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CIFST launches their official publication "Canadian Food Insights"
CIFST
Click here to access your digital copy: http://cifst.dgtlpub.com/
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Canadian agencies fund genomics project to eliminate listeria
Food Product Design
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Genome Canada, and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions have partnered to support a $1.4 million project that will lead to faster and more cost-effective ways to screen food for the listeria bacteria and bolster food safety. The project, led by Dr. Linda Chui of the University of Alberta, will sequence and map the genomes of many listeria strains to identify those strains that are likely to be most harmful to human health, as well as those most likely to survive in food processing facilities.
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Food labelling modernization
CFIA
A reminder that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a consultation with consumer, industry and other stakeholders to identify ways to better respond to changing consumer expectations and industry needs related to labelling.

This review of Canada's existing food labelling requirements will assess how the CFIA's approach to labels can best provide consumers with the information they need to make meaningful and informed decisions. The review will also examine changes needed to allow industry to effectively market their products and communicate to consumers through labels.

For more information or to provide feedback on this initiative, visit www.inspection.gc.ca/labels

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CFIA launches consultations on Canada's food safety system
CFIA
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is asking consumers and food industry stakeholders to express their opinions on three elements of the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan, which aims to strengthen and modernize Canada's food safety system.
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Despite new study, Ottawa beer drinkers still say they shop in Quebec
Sun News
Ottawa beer drinkers aren't about to swallow the results of a new study that say they have a sweet deal on beer prices in Ontario. The study, conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Canada's National Brewers, says Ontario beer drinkers pay less than their fellow Canadians do in the western provinces' private outlets, and are comparative to Quebec prices. But Ottawa shoppers weren't buying that theory as they perused the selection of cold ones in Quebec grocery stores.
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The uses of mustard in the food industry go far beyond flavour. Mustard is one of the most versatile food ingredients in the world and is being increasingly used for its many unique and natural properties such as an emulsifier, antioxidant, stabilizer, a preservative, and a binder the natural way.
 


Sudden death of Guelph-area bees raises new questions
Guelph Mercury
The extinction of honeybees would not only mean the end of honey and other products produced by bees, but the potential collapse of all forms of agriculture that rely on pollination. That means all fruits and most vegetables, as well as the feed crops used to feed the animals we eat. Apiaries are our last hope because pesticides, parasites, and disease have wiped out the wild population of honeybees in North America and the rest of the industrialized world.
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B.C. farmers' markets are a big hit
Beacon News
Business is booming at B.C. farmers' markets, thanks to support from both new and long-time customers. A recent report states that over half of its participants visit a B.C. farmers' market two to three times each month, while 20 per cent came as new customers. According to the study, customers considered nutritional content, local production, seasonality and animal welfare to be their top concerns when shopping in farmers' markets.
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Price Chopper creates shopper, digital marketing department
Progressive Grocer
Price Chopper Supermarkets/Golub Corporation has formed a shopper and digital marketing department that will concentrate exclusively on developing shopper marketing programs and guiding the Northeast regional grocer's digital strategy. The team will aim to build incremental sales and customer loyalty through comprehensive marketing and merchandising programs focused on key selling occasions and themes employing Price Chopper's digital properties and traditional marketing vehicles.
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Understanding today's erratic shoppers
Canadian Grocer
One thing that's confounded experts is the path shoppers take through a store — it's completely erratic! Another is the correlation between trip length and unplanned purchases. In other words, how much more money will people spend for every additional step they take through the store? Knowing more would help retailers better plan their promotions. Thankfully, some new research may hold answers.
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Del Monte to open Oshawa processing plant
DurhamRegion.com
In an e-mailed statement from Florida, Del Monte Fresh Produce marketing vice-president Dionysios Christou said Oshawa will be home to one of the company's most sophisticated fresh cut fruit and vegetable processing plants. The Oshawa plant will serve various customers including retail stores, super centres, the military, convenience stores, the food service industry and more.
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Report released: Canada's food supply chain
The Government of Canada
The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food has released its report, Canada’s Food Supply Chain – Part 1.
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Food and the Walmartization of agriculture
Global Research
Currently, approximately 25 per cent of the American grocery market is controlled by Walmart, making it the largest single grocery distributor in the United States. The business model and sheer size of Walmart have caused their corporate practices to have huge impact on the global agricultural markets — they are so large that their choices lead to ripples in global agriculture markets. The corporate decisions of Walmart have affected virtually every aspect of agriculture, including the growing practices of the producers, the conduct of other sellers, and the consumers of goods.
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Food packaging market to hit $2.5 trillion by 2017
Beverage Daily
The retail value of the world packaged food market is expected to climb to $2.5 trillion by 2017, but Western Europe and North America are forecast to be overtaken by the rapidly growing Asian market. Soy products, pasta, and noodles make up the promising food market sectors, and at the same time, the food packaging market sectors. Blister pack, pouch, sleeve, and carton sectors are also forecast to witness a robust growth.
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Innovation is a team sport
Ag-West
The University of Saskatchewan's Industry Liaison Office recently had an External Review Committee assess the office's performance. The ILO is responsible for the commercialization of research at the University; this research provides significant feedstock into the innovation system.

