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Sweet salvation: Can stevia be food producers' Holy Grail?
The Globe and Mail
It certainly doesn't look like the Holy Grail. I'm standing in the test kitchen at Loblaw's head offices in Brampton, ON, sipping from a plastic cup. It contains water flavoured with a herb native to South America that the grocery giant and others in the food industry are hoping will be the answer to their prayers.
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CNE introduces new food safety procedures after 'cronut' burger incident
CTV News
The Canadian National Exhibition — famous for its selection of grease-laden hybrid foods — will introduce some new food-safety procedures this summer after more than 200 fair-goers reported becoming ill last year after eating the much-hyped "cronut" burger. This year, vendors will be required to provide the CNE a full list of all the foods they will be preparing and selling. Food inspectors will also be paying closer attention to the temperature items are being stored at.
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Customer disloyalty? The competition for your dollars is fiercer than ever
Canadian Grocer
With competition fierce for consumer dollars, companies are pulling out all the stops to build loyalty, from cost-cutting and beefing up loyalty programs to shamelessly broadcasting the bestowment of gifts on surprised customers. But marketing experts say these tactics don’t work unless consumers actually like the product or service being reinforced.
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4 ways to win the natural and organic shopper
Canadian Grocer
Once upon a time the Whole Foods of the world owned the natural and organic market. Not anymore. Most of these products are now purchased at supermarkets. But grocery stores could still improve the way they reach customers inclined to pick up natural and organic, say Andrew Elliott and John Younger at WD Partners, a consulting firm.
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Pork sector looks at cost of Putin's ban
Canadian Grocer
Vladimir Putin’s ban on Canadian food products is causing the pork industry to add up the cost of not being able to export to Russia. Ontario’s ministers of agriculture and trade this week said they’re reaching out to the Ontario pork sector to better understand how the Russian sanctions will impact business. Government figures show Ontario exported 18 million dollars’ worth of pork and pork products to Russia last year.
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Canadians still love an apple a day
FCC
Apples are still the top pick for consumers across the country, but in recent years, there's been some stiff competition from the berry sector, exotic fruits and processed snacks, reports Farid Makki, fruit sector specialist for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.
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Growers react to loss of McCain french fry plant
Farm Focus
As a McCain's grower, Merle Ellis is not sure where, if at all, he will sell his potatoes next year, but the West Cape (Prince Edward Island) resident said he is more concerned for the plant workers who will be out of jobs when McCain Foods (Canada) closes its Albany processing plant in October.
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Heinz sales drop 4 per cent while profit rises
Food Dive
H.J. Heinz Co. reported revenue of $2.73 billion in the most recent quarter, down 4 per cent from a year earlier. Despite the drop in sales, the ketchup maker posted net profit $126.7 million, a dramatic swing from the $123.9 million loss reported a year earlier. The year-earlier figure included some $200 million in one-time merger costs.
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Global study estimates 1.65 million heart deaths are due to high salt intake
Food Navigator
More than 1.6 million cardiovascular-related deaths per year can be attributed to sodium consumption above the World Health Organization's recommendation of 2.0g (2,000mg) per day, researchers warn. The findings were published in The New England Journal of Medicine, after researchers collected and analysed existing population level data on diet and cardiovascular mortality from 187 countries.
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Consumers want fruit & veg servings in hot cereal
Bakery and Snacks
US consumers are looking for energy-dense hot cereals that provide a full serving of fruit or veg, according to FONA International. The flavor and NPD Consultancy Group surveyed 350 Americans online - the majority aged between 35 and 44 - on preferences for warm breakfast cereals.
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Ban on western cheese means Russians will pay more for less
The Moscow Times
When Russia banned food imports from Western countries, cheese-lovers were horrified. In the upcoming decimation of consumer choice, the cheese shelves looked particularly vulnerable. Camembert, Parmesan, Edam, Cheddar — all would be swept away, leaving behind only their bland, rubbery, plastic-wrapped Russian peers.
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Tokyo eyes food export growth by advancing "brand Japan"
JustFood
The Japanese government has set out an ambitious programme to increase food exports. With a focus on high-quality, high-value, products the authorities hope that increasing Japanese food sales internationally will help revitalise the country's lacklustre economy and offset declining domestic consumption.
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Russia's food ban has global repercussions
Eater.com
The consequences of Russia's ban on all food imports from the West is reaching food producers, restaurateurs, and farmers in all corners of the world. Earlier this month, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that "all imports of meat, fish, and fruit, vegetables, milk, and milk products" from the U.S., European Union, Canada, Norway, and Australia would no longer be allowed into the country for a full year.
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Kellogg's announces new social and environmental commitments
Food Mag
Global cereal manufacturer, Kellogg has announced new global sustainability commitments in two areas – responsible sourcing and natural resources. In terms of responsible sourcing, the company has announced that it will responsibly source its top 10 ingredients and materials by 2020, and continue to provide resources and education to key agricultural suppliers, millers and farmers to help them optimize their production capabilities while keeping the environment top of mind.
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In solitary: Most meals eaten alone
Burger Business
For most Americans, eating a meal is a solitary rather than social occasion. More than half (57 per cent) of all eating occasions (both at-home and away-from-home) in the U.S. are people eating alone, according to data from The NPD Group. It notes that 27 per cent of U.S. households now consist of a single person, the highest level in U.S. history. Breakfast is the loneliest daypart, NPD finds, with 60 per cent of meals consumed alone.

