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Food retailers increasingly positioned as wellness destinations
Progressive Grocer
Results of Food Marketing Institute's (FMI) third annual Food Retailer Contributions to Health and Wellness survey of food retailers illustrates the growth of health and wellness programs sponsored by grocery retailers. FMI surveyed food retailers on how they are meeting the needs of shoppers seeking healthier lifestyles and even medical solutions, and the findings present a complex combination of corporate social responsibility and increasing opportunities for retailers to partner with consumers in health.
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Minister Ritz promotes Canadian beef and creates agricultural trade in Vietnam
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has concluded his agricultural trade mission to Vietnam, where he promoted world-class, safe Canadian beef and created business opportunities for industry representatives in the delegation. Minister Ritz introduced the Canada Beef Inc. Brand series to Asia, where he showcased Canadian beef exports to Vietnam with industry at a cooking demonstration.
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Costco Canada's fish import licence suspended by food safety watchdog
CBC News
Canada's food safety watchdog has suspended Costco Canada's fish import licence. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the retail giant is not reliably following food safety controls on a consistent basis. The agency says Costco is in violation of federal fish inspection regulations and the suspension on imports went into effect on Feb. 26.
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The future is now for the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act
Food Safety News
We all knew FSMA was a big deal when Congress passed it a little over four years ago. After a decade of illness outbreaks, import safety problems, and market disruptions that shook consumer confidence and imposed billions of dollars in costs on the food system, Congress mandated a paradigm shift to prevention — to establishing a modern system of food safety protection based not on reacting to problems but on preventing them from happening in the first place. That’s how we’ll achieve the food safety goals we all share — fewer illnesses, stronger consumer confidence in the system of protection, and a level playing field for American farmers and food companies.
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'Rainbow plate' program uses colours to encourage healthy eating
CTV News
Force-feeding kids a diet of facts and figures about the nutrients in fruits and vegetables and why they're good for us is no way to create a generation of healthy eaters. It's far more important and effective to encourage kids to make nutritious food choices because they want to, says Janet Nezon, a Toronto-area food educator.
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Canadian grocery chain to sell 'imperfect' fruits and veggies at discount
Kelowna Now
Loblaw Companies Limited announced that those smaller, misshapen products that still taste great are now available at Real Canadian Superstore and select No Frills locations. Starting with apples and potatoes, no name Naturally Imperfect produce will cost up to 30 per cent less than traditional produce options found in stores.
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Can Coke be a sensible snack?
Canadian Grocer
Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates. In February, several of the experts wrote online posts for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or soda as a snack idea.
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Software analyses food molecules to fight fraud Food Navigator
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New software that analyses food molecules will provide cost effective ways to ensure food quality and prevent food fraud, say researchers.
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Companies must not 'switch off' to good R&D, says Nestlé chief
Food Navigator
Great innovations require a long-term roadmap and commitment from the industry in order to succeed, says Nestlé's head of global R&D.
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Organic food products in the U.S. projected to cross $45 billion in 2015
Yahoo.com
According to United States Organic Foods Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020, the market for organic food products in the US is projected to cross USD45 billion in 2015.
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A nutty idea? Reducing foodborne illness with peanuts
Food Quality News
White peanut kernel could help reduce Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) and Salmonella, according to a study.
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Can this Bump Mark help reduce food waste?
The Globe and Mail
"Best before": two food-packaging words that are often less informative than they seem. Ideally everyone who ever had custody of your deli slices — producer, distributor, retailer, you — kept them at the right temperature the whole time. But what if they, or you, didn't? Often the issue is settled with the old rule: When in doubt, throw it out.
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Savory bars 'reinventing' sports nutrition
Bakery and Snacks
America's sports nutrition market has been re-shaped by a clear shift towards savory flavors and meat in the bar category, says Packaged Facts.
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Seafood suppliers use consumer insights to grow consumption
Canadian Grocer
The seafood industry is trying to make eating fish easier for Canadians, and that's good news for the country's grocers. Many of those efforts were on display this week at the 2015 Seafood Expo North America in Boston.

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Avian flu concerns prompts ban of some poultry imports
CBC News
Canadian cross-border shoppers are being warned to watch what they put in their grocery basket, after the federal government issued a ban on raw poultry products and live birds from six American states due to concerns over avian flu.

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The most recalled foods in Canada and Quebec over the past 2 years
Montreal Gazette
In Canada, food recalls are not a common occurrence — at least not to the general public. Recalls tend to make the news when they involve large food companies or dangerous pathogens like listeria or salmonella.

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Where in the world are the GMOs?
Vancouver Sun
The growth of genetically engineered food crops has been strong in a handful of nations, but may be slowing as the technology bumps up against unreceptive governments, especially in Africa and Europe, according to a new report by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.
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Mars to open first Indian chocolate factory
Institute of Food Technologists
Mars International India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mars, announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Maharashtra Government in Mumbai, and the company says that it is on track with plans to build its first chocolate plant in India.
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5 major factors impact economic costs of meat, poultry recalls
Food Safety News
A recent Kansas State University study found that five major factors have the greatest financial impact on a company involved in a meat or poultry recall. Those factors — perceived health risk severity, recall size, firm size, firm's experience with recalls, and media coverage — ended up having the most impact on the recalling company's stock market price, according to the study by Ted Schroeder, K-State professor of agricultural economics, and Veronica Pozo, assistant professor of applied economics at Utah State University.
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Why McDonalds antibiotics announcement important to agriculture
Blackburn News
A University of Guelph professor says it's the kind of announcement that warrants an incremental and prudent approach to phasing out antibiotics in animals. Doctor Sylvain Charlebois is referring to McDonalds' announcement that all chicken served at it's restaurants would be free of antibiotics used on humans within two years.
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