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Tim Hortons' store of the future? Quinoa salads, beer taps and cold brew coffee
Financial Post
Salads with quinoa and others with black beans. A gift wall with beer glasses and wine carafes. Cold-brewed coffee and loose-leaf teas in flavours such as Moroccan Mint and Vanilla Rooibos. It doesn't look like a typical Tim Hortons outlet, but it might be one day.
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University of Guelph professor: Ice cream stands the test of time
University of Guelph
Ice cream. It's the snack that draws fans from the youngest children to the oldest seniors, and it has stood the test of time. When ice cream manufacturers want to learn the craft, they turn to University of Guelph food science professor Doug Goff. Goff teaches the University's long-running "Ice Cream Technology" course and is regarded as the leading Canadian expert on making ice cream.
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Loblaw's Galen G. Weston takes on president's role in management shakeup
Financial Post
Loblaw appointed Executive Chairman Galen Weston president as part of a management shakeup aimed at helping the company better compete with U.S. rivals. Weston, son of the founder of George Weston Ltd — Loblaw's largest shareholder — will be responsible for the company’s overall business performance as president, the company said.
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General Mills spends big on Asian product development
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In a move to channel more investment into its growing Chinese market, food major General Mills has opened its first major technical centre outside of its Minneapolis headquarters. The $15 million Shanghai facility will focus on developing Chinese consumer products, including snacks, convenience meals, yogurt and super-premium ice cream, as well as product and nutrition research, food safety and sensory evaluation centres.
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Farm groups in Canada and U.S. urge long-term solution to flooding
The Globe and Mail
Farm groups say Manitoba, Saskatchewan and neighbouring U.S. states need to work together on a long-term solution to flooding. Doug Chorney of Keystone Agricultural Producers said it is one thing if a farmer has to deal with too much water on his land, but the problem is worse if water is also coming from 100 farms upstream.
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How much sugar is really in that?
Canadian Grocer
The federal government says proposed changes to food labels should make it more clear how much sugar is in packaged food. Among the changes, Health Canada says both total sugars and added sugars would be required information on nutrition tables. It also says suggested serving sizes would be more consistent among similar foods.
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Aronia berry: The next superfood?
Canadian Grocer
A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular "superfoods" like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from juices to powdered supplements to baby food.
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New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing
Food Navigator
A new sustainable palm oil scheme has met with criticism from environmentalists claiming that it actually allows deforestation, rather than stopping it. The Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto boasts an "increased commitment" to sustainable production across the supply chain, with Cargill and five of the largest oil palm growers in the world, including Sime Darby Plantation, signing up to it.
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Commercial shipment of food and more reaches ISS
CTV News
The International Space Station accepted a fresh delivery of goods recently. A private cargo ship launched three days ago from Virginia arrived at the orbiting complex a little after 1030 GMT. The station's commander, Steven Swanson, used a giant robot arm to grab onto the Cygnus capsule and its precious load as the craft zoomed 418 kilometres above northern Libya; the vast expanse of sand provided a backdrop.
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Stress coupled with high-fat may slow metabolism in women
Food Navigator
Experiencing a stressful event the day before eating a single high-fat meal could slow the metabolism of women, potentially contributing to weight gain, say researchers. New research published in Biological Psychiatry, suggests that stressful events may predispose women to slow their metabolism in response to a high fat meal, which could in turn lead to long term weight gain.
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Hemp food maker grows a new industry
The Globe and Mail
For many people, innovation can be defined as expediting processes, breaking through barriers or developing new technology. For Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods co-founder and chief executive officer Mike Fata, though, innovation has a far broader reach.
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Study: 'Agri-food' label a little aggravating
Ottawa Citizen
Canadians are a bit baffled by the name of a key federal department that handles their food. They're also a little hazy on some of the things it does. Public opinion research conducted for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada found confusion around the term "agri-food” in the department's title. Some thought it had "negative connotations"; others found it "somewhat meaningless."
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Industry tackles $27 billion in food wasted in Canada
Canadian Grocer
To hear food loss expert Martin Gooch tell it, consumers are the main source of the $27 billion in food that is wasted annually in Canada. But his new study, "Developing an Industry Led Approach to Addressing Food Waste in Canada" suggests Canadian grocers can play a big role in helping to reduce those losses, and boost their bottom lines in the process.
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Are waste-free grocers the future?
Canadian Grocer
With food waste top of minds for many grocers, especially those in Europe, there's one German supermarket that's looking to go for a waste-free model. This summer, Original Unverpackt (Original Unpacked) will open the country's first zero packaging store in Berlin. Its goal is to prevent waste.

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Tim Hortons' store of the future? Quinoa salads, beer taps and cold brew coffee
Financial Post
Salads with quinoa and others with black beans. A gift wall with beer glasses and wine carafes. Cold-brewed coffee and loose-leaf teas in flavours such as Moroccan Mint and Vanilla Rooibos. It doesn't look like a typical Tim Hortons outlet, but it might be one day.

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Ontario looking to restrict use of bee-killing pesticides
CBC News
Ontario plans to consult with growers and agricultural representatives over the next few months to reduce or eliminate use of neonicotinoids — a class of chemicals implicated in the deaths of bees. Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal said the province wants to "move away from the widespread, indiscriminate use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides."

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U.K.: Manufacturers must adapt offering for online
JustFood
Food manufacturers have been confronted with the meteoric rise of the e-commerce channel in the UK. A rude awakening awaits those that tackle the online challenge with a bricks-and-mortar mentality, Andrew Don suggests. The growth of online retail has been a key trend in the U.K. food sector and e-commerce revenues are expected to continue to grow over the next five years.
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Halifax food truck app shows what trucks are open
CBC News
A new app lets Halifax foodies find out what food trucks are open and where they are. Halifax Food Trucks lists the open trucks and shows them on a map. Brian Guinta is a fan of food trucks and the new app. "It's great because you can see all the different new places," he said.
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