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CIFST Member Michael Eskin is the university professor who raps his lectures!
CTV News
What do you get when you combine radium and phosphorus? If you're using atomic letters from the periodic table of the elements, you get "Ra" and "P". And if you're in professor Michael Eskin's class, you get rap.
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Eataly coming to Canada?
Canadian Grocer
Italian food emporium Eataly may be one step closer to opening the doors of its first Canadian location. Retail-Insider.com quotes an anonymous source saying Toronto has become a "high priority" for the company and that other Canadian cities like Montreal or Vancouver could someday also see Eataly in their downtown cores.
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Agricultural Growth Act passes second reading
Daily Commercial News
Important legislation that will help Canada's farming industry grow their markets at home and internationally passed the Second Reading in the House of Commons. The Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18) will provide farmers with greater access to new crop varieties, financial programs and trade opportunities.
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Metro buying Première Moisson bakery
Canadian Grocer
Supermarket chain Metro is buying a majority stake in leading Quebec bakery Premiere Moisson to fuel the family run company's expansion while adding to its own product offering in a competitive market. The Colpron-Fiset family, which founded the bakery in 1992, will retain 25 per cent of the company and continue to manage its 23 stores and three production plants.
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Japanese railway to use KitKat bars as tickets
Confectionery News
Japan has a reputation for food innovation, and a new initiative by Nestlé will transform one of its iconic chocolate bars into currency for train travel while at the same time promoting a crisis-hit part of the country. Train travellers in northern Japan can use KitKat as train tickets as part of a scheme to rejuvenate tourism after the region devastated by an earthquake and tsunami three years ago.
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For grocery brands, great social customer service must always be in stock
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The combination of social media and smartphones has created a new consumer relationship for supermarkets. In a market where prices are elastic and online delivery services are on the rise, customer loyalty is often fickle. Therefore brands have to differentiate themselves in new ways. Providing a great customer experience, both in store and on social, is chief among ways for companies to differentiate themselves.
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The state of the burger market, 2014
Burger Business
Looking for a burger restaurant? You’ll have the best luck in California or Mississippi. California has the largest number of burger joints; 11.72 per cent of all Mississippi restaurants are burger-menu spots, highest share in the U.S. And if you want an independent burger spot rather than a chain location, your best bet is Washington, where 26.61 per cent of burger restaurants are indies, highest in the U.S.
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Major retailers agree to publish unit prices online
Food Dive
A collection of some of the biggest names in retail have agreed to publish unit prices online and on mobile apps, making it easier for consumers to comparison shop. Brick and mortar companies such as Wal-Mart, Costco, Walgreens, and CVS were joined by online retailers FreshDirect and Drugstore.com in agreeing to a request from New York State's Attorney General for more transparency.
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Popcorn explosion! But is there room for competitive growth?
Bakery and Snacks
Popcorn has exploded over the last few years with start-ups popping up left, right and center, but is there room for more competition? And can growth be sustained? Industry is torn. The global popcorn sector was worth $7.78 billion last year and has been forecast to soar to $10.3 billion by 2018, according to Euromonitor International.
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Euromonitor: Health concerns could slow breakfast biscuit boom
Food Navigator
Breakfast biscuit makers should reduce sugar and calorie content and develop healthier variants if they want to secure continued growth, says Euromonitor International. The breakfast biscuit sector has boomed in the past three years, experiencing triple-digit growth, according to Euromonitor International.
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Mars: No immediate chocolate price increases in face of cocoa deficit
Confectionery News
Mars says it is experiencing the same pressures on the cocoa market as Nestlé, but currently has no plans to raise chocolate prices. In April, Mars' rival Nestlé said that it would increase its confectionery prices after it complained that higher commodity prices, particularly for cocoa, had contributed to a 13 per cent slump in sales for its confectionery category in Q1.
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Increased competition could revitalize U.S. frozen sector
Just Food
Sales in the frozen aisle have been lacklustre in the US for some years. However, increased competitive activity from the likes of Nestle, ConAgra Foods and Tyson Foods could help rejuvenate the sector, Katy Askew suggests. The world's first quick-frozen food business was launched in 1925 by American inventor Clarence Birdseye.
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Domino's launches voice ordering for smartphone apps
Brand Eating
Domino's partners with Nuance Communications to launch voice ordering for their Android and iOS smartphone apps. The platform is launching in a beta format, which means they could adjust it a fair bit due to customer feedback.
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Fresher bread for longer: Thanks, science
Science 2.0
Essential oils have boomed in popularity as alternatives for synthetic cleaning products, anti-mosquito sprays and even medicines.

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Forget malls, the best international shopping experiences come from grocery stores
National Post
I was in the middle of the desert in the middle of July in the middle of Ramadan; specifically, I was in Dubai during one of the city's least lively times of the year (during daytime, anyway). I asked several people for suggestions of what to do and was repeatedly told to head to the shopping malls.

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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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Researchers urge caution in use of protein nanostructures
Food Navigator
More research on the cytotoxicity of protein nanostructures is needed and proponents should weigh the risks carefully before introducing particles into foods, particularly on novel nanostructures, claim researchers. However, despite the body evidence in support of nanostructures, the researchers said more thorough research is necessary to assess the "cytotoxicity" of protein nanostructures.
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Greek yogurt manufacturers turning waste into money
Food Mag
Greek yogurt manufacturers in the US could cut their acid whey output by a collective 1 million tons a year by converting it into value-added dairy products, according to Arla Foods Ingredients. For every 100kg of milk used to make Greek yogurt, only 33kg ends up used in the final product.
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Canola oil offers blood sugar management potential for diabetics
Bakery and Snacks
Alpha-linolenic acid-rich canola oil, in combination with a low glycemic index diet, may help improve blood sugar control and other measures of heart health, says a new study from Canada. The study's findings were welcomed by the Canola Council of Canada, which sponsored the study along with the Government of Canada.
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