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Feds' grain freight legislation goes live
AgCanada
The federal government's regulatory grip on the levers of Prairie grain freight has officially tightened. Gov. Gen. David Johnston granted royal assent to Bill C-30, the government's Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, setting new minimum levels for the amount of Prairie grain that must be hauled this summer and allowing shippers to directly claim compensation for lack of rail service.
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Council: More hospitals need to use locally grown food
CBC News
The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions is concerned about the nutritional content in hospital food and is calling on the provincial government to improve food standards. The council is in North Bay today as part of a province-wide tour to raise awareness about unhealthy hospital food.
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Fresher bread for longer: Thanks, science
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Moncton narrowly approves mobile food vendor plan
CBC News
Moncton scaled back a proposal to allow food carts and food trucks downtown this summer after complaints were raised by a local restaurant owner. Councillors were discussing a pilot project to allow six food trucks and five food carts to be allowed in the downtown this summer.
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Prof aims to boost health benefits of flour
University of Guelph
For many people, bread is a part of most meals: a little toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch or rolls in the bread basket when you have dinner at a restaurant. But white bread can cause spikes in blood sugar because its starch is quickly digested and it may lack the nutrients that are important for health.
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Starbucks China plans to serve up frozen dessert dumplings this summer
Brand Eating
Starbucks is offering a pretty interesting dessert for the summer over in China. They call them "Dragon Dumplings" and they are basically frozen dessert dumplings. Specifically, they feature a filling of shaved ice mixed with coffee, tea, and fruit flavors wrapped in a translucent shell.
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McDonald's accelerates boxed-meal strategy
Burger Business
McDonald's co-ops have the option of offering a new FIFA World Cup Bundle Box, which includes food for two (or more) in a box thematically tied to the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil. A McDonald's spokesperson confirmed the item and said approximately 6,500 U.S. McDonald's locations are participating in the Bundle Box program. The corporate recommendation is that the Bundle Box be priced at $14.99 and include two big Macs, two 10-piece Chicken McNuggets, four sauce and two medium fries.
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Bare Snacks chases the coconut craze
Bakery and Snacks
Bare Snacks' coconut chip line rides in the wake of a mega trend, its marketing head says, but not all future R&D will be reactive to market skews. The natural snack specialist launched two new baked coconut chip variants – Chocolate Bliss and Sea Salt Caramel Crunchy – at Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago last month, following an initial coconut line launch in March, 2013.
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Beanitos: Our puffed bean line adds innovation to a dull sector
Confectionery News
Beanitos has launched two puffed bean snacks – a move that brings excitement into a category that has seen little innovation beyond flavor, says its chief innovation officer. The bean-based snack specialist has launched the puff variants in two flavors – hot chili lime and white cheddar – in the U.S. and Canada. Made from a bean-rice blend, the snacks are high in fiber, protein and potassium.
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Focus: The Amazonian takeover
justfood
Amazon's consumer packaged goods opportunity is valued at around $222 billion annually in the U.S., according to analysts at Sanford C Bernstein, and the company is targeting this opportunity aggressively. But with a distinct audience and a very different approach to selling goods, how can CPG firms make the Amazon channel work for them?
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Taking the biscuit: Consumers more sensitive to fat reductions than sugar
Food Navigator
Food manufacturers could reduce the fat content of biscuits by up to 50 per cent without impacting overall product acceptability, according to new research. Published in the journal Food Quality and Preference, findings showed that while the impact on perception of lowering fat content in biscuits by half was negligible, consumers were much more sensitive to sugar reductions.
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As Annie's sales rise, organic wheat costs hurt bottom line
Food Dive
There are ways for Annie's to address the crazy price swings in the commodity markets. No doubt the company is working hard to find a more effective price-hedging strategy. Getting past the Whole Foods hurdle will be tougher. It's unclear what other retailer would want to step in and buy as heavily from Annie's as Whole Foods has.
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A disease-tracking map created by Guelph veterinary experts might be the first step to preventing domestic animal diseases from spreading. The interactive, online “Worms and Germs” map created by University of Guelph professor Scott Weese, Pathobiology, and former grad student Maureen Anderson, now at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, is designed to track the spread of infectious diseases in dogs, cats and horses.

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Film lifts sustainability barrier
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Your vanilla ice cream is about to get weirder
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Synthetic biolog — or "synbio" for short — is the stuff of science fiction brought to life. Whereas standard-issue biotechnology involves inserting a gene from one organism into another, synbio entails stuff like inserting computer-generated DNA sequences into living cells: i.e, creating new organisms altogether.
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Report: Yum! Brands attempting Asian food with test of banh mi sandwich shop
Consumerist
The company that's gone south of the border to offer fare resembling Mexican food, and brought customers buckets of fried meat resembling chicken, is now taking a whack at selling Asian cuisine. Namely, those tasty little Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches many Americans have come to drool over as shops pop up across the country.
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Euromonitor: Checkout bans could kick confectionery while it's down
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The recent flurry of retail checkout confectionery bans, joined last month by retail giant Tesco, could hurt impulse-driven sales, but present high margin opportunities to supermarkets, according to Euromonitor analysts. Two weeks ago Tesco became the first U.K. grocery retailer to commit to a blanket ban of confectionery at checkouts across all its store formats. Its move followed the likes of Lidl, which announced a similar pilot in selected store earlier this year.
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