at the CAGNY conference in New York, Ken Powell said that while cereal remained a top-10 food and a first choice among Americans at breakfast, sales had slowed
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Fairtrade: Sugar industry set to follow cocoa's lead on sustainability
Confectionery News
Sugar sustainability commitments will soon match those made for cocoa, according to Fairtrade International. Leading chocolate companies such as Mars, Hershey and Ferrero have already committed to 100 per cent sustainable cocoa by 2020, but no major confectioner has made a similar sweeping pledge on sugar.
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Kraft packs meat, peanuts and cheese into new 'P3' product
Ad Age
Kraft Foods Group is combining peanuts, meat and cheese into a new brand called P3 in a move to capitalize on America's growing protein fix. Kraft CEO Tony Vernon confirmed the launch during an earnings call. "Protein is hot ... whether it's peanuts or meats or cheese," he said. "P3 combines all of those products into a convenient snacking unit that we think is going to be a big winner."
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Green tea cereal: The next big nutritional punch at breakfast
Food Navigator
Green tea has migrated from hot drinks into other foods over the years but has particular promise in breakfast cereal where manufacturers can pack nutritional punch into weight-loss products, says a Datamonitor researcher. Green tea can be found in a host of food products including breads, biscuits, cakes, through to ice cream and even chocolate.
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Walmart: Food safety awareness at 'an all-time high'
Food Production Daily
The food safety guru of the world's largest retailer told FoodProductionDaily the 2014 Global Food Safety Conference comes at a time when food safety concerns are at a pinnacle. Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Walmart, said the issue of food safety is more on people's minds than it ever has been before.
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