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Report: 1 in 8 Canadian homes faced food insecurity in 2011
CTV News
Food insecurity in Canada is "a serious social and public health problem," says a new report that found nearly one in eight Canadian households couldn't access sufficient, safe and nutritious food in 2011. The study said 3.9 million Canadians were affected and the 330,000 households that were "severely food insecure" were worried they would run out of food before being able to afford more.
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Growth planned for egg plant
Lethbridge Herald
After three months in operation, the Egg Processing Innovations Co-operative plant in north Lethbridge is hoping to attract customers who need every part of an egg — from the inner yolk to the membrane to the outer shell. The plant can pasteurize, break and process 18,750 dozen eggs a day. It already ships out egg yolks, egg whites and egg membranes, Calgary-based CEO Bruce Forbes said.
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Yogurt brand aims to develop 'dairy for men'
Food Navigator
Powerful Yogurt was introduced in the United States in March, the brainchild of Carlos Ramirez, the company's founder and CEO, who said he saw a gap in the market for male-focused yogurt branding. The yogurt has a simple, bold design in dark colours, and its ad campaign, based on the slogan "find your inner abs," is intended to target fitness-focused men.
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Burger consumption on the rise
Progressive Grocer
With summer grilling season in full swing, consumers are eating burgers more often than ever before, according to new research from Technomic. The overwhelming majority of consumers (95 per cent) say they eat burgers at least once per month — with cravings driving this high consumption. Half of consumers (49 per cent) cite cravings as one of the top reasons they purchased a burger on their most recent occasion.
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Habits, not cravings, drive food choice during times of stress
Food Navigator
People who eat during times of stress seek out food they consume through habit — regardless of how healthy or unhealthy that food may be, say researchers. The new data contradicts the conventional wisdom, and previous research findings, which have both suggested that people who are stressed out turn to high-calorie, low-nutrient 'comfort food.'
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CFIA expands recall of Igor brand Gorgonzola cheeses
CTV News
A recall of an Italian-made cheese has been expanded to include additional varieties because of possible Listeria contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is asking consumers to avoid eating the Igor brand Gorgonzola Dolce, Gorgonzola Piccante and Gorgonzola Dolce DOP cheeses. The products were distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia but the CFIA says they may have been distributed in other provinces.
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Is azuki the next big bean?
Bakery and Snacks
The azuki bean, also known as adzuki and aduki, is more commonly found in Japanese kitchens, yet has recently been creeping into the European culinary consciousness. With its high nutritional value and gluten-free potential, could it be the next big thing on the legume market?
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Common agricultural chemicals kill honeybees
Digital Journal
Commercial honey bees used to pollinate crops are exposed to a wide variety of agricultural chemicals. These chemicals have been shown to impair the bees' ability to fight off a potentially lethal parasite. Globally many bee species are showing significant population declines due to multiple factors (including pesticides, loss of habitat and more intensive agriculture). One of the possible factors is the widespread use of chemicals to treat agricultural crops.
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MSG: The bad boy of the food world
Times Colonist
MSG has long been the food world's bad boy. Also known as monosodium glutamate, it has been demonized for at least two generations by food purists convinced it dumbs down flavour and quality, worried they'll fall victim to "Chinese-restaurant syndrome," the onset of headaches, nausea or other symptoms often blamed on eating foods thought to be high in MSG. But MSG is "generally recognized as safe" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and it's still out there in many foods.
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$15 million establishes canola research cluster
Laboratory Product News
The federal government is providing $15 million in funding to support a new research cluster being led by the Canola Council of Canada. It brings together scientific expertise for research into key areas such as canola oil and meal nutrition and production. The effort builds on earlier funding that produced preliminary research suggesting canola oil may be helpful in fighting obesity and cardiovascular disease.
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Automated bots reserve tables at restaurants before you can
CBC News
In the latest in the ongoing battle between humans and machine, developer-made bots (or custom written programs) are reserving tables at popular restaurants, beating out other diners. Developers program the bots to scour trendy restaurant websites. As soon as a table frees up, the bot reserves it — all in a matter of seconds.
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Using sea lettuce in P.E.I for biofuel
AgAnnex
According to The Guardian in P.E.I, sea lettuce is choking off the oxygen in the water, causing crustaceans and other shellfish to die. The P.E.I Shellfish Association is therefore looking for a profitable way to dispose of it that could provide a benefit to everyone.
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Quebec co-op Agropur buys B.C. ice cream maker Coast Mountain Dairy
MySask.com
Talk about a love for ice cream. Agropur is buying ice cream maker Coast Mountain Dairy for an undisclosed amount. The Chilliwack, B.C. producer makes ice cream and frozen desserts under a variety of brand names, including Sara's Old Fashioned, Mountain Pride, and Arctic Star.
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Prof: Loblaw-Shoppers merger benefits customer
Brampton Guardian
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.

