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Quinoa crops could be coming to a farm near you
University of Guelph
Quinoa, a crop that was once limited to parts of South America, is about to get a lot closer to home. Food science professor Massimo Marcone and Jamie Draves, owner of Katan Kitchens in Campbellville, ON, have teamed up to study the viability of Ontario-grown quinoa. Their team is studying the agronomic practices of growing several species of both experimental and commercial quinoa across Ontario.
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In response to strong demand, a limited number of tabletop exhibits are available in 4 different Canadian Marketplaces in the EXPO happening at the Palais des congrès in Montreal. These spots will sell out. First come, first served!
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Student Challenge: CIFST Featured Event at IUFoST 2014 —The Student Challenge is back!
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The CIFST Student Challenge brings together food science students from across Canada to compete against each other in a test of their food science knowledge. The Jeopardy-style format will challenge students' understanding in many fields of our flourishing industry. Each team consists of four students (of which one may be a Masters level graduate student), one school advisor and one industry sponsor. The competition takes place in Montreal on August 17th and 18th, 2014, as part of the 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST 2014).
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No dedicated food inspectors in Vancouver after CFIA cuts
CBC News
The union representing Canada's food inspectors says federal cuts are compromising food safety in B.C.'s Lower Mainland. Metro Vancouver is now the only major metropolitan area in Canada without a team of dedicated food inspectors to investigate cases of food fraud and unsafe retail food displays.
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Ontario demand drives dairy goat expansion
Western Producer
Ontario is a hotbed for North America's dairy goat industry, and it is getting bigger. "We've taken on another 15 members over the past year," said Coby Tenvoorde, general manager of the Ontario Dairy Goat Co-operative. The co-op, which has 110 members, sold more than 20 million litres of milk last year. The average farm-gate price was close to 90 cents per litre, which is similar to what's paid for cow milk.
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Waterloo set to loosen food truck rules
CBC News
It could soon be cheaper and easier to operate a food truck in the city of Waterloo, if amendments to current bylaws are passed. The bylaws were created as part of a food truck pilot project in the city, which ran in 2012 and 2013. The proposed amendments to those bylaws, which will be discussed at a city council meeting, would see fees reduced from $2,217 annually to between $350-450.
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Cocoa grind up but will chocolate prices grind consumers down?
Confectionery News
The rising North American cocoa grind is a positive sign for the chocolate industry, but many consumers are not prepared to pay higher prices planned by some leading confectioners, according to an analyst. Cocoa grinds, an indicator of demand for chocolate products, were released for North America by the National Confectioner's Association and showed a 1.03 per cent rise on the same period last year to 129,007 metric tons.
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Common chicken traits may be recent developments
Feedstuffs
Ancient DNA adds a twist to the story of how barnyard chickens came to be, finds a study to be published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Analyzing DNA from the bones of chickens that lived between 200 and 2,300 years ago in Europe, researchers reported that just a few hundred years ago, domesticated chickens may have looked far different from today's chickens.
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Cricket bars founder: 'Our marketing approach has been absolute, utter optimism'
Bakery and Snacks
As one of the forerunners of the commercialization of edible insects in the U.S., Chapul, makes its first big push into the national market with its cricket protein bars, founder Pat Crowley caught up with FoodNavigator-USA on the enviable efficiency of insect rearing and the importance of optimism when pioneering new markets.
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5 food startups to get excited about
FoodDive
Those keeping a close eye on the food industry may have witnessed a slew of new consumer demands, requesting everything from eco-friendly meats to gluten-free meals from many companies. Startups have taken note of the rising industry trends, capitalizing on their popularity to offer services and products new to the market.
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The ways food tricks our brains
The Atlantic
In 1998, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania published a study that might strike you as kind of mean. They took two people with severe amnesia, who couldn't remember events occurring more than a minute earlier, and fed them lunch. Then a few minutes later, they offered a second lunch.
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Do fast-food chains have an identity crisis?
MarketWatch
Fast-food chains like McDonald's, Wendy's and Pizza Hut are regularly testing new items to see if they can eat into the market share of more upmarket rivals like Panera and Chipotle. Despite these efforts, experts say their menus aren't connecting with a younger generation.
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Food firms must cater for consumers on autopilot
Food Navigator
Food and drink manufacturers need to make their products appear to be an effortless choice for consumers operating on autopilot and stop over rationalising their habits, advises leading behavioural scientist Dr. Nick Southgate.
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Want a bite? 3-D printed food is ready to serve
PC Magazine
The microwave is a magical invention that - for better or worse - has changed the way we prepare food. But we're still a long way from the push-button, on-demand meals seen on The Jetsons or the Star Trek. 3-D printing might change that, though we're not dragging our ovens out to the curb just yet. But additive printing that follows code is not much different than taking ingredients and following a recipe. So it's no surprise that so many have tried their hand at creating 3-D printers that make meals.
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ConAgra sells Medallion Foods
FoodNavigatorUSA
Private label salty snack manufacturer Shearer's Foods has acquired the assets of the Medallion Foods business from ConAgra Foods for $33.5 million. Newport, AK-based Medallion manufactures value brand and private label corn-based snack products, including tortilla chips, corn chips and extruded corn products.
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Report: Organic industry achieved 25 years of fast growth through fear and deception
Food Safety News
A 3,400 per cent increase in sales in 24 years makes organic the fastest-growing consumer food and lifestyle trend in modern history, say independent researchers looking into the industry's strategies and marketing practices. What they've found, though, isn't pretty. Those robust sales, they say, were built on the backs of American taxpayers with deceptive practices involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a willing participant.
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Why Canadian cheese is great — and what our cheese makers can do to get even better
The Globe and Mail
We're good, but we can be better. This is the message I took from the inaugural evening of the Canadian Cheese Awards. Held at St. Lawrence Market, the awards had a strong showing for a first-time event, with 291 cheeses entered from across the country featuring all milk types (sheep, goat, cow and water buffalo).

