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Laying the groundwork for innovation
OTTAWA, June 11, 2014 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) releases today several reports about supporting innovation and creating new opportunities for food manufacturers, as part of its final series of work about the competitiveness of Canada's largest manufacturing sector.
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Forget malls, the best international shopping experiences come from grocery stores
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Eggs made from plants, invisible stores: The future of retail
The focus on retail in 2014 is on the future, especially in Canada, with companies large and small scrambling to catch up to the U.S. when it comes to e-commerce. But what does the more distant future hold? What will retail look like in 10 years?
Canadian stores set to drop prices to keep customers
Don't like the price tag on that pair of pants you've been eyeing or what the grocery store is asking for a loaf of bread? A new report says the cost of those and other goods could soon drop as many Canadian retailers prepare to slash prices to lure consumers.
New logo helps consumers identify Canadian chicken in the grocery store
Chicken Farmers of Canada launched a new logo that will make it easier for consumers to identify Canadian chicken in the grocery store. The logo which reads "Raised by a Canadian Farmer," shows a picture of a red chicken with a white maple leaf in the middle of the chicken.
Labelling lawsuits underscore vigilance toward product packaging
The food & beverage landscape may undergo significant changes shortly if a lawsuit between POM Wonderful & Coca-Cola is decided in POM's favour. POM is suing Coca-Cola for misleading packaging for its Minute Maid Pomegranate Blueberry juice. The labelling suggests that the beverage is a 100 per cent fruit juice flavoured with a combination of five fruit juices.
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Ottawa researcher hopes bugs can address global food insecurity
Gabe Mott is spending the summer in Mexico, where the company he's part of is trying to figure out how to industrialize the production of insects — or micro-livestock — to address global food insecurity. Mott thinks there could one day be a market for insects in North America, even among vegetarians. The bugs can also be ground up into a high-protein flour that can be used for things like making tortillas.
More funding for agriculture teaching in Canadian classrooms
The Poultry Site
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart have announced a new $1 million five-year funding agreement with Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan. This represents a $550,000 increase in funding over the last five-year period.
New deadline for Loblaw distribution centre in Cornwall
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Loblaw, the country's largest supermarket chain, has until December 2015 to erect a distribution centre in Cornwall's business park. Loblaw Companies Limited has been given the green light (again) to set up shop on a 121-acre parcel of land in the Cornwall Business Park.
Food manufacturers 'unprepared for digital revolution'
Food manufacturers are unprepared to exploit the digital revolution that is boosting online sales of food and drink, warns Rabobank. The warning was delivered in its new report – Food Processors Challenged by Online Growth Dynamics. Rabobank's senior analyst David Roeg told FoodManufacture.co.uk that shoppers' growing preference for online sales are sparking the biggest changes seen in the retail industry for a generation and food processors should be better prepared to exploit them.
Diamond Foods bets big on ready-to-eat popcorn as category tops $600 million
Bakery and Snacks
The U.S. ready-to-eat popcorn category has been "growing in the double-digits for the past 3-4 years" and is now worth "north of $600 million in annual [retail] sales", according to Diamond Foods CEO Brain Driscoll, who says new launches under the Kettle and Pop Secret brands will hit stores this month.
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In the spotlight: Nestle hopes to thaw Lean Cuisine sales chill
Nestle has conceded that it is facing some significant challenges in the US frozen category. However, comments at the firm's investor day this week would seem to suggest that the world's largest food company has set out a roadmap for how to "fix" lacklustre brands such as Lean Cuisine.
Mondelēz throws down sustainable palm oil gauntlet
Mondelēz is challenging palm oil suppliers to step up their game so it can move towards using physical supplies of purely sustainable palm oil for all its products. In an exclusive video, Jonathan Horrell, sustainability director for Mondelēz International, which uses palm oil in a range of biscuit and confectionery products, explained what this would mean for suppliers.
General Mills: We're committed to driving growth in convenience store snacking
Bakery and Snacks
Merchandizing gaps in convenience stores need to be plugged and snack makers must collaborate to drive progress forward, says the category development head at General Mills Convenience as it launches Nature Valley convenience store tailored products. General Mills Convenience has developed new Nature Valley products for convenience stores - a salted caramel nut protein bar and a breakfast biscuits line, all set to roll out this month across the U.S.. The new breakfast biscuits come in two varieties - blueberry and honey.
Heinz, Ford eye tomato waste for car parts
Ford already uses bioplastics — including soy foam seat cushions and composite materials that contain coconuts. In addition, both Ford and rival BMW uses kenaf fibers in its vehicles. In fact, much of the food industry views bioplastics with considerable interest. Coca-Cola is one of the industry leaders driving research and development.
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Modern consumer increasingly obsessive
The Drinks Business
Today's consumer is increasingly obsessive; in search of something retro, feel-good and blended, and looking for an experience they can share, according to Wine Intelligence. Speaking at a seminar on wine innovation at the recent London Wine Fair, Wine Intelligence chief executive Lulie Halstead highlighted such trends when considering innovations both within and outside the drinks trade.
Hershey in the race to develop 3-D chocolate
U.S. firm 3-D Systems is collaborating with chocolate manufacturing giant Hershey's to develop 3-D chocolates fit for the commercial market. The announcement precedes the launch of 3D Systems' latest ChefJet "kitchen ready" printers targeting mainstream markets and designed to make chocolate and sugar-based confectionery.
Bones built from beer brewing waste
The Drinks Business
Spanish scientists have developed a new biomaterial from waste discarded after beer brewing which can be used to regenerate human bones. Research was carried out in collaboration by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, the Institute of Materials Science and the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, together with Spanish brewer Mahou.
Cooking up pizza to last for 3 years
Lauren Oleksyk isn't trying to bake the best pizza in the whole world, but she might be responsible for the best slice of a person's life. Oleksyk leads a team that's a critical link in the Army's material and supply chain. Its official name is the Food Processing, Engineering & Technology Team, Combat Feeding Directorate.
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