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CIFST
The 2013 Annual General Meeting was held on May 8th in Edmonton, AB in conjunction with the CIFST Alberta Section Plant Tours, AGM and Awards Dinner. This annual business meeting of CIFST members provided an opportunity for CIFST's leaders to report on the past year of the Institute's activities, as well as share their vision and goals for the year ahead.
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Congratulations to the 2013 Institute Award recipients
CIFST
At the Awards Dinner on May 8th Edmonton, AB, six deserving and accomplished award recipients were announced. Congratulatons to all! Click on the recipient name for details about their accomplishments CIFST has 10 awards which are designed to recognize the accomplishments of individuals and teams within the Institute and the food sector.
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CIFST Announces LEAD 360 Global Leadership Forum Representative
CIFST
CIFST is pleased to announce that Dagmara Head of the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie has been selected to participate in LEAD 360, a worldwide initiative lead by allied organization, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), to identify and nurture tomorrow's Food Industry leaders. Dagmara will represent CIFST along with other selected future leaders from US and international allied organizations at the inaugural event being held in conjunction with IFT's Annual Meeting and Food Expo,13 - 16 July 2013 in Chicago.
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CIFST partners with IFT to support the Certified Food Scientist Program

The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) has announced a new partnership with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) that brings the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) certification to CIFST members. This partnership will expand the impact of the CFS program by providing 1,200 CIFST members involved in food science and technology with a new opportunity to differentiate their work experience in the global marketplace.
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Tim Hortons to offer new, darker brew
Toronto Star
Tim Hortons Inc. is launching a new blend of coffee for the first time in the company``s history, something with a bit more bite than the familiar poured brew that has captured the lion’s share of the coffee market in Canada. Called Tim Hortons Partnership Blend, the coffee will be sold in 343-gram bags to be made at home. It is a darker roast — but still a medium roast — made from beans from family farms in Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia and Brazil.
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The uses of mustard in the food industry go far beyond flavour. Mustard is one of the most versatile food ingredients in the world and is being increasingly used for its many unique and natural properties such as an emulsifier, antioxidant, stabilizer, a preservative, and a binder the natural way.
 


More Albertans are supporting the local food movement
Global News
More Albertans are buying locally grown food than ever before, says a recent Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development study. Three-quarters of Alberta households visited farmers' markets in 2012, and spent around $55 per visit. "People are more interested in seeing where their food is coming from," said Eila Jaksa, manager of the Mill Woods Farmers' Market.
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City of Edmonton taking applications for its new food council
Edmonton Journal
Many cities that develop food and urban agriculture policies also establish food councils. Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Kamloops and Calgary are good Canadian examples. Now, Edmonton's food council is being set up to advise city administration on "matters of food and urban agriculture and to take an active role in supporting the implementation of the (food) strategy," according to the city's website.
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Ontario now included in local food definitions
Simcoe.com
The federal government has made regulation changes that will allow food items produced and sold anywhere within Ontario to be called local. The change allows Canadian businesses to label food items local as long as they were made within the province or territory where they are being sold. The new policy will also allow food items sold across provincial borders to be called local as long as they originated within 50 kilometres.
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Value-added processors gain support in Saskatchewan
Ag Annex
Member of Parliament Ray Boughen (Palliser), on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart have announced a $10 million investment over five years for the Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM) program. The SLIM program is open to Saskatchewan agri-businesses involved in value added processing of agricultural products, such as food, feed and bio-products.
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Tennessee whiskey, brought to you by PEI wheat
Farm Focus
One of the ingredients in Jack Daniels whiskey is Prince Edward Island wheat, Neil Campbell told the PEI Soil & Crops Improvement Association annual. According to Island Farmer, the PEI Grain Elevator Corporation General Manager said the demand for wheat was strong and in mid-March worth $335/metric tonne.
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FAO touts edible insects as 'valuable sources of nutrition'
Food Navigator
Insects could play a vital role in food security in the coming decades — but disgust remains a barrier for consumers in many Western countries, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation. The FAO estimates that 2 billion people worldwide regularly consume insects, from the crispy fried locusts and beetles popular in Thailand, to the ants and beetle larvae eaten by tribes in Africa and Australia as part of subsistence diets.
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Plant-based protein craze drives renewed interest in peanut flour
Bakery and Snacks
While peanut flour has been around for years, recent interest in protein — particularly the plant-based variety — has sparked renewed interest, particularly in the nutritional bars market, according to one leading supplier. Although peanuts generally contain about 25 per cent protein, peanut flour contains 40-50 per cent protein depending on how much fat has been removed.
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Canned food market to top $79 billion in 2014
Food Production Daily
A recent market study indicates that worldwide sales of canned food products will reach nearly $80 billion by 2014. According to the study "Canned Food: A Global Market Overview," available from market intelligence firm Report Buyer, the figure is an increase over 2013 sales figures, estimated at approximately $77 billion Further, the company projects canned food sales to approach $100 billion by 2020.
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Researchers: Dark chocolate enhances mood but not cognition
Confectionery News
Cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate may keep you calmer and content but no link has been established with enhanced cognitive performance, according to a study funded by Barry Callebaut. The randomized, double-blind study by Swinburne University of Technology published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that people consuming high cocoa flavanol dark chocolate reported more positive mood states.
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CIFST partners with IFT to support the Certified Food Scientist Program
CIFST
The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) today announced a new partnership with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) that brings the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) certification to CIFST members.

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Research funding inadequate, says Maple Leaf executive
Western Producer
Canada's food industry risks falling behind other countries because of the government's declining support for publicly funded research, says the vice-president of one of Canada's largest food companies.


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University of Guelph Food Institute gets funding boost
University of Guelph
Two new donations worth $700,000 will help a new University of Guelph institute tackle the world's most important food issues through research, innovation and action.

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Study unlocks benefits of walnut for heart health
Bakery and Snacks
The heart health benefits of walnuts may be linked to different parts of the nuts acting on different physiological functions, says new data in the Journal of Nutrition. While the heart health potential of walnuts has been reported before, it was not previously known how individual walnut components contribute to these effects.
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Biocatalysts introduces fruit firming enzyme
Food Navigator
South Wales-based Biocatalysts Ltd has introduced an enzyme to retain the firmness of soft fruits and vegetables during processing. Pectinase 872L works by reducing the solubility of pectin, meaning that fruits such as strawberries keep their structure better in products like yoghurt, jam, fruit preparations and sauces.
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Horse meat scandal boosts U.K. organic sales
Food Navigator
U.K. year on year sales of organic food have increased for the first time since 2009, according to new figures from Kantar Worldpanel — an increase that the Soil Association has said was partly due to the horse meat scandal. The latest figures show that organic food sales grew 1.6 per cent over the past three months to reach a similar level to that of May 2011.
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