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CIFST launches their official publication "Canadian Food Insights"
CIFST
Access your issue of CIFST's official magazine "Canadian Food Insights". http://cifst.dgtlpub.com/
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CFIA's new food inspection model available online
CFIA
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has concluded consultations on an improved food inspection model and has posted the final document to the Agency's external website. The model has been built by stakeholders and proposes a single and consistent approach to food inspection across all regulated food commodities - whether imported, exported or prepared domestically for sale across provincial borders or internationally.

To view the CFIA's food inspection model, visit the CFIA website at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/eng/1372168382925/1372178578738

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Agricultural robots could revolutionize fruit and veggie production
CTV News
On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds. The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.
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Loblaw to test new health store concept, take on Whole Foods
The Province
Grocery giant Loblaw is taking on Whole Foods in a test pilot of a new retail concept called Nutshell Live Life Well, a stand-alone franchise catering to the health-conscious crowd. The first location will open this fall in downtown Toronto, Loblaw company spokeswoman Julija Hunter recently confirmed, and will include a broad assortment of prepared, fresh and packaged foods, a prescription pharmacy, natural health and beauty products, vitamins, and supplements.
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Analyst: To compete, Metro needs to make acquisition
Canadian Grocer
CIBC analyst Perry Caicco says it's "imperative" for Montreal-based supermarket chain Metro to make an acquisition in light of Loblaw's planned purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart. He suggests Metro's obvious choice is a deal with Quebec-based pharmacy retailer Jean Coutu.
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Canadian farmers prove size doesn't matter
The Globe and Mail
Despite a perception that large-scale "corporate farming" is taking over Canadian agriculture, the country's farming sector remains dominated by relatively small-scale, family-owned and operated enterprises. And this is unlikely to change significantly any time soon. Canada's largest farming businesses — those earning over $1 million in annual revenues — comprise less than 5 per cent of all farms in the country.
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Does Canada have enough water? Depends who you ask
Global News
Is Canada running out of clean freshwater? A new report, which states pointedly "no," is a cause for concern for one of Canada's preeminent environmentalists. The new report from the Fraser Institute said that Canada is in no danger of running out of freshwater. Looking at the data, Canada appears to be a water-rich nation. Canada has access to as much as 20 per cent of the world's stock of surface freshwater.
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McDonald's McLobster seen as boost for Maritime fishery
CBC News
A 33-year veteran of the lobster business in the Maritimes thinks he may have stumbled upon a way to help the struggling industry during a recent trip to a McDonald's drive-thru. With a few culinary upgrades, Stewart Lamont thinks the fast food giant's McLobster sandwich could be the key to a brighter future for the restaurant and the fishery.
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Loblaw's Shoppers Drug Mart bid escalates grocery wars
CBC News
Loblaw's decision to buy Shoppers Drug Mart is an attempt by the country's largest supermarket chain to stay atop the heap in Canada's intensifying grocery wars, retail and marketing analysts say. Loblaw recently announced it had agreed to buy the 1,200-store pharmacy chain for $12.4 billion, part of a broad strategy, analysts say, to resist the encroachment of U.S. retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target, which now have significant fresh food offerings.
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Salt reduction beyond potassium chloride
Food Navigator
There is a raft of options now available to food manufacturers looking to reduce salt — but how about mushrooms? Frozen mushroom giant Scelta Mushrooms has two ingredients for salt replacement, including one for (non-mushroom-flavoured) bread.
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The Greenbelt: Growing Ontario's economy
Northumberland View
Recent moves by the Canadian government to slap new tariffs on American goods demonstrate the importance of policies that stop urban sprawl from gobbling up Ontario's farmland. If these proposed taxes are approved, fruits and vegetables imported from the United States will be more expensive and Canadians will likely count on more Ontario grown food for our meals.
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What's killing Canadian honeybees?
CBC News
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.

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Demystifying the dairy aisle
Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg became the probiotic hub of North America last month when about 100 scientists arrived here to talk about how they could change the rules about the information on yogurt labels.

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What do pricy burgers say about the economy?
Yahoo!
If you've ever wondered about the spurt of interest in Canada over fancy burgers, the fallout from an event across the pond may provide some clues. British Finance Minister George Osborne was recently ridiculed for tweeting a picture of himself eating a posh burger.

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Study: Sweet snacks and fizzy drinks linked to colorectal cancer
Confectionery News
Consumption of high-energy snack foods and sugar-sweetened sodas may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, according to new research. The study is said to be the first of its kind to suggest a link between an increased risk of bowel cancer and dietary intakes of foods that contain a lot of sugar and fat.
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PepsiCo brand Naked Juice cuts 'all natural' claim after $9 million payout
Beverage Daily
PepsiCo brand Naked Juice will stop using 'all natural' to describe its products due to lack of detailed regulatory guidance around the word 'natural,' after agreeing to settle a class action for $9 million. Naked Emerging Brands told BeverageDaily.com it was taking the step in relation to its juices and smoothies, after settling the consolidated class action. The brand still vigorously denies all its allegations.
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Developing school meals with less sodium
Food Business News
Food service directors at schools need to be concerned with sodium reduction now as regulations are requiring gradual decreases in school meal programs over the next several years, Carol Chong, national nutrition adviser for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, told attendees at the recent School Nutrition Association's Annual National Conference.
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Food promotions failing across Europe
Food Navigator
Food promotions are failing across Europe, as austerity-hit consumers are cutting back on non-essential products and sticking to shopping lists, says market research organization Symphony IRI. Meanwhile, food prices at retail rose 1.9 per cent on average over the past year, squeezing consumer spending on essential items.
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Your cereal box, decoded
SheKnows Canada
When you walk down the cereal aisle, you're met with a wall of colourful, cheery packaging with catchy terms such as "whole grain" and "source of fibre." But how do you choose the option that's actually best for you? Nutritionist Haley Barton of Vancouver-based Nutrition Savvy explains that though these claims might be true, many boxed cereals are made of grains that have been pulverized into flour and reformed into various shapes, often with added sugar, salt and sometimes fat and preservatives.
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KFC to test upmarket restaurant with only boneless chicken, no colonel
Yahoo!
KFC is tossing out the bones and the quaint image of founder Colonel Harland Sanders as it gets ready to test a slightly more upmarket restaurant. The fried chicken chain says it's opening a location called "KFC eleven" early next month near its headquarters in Louisville, KY, that will serve flatbread sandwiches, rice bowls, salads, and only boneless pieces of its Original Recipe chicken.
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Study: Sports drinks waste shows bar and biscuit potential
Food Navigator
Fruit and vegetable residues typically discarded in the manufacture of isotonic sports drinks could be a rich nutrient source for other foodstuffs like bars and biscuits, Brazilian researchers have found. Orange, passion fruit, watermelon, lettuce, courgette, carrot, spinach, mint, taro, cucumber and rocket salad residues typically wasted in the drink's production, were put to use in bars and biscuits with favourable nutrient retention results over a 90 day shelf life, except for sweet biscuits which developed mould after 30 days.
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    Tim Hortons introduces gluten-free macaroon (Toronto Star)
CFIA launches consultations on Canada's food safety system (CFIA)
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