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Consumers driving changes in the food sector
Alberta Farmer
The relationship between consumers and their food is no longer 'from field to fork,' says the former VP of innovation for Loblaws. "It's actually from fork to field," said Paul Uys, who spoke at the Conference on Food Innovation in late May. "Consumers are increasingly driving the food supply chain." And right now, consumers value transparency in food labelling. "GMO free is the fastest-growing new trend, with a compound annual growth rate of 49 per cent," said Clifton.
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Eat Think Vote campaign focuses on food policy
Toronto Star
Food could well be on the policy table as campaigns leading up to the Oct. 19 federal election get underway. "Eat Think Vote" is the political slogan adopted by Food Secure Canada, an alliance of organizations working to end hunger and promote accessible, healthy food through sustainable food systems.
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Nestle, P&G and PepsiCo CEOs talk trust at Consumer Goods Forum
Canadian Grocer
Trust was the key word at this year's Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit in New York. Several speakers emphasized that the food industry can't grow without it. Trust is critical, industry leaders said, because most consumers will only recommend a product, brand or store if they trust it, and the majority of consumers won't buy from companies they don't trust.
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Study: Micro plastics in the ocean are moving up the food chain
Vancouver Sun
Plastic fibres and particles in West Coast waters are being consumed and passed up the food chain by tiny marine creatures that apparently mistake them for food, according to a new study from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. Researcher Peter Ross and his colleagues found plastic litter in the digestive systems of two key species of plankton that are eaten in large numbers by salmon and baleen whales.
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Phasing out trans-fats is a long, costly process
Chicago Tribune
After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement earlier this month that artificial trans-fats would be banned within three years, the clock started ticking for companies still making trans-fat-laden pies, popcorn, fries, frostings and other partially hydrogenated edibles. Much of the industry has already succeeded in removing trans-fat while keeping the taste. The American Heart Association recommends less than 2 grams of trans-fat per day in a 2,000-calorie diet.
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Kellogg touching on consumer trends, unveils over 40 new products
Food Dive
Kellogg Co. is launching more than 40 new products across its U.S. portfolio, many of which demonstrate the company's adaptation to today's consumer trends and changing preferences. About 51 per cent of consumers say they want products with simpler ingredients, which contain no artificial flavors or hydrogenated oils. The new products also employ ancient grains along with traditional grains as well as a variety of fruits, nuts, and seeds.
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Kraft in legal hot water over 'natural cheese' and 'all natural' Capri Sun
Beverage Daily
Kraft Foods Group has come under renewed fire over 'natural' claims recently, with a judge certifying a false advertising lawsuit over its 'natural cheese' and a plaintiff filing a new lawsuit alleging Capri Sun 100 per cent juice is not 'all natural' as it contains citric acid from genetically engineered crops.
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Research: Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide — global prevention plans needed
Beverage Daily
Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research, which warns of an urgent need for strong global prevention programs. The U.S.-based research team revealed the first detailed global report on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). The report modelled global, regional and national burdens of disease associated with SSB consumption.
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Olive leaf extract may help prevent cardiovascular disease
Institute of Food Technologies
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that consuming olive leaf extract may have a positive effect on measures associated with cardiovascular disease. The leaves of the olive plant (Olea europaea) are rich in polyphenols, of which oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol are most characteristic. Such polyphenols have been shown to have a positive impact on cardiovascular risk factors.
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Shoppers trade in big food brands for local and organic
USA Today
Mike Zollner was headed down the road toward high cholesterol and blood pressure. Then he lost 50 pounds. His answer? Twice-a-week trips to farmers markets. "I talk to farmers in the markets about what's in season and make delicious healthy food," said Zollner, who is 36 and lives in Port Chester. "I didn't want to go on any medication so I decided to do this on my own."
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Unscrupulous meat traders discovered selling 40-year-old beef, pork and chicken wings
National Post
From rat meat masquerading as lamb to tainted milk to exploding watermelons, Chinese consumers have become inured to stomach-churning food scandals. But recently, countless people were forced to ponder the benefits of vegetarianism after news reports emerged that unscrupulous meat traders had been peddling tons of beef, pork and chicken wings that in some cases had been frozen for 40 years.
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Whole Foods accused of routinely overcharging
Toronto Star via The Associated Press
Whole Foods supermarkets have been routinely overcharging customers by overstating the weight of prepackaged meat, dairy and baked goods, New York City's consumer chief said. The price on a package of coconut shrimp at the upscale market was too high by $14.84 (U.S.), said Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin. A package of chicken tenders was overpriced by $4.85, and a vegetable platter by $6.15, the department said.
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Minister Ambrose launches next phase of the Regulatory Transparency and Openness Framework
Health Canada
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced the next phase of Health Canada's Regulatory Transparency and Openness Framework. Key commitments planned for the next three years include expanding the information available in the Drug and Health Product Register to include a wider variety of products and information, and enhancing the Drug and Health Product Inspection Database to include more information on Health Canada inspection activities
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OECD, UN see food prices falling over next decade
Market Watch
Global food prices will continue to decline over the next decade as more food is produced than the world needs, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.
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The unwanted consumer? Beware the harbingers of failure, warn researchers
Food Navigator
Positive product feedback is a good thing, right? Not if it is from a 'harbinger of failure' who repeatedly buys niche market and flop products, warn researchers.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    9 changes to nutrition labels Health Canada wants you to see (Canadian Living)
Tips from The Personal — Going on vacation? (CIFST)
Is Canada's Food Guide unrealistic? (Global News)
China seizes $483 million of smuggled meat, some 40 years old (The Globe and Mail)
Pacific Rim trade talks will put pressure on Canada's dairy, poultry sectors (The Globe and Mail)
Fast-casual chains taking a bigger bite of the food service market (PIQUE)
Federal government invests $1.5 million in metal detection gear for potatoes (CIFST)
B.C. blueberries bound for China in $65 million deal (CBC News)

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