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Loblaw-Shoppers deal given the green light
Canadian Grocer
Loblaw has received approval from the Competition Bureau for its $12.4 billion purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart. The agreement requires Loblaw sell 18 stores and nine pharmacy operations.
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Children's preferences for sweeter, saltier tastes are linked
Institute of Food Technologists
Scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center have found that children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt taste and that, in general, children prefer sweeter and saltier tastes than do adults. These preferences relate not only to food intake but also to measures of growth and can have important implications for efforts to change children's diets.
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Organic food prices set for steep rise in B.C. as California drought gets worse
The Province
A handful of customers have returned their California blood oranges to a Commercial Drive organics store because, when it was cut open, the usually juicy fruit looked like it had been sucked dry. As California faces its third year of an almost unprecedented drought, it’s hard not to see the shrivelled citrus as an omen.
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Toronto moves to loosen restrictions on food trucks
The Globe and Mail
Toronto's licensing committee has moved to loosen restrictions on food trucks after vendors complained that a staff proposal to revamp the street-food industry amounted to "death by regulation." The staff proposal, aimed at making it easier for food trucks to set up across Toronto, was amended recently by the licensing and standards committee to allow a greater number of trucks to operate on city streets and for longer periods of time.
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Study: Food industry in flux, but still 'powerful'
Western News
One Western professor contends Canada’s food manufacturing industry remains a “viable and a powerful economic force,” despite a string of recent high-profile closures, including the Kellogg's plant in London and Heinz plant in Leamington. According to a recently released Ivey Business School report, "The Changing Face of Food Manufacturing in Canada: An Analysis of Plant Closings, Openings and Investments," the closures are not a sign of an industry in trouble, rather one that is reorganizing production to maintain global competitiveness.
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Metro's upgraded website, app identifies good food choices
Canadian Grocer
Metro has added new features to its metro.ca website and mobile app, including smiles for good food choices and the ability to scan bar codes with an iPhone to add products to grocery lists. The smiles, which are part of the My Healthy Plate with Metro healthy eating program, identify good and great food choices in each product category.
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Eastern Ontario fears economic blow as campuses close
The Globe and Mail
The University of Guelph's decision to close two agricultural campuses has left communities in Eastern Ontario frustrated, worried and rushing to preserve some of the programs and jobs on the chopping block. The university plans to shutter its campuses in Kemptville and Alfred, ON, at the end of 2015 to save $7 million in annual costs as enrolments have sagged. Most of the affected programs could be relocated or replaced, but more than 110 academic and staff jobs will likely be cut.
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Harper government helps Apple Valley Foods expand capacity and improve competitiveness
Government of Canada
Federal investments totalling $2.5 million, announced by MP Greg Kerr (West Nova), will support the purchase and installation of new production line equipment to increase automation, precision and packaging, improve quality control and enhance efficiency at Apple Valley Foods. This investment will allow the company, with sales in both Canada and the U.S., to double its production of frozen fruit pies and to buy more apples and berries from local growers, thereby boosting Annapolis Valley's agri-economy.
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Cheerios not seeing a sales boost from GMO switch, company says
Canadian Grocer
Plain old Cheerios are no longer made with genetically modified ingredients, but the switch hasn’t yet translated to a boost in sales. General Mills, the company that makes the cereal, announced in January it would start making its plain Cheerios without GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. The move came after a campaign by the group Green America, which prompted fans to express their support on the Cheerios’ Facebook page.
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Canada could become "food-exporting superpower"
Advisor.ca
Canada could move from being one of the top 20 net food exporting countries in the world to being one of the top five within the next few years, while addressing the needs of Canadians for safe, healthy and affordable food, according to Conference Board of Canada (CBC). "The food sector already contributes more than eight per cent of Canada's gross domestic product and is directly responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs. But it can become even more successful if our producers capture a larger share of the growing international food market," said Michael Bloom, vice-president, Industry and Business Strategy.
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Don't fear the fat: Experts question saturated fat guidelines
NPR
As a culture, we tend to suffer from the angel-or-devil mindset — especially when it comes to food. And for 40 years now, saturated fat — found in high amounts in meat, cheese and other full-fat dairy products — has been one of our top nutritional demons. The urge us to limit consumption because of concerns that saturated fat raises the risk of heart disease. But after decades of research, a growing number of experts are questioning this link.
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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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Loblaw-Shoppers deal given the green light
Canadian Grocer
Loblaw has received approval from the Competition Bureau for its $12.4 billion purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart. The agreement requires Loblaw sell 18 stores and nine pharmacy operations.

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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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General Mills putting pedal to the metal in yogurt
FoodBusinessNews
Noting growth of Greek yogurt is slowing, General Mills is focused on building its Yoplait business. With the right product portfolio, distribution and manufacturing capacity in place, the company is investing heavily in the marketing and merchandising of its U.S. yogurt products.
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Schmacon, the new bacon
Feedstuffs
There's new bacon in town, and it's called Schmacon. Schmaltz Deli Co. is officially introducing Schmacon, which is a beef alternative to regular bacon, at the National Restaurant Association convention in May. Schmacon, one of the latest checkoff-funded Beef Innovations Group projects, looks and smells as tantalizing as bacon; crisps up like bacon; cooks like bacon (in only a fraction of the time); and fully satisfies with delicious all-beef flavor, but is a much healthier alternative.
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New Technomic study on snacking highlights avenues to drive traffic and sales
Technomic
Snack consumption is on the rise, as half of today's consumers (51 per cent) say that they eat snacks at least twice a day, an increase from the 48 per cent who said the same in 2012. And about a third of consumers (31 per cent) told Technomic they're snacking more frequently than they were just two years ago.
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America is falling out of love with TV dinners
The Atlantic
It was fun (and affordable) while it lasted. Frozen meals, long associated with the American affinity for eating dinner in front of the tube, are a nearly $9 billion business in the U.S., according to data from the market research firm Euromonitor. Through decades of intense growth, frozen foods have found their way into just about every American household — 99 per cent of them, according to a 2012 report by AMG Strategic Advisors. But TV dinners are losing their ubiquity.
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Interactive packaging: What the world is waiting for?
Confectionerynews.com
Big brands may be dipping their toes in the interactive packaging pool, but two analysts question whether consumers really want this technology and ask if manufacturers can keep the technology fresh and up to date. Interest in interactive packaging has been mounting in recent years as the likes of Mondelez International and Nestle began to dabble in the digital PR form.
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