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Do you qualify? Awards, competitions and professional recognition for food scientists
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Find out about awards, competitions and professional recognition for food scientists in every stage of their career — students, young scientists and food science researchers. Plus, learn about the Global Food Industry Awards and how your company can be nominated. All this and more in the IUFoST eNewsBrief.
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Canadian universities awarded $9.8 million for Salmonella research
IFT
Genome Canada and Génome Québec have awarded $9.8 million to researchers at McGill and Laval universities over the next four years for work that is designed to both identify and find natural solutions for the reducing the growth of the Salmonella strains that cause human disease. Poultry used to be the usual suspect in cases of Salmonella poisoning. Today, however, most outbreaks of the illness come from fruit and vegetables that have become infected when the soil in which they grow is polluted by animal waste or nonpotable water.
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Lobsters fly from Halifax to Shanghai, as Chinese demand skyrockets
Toronto Star
Every Sunday for the past few months, about 60,000 live lobsters packed in wet newspapers and Styrofoam coolers make the 18-hour flight to Asia in a Korean Air Lines cargo plane. The 12,000-kilometre trip from Halifax to Shanghai via South Korea has become a weekly routine this year with a surge in demand from China, where lobsters caught in North Atlantic waters are at least one-third the cost of competing supplies.
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Improved nutrition labels could still be 5 years away
CBC News
If three-quarters of a cup of Reese's Puffs cereal has 110 calories, one gram of dietary fibre and two grams of protein; and one cup of Kellogg's Special K cereal has 120 calories, no dietary fibre but six grams of protein, which one should you eat for breakfast? The Canadian government is in the process of ending the days of trying to do quick mental math at the grocery, but that may still be five years away, if not longer.
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U.S. food industry asks for exemptions to trans fat phase-out
CTV News
Shortening, pie crusts, brownies and microwave popcorn could be partially exempt from a government phase out of artificial trans fats — if the food industry gets its way. The Food and Drug Administration announced that it is requiring food companies to largely rid their foods of the artery-clogging fats over the next three years, calling them a threat to public health. But food companies can still petition to use them sparingly.
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Kraft Dinner gets a familiar, shorter name
Canadian Grocer
Kraft Canada said recently that its iconic Kraft Dinner is being rebranded to simply "KD." Some might call it a big step for the pantry staple. But if you ask Kristen Eyre, brand director of KD for Kraft Canada in Toronto, the company is simply catching up with what people have called the product for years.
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Bugs help create tasty new beers, scientists discover
Toronto Star
Bugs and beer: Most of us probably don't see a connection beyond shooing flies away from our pint glasses. But for a group of North Carolina State University scientists, bugs may hold the secret to making new, surprising and delicious beers.
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Hershey to launch experiential marketing program
Progressive Grocer
Coming soon to retailers: A free candy sample in exchange for a simple smile, with no store associates or in-store marketing firm employees involved? It's not as far-fetched as it sounds. Faced with dire warnings of the imminent death of center store, The Hershey Company, manufacturer of iconic Hershey's products and other well-known confectionery and snack brands, undertook research over the past two years to find out "What... a good experience (looks) like at retail," Frank Jimenez, senior director, insights driven performance and retail evolution said.
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Kellogg fights flat cereal sales
Canadian Grocer
Kellogg says its U.S. breakfast foods division saw another decline in quarterly sales, but that trends in the cereal category were improving. The maker of Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops and Kashi is trying to revamp the marketing for its cereals as Americans reach for other breakfast options, like Greek yogurt and fast food.
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Bill Ackman takes $5.5 billion stake in Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International
Financial Post
Activist investor William Ackman's hedge fund has built a stake worth about $5.5 billion in Mondelez International, the maker of Cadbury chocolate and Oreo cookies, in what is seen as an attempt to push the company to grow faster or sell itself. Mondelez shares were up seven per cent at $49.49 pre-market trading recently, valuing the company at about $80 billion.
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Food pathogens, sunlit vampires under blue LEDs
R&D Magazine
In 2014, the Nobel Peace Prize in Physics went to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their invention of the blue light-emitting diode (LED), an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly light source first produced by the trio in the early 1990s. According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the invention paved the way to create white LED light.
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New study: Spicy foods may help you live longer
CNN
Hot, hot, hot foods are the focus of new research released recently suggesting that eating fiery ingredients such as chili peppers may do more than burn your tongue. These foods may help you live longer. "There is accumulating evidence from mostly experimental research to show the benefit of spices or their active components on human health," said Lu Qi, an associate professor at Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of the study published recently in the British Medical Journal
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