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As coffee rivalry heats up, McDonald's Canada to sell java in grocery stores
Financial Post
McDonald’s Corp is making its McCafe ground coffee available in Canadian grocery stores this month, the fast-food giant said, part of its broader campaign to win market share in a country long dominated by rivals like Tim Hortons and Starbucks. The competition to woo Canadian coffee drinkers has intensified in recent years, while rivals have pushed into McDonald’s territory by expanding their own breakfast and lunch menus in order to attract new customers and drive up spending per visit.
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Loblaw targets food-savvy Canadians in major marketing overhaul
The Globe and Mail
Canada’s largest packaged foods brand built its image on helping customers discover tastes that were new to some: spicy peanut sauce from Sichuan, paprika marinade from Spain. So what do you do when your customers are plenty adept at discovering their own food trends? For Loblaw and its President's Choice brand, this cultural shift is the foundation of a major marketing overhaul.
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RCMP investigate report that thousands of bees may have been poisoned
Winnipeg Free Press
RCMP in Brandon, MB, are investigating a report that thousands of honey bees have been poisoned in the region recently. Mounties say in a news release that two locations northwest of Brandon in the rural municipality of Elton are involved. They say the alleged poisonings are believed to have happened between Aug. 14 and Sept. 3. Mounties say the bee producers have suffered a substantial financial loss.
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Nestlé Waters urges moms to put down the pop
Canadian Grocer
Nestlé Waters Canada has launched a new earned media campaign that puts sugary drinks in the hot seat. The company issued a press release with the bold headline, “Challenges with Sugared Beverages Being Ignored,” which outlined Canadians’ “alarming” sugar intake and contained highlights from a new survey.
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Packaging accessibility — an ageing issue
Food Mag
The ageing population is the largest and fastest growing sector of the market– but when it comes to packaging design, the elderly are often overlooked. One of the key roles of packaging is to protect its contents, but what happens when it is so well protected, that a consumer can’t access it.
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Hundreds of varieties of heirloom vegetables, herbs being offered to consumers
Times Colonist
It's obviously incorrect to say heirloom vegetables are "new" to Canadian kitchens. But it's fair to say the interest in them "has increased very dramatically over the last decade," says a spokesman for the Organic Council of Ontario. More and more heirloom foods are being grown by home gardeners and small-scale farmers, says Jacob Pries, operations and outreach manager for the Caledon-based council, and being offered to consumers.
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At the Forefront of Food Processing
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Loblaw launches 'Crave More' campaign for PC brand
Canadian Grocer
Who thought to bite into a pineapple? Who thought to look at a lobster and eat it? Asking these “what ifs” and “why nots” is the inspiration behind Loblaw’s new “Crave More” campaign for its President’s Choice (PC) brand, which launches today. The campaign marks the company’s desire to transition from strictly a food brand to a lifestyle brand. It includes 30-second TV spots, in-store marketing, a brand new website for PC.ca, and an amplified social media presence.
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What will supermarkets look like in 2065?
Canadian Grocer
The future is now, says one food design agency. Studio Industries, a New York-based agency, has plans to open a futuristic pop-up store in New York in 2015 that will showcase what they imagine a supermarket to look like in 2065.
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Researchers: Wine not? Grape-skin powder ups candy flavonol and fiber count
Food Navigator
Adding grape-skin powder to fruit candies may increase antioxidant content, open fiber claim doors and shorten dehydration time, according to a study. The Italian researchers looked at the impact of adding powdered barbera (Vitis vinifera L.), a red grape variety collected from wineries in the Italian region of Piedmont, on moisture, soluble solids, water activity, polyphenol and antioxidant contents, color and texture.
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Can General Mills overcome the Annie's acquisition backlash?
Bakery and Snacks
General Mills has defended the future of Annie’s natural and organic snacks under its ownership, but two experts say the company will have to work hard to beat the critics. The cereal and snack giant acquired Annie’s for $820 million earlier this month – a deal set to close by the end of 2014. General Mills said the acquisition would drive it further into the natural and organic sector, adding another brand to its current portfolio including Cascadian Farm and Food Should Taste Good.
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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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As coffee rivalry heats up, McDonald's Canada to sell java in grocery stores
Financial Post
McDonald’s Corp is making its McCafe ground coffee available in Canadian grocery stores this month, the fast-food giant said, part of its broader campaign to win market share in a country long dominated by rivals like Tim Hortons and Starbucks. The competition to woo Canadian coffee drinkers has intensified in recent years, while rivals have pushed into McDonald’s territory by expanding their own breakfast and lunch menus in order to attract new customers and drive up spending per visit.

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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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Almonds are a 'snack choice for a healthy diet'
Bakery and Snacks
A mid-morning snack of almonds may decrease food intake at lunch and dinner, making the nuts a ‘snack food choice for a healthy diet’, according to a new study from England. According to the Almond Board of California, almonds - which have a hefty 6g of protein and 4g fiber per ounce - are the number one nut in new snack launches in North America, and are the nuts most frequently consumed as a snack, where they are commonly paired with apples, bananas, chocolate, salad and granola bars.
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Researchers develop high fibre 'super spaghetti'
Food Navigator
Italian and Australian researchers say they have developed pasta with the same appearance and taste as regular pasta – but with 20 per cent more fibre. Wholemeal pasta is made using the outer layer of the durum wheat kernel, while traditional pasta uses only the starchy inner parts of the wheat, resulting in a lower fibre content.
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