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Quinoa crops could be coming to a farm near you
University of Guelph
Quinoa, a crop that was once limited to parts of South America, is about to get a lot closer to home. Food science professor Massimo Marcone and Jamie Draves, owner of Katan Kitchens in Campbellville, ON, have teamed up to study the viability of Ontario-grown quinoa. Their team is studying the agronomic practices of growing several species of both experimental and commercial quinoa across Ontario.

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A brief history of fast food's greatest innovations
The Wire
The long national nightmare is over: KFC is bringing back the Double Down. The no-bun, double-breasted chicken concoction was a legendary milestone in fast food engineering, changing the very way people thought a sandwich could be made. ("Hey! What if the meat was actually the bread?")

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Study: Low-fat choices likelier with traffic light labels
Food Navigator
Consumers are more likely to buy low-fat products when they have traffic light labels, but organic foods could suffer from the system, according to research. A study by Drescher et al. in the International Journal of Consumer Studies found that traffic light colours stressed the benefits of low fat products and increased purchase intent.
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U.S.: Mars squares off against Hershey over 'fake' Malteser
JustFood
Mars has filed a lawsuit accusing rival chocolate maker Hershey of misleading U.S. consumers by selling "fake" confectionery under the Malteser brand. According to documents filed with the US district court for the eastern district of Virginia, Mars argued that Hershey's Malteser brand is a confusingly similar trade mark to Mars' own Maltesers product.
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Application made to turn poultry processing waste into feed ingredient
The Poultry Site
Permission is being sought for a plant to extract proteins from poultry or meat plant wastewater skimmings for use in animal feeds. A business wants to recycle processed animal waste in an area covered by Coastal Zone Act restrictions, in the Riveredge Industrial Park along the Delaware River just south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, reports Delaware Online.
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