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IUFoST 2014 World Congress of Food Science & Technology
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CIFST is hosting the IUFoST 2014 World Congress of Food Science & Technology in Montreal: Save the Date: August 17-21, 2014.
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Metro releases iOS app as companion to new web portal
Mobile Syrup
Montreal-based grocery chain, Metro, has launched an iOS companion app to its new Metro.ca portal, bringing a digital element to its customers’ purchasing experience. The company, which has 347 stores throughout Quebec and Ontario, is taking a multi-faceted approach to its new digital rollout, beginning with recipe ideas, flyers and itemized shopping lists, which can be synchronized between My Metro account holders, as well as in-store promotional ventures like coupon redemption.
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Study: Grocery shopping while exhausted? Bad idea
CTV News
Short on sleep? If so, steer clear of supermarkets and food shops, at least according to a new Swedish study that finds sleep deprivation can drive you to spend a lot of money on junk food. It's already been established that even one night of bad sleep can lead to increased blood levels of ghrelin, a hormone that increases hunger the next day. But researchers say that ghrelin levels weren't associated with food purchasing. Rather, they posit that sleep deprivation could trigger other mechanisms, such as impulsive decision-making.
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The dangers of going gluten-free
Maclean's
Gluten-free products are a $90 million enterprise in Canada alone, and the sector is expected to grow at least 10 per cent each year through to 2018 — an astounding feat for what is primarily a food-based category. In the United States, the market is valued at $4.2 billion and climbing. A landmark study by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, published in the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research in 2008, revealed that gluten-free foods were, on average, 242 per cent more expensive than their "regular" counterparts.
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Why consumers love small plates
Technomic
Small plates are a big hit with consumers, but for reasons that may elude many chains. Restaurant operators often tout small plates as shareable sample portions, but according to Technomic's 2013 Starters, Small Plates and Sides Consumer Trend Report, most consumers order them for individual consumption. Consumers say that only about 41 per cent of small plates are shared with others in their dining party, whereas 59 per cent of small plate orders are consumed by just one individual.
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The uses of mustard in the food industry go far beyond flavour. Mustard is one of the most versatile food ingredients in the world and is being increasingly used for its many unique and natural properties such as an emulsifier, antioxidant, stabilizer, a preservative, and a binder the natural way.
 


Superstore, Extra Foods workers vote to strike in Manitoba
CBC News
Hundreds of employees from one of Canada's grocery giants have voted to strike in Manitoba. Ninety-eight per cent of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union members who voted recently cast a ballot in favour of hitting the picket line. They work at Superstore and Extra Foods in seven Manitoba cities. But before anyone walks off the job, there are still five more days of negotiations between the union and Loblaws, which owns the two grocery chains.
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Water footprint: The food industry's next big challenge?
Food Navigator
Reducing water footprints is an environmental challenge food and beverage companies should be prepared to meet if they want to maintain their competitive position and build reputation among end consumers, according to an analyst. Nicolas Franke, project officer at Water Footprint Network, said that companies are interested in seeing the water footprint of their products.
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No need for chickens with new artificial eggs
Canadian Grocer
There's sure to be a new twist to the old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, with the first artificial egg, made from plants. Called Beyond Eggs, the artificial egg uses a blend of peas and beans, and already has the support of Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel and Bill Gates. Company founder Josh Tetrick said in a report that the mix of easy to grow plants have similar nutritional values and taste to real eggs. It has already created an egg substitute for mayonnaise, and one for cakes.
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Woman scalded by tea wants regulation of hot drinks
Huffington Post Canada
A Winnipeg woman who was scalded by a cup of Tim Hortons tea is demanding new rules for how hot beverages should be served at restaurants. Lisa Marchant suffered second- and third-degree burns on her left side after an extra-large cup of green tea spilled on her lap following a minor car accident in February. "It just stops your life. I'm still not back," she told CBC News in an interview. There are currently no regulations governing the temperatures of hot beverages at restaurants — something the Marchants wants to see.
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Drinktec: Asian milk demand driving dairy interest in beverage tech
Beverage Daily
Dairy sector interest in beverage and liquid food processing, filling, and packaging technology is on the up — a trend industry trade show, Drinktec, has attributed to increasing emerging market demand for drinking milk. Drinkte organizers have pinpointed increasing demand for liquid milk in markets such as China as the driving force behind growing dairy sector interest in beverage processing, filling, and packaging technology.
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Coupon craze hits new high in U.K.
Food Navigator
Money-off coupons and vouchers are more popular than ever among cash-strapped U.K. consumers, according to coupon experts Valassis. In the first half of this year, U.K. consumers redeemed 275 million coupons — a 38 per cent increase on the same period last year — saving about $870 million, says the coupon and voucher service provider. It manages about 85 per cent of all coupons redeemed through grocery retailers.
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Plastic contamination scare prompts General Mills Pillsbury recall
Bakery and Snacks
General Mills has issued a voluntary recall on refrigerated Pillsbury iced cinnamon rolls due to risk of plastic contamination. The U.S. food major has specifically recalled eight-count single and double packages of the product. No other flavours or varieties of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls or dough products are affected and the recall does not include Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls or Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, it added.
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Drinking wine may lower depression
Food Product Design
Drinking two to seven glasses of wine a week may lower depression, according to a new study published in the journal BMC Medicine. "The results of the study suggest that only moderate amounts of alcohol, consumed preferably in the form of wine, you can get protective effects against depression similar to similar to that observed for primary cardiovascular disease: coronary heart disease," said Miguel A. Martinez-Gonzales, director of the multicentre study.

