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Heinz finalizes deal to sell Leamington food processing plant to Highbury Canco
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Food giant Heinz says a deal to prevent closing a food processing plant that's a key part of the town's economy is now complete, saving at least 250 jobs. The H.J. Heinz Co. said that Highbury Canco will take over operating the 105-year-old plant in Leamington, ON on June 27. "We are pleased that Canco will manufacture some of Canada's favourite products, including Heinz Tomato Juice, Heinz Beans, and Heinz canned pastas in the years to come," Michael Mullen, senior vice-president of corporate and government affairs at H. J. Heinz Company, said in a statement.
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The menu is changing in Food Services
McGill Reporter
What do food trucks, Première Moisson and MIT have in common? They all have something to do with the big changes coming to the provision of food on McGill's campus over the coming year. Food trucks, those long-desired harbingers of spring, have finally made their appearance on the downtown campus after winter’s grudging departure.
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Food dye amounts revealed in brand name products
CBC News
Artificial food colouring in packaged food tends to be listed on ingredient labels, but until now, the amount of food dye in brand name food products was a mystery. But a new study, published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, looks at just how much artificial food dye is those popular products.
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Beer industry in B.C. not what it used to be
Straight.com
The brand manager of Granville Island Brewing, Jamie Bennett, likes to view Vancouver's growing craft-beer industry as a reflection of the city's creative economy. Sitting over a glass of beer in the GIB Taproom, the Kitsilano-raised marketer told the Georgia Straight that when the brewery's founders launched Island Lager in 1984, Canadians weren't used to such a flavourful beer.
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Growers oppose GMO apple
Salmon Arm Observer
Some see it as a rotten idea fit for the compost; proponents think it deserves to be polished and marketed. Judgments are strong when it comes to genetically modified apples. The non-browning Arctic apple was created by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, an agriculture biotechnology company based in Summerland.
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Is the end of food here? Soylent hits the market
Metro
Standing at the streetcar stop a few weeks ago, tired and hungry after a long day at work, my arms loaded down with groceries, I longed for Soylent. I had interviewed Rob Rhinehart, whose company sells Soylent, a beige liquid that he claims has every nutrient, calorie and protein the body needs. It's made from a bag of powder — maltodextrin (simple carbs), rice protein, oat flour and a blend of vitamins and minerals — and a packet of oils that provide fat and omega-3s. It costs about $10 a day. You just mix, carry it around in water bottle, and sip.
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Why is brown-rice syrup in my food? Is it healthier than sugar?
The Globe and Mail
The question: Is brown-rice syrup healthier than white sugar? What about organic evaporated cane juice? The answer: If you check ingredient lists on packaged foods, inevitably you'll find brown-rice syrup or evaporated cane juice (organic or not) on the labels of many natural and organic foods. They may sound healthier than white sugar, but don't be fooled. Both are added (a.k.a. refined) sugars that need to be limited.
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Shrinking packaging means less for food banks
CBC News
The Sudbury food bank says it's hoping people continue to be generous in light of the rising cost of food. Executive director Dan Xilon said supplies might be affected, as the cost of growing and producing food is going up and many manufacturers are making packages smaller while keeping the price the same.
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Top 5 tasty trends at Sweets and Snacks
Confectionery News
Confectionery manufacturers showing their latest products offer a glimpse of current and upcoming industry trends, including hot ingredients, growing categories, and standout packaging. Candy makers around the globe go through approximately 2.2 billion pounds of sugar each year, according to the National Confectioners Association. Judging by the abundance of products on display at the 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo this week, most of that sugar is at the conference.
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The future of snacks? Popped, ancient grains and the rise of craft brands
Bakery and Snacks
Craft snack brands will lead innovation because of their fresh take on an old market, and balancing health and indulgence will be top of the agenda, says Innova Market Insights. While health would continue to define the future of snacks, indulgence must be considered an equal product dimension, said Yasemin Özdemir, market analyst at Innova Market Insights.
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Hershey crowds the candy aisle with product launches
Confectionery News
Chocolate, chews, hard candy, snacks—The Hershey Company is going all out with a large array of product introductions at the 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo. Exhibitors all over the Sweets and Snacks show floor are debuting products. The Hershey Company is among the most prolific, with product introductions across a number of categories.
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Hershey silent over Russell Stover Candies buy rumour
justfood
Hershey has refused to be drawn on speculation it is one of the bidders looking to acquire US confectioner Russell Stover Candies. According to a report carried by the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter" Hershey, Yildiz Holding and private equity firms have expressed an interest in the confectionery firm.
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Allergen-bound flour may offer new food allergy hope
Food Navigator
The development of a new types of flour containing small amounts of allergen proteins bound to polyphenols could help to desensitize allergic people using "food therapy", say researchers. Writing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the team set out to design a new type of flour that could help control food allergies without causing dangerous side effects.
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Research: Mycotoxin exposure could rise with dark chocolate consumption
Food Navigator
Increasing consumption of chocolate with high levels of cocoa could "elevate exposure" to food contaminants aflatoxins and ochratoxin A, according to researchers, although they acknowledged it remains a "minor source". Concentrations of aflatoxins and ochratoxin A found in cocoa currently equate to low human exposure risks, however changing consumption habits could present problems and high chocolate consumption by children was highlighted as an area of concern.
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Health properties of cinnamon drive demand
Bakery and Snacks
Increasing interest in cinnamon's health properties has led to its use in more foods, but heavy rainfall in producer countries has affected supply, a leading ingredients company has warned. Supply of cassia cinnamon has reduced, while price has increased by about 20 per cent year-on-year, according to EHL Ingredients. The firm attributed the shortfall to heavy rainfall in Indonesia, which is a major producer.
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Could personalized food labels help you eat better?
Fast Company
Nutrition is a slippery science, full of research that is constantly debunked by more research. We're left largely confused, pondering whether " vitamins are good for you" or "whether eating saturated fat gives you heart disease." Sam Slover, a graduate student at NYU, tackled the problem by creating Wrap Genius, a nutrition label that can be customized to accommodate anyone’s diet.
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The growth of gluten-free food: 10 of the best products
The Guardian
For years, gluten-free was a niche category for those with health issues. Not anymore. As reported in the Grocer this week, enthusiasm is growing — probably thanks to high-profile fans such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Novak Djokovic, who claim gluten-free diets make them feel better and less tired. As a result, there is a greater choice of quality products than ever before.

