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Canada Bread director resigns in wake of sale to Grupo Bimbo
Bakery and Snacks
William E. Aziz has resigned as director of Canada Bread just one month after Grupo Bimbo purchased the company for $1.83 billion. Grupo Bimbo's acquisition is set to close during the second quarter of 2014, following a special meeting of shareholders on April 3.
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Global food prices rise on strong demand and poor weather
Food Navigator
Global food prices are at their highest levels in months – but it is too early to say whether it will be an ongoing upward trend, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said. The FAO's Food Price Index, which assesses the prices of a basket of internationally traded food commodities, was up 2.6 per cent in February compared to January, although it was still 2.1 per cent below last February's level.
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What's black and white and 3-D all over? A custom-printed Oreo, of course
Toronto Star
Back in 1971, the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — even earlier, if one considers the source novel, Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was written in 1964 — predicted a sweet, sweet, chewy future where one would see an image of a chocolate bar tantalizingly suspended in a TV screen and then be able to reach in and grab it. If B. Bonin Bough, the fast-talking vice-president of "global media and consumer engagement" for multinational snack maker Mondelez International, is to be believed, that future is sitting on our doorstep.
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Bees offer protection against crop diseases and pests
University of Guelph
We already use bees to help pollinate crop plants while foraging for nectar and pollen. Now University of Guelph scientists and international colleagues are looking to harness pollinators to help farmers protect their crops from pests and disease. The researchers have shown that bees can deliver "good" microbes – fungi, bacteria and viruses – to protect plants against insect pests and diseases caused by fungi and bacteria.
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Get trucking on Toronto street food policy
Sun News Network
Let's be optimistic and hope, this time, Toronto council won't screw up its food truck program the way it did its food cart program. All of this stems from what is, one would think, the good idea of expanding the selection of foods available on busy Toronto streets beyond hot dogs, not that there's anything wrong with the venerable tube steak.
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Food industry reinvents itself amid shutdowns, lost jobs
The Globe and Mail
More than 140 Canadian food plants have closed since 2006, wiping out 23,800 jobs, as one of the country's key manufacturing sectors retools to become more competitive, new research says. The report written by professors at Western University's Ivey Business School says Ontario has borne the brunt of the plant losses, but that 63 have opened in that time and 67 companies announced big investments in existing factories.
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3 forces driving sustainability in hospital food
GreenBiz
Earlier this year, GreenBiz reported on the movement toward more healthful food in the State of Green Business Report. More recently, we've seen the growing trend around more sustainable meat procurement with new policies at McDonalds and Chick-Fil-A, among others. The momentum is building in health care, as well. It's not an easy task to overhaul the complex health care food system, but it's a critical move and well worth the heavy lifting for the sake of prevention, climate change, health care spending, the environment and public health.
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Loblaws to stock salmon certified as responsibly farmed
The Vancouver Sun
Grocery giant Loblaws will be the first retailer in North America to sell a new type of responsibly-farmed salmon, an offering it hopes will differentiate itself amid intense competition from its grocery rivals. Loblaws, which is also the country's largest biggest buyer and seller of seafood, said the decision to stock Atlantic salmon certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) will give customers more choice when selecting responsibly farmed fish.
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Almost 500 foods contain the 'yoga mat' compound. Should we care?
NPR News
That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that's in yoga mats, too — is in the news again. A report from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to Wonder Bread.
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Commercial pork website launches supplying U.S. produce to China
Global Meat News
Online Chinese business-to-consumer retailer TMall.com has launched a commercial pork website, which promises delivery of U.S. produce to China in less than 48 hours. Opening with a seven-day sale, the site currently offers eight U.S. pork products, according to the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF). These include pre-cut bone-in pork butt steak and pork belly.
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U.S. cocoa flavanol health claim nears but 'not quite there yet'
Confectionery News
More clinical trials are needed for a US health claim on cocoa flavanols, according to the National Confectioners' Association's technical director. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last year approved a health claim for dark chocolate and cocoa beverages that read: "Cocoa flavanols help maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, which contributes to normal blood flow." But no health claim or structure/function claim exists in the U.S..
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Russia experiences jump in meat prices
Global Meat News
Since the beginning of the year, Russian pork and beef prices have risen by nearly 25 per cent, according to a recent report by the Specialized Center of Accounting in Agribusiness, part of Russia's Agriculture Ministry. Ministry experts link the increase in meat prices to the depreciation of the rouble. Since December 2013, the rouble has fallen by about 15 per cent against the dollar and the euro, and continues to do so. In this context, the Ministry admitted, there is a possibility that meat prices could rise further.
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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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Canada Bread director resigns in wake of sale to Grupo Bimbo
Bakery and Snacks
William E. Aziz has resigned as director of Canada Bread just one month after Grupo Bimbo purchased the company for $1.83 billion. Grupo Bimbo's acquisition is set to close during the second quarter of 2014, following a special meeting of shareholders on April 3.

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Gluten-free tops Canada's hottest food trends for 2014
Global News
The local food movement and dark leafy super-foods 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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Innocent shakes up smoothies with functional launches
Food Navigator
Coke-owned Innocent is launching a functional smoothie range in the U.K. from April centered on soft health claims - three varieties will use "defense", "energize", and "antioxidant" positioning. The drinks (pictured) will have a recommended retail price of $3.91, and Dave Pickup, Innocent marketing director, said the Coca-Cola owned brand is looking for ways to "excite and invigorate" the smoothie category.
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Study: Spinach extract could keep cravings at bay
CTV News
A natural compound hidden away in spinach has been shown to reduce food cravings between meals and could help prevent obesity, a Swedish scientist said. Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, a professor of appetite regulation at Lund University, found the compound, known as thylakoid, while looking for ways to slow digestion and alleviate hunger pangs.
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Transcontinental expands into food packaging as printing and media revenues fall
Financial Post
Faced with weakness in its key businesses of media and printing, Transcontinental Inc. said Tuesday it is branching out into food packaging with a $133 million acquisition. The Montreal-based company reported a 5 per cent dip in quarterly revenue at the same time it announced plans to buy Capri Packaging, a supplier of printed flexible packaging such as the plastic wrap around cheeses or bags for disposable razors.
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The engineering of the chain restaurant menu
The Atlantic
This weekend I had lunch at an International House of Pancakes. The menus my companion and I were given to help us navigate this experience were large and laminated and, in their overall demeanor, perky. They were also, in full disclosure, a little bit sticky. But they were, most of all, extremely well-organized. They featured page after page of food options, all of them neatly categorized under tab-like headings and color-codings: pancakes over here, crepes over there, French toast over here, brioche French toast over there.
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