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CIFST launches their official publication "Canadian Food Insights"
Access your issue of CIFST's official magazine "Canadian Food Insights" here: http://cifst.dgtlpub.com/
New interactive web tools explain complex food safety processes
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launched a new set of interactive web tools aimed at providing Canadians with relevant, easy- to-understand information explaining the beef processing and inspection process as well as the food safety investigation and recall process.
Royal baby to boost British food and drink sales
The new royal baby will boost sales of British food and drink, as patriotic Brits toast its arrival, according to grocery think tank IGD. "In recent years national events like the Royal Wedding and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee were accompanied by a rise in food and grocery sales as shoppers celebrated at home with family and friends," said Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD chief executive.
Starbucks sweet on Greek yogurt
Coming soon to a Starbucks near you: Greek yogurt. In a partnership with Danone, the world's largest coffee shop operator will start selling the dairy product in its cafés next year and in food retailers in 2015. The plan helps address two of chief executive officer Howard Schultz's key concerns: offering healthier fare and helping Starbucks Corp. colonize the grocery store.
Saskatchewan farmers treated to new mustard varieties
More than 200 farmers had a chance to check out some new mustard varieties recently in west-central Saskatchewan. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada plant breeder Dr. Bifang Cheng is testing two new yellow mustard varieties at research stations in Scott and Saskatoon. The Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission says the varieties look promising and should be ready for commercialization by 2015.
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.
Study: Hungry shoppers buy more fattening foods
It seems like proving the obvious, but new research is offering up scientific support for why it's a bad idea to shop for groceries when you're starving. Researchers at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab found that hungry shoppers buy more calories — specifically, up to 45 per cent more high-calorie foods. People shopping at "higher hunger hours" bought less low-calorie food compared with people shopping at the "lower-hunger, after-lunch hours" period.
Customers expect more for their loyalty
Canadian retailers have spent years weaning shoppers onto the concept of loyalty cards, and what was once considered an added perk is now putting pressure on the companies that run the programs. Loyalty cards walk a fine line that can benefit both customers and drive revenues, but as many corporations have found over the years, a shopper who has fallen in love with their rewards isn't prepared to compromise much.
Food companies might not shout about it — but salt reduction is on the rise
Few European companies are telling consumers that they are reducing salt in foods — but the market for ingredients to replace salt is booming. Speaking at the IFT show in Chicago last week, Mintel's trends and innovation director, David Jago, said that reduced salt products accounted for just one per cent of new products launched in Europe last year. At least when it comes to products making reduced salt claims, the trend is "low and flat."
Ag minsters discuss trade, insurance and emergency support
Trade matters were a major topic of discussion at this year's federal/provincial/territorial agriculture minister's meeting in Halifax, and as part of those talks the ministers reiterated their support for Canada's supply management system. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says a huge amount of time was spent on discussing trade and the value it brings to Canadian agriculture.
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Farmers, food banks support tax credit proposal
Waterloo Region Record
Many Ontario farmers already donate fresh produce to food banks "out of the goodness of their hearts," says the leader of a farmers' association. So a proposal by the Progressive Conservative party to grant farmers tax credits for making such donations would help cover their costs. It would also encourage other farmers to help out food banks, said Ray Duc, chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association.
Customers aren't buying McDonald's move to healthier menu
McDonald's is mixing up its menu with healthier, fresher sounding items such as its chicken McWraps, but not enough customers are biting. The world's biggest hamburger chain on recently reported a second-quarter profit that rose four per cent but fell short of Wall Street expectations. It also said July sales are expected to be relatively flat and warned of a tough year ahead, given the heightened competition and rough economic conditions around the world.
Famous Georgia peach displaced by blueberries
Georgia is famous as a major producer of the peach, the fuzzy succulent orange fruit whose image appears on state license plates, "welcome to Georgia" billboards and on road signs. When driving in the capital city of Atlanta, you can pass the corner of Peachtree Street and Peachtree Center Avenue, just one block from West Peachtree Street. There's just one problem: Blueberries are Georgia's most lucrative fruit crop, by far.
Calgary Stampede highlights importance of agriculture community
Airdrie City View
Alberta is often looked to first for its millions in oil revenue, but the province's agriculture sector banks a close second on the books each year. For the Stampeders that broke away from the popular rodeo and chuckwagon races held over the course of 10 days, they would've noticed that the other agriculture competitions and exhibitions on display across the Stampede grounds said a thing or two about the time commitment, thick skin and hard work required for rural life.