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Sweet salvation: Can stevia be food producers' Holy Grail?
The Globe and Mail
It certainly doesn't look like the Holy Grail. I'm standing in the test kitchen at Loblaw's head offices in Brampton, ON, sipping from a plastic cup. It contains water flavoured with a herb native to South America that the grocery giant and others in the food industry are hoping will be the answer to their prayers.

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Sandwich consumption is strong in Canada
Canadian Grocer
Don't underestimate the power of an old fashioned sandwich. Research firm Technomic has released an update of its Canadian Sandwich Consumer Trend Report, meant to help people in food service and retail understand the latest behaviours, preferences and attitudes of consumers regarding sandwiches.

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Lay's Canada 2014 contest finalists include cinnamon bun flavour
Brand Eating
Like the US, Canada gets its own set of 2014 Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" finalists, and while Cappuccino is our "I-don't-think-this-should-be-a-chip" flavor, Canada's analog is the equally head-scratching Cinnamon Bun Lay's Original potato chips. Rounding out the finalists are Bacon Poutine Lay's Original, Jalapeno Mac N' Cheese Wavy Lay's, and Tzatziki Lay's Kettle Cooked.
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Global Halal market to hit $1.6 trillion by 2018
Food Navigator
The global Halal food market will be worth $1.6 trillion by 2018, up from $1.1 trillion in 2013, according to a report commissioned by Dubai Chamber of Commerce. Halal food made up 16.6 per cent of the total world food market as of 2013, according to the Thompson Reuters report.
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Don't underestimate Millennials' influence on the consumer landscape
Food Navigator
As the largest generation since the Baby Boomers, Millennials are no doubt leaving their mark on the way we as a society shop for and consume food. But what really makes them different, and why should marketers care?
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Innova: 78 per cent of new U.S. popcorn launches are on a 'health' platform of some kind
Bakery and Snacks
Almost eight out of 10 popcorn products launched in the US in the 12 months to June 2014 were on a "health" platform of some kind, according to Innova Market Insights. "Ready-to-eat popcorn has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the snacks market in many countries in recent years, having had something of a makeover to promote healthier, clean-label snacks in a wide range of increasingly sophisticated flavours," said director of innovation Lu Ann Williams.
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Researchers: 'All natural' reduced calorie chocolate can match sugar counterpart
Confectionery News
A formula using stevia leaves and peppermint gives a fully natural-sweetened chocolate that has a similar taste and mouthfeel to a sugar counterpart but with 44 per cent fewer calories, according to research. A study compared 50 per cent cocoa chocolates sweetened with varying combinations of sugar alcohols, dietary fibers, syrups and natural sweeteners to chocolates sweetened with only sugar.
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See-through food packaging boosts sales
The Wall Street Journal
The grocery store is having a moment of clarity. Yogurt to granola to tortilla chips are showing up in clear packages. The thinking: Shoppers are more inclined to buy when they see what they're getting. Transparent packaging, though, is surprisingly hard to make.
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