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Abstract submission is now open for IUFoST 2014 — 17th World Congress of Food Science & Technology
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The IUFoST 2014 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that online abstract submission is now open! Abstracts can be submitted in 11 different themes for ORAL and POSTER presentations. Please visit the website to consult the abstract topics within each theme. Bookmark your agenda now! The submission deadline is March 3, 2014.
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Registration now open for Flavorcon2013!
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The Intersection of Flavor, Food Science and Product Development! Nov. 18-19, 2013, Atlantic City, NJ Presented by Perfumer & Flavorist magazine, Flavorcon is a unique two-day conference that delivers key technical and marketing information in a live interactive environment for the developers, creators, manufacturers and marketers of flavors and flavored products.
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My Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Journey
CIFST
In this Q&A profile, CIFST member Oscar Rodriguez, a recent CFS credential holder, shares his personal perspectives on the importance of the CFS certification to his career advancement. Learn more about the CFS program and the special discount available to CIFST members. The application deadline for the October 14–November 1, 2013, testing window is October 7.
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Mapping out the new food regulatory landscape for Canada
CFIA
In November last year, the "Safe Food for Canadians Act" received Royal Assent, effectively paving the way for broad changes and improvements for food safety in Canada. Bringing this Act into force, however, requires work on several fronts including developing new food regulations. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently consulting on a range of modernization initiatives and will conduct an interactive workshop on October 21st in an effort to bring developments towards the implementation of the Act into limelight and share its recommendations with the industry stakeholders.
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How do store brand groceries compare to name brands?
CTV News
There are more store brands in grocery stores than ever before, but which ones really stack up against big-name national brands? Consumer Reports put some products to the test to see if you can really taste the difference. Buying store brands can save you anywhere from 15 to 30 per cent on average. Consumer Reports tested 57 store brand foods from major retailers including Costco, Walmart, Target and Whole Foods.
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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.
 


LCBO poised to sell booze in grocery stores
Cambridge Now
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, and Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines, ON will help launch the LCBO's first destination boutique inside its Glendale Avenue liquor store in St. Catharines. But this move is just the beginning in expanding the government-run liquor empire. Ontario likes its booze as is indicated by the $9,500,000,000 in sales in 2011-2012, yet the government has been criticized for not presenting more of a variety of alcoholic products in more places including the convenience of shopping at small local venues.
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Tim Horton's vows faster service to fend off rivals
The Globe and Mail
Tim Hortons is now moving customers through some of its drive-in windows every 25 seconds, but the company's new chief executive officer says that's not fast enough to thwart competitors threatening the iconic chain's market share. Marc Caira, the new chief executive officer of the coffee and doughnut chain, also says it offers too many varieties of products, which slows service, and not enough stand-out items to help it fight off McDonald's and other rivals.
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P.E.I. beef brand getting attention from national buyers
Charlottetown Guardian
The Prince Edward Island Certified Beef brand was launched earlier this year to help the province gain wider market recognition because our beef hasn't received the attention it deserves. Once chefs and suppliers had a chance to sample it, they gave our beef rave reviews. A marketing blitz in Calgary, the home of western beef, was a major hit earlier this summer. Our special environment and fresh sea air is credited, at least in part, for a delicious product.
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Cut your grocery bill without wrecking dinner
Troy Media
Want to trim your grocery bill without wrecking dinner? Treat your home food inventory as a financial asset. According to Professor Sylvain Charlebois, associate dean of research and graduate studies in Guelph's College of Management and Economics and lead author of the 2013 Food Price Index, about 38 per cent of food purchased by Canadian households goes into the garbage. "Restaurants are not doing that much better, with nearly half of all food purchased going to waste," Charlebois told the CBC.
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Juice jumps in Canada
Technomic
Signaling consumers' rising interest in freshly made, healthful-positioned beverages, quick-service concepts that focus on fresh juices and smoothies saw impressive growth in Canada in 2012. Leading the pack was Edmonton-based Booster Juice, which came in at No. 34 on Technomic's list of the Top 200 Canadian chain restaurants for 2012. The chain's $116.6 million in Canadian system-wide sales for the year represented a gain of 11.5 per cent over 2011 sales.
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Chocolate bar addicts can claim $50 from class action settlement
Canada.com
Compensation will soon be distributed as a result of the successful class action against chocolate companies across Canada who were found last fall to have illegally conspired to fix and increase the prices of their products for the better part of the 2000s. Cadbury, Hershey, Mars and Nestlé have paid out a total of $23.2 million in order to provide rebates to everyone in the class after it was found that the wholesale and suggested retail prices of each sweet treat were artificially inflated by the four confectionery giants between 2001 and 2008.