Taco Bell removes kid's meals and toys
Food Product Design
Taco Bell will be the first national quick serve restaurant chain to discontinue kid's meals and toys at its U.S. restaurants. The company announced the removal will begin in July, with nationwide implementation expected by January 2014. Kid's meals have had an insignificant impact on sales and are not part of the company's long-term brand strategy. "As we continue our journey of being a better, more relevant Taco Bell, kid's meals and toys simply no longer make sense for us to put resources behind," said Greg Creed, CEO of Taco Bell.
Skipping breakfast linked to heart disease
Skipping breakfast could increase the risk of heart disease by up to 27 per cent, according to new research. When we eat could cause adverse metabolic effects increasing the risk of heart attack or fatal coronary heart disease, suggests a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. According to the study, failing to break the night-time fast is the key point in the increased risk of CHD since it sends the body into a protective overdrive and could lead to insulin resistance.
Scientist explains higher arsenic levels in German beers
German researchers have solved the mystery of why some native beers have higher arsenic levels than those present in water tested before brewing — the use of diatomaceous earth as a clarifier. After analyzing all materials — including malt and hops used during brewing — for arsenic, researchers found that the arsenic was released into beer via diatomaceous earth used to remove yeast, hops and other particles to give the beer a clear appearance.
Canadian team develops new E. coli test
A new test has been developed to help food processors detect E. coli. Medical, agricultural and computer science researchers from the University of Alberta teamed up to develop the test, which is the size of a large shoebox. The testing device can detect pathogenic E. coli while meat is still at food processing facilities.
Canada's grocers beat some EU figures
The Chronicle Herald
Canadian supermarkets exceed their U.S. and European counterparts when it comes to profit margins and credit metrics, according to a recent Moody's analysis. The big three Canadian grocers — Loblaw, Empire's Sobeys and Metro — are seeing an improving trend in their earnings margins while four European peers are watching them shrink and margins are flat at two comparable U.S. companies. The Canadian grocers also operate with lower leverage, or borrowed money, than their international peers, Moody's said.
Study: Retailers shaking up self-checkout offerings as deployments increase
Retail Customer Experience
A new study from London-based research firm RBR tallies the total shipments of self-checkout terminals to 27,000 for 2012 — and they forecast that figure to continually increase. According to the Global EPOS and Self-Checkout 2013 study, the number of self-checkout terminal shipments will soar to 60,000 by 2018. The study also suggests that the increase of self-checkout technology will correlate with retailers pursuing increasingly diverse approaches to self-service.
Leading meat company divests of turkey operations
Food in Canada
Maple Leaf Foods has announced that it is selling its turkey operations in Ontario. The company's commercial turkey farms will go to southern Ontario's Emald Enterprises and its breeder farms and hatchery operation will go to Strathroy, ON-based Cuddy Farms. Both deals are expected to close by the end of July.
Gluten-free Twinkies: A money-making move?
Bakery and Snacks
A gluten-free Twinkie would plug a market gap and hold huge appeal among U.S. gluten-free consumers looking for indulgence and taste, says an analyst. With their recent comeback, the new owners have been toying with several novel product ideas; one being a gluten-free variant of the Twinkie. It would not only appeal to celiacs who have no other alternative, but also consumers who have chosen gluten-free for perceived health reasons.
Prof: Loblaw-Shoppers merger benefits customer
The recent $12.4 billion acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart by Brampton-based Loblaw appears to be good news for you, an assistant marketing professor at York University's Schulich School of Business says. Ordinarily, mergers and acquisitions, such as the one between Loblaw and Shoppers, reduce the number of shopping options for consumers and result in oligopolies and potentially higher prices, professor Alan Middleton said. However, that's not likely the case with this merger.
Wendy's tops forecasts, to sell 425 restaurants
The Globe and Mail
Wendy's reported a quarterly net income that came in above Wall Street expectations and said it's selling 425 of its restaurants to franchisees, a move that's expected to help boost its profit margins. Fast-food companies often own only a small percentage of their restaurants. This helps keep their operating costs in check and gives them a more stable stream of income that's tilted toward royalty fees and rent, rather sales at restaurants.
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