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Food makers bet on growing demand for 'drinkable meals'
CTV News
Muscle Milk apparently isn't just for athletes. It's also for busy people who want to drink their meals. Hormel, which is best known for its canned meats like Spam, said that it will buy the maker of Muscle Milk for $450 million. CEO Jeff Ettinger said Muscle Milk's fans have expanded beyond serious athletes, with many customers now drinking it for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.
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One on one with Ontario's new agriculture minister
Better Farming
Jeff Leal, newly appointed agriculture, food, and rural affairs minister, says one of his priorities is to "build on the great work by Premier (Kathleen) Wynne when she was minister of agriculture and food."
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Canada's food tracking needs improvement: Study
University of Guelph
Canada must improve its food tracing system if it is to be considered among the best in the world and realize economic benefits, according to a new study from the University of Guelph.
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Frozen food sales fall in favour of fresh options
CBC News
The ability to flash-freeze and package food was developed in the 1920s. But about 20 years later, after Thanksgiving, C.A. Swanson and Sons found itself with a large volume of leftover turkey trimmings. So the company hit upon the idea of packaging turkey pieces and vegetables in aluminum trays, freezing them and selling them as complete meals.
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Trans-Pacific Partnership talks resuming in Canada
The Poultry Site
Twelve country officials involved in the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations plan to meet in Ottawa to iron out outstanding issues like tariffs and intellectual property rights. The 12 countries, including Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam, initially sought to meet in Vancouver, but the venue has been changed, reports The Japan Times.
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Wynne gives up ag portfolio in major cabinet shuffle
iPolitics
Ontario has a new agriculture minister. After more than a year and half on the file, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced she is giving up the reins of the agriculture portfolio to longtime MPP Jeff Leal. The shuffle comes after Wynne's Liberals decimated their opponents during the June 12 provincial election, soaring to a 58 out of 107 seat majority. A victory secured largely with wins in urban ridings around Toronto.
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Snack in a bottle — it's the future
Bakery and Snacks
Liquid snacking is a healthy, convenient alternative to snack bars – a segment many consumers are bored of, according to the co-founder of NUWI Quinoa Snacks; a drinkable snack. The year-old drinkable grains start-up had big hopes for its seven-strong line of sweet and savory liquid snacks – currently retailing in New York and Miami. NUWI Quinoa Snacks are made using organic quinoa flour cooked in water, agave syrup, fruits or vegetables and natural flavoring.
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The insane reason we waste $162 billion on food
TIME
Knowing when to throw out milk that's gone sour or bread that's grown mold is a no-brainer, but for many of the foods we eat, it's not nearly as obvious when we shouldn't eat them, and manufacturers often don't make it any easier.
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Sweet Leaf science chief: Baking with stevia needs much more R&D
Bakery and Snacks
Stevia in bakery faces huge technical hurdles given baking temperatures and duration and it's an area that warrants hefty R&D efforts, says the chief scientific officer of Stevia Leaf. GRAS-approved stevia can be found in an increasing number of bakery products across the U.S. as a partial sugar substitute. However, use has been held back by technical challenges of maintaining the ingredient's stability, according to Sai Prakash Chaturvedula, chief scientific officer at Sweet Leaf – part of Wisdom Natural Brands.
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Nestlé adds $9 million Kit Kat line in Bulgaria
Confectionery News
Nestlé has inaugurated a production line at its factory in Sofia that will produce a new Kit Kat chocolate dessert brand extension. Sofia had been one of the company's largest Kit Kat production centers in Europe and the company now has further capacity for the brand.
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Future of chocolate: Attracting the next generation of cocoa farmers
Food Navigator
An older and younger farmer discuss what the chocolate industry can do to ensure there is a future generation of cocoa farmers. At the World's Cocoa Conference in Amsterdam it was widely put forward that many young people in West Africa – where 70 per cent of the world's cocoa is grown – see no future in cocoa growing.
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U.S., Korea sign organic trade pact
FoodDive
The United States and South Korea have signed an agreement recognizing each other's organic standards, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The pact means that American organic-food processors can now sell their goods as "organic" in South Korea. The same is true for growers and processors in South Korea who wish to export to the U.S.
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UN expert panel urges collective action to reduce global food losses, waste
UN News Centre
A newly issued United Nations-backed expert panel report takes a close look at where and how food waste occurs and recommends a number of actions that could help reduce the 1.3 billion tonnes of food that are squandered worldwide each year. Recently, global food losses and waste has become a high visibility issue and according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), "globally around one-third of food produced is lost or wasted along the food chain, from production to consumption."
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Snacks and home baking rise up in gluten-free
Food Navigator
Snacks - particularly those using ancient grains – and baking mixes have been pushing the gluten-free sector forward, according to market research firm Mintel. More indulgent products, with better packaging to rival conventional items, were also helping the segment move towards the mainstream.
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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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Food makers bet on growing demand for 'drinkable meals'
CTV News
Muscle Milk apparently isn't just for athletes. It's also for busy people who want to drink their meals. Hormel, which is best known for its canned meats like Spam, said that it will buy the maker of Muscle Milk for $450 million. CEO Jeff Ettinger said Muscle Milk's fans have expanded beyond serious athletes, with many customers now drinking it for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.

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Sobeys to close stores, chop jobs in wake of Safeway deal
The Globe and Mail
Grocer Sobeys 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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Chocolate to follow cheese in sealed hygienic pack move
Confectionery News
All chocolate will one day be packaged in fully-sealed wrappers like those used in the cheese industry, according to Theegarten Pactec. Theegarten Pactec recently partnered with fellow machinery supplier LoeschPack to create a packaging line for chocolate bars that combines flow wrap with cardboard in order to give the product greater protection.
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