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Food labelling modernization
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
CFIA launches consultations on Canada's food safety system
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.
$3 million gift will advance dairy research, innovation capacity
University of Guelph
Keeping Ontario and Canada at the forefront of dairy production and health is the goal of a $3 million gift to the University of Guelph from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. It will support both a permanent faculty position in dairy microbiology at the Ontario Agricultural College, and a research chair in dairy cattle health at the Ontario Veterinary College.
Single-cup brewing leads to surging coffee sales
Food Product Design
Total U.S. coffee sales grew 10 per cent in 2012 due to a dramatic jump in the single-cup brew segment, according to a new report from Packaged Facts. The single-serve coffee market posted a compound annual growth rate of more than 75 per cent between 2007 and 2012 in tracked mass-market channels. Research conducted by the National Coffee Association in 2012 indicated 36 per cent of respondents who had a single-serve brewing system obtained it within the last six months, confirming how fast this segment of the beverage market has grown.
Canadian quotas sweeten profits for U.S. maple syrup farmers
Bulk syrup prices have risen 89 per cent since 2000, to $2.82 per pound this year, largely the result of the influence of the Fédération des Producteurs Acéricoles du Québec, a cartel that controls production in Quebec. The Canadian province, where Native Americans introduced French settlers to the sweet treat more than 400 years ago, is now home to about 75 per cent of the world crop.
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.
What do pricy burgers say about the economy?
Who knew a hamburger could reflect the state of recovering economies and societal inequality? Plausible argument for why burgers all of a sudden became fancy in Canada. Think hard over the past few years and recall those newspaper, magazine, and online stories about the best burgers in the city. And there are many more examples that show some hamburgers are surely being marketed to a more high-end customer rather than an average one. You get the picture. The rise of the fancy burger is a sign of the times.
What's killing Canadian honeybees?
Beekeeper John Van Blyderveen is troubled by the silence in his laneway in Ontario's Oxford County. The familiar summertime buzz of bees hovering over the lush cherry blossom trees is noticeably absent. The flowers sit untouched. "This is extremely unusual for this being a bee farm, there are no bees here," Blyderveen says. "This is really sad." This increasingly familiar scene, which is playing out across North America and Europe, worries beekeepers, farmers and scientists who have been tracking the collapse of honeybee colonies over the past decade.
Coca-Cola announces new sustainability goals
Food Business News
The Coca-Cola Company and the World Wildlife Fund have announced new global environmental sustainability goals to be implemented by 2020. "As we face a resource-stressed world with growing global demands on food and water, we must seek solutions that drive mutual benefit for business, communities and nature," said Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola's chairman and chief executive officer.
Tim Hortons introduces gluten-free macaroon
With its array of doughnuts, muffins, and bagels under glass, any one of the nearly 3,500 Tim Hortons outlets nationwide would be the last place for someone afflicted with gluten intolerance to go snack-hunting. That is now changing, as the coffee-and-doughnut juggernaut recently announced the introduction of a single gluten-free item to its menu, a coconut macaroon. The chain is responding to a growing demand in the food-services industry to provide items that are gluten free.
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How sustainable is quinoa?
Bakery and Snacks
Quinoa has attracted health conscious consumers around the world for its nutritional punch, as it is packed with minerals, folate, protein, and healthy fats. It has also been touted as a potentially important crop for food security, too, as it grows well in harsh and dry climatic conditions. However, with farm gate prices rocketing on the surge in demand, many people in its native Andean nations are scrambling for a slice of the market — often without regard to the environment, according to Fairtrade International.
Demystifying the dairy aisle
Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg became the probiotic hub of North America last month when about 100 scientists arrived to talk about how they could change the rules about the information on yogurt labels. Meanwhile, readers have said that despite everything they read about yogurt, they are still confused about which of the dozens of brands on their grocery store shelves they should take home. To help, here is a yogurt primer that will answer some of the most pressing yogurt questions.
Ingredient suppliers 'missing the point' with social media
Ingredient manufacturers should interact more closely with end consumers on social media — and stop delegating communication on ingredients to end product marketers, says Euromonitor. Writing on the market researcher's blog, ingredients analyst at Euromonitor International, Anais Mirval, says that ingredient suppliers tend to use social media as a direct selling tool to companies, rather than as a platform that could drive demand for their products.
Third annual BMO food survey: Canadians coast to coast making the effort to buy local
Supporting the regional economy, farmers and jobs, along with fresh food and taste, all trump the cost of food for people choosing to buy local, according to the third annual BMO Food Survey. The report also revealed what products Canadians buy locally and why, and showed differences across the provinces on a variety of foods.
Ontario farm groups finalize long-term vision for agriculture
Ontario farm and professor leaders are finalizing a document outlining their long-term vision for agriculture. The Ontario food strategy document sketches out where the agricultural industry "feels it needs to go to make sure that we are economically viable and prosperous going forward," says Keith Currie, Ontario Federation of Agriculture executive member. The strategy covers 25 to 30 years, "and what we feel we need, at least at this point in time, to maintain agriculture's viability in Ontario," Currie says.
Study: Some Reginans live in 'food deserts'
Access to healthy food in Regina depends on what neighbourhood you live in. About a year ago, the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region partnered with Doug Elliott of Sask Trends Monitor and Saskatchewan In Motion — a program promoting physical activity — to check out how easily Reginans could purchase food within walking distance of their homes. According to Elliott's research, many residents live in "food deserts" — areas of limited or no access to food within walking distance of where they live or work.
Surprising facts on snacking
According to a new survey conducted by Punchbowl.com, 70 per cent of consumers admitted to have eaten an entire bag of party snack food in one sitting, while 50 per cent of people snack in bed, and more than a quarter of people snack while walking the aisles of a grocery store. Even more surprisingly, 17 per cent of consumers admitted to have eaten party snacks while in the bathroom. Chips lead to double dipping, the survey found, with 46 per cent of consumers admitting to doing so at parties.
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