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Retail battle begins: Walmart Supercentre in Halifax just tip of the iceberg
Daily Business Buzz
Shelley Broader, Walmart Canada president and CEO, said it's all part of the retail giant's mission to allow consumers to buy all of their supplies in one location. "Our goal is one-stop shopping," she said. "With the addition of fresh food into our supercentre format, we truly are one-stop shopping — you can get all of your needs met here and it's very core to our strategy."

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New interactive web tools explain complex food safety processes
CFIA
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.

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Local food co-op becomes bigtime developer
The Tyee
The Kootenay Co-op started out as a rural hippie bulk-organic-food-buying co-op in the 1970s. Now it's about to build a $23 million natural foods store and mixed residential-commercial development in its hometown of Nelson, B.C. Last year the co-op bought the old Extra Foods supermarket in downtown Nelson, planning to tear it down and redevelop the site over the next two years.
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Beef marketing and promotion levy to be applied to imported cattle and beef
Farmscape
Canada's agriculture minister has announced a levy charged on cattle marketed in Canada to fund research, market development and promotion will be applied to imported cattle and beef. The Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off, administered by Canada Beef, is a mandatory one dollar per head levy collected on cattle sales throughout Canada to fund research and marketing activities on behalf of Canada's beef industry.
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Rituals enhance food, beverage likability
Food Product Design
Short rituals performed before consuming foods or drinks may boost flavour perception and enhance the enjoyment of consumption, according to new research published in Psychological Science. Researchers gathered 52 participants and conducted four experiments to test whether ritualistic behaviour enhances the likability of chocolate, lemonade and carrots.
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Wrigley files patent for 'natural' tooth friendly gummies
Confectionery News
Mars-owned Wrigley is attempting to patent a method to produce 'natural' tooth friendly gummies. The company has spotted a need for gummies that are tooth friendly but don't compromise on taste and texture or give a laxative effect. Wrigley said consumers were increasingly concerned that most sugars used as bulking agents, such as sucrose, maltose and fructose, can cause dental carries.
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Watermelon juice soothes sore cycling muscles
Beverage Daily
Watermelon juice has 'excellent' potential as a functional drink to relieve sore muscles in athletes due to high levels of amino acid L-Citrulluine, a new Spanish study testing cyclists reports. Its antioxidant properties and ability to generate nitric oxide made it a good candidate for treating conditions such as hypertension, heart failure and atherosclerosis.
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North American restaurants: Scouring the menu for growth
The Globe and Mail
Billions of Big Macs mean big profits, but the prospect of big gains for McDonald's shareholders is dim. The global giant has simply grown too big to be a growth story, as its recent underwhelming earnings reminded the markets. Investors seeking top returns in the North American restaurant sector, then, need to consider smaller, less-familiar names — ones that have the best prospects of putting up a string of blockbuster gains in sales and profits.
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The perimeter method: How to grocery shop for healthy foods
TeleManagement
A new way to find healthier foods in grocery stores has sprung up. It's called the 'perimeter method' of healthier shopping. Most grocery stores employ advanced psychology when designing their interiors. Grocery stores often lead consumers down aisles of processed or frozen foods, but health-conscious shoppers should shop the perimeter first.
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Stevia without plants not ruled out, but not what consumers want right now
Food Navigator
Stevia sweeteners can now be developed through fermentation — rather than extraction from stevia plants — but it is the plant-based message that is most important to consumers, according to (plant-derived) stevia supplier PureCircle. Jason Hecker, vice president of global marketing and innovation at PureCircle says stevia's taste, rather than production method, is the biggest driver of market demand.
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