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MB, SK weigh in on grain transportation issues
The Western Producer
The Manitoba government has added its voice to the chorus calling for rigorous federal legislation to deal with the grain transportation backlog on the Prairies. Provincial ag minister Ron Kostyshyn and other Manitoba government reps say Ottawa needs to craft legislation that features:
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No Frills, Food Basics, FreshCo's discount gaps shrinking as food fight heats up
Financial Post
The price gap between what grocery stores such as Loblaws and No Frills can charge on goods in Canada is narrowing, a retailing industry conference heard, as our biggest food chains try to digest stepped-up price rivalry in the market.
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Why Canada's Food Guide needs a dose of reality
The Globe and Mail
"Does Canada's Food Guide promote weight gain?" That was the provocative title of a debate held recently at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute, faced off against Dr. Hasan Hutchinson, director-general of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion at Health Canada.
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Ontario joins sugar beet group
The Western Producer
And then there were two. The Ontario Sugar Beet Growers Association has joined the Canadian Sugar Beet Producers Association, adding its voice to that of its Alberta counterpart.
The national association once had beet grower members from several provinces, but the demise of the Manitoba association in 1996 removed membership there.

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Food manufacturers' contribution poorly recognized
Manitoba Cooperator
Canada's food-manufacturing industry shouldn't be lumped in with agriculture when it comes to this country's food policy development, a newly released study from the Ivey Business School says. It's the second-largest manufacturing sector, the leading employer and through the recent recession "proved to be remarkably resilient in both revenue and employment compared to other manufacturing industries," notes the report by David Sparling and Erin Cheney.
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Global warming means food, water shortages warns UN report
CBC News
Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature, according to a UN report that will put pressure on governments to act. A 29-page draft by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will also outline many ways to adapt to rising temperatures, more heatwaves, floods and rising seas.
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Fast food retailers use transparency to retain customers
CBC News
In 2012, McDonald's Canada began posting videos which answered customer questions and attempted to dispel urban myths about its products. In the latest video, entitled "Pink Goop in Chicken McNuggets," we visit the factory where the product is made. Whether that makes you long for a big serving of Chicken McNuggets or not, Canada isn't the only country where McDonald's is attempting to defend what's in its chicken products.
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3-D printed food looks very...appetizing?
Houston Chronicle
If you've been waiting to jump on the 3-D printing bandwagon because everything is just so boring if it's not edible, you may not have to wait much longer. Two consumer products set to launch in the second half of 2014 will allow the general public to take semi-liquified food substances and squirt them through a 3-D printer in geometric designs, and of course the first thing we’re going to try is the hamburger.
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General Mills ramps up palm oil pledge to consider deforestation
Food Navigator
General Mills has strengthened its pledge to source fully traceable palm oil by next year, with explicit focus on counteracting deforestation. The cereal and snack titan said that while it was a, "relatively minor user of palm oil", it remained committed to sourcing 100 per cent of its palm oil responsibly and sustainably by 2015 - a pledge it first made in 2010.
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Cloud system can heighten snack-retail relations
Bakery And Snacks
Snack makers can strengthen retail relations and support 24/7 business with a cloud-based sales platform, says developer MiT Systems. The sales and delivery systems specialist commenced marketing of its cloud-based sales platform EzSales to the US snacks sector earlier this month at Snaxpo 2014 in Dallas, TX. The system has already gained traction in the bakery and beverage sectors, among others.
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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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Dutch dairy sector has 'a lot of knowledge to share' with China
Food Navigator
China and the Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the Asian country glean dairy industry know-how from the likes of FrieslandCampina. Under the MOU - one of 14 signed during a two-day state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping - the Netherlands pledged to share its dairy expertise with Chinese milk producers to help them increase the quality and quantity of their milk.

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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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Canadian government wants power to fine meat plants for food safety issues
The Poultry Site
The federal government is proposing to give itself the power to fine meat-processing plants that break hygiene and other operating rules meant to protect human health. According to GlobalPost, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the regulatory change would give it another enforcement tool to help protect consumers.
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Dutch dairy sector has 'a lot of knowledge to share' with China
Food Navigator
China and the Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the Asian country glean dairy industry know-how from the likes of FrieslandCampina. Under the MOU - one of 14 signed during a two-day state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping - the Netherlands pledged to share its dairy expertise with Chinese milk producers to help them increase the quality and quantity of their milk.
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How to stay relevant outside key seasons — Jelly Belly offers advice
Confectionery News
Confectioners can reduce reliance on the big seasons with packaging and formats that outlast one day events, licensing deals and distribution at holiday hot spots, according to Jelly Belly. While Halloween is the biggest season for the overall US confectionery sector, around 50 per cent of sales in the jelly bean category come in the four weeks before Easter, making it the biggest season for Jelly Belly, just ahead of Christmas.
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