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What does the Heinz-Kraft merger mean for Canada?
Canadian Grocer
A merger between H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods is expected to generate about $1.5 billion in cost savings, but the companies say it's too early to say whether they will shutter any of their Canadian operations. "We'll be looking at all of our operations over the coming months, but for now it's business as usual," Michael Mullen, senior vice-president of corporate and government affairs at Heinz, told reporters during a conference call after the deal was announced Wednesday.
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Heinz-Kraft deal: The stories behind the brands
Food Manufacturing
The combination of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. will bring many of America's oldest and best-known brands under the same corporate roof. Here's a look at the history behind some of those products:
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Maple syrup made healthier with prebiotic, say researchers
CBC News
Researchers at McGill University say they have developed a process to make maple syrup healthier by boosting the level of prebiotics in the sweet treat. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that nourish probiotics, the "good bacteria" in our intestinal tract, thereby boosting the immune system and helping the body fight off pathogens.
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WHO calls for taxes and marketing restrictions to tackle child obesity
Food Navigator
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for taxation and restricted marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks to children aged under 19 to help cut childhood obesity.
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Infant gut bacteria could predict risk for food allergies, study finds
CTV News
Canadian researchers have identified differences in the intestinal bacteria of babies that can help predict future development of food allergies and asthma. In a study published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy, researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba examined the stool samples of 166 different infants at the age of three months and then again at one year old.
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Warming climate could change how food tastes
Popular Science
There might be some very tangible, selfish reasons for foodies to care about climate change. It turns out that warming temperatures could not only impact our food supply, but they might also change how our food tastes.
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Farmers fund research to breed gluten-free wheat
The Associated Press
Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat. The hard science is aimed at developing new varieties of wheat at a time when the gluten-free industry is worth nearly a billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone.
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Soaring antibiotic use in animals fuels "super bug" fears
Reuters
Developing countries are pumping livestock full of antibiotics at such a startling rate that they are dramatically increasing the risk of creating drug-resistant "super bugs", scientists warned.
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Hopes grow for climate-proof beans
BBC
A breakthrough in the development of temperature-resilient beans could help sustain a vital source of protein for millions of people around the globe. The news offers a glimmer of hope for many farmers in developing nations.
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Feds invest in potato research and development
Atlantic Farm Focus
Scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick will lead an international research effort to give potato farmers a technological edge in predicting and preventing yield losses in their fields and in storage.
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Minister Ritz finished trade mission in Asia
Farms.com
Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz recently returned from Asia where he completed his fifth agricultural trade mission to South Korea and his seventh to Japan. While there, Minister Ritz focused on promoting Canadian beef and wheat products in an effort to strengthen international trade with South Korea and Japan.
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Ontario unveils new neonic rules
Better Farming
The provincial government will create a new class of pesticides in Ontario, making Integrated Pest Management training mandatory for treated seed users by 2016.
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What does the Heinz-Kraft merger mean for Canada?
Canadian Grocer
A merger between H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods is expected to generate about $1.5 billion in cost savings, but the companies say it's too early to say whether they will shutter any of their Canadian operations.

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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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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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Product of the Year winners announced
Canadian Grocer
Chips that come with a hot dare and foods with chia seeds were among the big winners at the Product of the Year 2015 awards ceremony held Tuesday night in Toronto. The awards, now in their sixth year in Canada, recognize innovation across consumer goods and services.
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Red, white...and now blue, for Ontario potatoes
Canadian Grocer
An Ontario farm has just launched a homegrown version of the blue potato. Called the Blue Steele (pictured), the potato is being sold at Sobeys stores in Ontario, said Tina Gokstorp, vice-president of sales and marketing at Grand Bend Produce.
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Probiotic potential for pear antioxidants explored in study
Nutra Ingredients
Antioxidants and phenols in pears can balance gut microbiota as well as manage early-stage type 2 diabetes and hypertension, according to researchers.
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The imitation game: Italy targets Canadian-made 'Italian' food
The Globe and Mail
The cheese cooler at a supermarket in downtown Toronto is brimming with mozzarella cheese with Italian names framed in the famous red and green of a country where food-making – and eating – is rooted in centuries-old techniques and traditions.
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The best food for your brain might be your breakfast
Huffington Post
If you want to boost your memory, increase energy or just perform better mentally, take a minute to eat breakfast. In the video above, DNews investigates the best diet for brain health, and it turns out it's breakfast. Scientists have been talking about breakfast benefits for years, but the truth is not all morning meals are built the same.
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Global meat consumption shifting
Food Processing
Global meat consumption reached 225 million tonnes in 2014, driven by growing demand in emerging markets, according to new research from Euromonitor International. While meat consumption has grown in emerging markets, it has actually declined in developed markets. Greece's recession led to a severe decline in meat consumption in 2014, with Germany and the Netherlands also experiencing a decrease.
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