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University of Guelph bioproduct research gets $1.125 million investment
University of Guelph
University of Guelph research using renewable agricultural products in new ways to replace petroleum-based materials received $1.125 million from the federal government and private-sector partners. The announcement was made by federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz during an event in Leamington, ON. The investment from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through its Agri-Innovation Program will support new research at U of G's Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC).
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$10.7 million supports national research cluster in organic agriculture
Lab Canada
A new cluster devoted to scientific research and education about organic agriculture, the Organic Science Cluster IL, has been launched at Dalhousie University. A sequel to an earlier, five-year-old cluster – the new cluster supports research and development in collaboration with the Organic Federation of Canada. Funding includes $8 million from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and $2.7 million from industry partners.
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CFIA orders recall of raw pork products from 2 Alberta companies
Canadian Grocer
Alberta’s chief medical officer says 100 people in the province have gotten ill from E. coli linked to raw pork products, including 19 people who have been hospitalized. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has ordered a recall of pork products from V and T Meat and Food in Calgary and Hiep Thanh Trading in Edmonton over concerns they may contain E. coli 0157:H7.
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How mining companies use gourmet food, suite-style rooms to attract new recruits
National Post
Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, lemon pepper-dusted sea bass and beef tenderloin marinated in garlic, ginger and scallions are just a few of the delicacies Executive Chef Allan Bedard serves up nightly. But the customers delighting in his meals aren’t foodies in downtown Toronto. They are hungry miners, up to 500 of them, eager to devour a meal after working a 12-hour shift underground.
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Clandestine cheese: How Russian chefs are dealing with sanctions' food fallout
The Globe and Mail
Facing a ban on Italian parmesan cheese, chefs in Moscow have discovered a new source for fine Parmigiano-Reggiano: Belarus. No sooner had Moscow banned dairy, meat, vegetables and fruit from most Western countries in response to sanctions over Ukraine, than Belarus, a former Soviet republic better known for black bread and potato pancakes, became a “producer” of top-quality cheese.
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At the Forefront of Food Processing
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Sobeys revenue soars on Safeway buy
Canadian Grocer
Empire, parent of supermarket chain Sobeys, has reported a big increase in first-quarter profit, easily beating analyst estimates amid a more than 35 per cent increase in revenue as a result of its acquisition of Canada Safeway. The Nova Scotia-based company said that after markets closed that consolidated net earnings, net of non-controlling interests, were $123.1 million or $1.33 per diluted share in its fiscal 2015 first quarter.
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Okra slime tested to keep ice cream creamy
CBC News
It may be one of the more polarizing vegetables, thanks to its slimy texture. But okra, the pod-like green vegetable popular in the Southern U.S. and South Asia, may soon be more commonly eaten in Canada — in one of our favourite treats. Okra is a staple in India and Pakistan, where it is often deep-fried to rid it of any sliminess, before being sauteed in a curry. It also turns up in gumbo in Louisiana where the slime acts as a thickener.
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Schools in the supermarket
Canadian Grocer
The thought of 30 bouncy children milling around the fish counter at one time can send a shiver down any store manager’s spine. Forget the logistical nightmare; it’s entertaining this troop for 60 minutes that frightens most. Grocers, however, are seeing more benefits than pitfalls with school trips, especially when healthy eating is the theme.
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New program helps grocery shoppers make healthy choices
CTV News
Making healthy food choices isn’t always easy; not everyone knows how to read food labels or how to interpret them. However, a new program is helping to take some of the guesswork out of grocery shopping. The average grocery store carries nearly 50,000 products. With so many choices, it can be difficult to determine what’s healthy and what’s not.
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Russian import sanctions hit food prices
The Financial Times
Russian food and agricultural import sanctions have knocked dairy prices, helping push food prices to the lowest level in four years. In one of the first signs that the Russian food ban imposed last month is affecting the agricultural markets, the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation said the price of dairy products in August declined almost 20 per cent from a year ago and 11 per cent from July.
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Researchers: Global food trade may not meet future demands
Food Navigator
Modelling of global food trade networks has suggested that population growth coupled with changes to growing conditions from climate change could mean that global trade networks will not be able to meet future demands, say researchers. The new study used production and trade data for agricultural food commodities collected by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to examine global food security and the global patterns of food trade – something that the authors suggest has been "minimally studied".
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Cereal makers must think outside the pot: Think spoons and fruit sachets
Bakery and Snacks
Cereal pots appeal to consumers seeking faster, easier ways of eating breakfast, but manufacturers must go beyond simple, on-the-go pot packaging, says Datamonitor Consumer. According to the research firm’s latest Innovation Tracking report, some manufacturers had already started to evolve the potted cereal category. In July this year, two European firms launched cereal pots containing spoons - Alara Wholefoods in the U.K. with its Power of Green Superfoods creamy porridge and Rigas Dzirnavnieks in Latvia with its Herkuless-branded oatmeal.
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Saskatoons or Juneberries? Canada-U.S. name debate brewing
The Globe and Mail
A food fight of sorts could be growing between Canada and the United States over a tiny berry. A U.S. researcher with the Cornell University Co-operative Extension is suggesting Canadians use a different name when selling Saskatoons south of the border.

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University of Guelph bioproduct research gets $1.125 million investment
University of Guelph
University of Guelph research using renewable agricultural products in new ways to replace petroleum-based materials received $1.125 million from the federal government and private-sector partners. The announcement was made by federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz during an event in Leamington, ON.

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Loblaw opens BOX store in Hamilton
Grocery Business
BOX, the new discount grocery banner owned by Loblaw Companies, has opened a new store in Hamilton, ON. The store is designed for smaller retail locations and to offer customers a convenient shopping experience with low prices on fresh food, dairy, bakery, grocery and general merchandise items.

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What's the future of the food industry?
Forbes
The Internet has revolutionized countless industries, from finance to fashion. Now it's starting to revolutionize the food industry. The biggest change has been the ability to order online. "In 2013," Fortune reports, "venture capitalists poured $2.8 billion into food-related startups." The newest trend is cooking convenience delivered to your door. Blue Apron is one of the biggest players. You order a dish and Blue Apron delivers all the ingredients for a fresh meal with top-quality ingredients.
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McDonald's trademarks 'McBrunch'
Burger Business
McDonald’s needs something attention grabbing, innovative and appealing, as is clear from the -2.8 per cent drop in U.S. same-store sales for August reported. That need for something fresh and different may be why BurgerBusiness.com has learned that McDonald's Corp. in July filed a federal trademark registration (application #86345988) for the term "McBrunch".
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General Mills to buy Annie's in $820 million deal
Food Dive
Few brands have been able to win consumers' hearts to the same degree as Annie's. And as we've noted before, Annie's has had to work hard to preserve its folksy reputation as the brand grew ubiquitous and the company went public. It wasn't an easy thing to do, but Annie's managed to hold on to the goodwill it has generated with consumers. Here's hoping that General Mills will be able to hold it as well.
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