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Genetically-modified crop inventors win World Food Prize
CBC News
The World Food Prize Foundation have taken the bold step of awarding this year's prize to three pioneers of plant biotechnology whose work brought the world genetically modified crops. The private nonprofit foundation, which is in part funded by biotechnology companies, refused to shy away from the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops that organic food advocates say are harmful to people and the environment.

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Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology unveils new branding
CIFST
The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) today unveiled a fresh look for the 63-year-old organization. The new branding, just one of a number of changes and initiatives undertaken by CIFST in the past year, offers a new look and feel that reflects CIFST's strategic focus on enhancing the Institute’s identity, professionalism and voice. The fresh and dynamic branding features three wheat shafts representing each of the sectors within CIFST’s membership — academia, government and industry.

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Chr. Hansen narrows growth forecast on carmine prices and customer loss
Food Navigator
Chr. Hansen has narrowed its growth forecast for 2012-13 after a major natural colour customer in South America chose to return to synthetics, and carmine prices declined. Excluding carmine prices, Chr. Hansen narrowed its organic growth forecast from 8-10 per cent to 8-9 per cent. Including the effect of carmine prices — which have fallen back to about $15 per kilo from historic highs — the company revised its growth forecast from 7-9 per cent to 6-7 per cent.
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Pepperidge Farm to consolidate bakery operations
Institute of Food Technologists
Pepperidge Farm has announced plans to close its bakery in Aiken, S.C., as part of a program to improve the utilization of its manufacturing network. "We recently reviewed our operations and identified excess capacity in our bakery network. As a result, we evaluated a number of different options to address this. We made the difficult decision to close our plant in Aiken. It is a very good bakery with great people, but it has limited production capabilities, and we've recently discontinued a product that accounted for a significant amount of its volume," said Bill Livingstone, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations.
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Plentiful opportunities for neglected 55+ snackers
Bakery And Snacks
By 2015 in Europe there will be twice as many people aged 55-74 as 15-24 year-olds, according to data from Mintel. "One of the opportunities that strikes me for the longer term future of snacks is that of the older consumer. Older consumers are fast becoming the most coveted demographic," said David Jago, director of innovation and insight at Mintel.
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Dairy pros: record butter stock = buy/sell opportunity
Food Business News
Jerry Dryer, editor of the weekly newsletter Dairy and Food Market Analyst, sees a startling opportunity for both buyers and sellers of the currently record inventory of frozen butter in U.S. commercial cold storage. Domestic end-users, he said, should take advantage of the favorable pricing and get some longer term coverage of their needs for butter. In addition, sellers of butter also have an excellent opportunity to export their supplies.
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Cocoa market awaits impact of ADM Cocoa sale
Food Navigator
The Archer Daniels Midland Company is in discussions to sell its cocoa processing operations. We find out how potential industry consolidation could affect the cocoa supply. The world's third largest cocoa grinder ADM announced last month that it was in talks to sell its cocoa ingredients division — a business unit that saw profits nosedive 24 per cent on last year.
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Israeli firm: Antioxidant canola oil for snacks to be taken global
Food Navigator
Israeli vegetable oil giant Shemen Industries says it will roll out a new healthy and high stability canola oil ingredient to the international market after seeing success on home soil. The oil innovation uses multiple 'antioxidant locks' to increase the stability of healthier canola oil to the levels of stability seen with less healthy saturated fats, the firm said.
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Costco to manage global food supplier safety audits
Progressive Grocer
Costco Wholesale, which manages thousands of suppliers worldwide, has adopted a new food safety software solution to help manage supplier food safety auditing and product quality testing data. The membership club is working with Aspirago, whose applications include supplier food safety, product quality, auditing and, certification management. Aspirago's supply chain food safety software was built for the food safety industry and is the culmination of more than 10 years of in-field use with major retailers and food suppliers worldwide.
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Drought-protecting chemical discovered to prevent crop loss
Food Product Design
A new drought-protecting chemical has been discovered at the University of California Riverside that has potential for becoming a powerful tool for crop protection, according to new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Plants require water to thrive and with record-breaking temperatures that have been hitting the country in the last two years, global food prices reached a record high in December 2010.
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