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Metro releases iOS app as companion to new web portal
Mobile Syrup
Montreal-based grocery chain, Metro, has launched an iOS companion app to its new Metro.ca portal, bringing a digital element to its customers’ purchasing experience. The company, which has 347 stores throughout Quebec and Ontario, is taking a multi-faceted approach to its new digital rollout, beginning with recipe ideas, flyers and itemized shopping lists, which can be synchronized between My Metro account holders, as well as in-store promotional ventures like coupon redemption.

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Will supermarket mirrors help you make healthier choices?
Brampton Guardian
The New York Times recently reported efforts by social scientists to subtly encourage Americans to make healthier decisions at the supermarket. Many of their approaches seem harmless or clever: putting arrows on the floor pointing toward the produce department, but one type of "nudge marketing" currently on trial in El Paso, TX, is downright disturbing: putting a mirror inside each shopping cart so people can see their reflections as they shop.

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F.C.C. paints positive picture for agriculture
Global News
Agriculture is a major and growing economic force in Canada. Farm Credit Canada says the outlook for agriculture is bright whether it be primary production on farms or opportunities in the agribusiness and agri-food sectors. Canada's leading agricultural lender also expects producers will get good prices for their crops and livestock. "The trends of the past 10 years have been positive in general for agriculture," said Jean-Philippe Gervais, Farm Credit Canada's Chief Agricultural Economist.
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Prairie fruit business needs more sea buckthorn growers
Manitoba Co-operator
Sea buckthorn is moving out of the hedgerows and into the mainstream, as new varieties and evolving technologies promise to make harvesting the nutrient-rich berry less labour intensive. "It's been a very difficult industry to kind of get going, a lot of the cultivars that were first planted aren't ideal for harvesting, in fact they're very difficult to harvest," said Anthony Mintenko, a fruit specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.
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Mondelez develops enviro-friendly cocoa powder for Oreos
Confectionery News
Mondelez International has filed a patent for a method to give black cocoa powder its rich color using fewer environmentally damaging chemicals and no iron salts. Mondelez's research subsidiary, Kraft Foods U.K. R&D, hinted in its patent application that the invention could allow Oreo cookies to use "significantly less cocoa powder." The process uses alkalizing salts, which are free from ammonium carbonate and iron salts.
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Anchovies are moving out of the can, to the top of the food chain
Waterloo Region Record
Maligned and misunderstood, anchovies have long been those stinky little fish that sneak into Caesar salad or top some adventurous person's pizza. But today, chefs like Besh have moved anchovies to the top of the food chain, showcasing them as elegant bar snacks, sophisticated bruschetta or the foundation for pasta dishes and stews. "They make friends and enemies quickly," says Seamus Mullen, chef-owner of Tertulia in New York City. "A bad anchovy is not a good thing. It's a question of making sure you get the right ones."
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Charting wine's influence on Canadian culture
Canoe.ca
Social media and smartphone apps have empowered Canadians to break free of the old school snob appeal associated with wine and have fun with it on their own terms. Trend Hunter's Jeremy Gutsche says we're becoming "everyday sommeliers" thanks to increased access to winemakers via social media and user-friendly smartphone apps that help us purchase, pair and cellar wine. The trend is particularly evident in men, who are prone to gadgets and quickly embrace high-tech wine cellar management tools or online communities.
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