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CFIA and AAFC collaborating on key plant health research in B.C.
CFIA
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) researchers are joining forces to support Canada's horticulture industry. This collaborative plant health research is being carried out in British Columbia at the Sidney Centre for Plant Health and the Pacific Agri-food Research Centre in Summerland. In this venture, CFIA and AAFC researchers and staff are working closely and collaborating on joint research priorities to improve efficiencies and share critical knowledge and expertise in matters of plant health.
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Which is worse: When the real thing trumps diet food
Yahoo!
You've made a colorful salad of spinach, romaine, cherry tomatoes and carrots; it's bursting with carotenoids that offer protection from heart disease and cancer. But if you choose fat-free dressing, you'll get far less of their health benefits than if you go with the full-fat kind, concluded a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — in fact, you'll get hardly any.
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B.C. chemists find yet more potential in red wine
Canadian Cattlemen
It's no secret that a certain group of chemical compounds in a given glass of red wine is believed to have health benefits — but researchers in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley now say that group is bigger than expected. A team of chemists from the University of British Columbia and the University of Adelaide, on what they call a "fishing" expedition to better chart red wine's molecular profile, have found 23 previously-undetected molecules in the process.
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Parents confused about sugar consumption
Progressive Grocer
Americans' consumption of sugar has decreased by 35 per cent in the past 42 years, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, but the results of a recent poll show that most parents believe just the opposite. "The confusion about food — what to eat and what not to eat — is constantly fueled by extremists who sensationalize each and every new piece of research and distort the facts about sugar for the sake of a story or to hype a new book," said Andrew Briscoe, CEO of The Sugar Association.
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Why Canadians are growing hungry for 'gourmet' burger chains
Financial Post
Canadians are much savvier about nutrition than they were a generation ago, but it doesn't seem to be dampening their appetites for burgers — at least not the "gourmet" kind. Unit growth in upscale burger chains surged 43 per cent in 2012 over 2011, according to market research firm NPD Group, while traditional fast-food burger chains flatlined.
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Strawberry viruses spread by aphids are on the rise
Better Farming
Combinations of two or more viruses are causing plants to decline and economic damage for some Ontario strawberry growers. Kevin Schooley, executive director of the Ontario Berry Growers Association, says one virus on its own doesn't "seem to have an economic impact, but when you combine two or more viruses that is where you’re seeing problems."
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The better the story, the bigger the snacking! TV distracts us into snacking
Food Navigator
Whether or not we are fully engrossed in a TV programme or video game's plot affects the amount we snack, research suggests. "Though food advertisements appear to be partially responsible for this affect, multiple studies suggest that TV also increases energy intake due to distraction from satiety cues," according to researchers at the University of North Carolina.
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Target, Starbucks partnership brews up perfect blend
Global News
The partnership comes at an opportune time for both. Consumers have begun addressing record debt levels, something that threatens to take a toll on retail spending and trips out to eat. But there's two things they still love: A premium experience, or at least the perception of it, and coffee.
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Metro to reorganize Ontario network, close some stores
The Globe and Mail
Metro plans to reorganize its Ontario grocery retail network over the coming months, affecting 15 Metro stores that will either be closed or converted to the Food Basics discount format to contain costs amid intense competition. The Montreal-based company, one of Canada's largest grocery retailers, says it will offer buyouts to some of its unionized employees but didn't provide details about how many employees or which locations will be affected.
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Paperless coupon redemption sees 'exponential growth'
Progressive Grocer
Redemption volume for digitally discovered coupons — including Internet print-at-home coupons as well as paperless coupons that consumers acquire online and load directly to their shopper loyalty accounts — increased significantly in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period last year, according to research from Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Inmar.
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Spam jambalaya? View from Mars is great, but food leaves a lot to be desired
The Province
Six researchers have spent the past four months living in a small dome on a barren Hawaii lava field at 8,000 feet, trying to figure out what foods astronauts might eat on Mars and during deep-space missions.
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Poor raspberry crop a mystery for P.E.I. farmers
CBC News
P.E.I. consumers are noticing a shortage of raspberries on grocery store shelves, because a poor crop means farmers are just not able to supply them. Low yields on the province's raspberry bushes came as a surprise.
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Ontario to open up Toronto institutions' food-safety records
Toronto Star
In the daytime, tiny feet scamper through the halls of Montrose Child Care Centre as giggles ripple through hallways of the downtown day care. But at night, different tiny feet have scampered through the halls over the past few years, according to city inspection records: rodents. Montrose is among nearly 330 provincially licensed facilities in Toronto that have been cited for health violations in the past three years without the elderly and their families, parents of young children or the sick who eat in those places knowing.
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Emerging market healthy food 'faux pas': Too much pleasure, too soon
Food Navigator
"The most common mistake by western fast moving consumer good companies who launch new food and beverage brands in emerging markets is that they jump straight in to a Pleasure position with their brands." So says Peter Wennstrom, leading food branding expert and president of the Healthy Marketing Team, who says many western companies frequently get it wrong by taking western market assumptions into emerging markets and being forced to learn the hard way that the two rarely match.
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Did Canadian geese spread GM seed?
Ag Professional
Canadian officials are debating whether Canadian geese helped spread viable seeds of genetically modified wheat in Canada that were being grown on an experiment farm in August 2012. Agriculture Canada released documents in late July showing Canada geese as possible culprits in spreading the seeds that had been growing at the Central Experimental Farm.