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Heinz finalizes deal to sell Leamington food processing plant to Highbury Canco
CTV News
Food giant Heinz says a deal to prevent closing a food processing plant that's a key part of the town's economy is now complete, saving at least 250 jobs. The H.J. Heinz Co. said that Highbury Canco will take over operating the 105-year-old plant in Leamington, ON on June 27. "We are pleased that Canco will manufacture some of Canada's favourite products, including Heinz Tomato Juice, Heinz Beans, and Heinz canned pastas in the years to come," Michael Mullen, senior vice-president of corporate and government affairs at H. J. Heinz Company, said in a statement.

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Loblaw thinks outside the 'box' with new banner
Canadian Grocer
The "Box by No Frills" isn't drawing customers through weekly flyers. That's because there are none. Instead, shoppers can pick up an eight-and-a-half by 11-inch handbill with the week's everyday low prices on their way in. Ditching flyers, dressing staff in warehouse chic (jeans and T-shirts) and tightly editing SKUs are a few ways that the Box's owner, Loblaw Companies, is keeping costs and prices down.

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The case against 'all-natural'
Food Dive
In the fight against America's "obesity epidemic," more food companies are re-thinking how they create and market products to help shrink seemingly ever-expanding waistlines. The label "natural" lines the shelves of supermarkets, bracing the labels of some perceivably not-so-natural foods like potato chips and jars of peanut butter.
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Putting safety first in food manufacturing
Food Magazine
Even discussing the possibility of a product recall is enough to send shivers down the spine of a food or beverage manufacturer. Whether we're talking about a small scale operation, or a highly reputable multi-national company with world class food safety procedures in place, the reality is that neither is immune to contamination scares.
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Red wine found to fight off dental cavities
The Drinks Business
A team of scientists from the Research Institute for Food Science in Madrid and the University of Zürich, led by M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas, found that red wine, along with grape seed extract, was effective at removing the bacteria which causes cavities and tooth loss, which currently affects up to 90 per cent of the global population.
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Proposed nutrition labels more effective than current labels
Food Navigator
In line with the goals set forth by FDA's proposed Nutrition Facts updates, consumers find proposed labels easier to read in less time and perceive food and beverage products with larger serving sizes to be less healthy, according to a study from the Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research (GICR).
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Unilever sells Bertolli, Ragu for $2.15 billion
Food Navigator
Condiment manufacturer Mizkan Group will acquire Unilever's Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce brands for $2.15 billion in an all-cash deal. Mizkan, which aims to expand beyond its home market in Japan, also picks up two North American manufacturing facilities in the transaction. The move follows Mizkan's recent acquisitions of Holland House and Border Foods.
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NY's GMO labeling would raise the cost of food for a family of four by $800 per year
Food Navigator
The cost of New York State adopting labeling of GMO ingredient in food products could increase the cost of food for a family of four by $800 per year, says a new economic study from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.
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