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Sobeys to close stores, chop jobs in wake of Safeway deal
The Globe and Mail
Grocer Sobeys Inc. is set to announce that it is closing underperforming stores and cutting jobs following its $5.8 billion acquisition of rival Safeway Canada as it looks for savings in an intensifying food fight. The closings could involve as many as 50 to 60 stores, said one industry source, but company officials wouldn’t confirm the numbers.
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Cambridge food trucks given go-ahead, but banned from some core areas
Cambridge Times
Mobile food trucks will soon be permitted year-round in certain commercially designated areas of the city. Cambridge council passed a motion directing the city clerk to prepare a bylaw to license them as part of a two-year pilot project. Various conditions will prohibit food trucks from operating near intersections, within 30 metres of restaurants and 100 metres of schools, on local roads and highways, and on private property without the consent of the property owner.
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Around the world: Lobster lands on the menu at Subway Canada
Brand Eating
While you can only find tuna or "Seafood Sensation" (in select stores) at Subway in the US, in Canada, the sandwich chain is offering Atlantic Canadian lobster all across the country with the national launch of the Lobster Sandwich. The sandwich was previously a summertime offering exclusive to Subway locations along the Atlantic coast of the country and features chunks of lobster meat mixed with mayo with the standard choice of toppings and bread (although the recommendation is for a simple pairing of lettuce on toasted Italian bread).
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How to win or lose on the functional foods market
Food Navigator
Health matters but convenience matters more, according to a report that looked at why functional foods succeeded or failed in the market place. Relying too much on a health benefit to differentiate a new product is the most common reason for failing, the report Failures in Functional Foods and Beverages has said.
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FDA lays out plan to oversee tiny nanoparticles in food, cosmetics
Global News
Federal regulators want to hear from companies using tiny, engineered micro-particles in their products, part of an effort to stay abreast of the growing field of nanotechnology. The Food and Drug Administration issued final recommendations Tuesday for companies using nanotechnology in products regulated by the government, which can include medical therapies, food and cosmetics.
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Metro businesses get taste of new food waste rules
Business in Vancouver
Rogers Arena is one of several businesses trying to remove food waste and other organic materials from their garbage bins before tough new disposal rules take effect in Metro Vancouver, likely next year. After launching a composting program in August 2012, "we haven't looked back," said the arena's executive chef David Speight, a passionate recycler. Waste diversion is now commonplace in the kitchens, and it's gradually being extended throughout the facility.
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Report recommendations could give Canadian ag competitive edge
The Poultry Site
The chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry is confident recommendations contained in a report released recently will help improve the competitive position of Canadian agriculture worldwide, writes Bruce Cochrane. Committee chair Percy Mockler notes the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector accounts for one in eight jobs representing 2.1 million people.
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Farm think-tank tapped out as George Morris Centre folds
AgCanada.com
Facing "challenging" financial straits, one of Canada's best-known agriculture and agri-food research organizations has announced plans to close later this year. The board of the George Morris Centre announced it plans to dissolve the Guelph-based organization, and transfer its net assets back to the University of Guelph's Ontario Agricultural College (OAC).
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Study: Land-based aquaculture not commercially viable
CTV News
An independent report commissioned by the Nova Scotia government is casting doubt on the commercial viability of farming Atlantic salmon in land-based, closed-containment facilities. The report by Gardner Pinfold Consulting concludes that land-based salmon farming operations — while technically feasible — would have to be large-scale to overcome the inherent engineering, building, labour and energy costs.
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Jamie Oliver to open restaurant in Toronto
Canadian Grocer
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will be opening the first North American location of his restaurant chain Jamie's Italian in Toronto. Oliver has partnered with Toronto’s King Street Food Company, owners of Buca and Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse, to bring his brand of cuisine to Yorkdale Shopping Centre in spring 2015.
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Ottawa invests in flax research
Farms.com
The federal government is investing in flax research, with the aim to find ways to boost the value of unused crop components, including flax oil and flax orbitides. Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) presented the $535,000 in funding to Prairie Tide Chemicals Inc., on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
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General Mills reports rise in profits, plans cost-cutting moves
Food Dive
General Mills said its net income rose 10.4 per cent in the fourth quarter, less than analysts had expected. The maker of Wheaties, Green Giant, Bisquick, Progresso, and numerous other food brands said sales fell 2.9 per cent in the quarter.
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Nestlé UK to pull Wonka bars
Confectionery News
The U.K. business introduced three Wonka flavors backed by a £3.6 million media campaign in September 2013 that had been touted as one of its biggest launches since Randoms and KitKat Chunky. A Nestlé spokesperson said the decision was for U.K. & Ireland only.
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Minute Maid is mixing drinks for moms
Canadian Grocer
Minute Maid is hoping moms will spread the word about its new calorie-reduced Minute Made Light brands. The Coca-Cola-owned brand hosted an "influencer brunch" on June 21 in Toronto, where food and entertaining expert Nadine Hughes shared summertime cocktail/mocktail recipes with a group of lifestyle and parenting bloggers.
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Godiva appoints new CEO
Confectionery News
Yildiz Holding has appointed Mohamed Elsarky to run its Godiva Chocolate business. Elsarky, Godiva's current head of international operations, replaces Jim Goldman, who left his post in January. In addition to his role as CEO Elsarky will continue in his current position.

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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.

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Eataly coming to Canada?
Canadian Grocer
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 some day also see Eataly in their downtown cores.

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Bio-dome imagines future of food in space
Farm and Dairy
What will future space colonists eat in their long trek across the galaxies? A new bio-dome display at Iowa State University's Reiman Gardens looks into the future of farming in space. The bio-dome is the main attraction in the Hughes Conservatory through Nov. 15 as part of Reiman Gardens' space and science fiction theme this year.
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Brits moving to non-dairy pastures: Mintel report
Food Navigator
There is a growing trend towards dairy alternatives in the U.K., with volume sales of cow-milk alternatives such as soya, rice and buffalo milk up 155 per cent between 2011 and 2013, according to a Mintel report. This took volumes from 36 million litres in 2011 to 92 million litres in 2013, it said.
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Godiva appoints new CEO
Confectionery News
Yildiz Holding has appointed Mohamed Elsarky to run its Godiva Chocolate business. Elsarky, Godiva's current head of international operations, replaces Jim Goldman, who left his post in January. In addition to his role as CEO Elsarky will continue in his current position.
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Street smarts: McDonald Maltese food truck
Burger Business
The Mediterranean island nation of Malta is one of McDonald's Corp.'s smallest markets. Its franchisee operates only 10 stores in the country, which covers just 122 square miles and has a population of roughly a half-million. But that small size made it the perfect place for McDonald's and agency TBWA/ANG to mount one of the most creative initiatives in the chain's global product-quality campaign.
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