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Beer: Conundrums, controversies and opportunities
Technomic
When did beer become such a contentious category? Lately we've seen craft brewers taking on the major suppliers in the "craft vs. crafty" debate and headlines about the so-called death of big beer. Wholesalers and retailers are grumbling about the challenges of managing the proliferation of SKUs, and consumers are being accused of abandoning the category and flocking to spirits and wine.

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The high cost of eating
Canoe.ca
These days, discount shopping isn't necessarily enough to keep grocery bills low. The price of food in Canada is steadily on the rise. The cost of basic staples such as bread, meat and eggs is increasing at a relatively rapid rate. A recently-released report by Statistics Canada which looked at Canadian food prices between 2007-2012, found prices rose nearly twice the rate of the Consumer Price Index.

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Canada's food system needs environmental overhaul
Farms.com
The environmental impact of Canada's food system needs closer scrutiny, according to a Conference Board of Canada report. In addition, governments at all levels in Canada need to play a lead role in managing environmental risks in the food sector through the use of hard and soft measures. Both are essential to ensure the environmental sustainability of the food system, says the report released recently by the Centre for Food in Canada.
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Atlantic Beef Products lands contract to supply grocery stores
Charlottetown Guardian
Island beef is now available to consumers across Atlantic Canada. Atlantic Beef Products in Albany has landed a deal to supply meat to grocery stores in the region, such as Co-op Atlantic, Loblaws and Sobeys. While Co-op has been a long-time supporter of Island beef since the plant opened in 2004, the same has not been the case with Loblaws and Sobeys.
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Metro to run Target's Quebec pharmacies
Progressive Grocer
Metro has announced that it will operate Target's in-store pharmacies in Quebec. The partnership between the two retailers sees McMahon Distributeur Pharmaceutique, a subsidiary of Metro, and franchisor of the Brunet pharmacy banner, entering into agreements with pharmacy owners.
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Bee health study group deals with insecticide issues
Guelph Mercury
What qualifies as a significant amount of neonicotinoid insecticides in ground and surface water is likely to be hotly debated when members of the Ontario Bee Health Working Group meet again this month. The group is made up of government representatives from the Ministry of the Environment, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency.
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'More needs to be done to drive imaginative packaging'
Food Production Daily
Manufacturers need to be aware of the advances science and the imagination can bring together for innovative food packaging. From biodegradable material made of chitin and chitosan from shrimp shells, to QR Codes, ThermoChromic Inks and Nano antioxidants for a longer shelf life, more needs to be done to highlight advancements in technology.
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Coca-Cola to defend safety of aspartame in new ad
Times Colonist
Coca-Cola plans to run its first ad defending the safety of artificial sweeteners, a move that comes as the company looks to stem declining sales of diet soda. The print ad is set to run in USA Today in the Atlanta area, followed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Chicago Tribune. It says that diet drinks can help people manage their weight and stresses the scientific evidence showing the safety of aspartame.
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FDA approves spirulina as food color in U.S. as Mars petition gets green light
Food Navigator
The FDA's decision to give the thumbs up to spirulina as a source of blue color in candy and gum finally gives US firms a natural alternative to artificial FD&C Blue #1 ('brilliant blue') and opens up new opportunities in natural greens, say color suppliers. While several natural blue and green colors are approved in other markets, US manufacturers have had more limited options. Until now, no natural blue has been available, while alfalfa-based sodium copper chlorophyllin (a natural green) is only approved for certain applications (citrus-based dry beverage mixes).
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