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Group plants seeds for food strategy in Saskatoon
CBC News
A committee in Saskatoon hopes its ideas for food security take root at City Hall as it works toward a goal that would see half of the city's food supply locally sourced. The food strategy committee, a coalition of community organizations and stakeholders, is trying to bring more locally produced foods to Saskatoon. At the heart of the strategy is high quality food grown within the city limits.
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Don't miss the new Regulatory Arena section in Canadian Food Insights — Written by our new columnist: Sara Zborovski
CIFST
Meet Sara Zborovski – CIFST Ontario Board Member and the new columnist for the "Regulatory Arena" section of Canadian Food Insights...the Official Magazine of CIFST.

Sara Zborovski is a Partner at the law firm Davis LLP. Her practice is focused on assisting companies navigate the regulatory landscape imposed by the Food and Drugs Act and related regulations, and the intersection of intellectual property and these laws. She advocates before all branches of Health Canada on behalf of the food and beverage, natural health product, cosmetic, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Ms. Zborovski works with clients to get products from idea to market, providing strategic advice on approval and marketing strategies and intellectual property issues, and managing global product portfolios.

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2014 DUX Winners Unveiled!
DUX
On January 29, the 2014 DUX Gala honoured leaders in helping Quebecers eat better. A total of 19 winners across 3 categories, PRODUCT, COMMUNICATION and PROJECT, were revealed at the prestigious event held at the Montreal Science Centre. Underscoring the importance of research and new methods of food processing and functional foods, an INGREDIENT AND TECHNOLOGY subcategory was added to the contest this year. LALLEMANDS (GE) and Procédé Natur+L XTD (SME) received the first honours.
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Analyst: Convenience trend hurts both cereal and baked breakfast goods
Bakery and Snacks
The U.S. trend of skipping breakfast or eating it on the go hurts both cereal and packaged breakfast baked goods, according to an analyst behind a Packaged Facts report. The market research firm puts total U.S. retail sales of packaged breakfast baked goods at $4.9 billion for 2012.
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Ontario to require chain restaurants to serve up calorie counts
The Globe and Mail
Ontario is poised to become the first province in the country to force chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, a move the restaurant industry is warning could confuse customers and pose a challenge for companies that operate nationwide. Deb Matthews introduced legislation that would compel chains with 20 locations or more in the province to print the number of calories next to each item, including alcohol, either in a fold-up menu or on a menu board.
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Target has failed to convince much of Canada to buy food and medicine there
Canada.com
Target spent nearly as much as it took in from Canadian stores during its first year of operation in the country, according to its annual report. Sales of $1.3 billion during 2013 were largely offset by an operating loss of $941 million according to figures. The gross margins of 14.9 per cent are about half of what they are in the U.S. The company noted that its shortcomings included failing to sell the anticipated amount of basics — as the store failed to make expected inroads in the food and drug departments.
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Harper Government helps boost competitiveness of Canadian horticulture
Farms.com
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was at the 2014 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls to announce a significant investment by the Harper Government to support a new research cluster led by the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC). This $7 million investment, being made under the AgriInnovation Program, will support industry experts, scientists and academics conducting research focused on reducing crop input costs while improving marketable yield and margins for apple and potato growers.
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Study: Consumer-based approach to food and well-being may aid industry development
Food Navigator
Measuring consumers' perceived well-being can be an interesting approach for industry to better investigate how products and food choices shape eating patterns, and could aid the development of new communication and marketing strategies, say researchers. Writing in the journal Appetite, the South American team noted that interest in understanding how foods affect consumers' perceived well-being has grown in the last decade due to the increasing need to modify dietary patterns.
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Jelly Belly exec: Stand out in non-traditional retail formats
Confectionery News
For a company the size and scope of Jelly Belly—the confectionery giant sells more than 100 flavors in 80 countries (and growing) and across multiple market segments—finding untapped channels in the domestic market has become an "out of the box" endeavor. That's where candy's inexpensive, multifaceted appeal comes in handy, chief operating officer Bob Simpson says.
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WHO decries 'deadly' promotion of cheap, convenient food
Food Navigator
Being overweight risks becoming the norm in Europe, says a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which blames widespread promotion of unhealthy foods and inactivity. It recommends legislation to help curb consumption of unhealthy foods and provide informative labelling, as well as nutrient profiling and regulated marketing of food products, "requiring the food industry to take responsibility".
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No couch potatoes among new varieties
The Western Producer
Fifteen new potato varieties developed by Agriculture Canada are officially ready for industry and producer testing. Phase one of the federal accelerated release program provides varieties to growers for further testing. In phase two, growers can bid to conduct an exclusive evaluation of a particular variety.

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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.

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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.

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How America fell out of love with orange juice
Quartz
America has fallen out of love with orange juice. Sales dropped almost every year for the last decade. Last year, orange juice sales hit their lowest level in at least 15 years, according to Nielsen. Over the same period, per-capita consumption fell roughly 40 per cent. And this year is looking to be another rough one for big orange.
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Kraft launches chocolate spread
Just-food.com
Kraft Foods Group has launched a chocolate spread in Canada - with Ferrero's Nutella firmly in the U.S. company's sights. The group has introduced Kraft Peanut Butter with Chocolate, adding to its core peanut butter line that has been on sale in Canada for over 50 years.
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Russell Stover considers $1.3 billion sale
Confectionery News
America's third largest chocolate manufacturer Russell Stover is considering selling the business. Robbie Vorhaus, a spokesperson for the company told ConfectioneryNews: "They are exploring a sale, but there is no sale imminent. It's all part of an exploratory process. This may or may not result in a sale."
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The science of Sriracha's good burn
The Atlantic
In many of our kitchens, there sits a red bottle with a green cap. In the upper echelons of hot sauce, there is room for only a few, and sitting pretty next to Tabasco and Cholula is the red rooster that adorns the Sriracha bottle. And as it happens, there are chemical reasons why people find the hot sauce so delicious. In the video below, the American Chemical Society, an organization dedicated to the promotion of chemistry, goes deep on Sriracha.
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How movie theaters get away with selling you garbage food
Salon
America has a love/hate relationship with movie theater snacks. We share a universal opinion that the offerings are too expensive and unhealthy. But while theater policies forbid moviegoers from bringing their own food, we seem happy enough to be a captive audience and line up for the nostalgic charms of greasy popcorn, Dots and watery soda. Snacks are a cash cow for theaters, providing some 85 per cent in net profits.
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What can tomatoes teach us about biodiversity?
Farm and Dairy
Tomatoes are in almost everything we eat, from salad and soup to chili and pizza. Most people don't realize, however, that there are more than a dozen wild tomato species, or that wild tomatoes grow in the deserts, rainforests and highlands of South America and on the Galapagos Islands. These wild species don’t have the big, bold fruits we're used to seeing in the supermarket, though.
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