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Dairy Farmers Of Canada launches virtual dairy farm
Dairy Herd News Source
Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) recently launched a new website dedicated to the commitment of dairy farmers and the quality of Canadian milk. The website, www.CanadianMilk.ca, provides information about 100 per cent Canadian milk and includes six videos about healthy cows, safety standards, accountability, strict regulations, consistent quality, and innovation — all of upmost importance to Canadian dairy farmers.
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How Canada's maple syrup producers are going high tech with smartphones, wireless networks
Financial Post
The quintessential image of maple-syrup production is of a tin-spout dripping tree sap into a tin bucket. But the tools in the modern sugar-bush farmer's arsenal now include an iPhone, sensors and a wireless network. Companies in Ontario and Quebec are among those on the forefront of modernizing the traditional way of harvesting the sweet Canadian delicacy, by applying technology to monitor leaks in the long plastic tubes that draw sap from maple trees.
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'LCBO Express' is coming to Ontario grocery stores this year
Canadian Grocer
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced plans this afternoon to open LCBO locations in grocery stores. The pilot will begin with 10 LCBO Express kiosks to open by the end of the year, and each LCBO location would include Ontario craft beer and VQA wines.
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HSN joins Ontario Local Food Challenge 2014
Manitoulin Expositor
Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord (HSN) is looking to add more Ontario foods to its menus for patients, staff, and visitors. HSN is one of ten organizations in Ontario chosen to be part of the 2014 Local Food Challenge. The goal of the Local Food Challenge is to help public institutions such as hospitals, schools, and universities incorporate more local food into their menus.
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Monsanto Fund supports the future of agriculture
The Ontario Agricultural College
Through a $210,000 grant, the Monsanto Fund is supporting the recruitment of future agri-food leaders into programs at the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC). The grant will support OAC's Student Liaison Program over the next three years to engage and excite high school students by showing them the educational and career opportunities in agriculture, food and the environment.
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Whole Foods to start brewing own beer
Canadian Grocer
Beer connoisseurs should keep an eye on Whole Foods — the retailer will be in need of a brewer in the coming months. Last week, a new location set to open in Houston, TX this summer announced plans to brew its own beer on-site.
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Here's why the fast-food breakfast wars are raging
Slate
Yes, the fast-food breakfast wars are on—they're being waged across the industry with weapons as varied as caffeine, syrup, and hollandaise sauce. For one reason or another, today's titans of quick-and-cheap eats are obsessed with your morning meal.
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Doubling of pistachio harvest will increase nut's use as an ingredient
Bakery and Snacks
Pistachios – most associated with snacking in the consumer's mind – could be finding their way into many a food product as an ingredient over the next few years, says the executive director of the American Pistachio Growers, as production is set to double by 2020.
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Don't tax my soda! Study shows consumers put choice first
Food Navigator
First Lady Michelle Obama has called it "liquid sugar" and the World Health Organization warns that much of our sugar intake is "hidden" in processed food and beverages such as soda (a 12-ounce can contains 10 teaspoons). As public health officials continue to target consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages as a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic, policymakers have attempted to restrict consumption through a series of (unsuccessful) SSB excise tax proposals.
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The 10 best ice creams from around the world
Design&Trend
Spring is upon us and with higher temperatures around the corner cool treats are going to be in demand, especially ice cream. Where ice cream came from is debated. Some say Marco Polo brought it back from the Far East. Cliams have been made that Catherine de Medici introduced it to France when she relocated to marry King Henry II. Neither of those are likely. Ice cream is pretty old, according to Tori Avey at PBS.
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Gluten-free granola sticks with Velcro packaging
Bakery and Snacks
Gypsy Crunch has launched its line of gluten-free, artisanal granolas in flexible pouches with Velcro closures, extending product shelf life. The company started as a kitchen-counter project in 2010; in 2013, the granola's growing popularity moved the founders to consider producing the product on a larger scale.
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U.S. supermarket testing of McCafé coffee has begun
Burger Business
McDonald's already is test marketing its McCafé bagged coffee in U.S. supermarkets. And the test goes well beyond the ground Premium Roast coffee it has sold in Canada since late 2012. These bagged coffees — all ground — are priced at $7.29. That's slightly higher than the CDN$6.99 (now roughly U.S.$6.32) at which a 12-oz. bag of McCafé was priced when introduced in Canada. But McDonald's also is testing interest in single-serve cups, too.
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Concrete gumgle: Wrigley develops easy-to-remove chewing gum
Confectionery News
Wrigley has filed a patent for a chewing gum base using block polymers that is less adhesive to concrete surfaces. Chewing gum bases typically consist of linear, amorphous polymers, which can easily become trapped in crevices on pavements and cost a great a deal of public money to remove.
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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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Dairy Farmers Of Canada launches virtual dairy farm
Dairy Herd News Source
Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) recently launched a new website dedicated to the commitment of dairy farmers and the quality of Canadian milk. The website, www.CanadianMilk.ca, provides information about 100 per cent Canadian milk and includes six videos about healthy cows, safety standards, accountability, strict regulations, consistent quality, and innovation — all of upmost importance to Canadian dairy farmers.

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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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Inside General Mills' natural and organic division
Food Business News
General Mills champions its broad portfolio as "naturally advantaged" in nutrition, with Nature Valley high-protein granolas, Yoplait Greek yogurt, Green Giant vegetables, Progresso reduced-sodium soups and whole-grain, reduced-sugar cereals. Noting new consumer attitudes about ingredients and processed foods, however, the company said it sees growth opportunities in the natural and organic spaces.
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Intertek: 2020 sustainable cocoa targets 'a tall order'
Confectionery News
Chocolate makers may struggle to guarantee their entire cocoa supply comes from a sustainable source by 2020 targets, according to auditing service Intertek. The firm said chocolate manufacturers could better guarantee a quality cocoa supply through their own audited sustainable cocoa programs rather than purchasing third party certified cocoa from bodies like Fairtrade.
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