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Food safety regulation updates coming to P.E.I.
CBC News
The Prince Edward Island government is updating its food safety regulations and licensing fees. Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer, said the updates will happen in the coming months. The last major review of food safety regulations in the province was more than 30 years ago. The draft regulations put more responsibility on restaurant owners to report problems.
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Gluten-free tops Canada's hottest food trends for 2014
Global News
The local food movement and dark leafy superfoods have been usurped — gluten-free is Canada's hottest food trend for 2014. A new survey shows that the gluten-free, allergy-conscious food trend has firmly taken hold in the minds of Canadian restaurateurs and chefs.
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Non-browning Arctic Apple concerns Nova Scotia growers
CBC News
A genetically modified apple variety developed in British Columbia that stops cut apples from turning brown is causing controversy among apple farmers in Nova Scotia. The Arctic Apple doesn't oxidize — or turn brown — because its developers have figured out how to silence the genes that produce the browning enzyme.
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Maple Leaf reports loss
The Poultry Site
Canadian meat and food processor Maple Leaf Foods saw sales fall by 2.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of the year to $1,107.0 million for the fourth quarter because of lower volumes, which were partly offset by higher pricing. For the year ended Dec. 31, sales fell 3.2 per cent from the prior year to $4,406.4 million.
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Fat-busting seaweed: Scientists identify fat-blocking seaweed alginates
Food Navigator
Alginates isolated from certain types of seaweed may have potential in weight loss supplements and foods, according to new research. The study, published in Food Chemistry, shows that alginate from sea kelp can suppress the digestion of fat in the gut – opening up "exciting possibilities" for making everyday foods healthier.
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Poll: Most British Columbians want GMO food ban in Canada
News1130
It seems most people in this province would like to have only natural products on grocery store shelves in Canada. Mario Canseco with Insights West says 50 per cent of Albertans and 56 per cent of British Columbians would support a ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in this country.
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The age of grocery "smart carts" creeps closer
Integrated Solutions for retailers
In 2003, USA Today ran a column predicting that smart shopping carts would be roaming the grocery stores of the future. Even ten years ago, grocers were feeling the pressure to create a quick, convenient and creative shopping experience for their customers in order to keep them from turning to Walmart and its low prices.
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Climate change could take a toll on fast food menus
Toronto Star
Climate change could knock your favourite fast foods off the menu. Restaurant chain Chipotle is warning that it may have to temporarily stop serving guacamole or certain salsas in the event of extreme weather because of climate change.
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Tetra Pak boosts dairy carton growth
Dairy Reporter
Dairy containers are leading a global increase in food packaging, with growth in the sector driven by Asia and Latin America as milk-based products become more popular in these regions. Euromonitor International predicts dairy will see a "rapid increase" in liquid carton and rigid packaging by 2017. Plastic containers are used for yoghurt, and brick liquid cartons are more in demand for flavoured milk drinks.
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Could strawberry essence make food taste sweeter?
Futurity
After looking at 35 strawberry varieties over two growing seasons, conducting extensive biochemical testing, and hosting consumer taste panels, the researchers identified 30 compounds directly tied to strawberry flavors that consumers prefer. They also identified six volatile compounds that add to humans' perception of sweetness.
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Non-GMO beats organic among health-driven consumers
Media Post
The "non-GMO" food/beverage product claim has for the first time surpassed "organic" in importance among health-conscious consumers, according to an annual survey of such consumers, who are often dubbed LOHAS, for their "lifestyles of health and sustainability."
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Kellogg muesli launch taps into 'superfood' trend
Bakery and Snacks
Kellogg Australia's new Fibrelicious muesli expands the brand beyond its traditional flake format and taps into the "superfood" seed trend, according to a Datamonitor analyst. Jamie Mills, associate analyst at Datamonitor, told BakeryandSnacks.com the muesli (granola) launch will add a new dimension to Kellogg's cereal portfolio and offer consumers a healthy choice from a brand they trust.
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Clean label: The shopper will define it with dollars
Food Navigator
While manufacturers faced renewed pressure to clean up labels following recent media attacks on the dough conditioner azodicarbonamide and artificial preservatives, far less attention has been paid to what these ingredients are actually being replaced by, says one baking industry veteran.
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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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Gluten-free tops Canada's hottest food trends for 2014
Global News
The local food movement and dark leafy superfoods have been usurped — gluten-free is Canada's hottest food trend for 2014. A new survey shows that the gluten-free, allergy-conscious food trend has firmly taken hold in the minds of Canadian restaurateurs and chefs.

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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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What the future holds: The 2020 retail landscape
Confectionery News
Confectionery companies will need to adapt to a rapidly changing retail landscape as ethnic minorities lead population growth in the developed U.S. market. Addressing the NCA state of the Industry Conference in Miami, Dan O' Connor, president and CEO of insight and advisory firm RetailNet Group, said: "The marketplace of tomorrow in the US, Japan and Canada is going to look very different to the market of 2000."
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WHO urges limiting sugar calories to below 10 per cent or 5 per cent
Canadian Grocer
The World Health Organization is again urging people to lower the amount of sugar they eat. The Geneva-based global health agency says people should restrict their intake of sugar to no more than 10 per cent of their daily calorie intake, but getting it down below five per cent would be better.
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U.S. wholesale pork price predicted to rise 6 per cent
Global Meat News
Wholesale pork prices are predicted to increase 5.5-6.5 per cent, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) latest Producer Price Index (PPI). In its monthly update, the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS), also predicted price increases for wholesale beef, of 1.2-2.5 per cent, wholesale poultry up 2-3 per cent, and farm level cattle up 5-6 per cent.
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