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Canadian Food Innovations Cluster
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An invitation to participate in federal research and innovation funding. The program funding is available for science-based research that will accelerate the pace of innovation to:

- Grow Canada's food and beverage processing sector
- Make the sector more competitive
- Increase the productivity of firms in the sector
- Advance sustainable practices across the sector
- Capture new market opportunities for the sector.

You must act now to apply for this funding.

Applications are due on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 4pm CST.
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U.S. sequestration and impact to Canadian business
CIFST
You will find below a report from the Canadian Embassy in Washington providing an excellent overview of the impact of U.S. Sequestration (mandatory budget cutbacks) and how that may affect trade to the U.S. Of particular importance are the impacts to the border. Paragraphs 8 and 9 outline anticipated furloughs (temporary unpaid leave) to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service and reduced number of Food and Drug and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service inspections.
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Horse meat scandal : Where it began and where are we now?
Food Production Daily
The horse meat controversy has rocked Europe and even spread as far as Hong Kong with firms including Nestlé, Ikea and Findus all finding horse DNA in their products. Some of the Europe's — and the world's — biggest industry players have now become caught up in the horse meat story, with product recalls at a high and consumer confidence at a low.
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Global biotech/GM crop plantings increase 100-fold from 1996
Financial Post
For the first time since the introduction of biotech/GM crops almost two decades ago, developing countries have grown more hectares of biotech crops than industrialized countries, contributing to food security and further alleviating poverty in some of the world's most vulnerable regions. Developing nations planted 52 per cent of the global biotech crops in 2012, up from 50 per cent a year earlier and above the 48 per cent industrial countries grew last year.
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Ottawa ending biofuels subsidy over unfulfilled industry promises
The Globe and Mail
The Conservative government is formally shutting down its controversial biofuels subsidy program, saying companies producing biodiesel have failed to meet ambitious production targets. In a recent letter, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver rejected calls from the industry to provide new money under Ottawa's ecoEnergy program to ethanol or biodiesel firms looking to build plants. Existing commitments, however, will be met until the program expires in 2017. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Globe and Mail.
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Around the world in numerous food labelling ways
Food Navigator
Smart food labelling must emphasize good science and careful thought about consumer impact, the European Food Information Council has concluded after completing an exhaustive global survey. "Policy decisions should fundamentally be based on science: The key question is which labelling scheme gives the best guidance from a nutritional point of view," EUFIC said.
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Study: Consumers will pay more for local foods
Food and Drink Europe
Consumers are willing to pay more for foods that are grown and produced locally rather than having travelled extensively during production, according to new research. As public interest in locally produced food increases, so does consumers' willingness to pay a little extra for products that have not been transported vast distances, say researchers writing in Ecological Economics.
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University of Guelph: Food Science Seminar Series "Endocannabinoids and the Brain"
University of Guelph
As part of the Univeristy of Guelph's food science seminar series, a presentation on "Endocannabinoids and the Brain” will occur. Join Professor Linda Parker, Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neuroscience Department of Psychology, on March 7.
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Study: Coarser flours give best volumes in gluten-free maize bread
Bakery and Snacks
Maize flours with coarser particle size are the most suitable for making gluten-free bread, a study finds. The study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that the type of maize flour — mainly its particle size — significantly influenced the dough development of gluten-free bread. Findings showed that different particle sizes in maize flour influenced final bread volume and texture — with coarser flour ensuring the most favourable gluten-free loaves.
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Industry to collaborate on wheat research
The Western Producer
Saskatchewan government supports project to boost wheat production in the province. The National Research Council will soon announce details of a multi-faceted research initiative aimed at boosting wheat production and profitability in Canada. The Canadian Wheat Flagship Strategic Alliance is expected to involve plant scientists from the NRC, the University of Saskatchewan and Agriculture Canada.
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Maple Leaf reports profit jump
Global Meat News
Canadian processor Maple Leaf Foods has reported a big jump in profits in the fourth quarter of 2012, driven by strong earnings growth in the company's prepared meats and fresh poultry businesses. Adjusted operating earnings for the Q4 increased 58.9 per cent to $91.3 million compared to the same period in 2011, helping drive earnings for the year up 8 per cent to $280 million. Net earnings were up from $9.2 million in Q4 2011 to $56.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, resulting in net earnings of $122.7 million for the full year, up from $87.3 million last year.
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Now, digital device to eliminate food wastage
The Hindu Business Line
Scientists have developed a new electronic device that could help decide whether a food product is safe to eat even after the "best before" date has passed, which can greatly reduce food waste worldwide. Millions of tonnes of food are thrown away each year because the "best before" date has passed. Much of what is dumped might still be safe to eat, scientists say.
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Cutting edge labs for food, wine research
St. Catherines Standard
It's a hub in Niagara College designed to be a recipe for food-and-beverage excellence. In coming months four new labs will showcase a Canadian Food and Wine Institute Research Centre that's already turning heads with its project work in the agri-food sector. The labs at the College's Canadian Food and Wine Institute at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus will focus on business and production solutions in the food-and-beverage industry.
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Capturing the sweet tooth of the Millennials
Confectionery News
Candy makers must connect on social media and allow criticism to appeal to the influential Millennials generation aged 13-31. The Millennials are the most populace generation with 82 million of them in the US and they are expected to outpace the spending of Baby Boomers by 2015. Around three-quarters (72 per cent) of this age group think it's their duty to share a negative brand experience and 66 per cent will look up a store recommended by a friend.
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CFIA drops "May contain soy" precautionary labelling on some cereal products
Better Farming
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's decision to drop the "may contain soy" precautionary labelling on grain-based foods when a very low level of soy is present, may be an indication that Canada's grain growers, handlers and processors are doing a good job of preventing unwanted soybeans from making their way into other grain products.

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Debate over calories starting to erode the "food pyramid"
The Globe and Mail
A diverse group of scientists believes the modern system of labelling is misleading consumers and contributing to the global obesity epidemic. A growing body of research from anthropologists, evolution experts, nutrition specialists and others suggests the energy the body derives from different types of foods varies widely, even when the caloric content appears to be identical.

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Reviewers: Dairy products and high GI diet linked to acne
Dairy Reporter
There is increasing evidence that diet, in particular consumption of high glycaemic load and dairy foods, are associated with acne, according to a new review. For more than 200 years research has suggested that acne may be linked to diet, with early suggestions that chocolate, sugar, and fat may be responsible for the development of the skin condition.

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Nestlé research shows that foods type impacts eating behaviour and calorie intake
Food Navigator
The types of food we eat play a key role in our behaviours when chewing and consuming that food, and ultimately influence our calorie intake, according to new research from Nestlé. The data from researchers at the Nestlé Research Center and Wageningen University in the Netherlands aims to unravel the complex relationship between the foods we eat and our eating behaviours including food consumption rates, bite size, and caloric intake.
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Elektron Technology unveils wireless food safety monitoring device
Sharecast
Shares in AIM-listed technology group Elektron Technology rose slightly after the company announced it had launched a wireless food safety monitoring device. The company reported that the device, called 'Checkit', would enable restaurants and food outlets to monitor food temperature, storage status and humidity while avoiding the need for relying on manual checks.
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    CFIA drops "May contain soy" precautionary labelling on some cereal products (Better Farming)
Reviewers: Dairy products and high GI diet linked to acne (Dairy Reporter)
Debate over calories starting to erode the "food pyramid" (The Globe and Mail)
Study: Pea protein favored for starch based gluten-free bread (Bakery and Snacks)
Rise in food costs could become serious problem (Canada.com)

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