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Research aims to get consumers hooked on sustainable seafood
Guelph Mercury
Global seafood supplies are rapidly declining due to over-harvesting, increased demand and lax government regulations. With 85 per cent of fisheries worldwide harvesting at or above their ideal rate, seafood could become a scarce commodity. But there's hope. University of Guelph geography professor Ben Bradshaw and graduate student Dominique Schmidt are tracking this country's emerging seafood governance system, a new movement in which non-governmental organizations are partnering with retailers to offer customers more sustainable seafood options.
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The least healthy breakfast sandwich
Yahoo!
Breakfast sandwiches are one of the most popular ordered items here at fast-food chains in Canada — but they're not always the healthiest choice. Andrea Jenna is joined by registered dietitian Marcia Sivilotti of ME and YOU Nutrition. They taste test five popular bacon and egg breakfast sandwiches and give you the details on what sandwich is worth standing in line for, and what you might want to avoid.
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Unilever and Nestlé biggest improvers in Oxfam sustainability report
Food Navigator
Many major food companies are slowly improving their sustainability policies but all still have a long way to go, according to an updated 'Behind the Brands' sustainability report from Oxfam. Back in February, Oxfam released its original report assessing the sustainability initiatives of 10 of the world's biggest food and drink companies, including Nestlé, Unilever, Danone, Modelez, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. All fared poorly, with Nestlé topping the list with a score of 37/80 in seven categories.
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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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How do store brand groceries compare to name brands?
CTV News
There are more store brands in grocery stores than ever before, but which ones really stack up against big-name national brands? Consumer Reports put some products to the test to see if you can really taste the difference. Buying store brands can save you anywhere from 15 to 30 per cent on average.

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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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Rain, hail, tempests plague Europe grape harvests, but wine will flow
Reuters Canada
Many of Europe's grape growers have been hit by hail, windstorms, heavy rains, cold and clouds resulting in one of the worst harvests in decades. Due to weather problems in much of Europe, consumers can expect to pay more for many European wines, according to economist James Thornton, professor of economics at Eastern Michigan University who specializes in the economics of wine. But warm weather for grapes in much of the United States means prices should be lower for U.S. wines, he said.
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Small snack makers create better personal connections
Bakery and Snacks
The healthy snacking boom has created a storm that small, boutique snack makers are benefiting from as their personal, niche products connect with the enthusiasm of consumers, Packaged Facts finds. In its latest report, Healthy-Ingredient Snacks in the U.S., Packaged Facts said the small, boutique snack manufacturers are communicating best and succeeding the most in the healthy snacks category.
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Food delivery companies serving it up in growing market
The Vancouver Sun
International players and local start-ups are piling into the restaurant-to-home food delivery business, hoping to cash in on a growing multi-billion-dollar market in Canada. The business models are as different as apples and oranges. Some — such as downtown Vancouver's scooter-based delivery firm OrderIt.ca — are simple delivery companies. Others are online aggregators for restaurants that deliver their own food, companies focused on creating a single web- or app-based entry point for customers to access hundreds of restaurants — like the popular hotels.com model does for hotels.
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Junk-free checkout campaign launched
Food Navigator
A new campaign launched recently urging supermarkets to permanently remove unhealthy snacks from checkouts and queuing areas. The campaign, called Junk Free Checkouts, is being led by the British Diabetic Association's Dieticians in Obesity Management specialist group and the Children's Food Campaign, and is also supported by the British Dental Association and the publication Slimming World.
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Hudson's Bay planning major restaurant project for Calgary store
680 News
Hudson's Bay has enlisted Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants to create a new "integrated lounge" that will include late-night cocktails and entertainment at the flagship Bay store in downtown Calgary. The cost of the project wasn't disclosed in the recent announcement. The Calgary project builds on the two companies' collaboration to create a new venue at HBC's Queen Street store in downtown Toronto — part of the HBC's strategy of creating a more upscale look at many of its department stores.
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Fairfax Financial in talks to buy Cara stake
Edmonton Journal
Facing pressure from trendy upstarts, two of the largest full-service dining restaurant companies in Canada could be united under one corporate umbrella. According to industry sources, Fairfax Financial Holdings is eyeing an investment in Cara Operations — the owner of Swiss Chalet, Harvey's and Kelsey's — to pave the way for a possible merger with its Prime Restaurant Group.
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Trius talks food in Shoppers Drug Mart stores
Canadian Grocer
Merging Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart will take about five years but will create a massive and diverse retailer well positioned to cater to Canada's growing number of city dwellers, seniors and even the online crowd. That was the assertion of Vicente Trius, president of Loblaw Companies.
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Sourcing from small group of suppliers leaves restaurants at risk
Canadian Underwriter
A small number of suppliers in the food industry means many restaurant chains are exposed to more risk of contamination, notes a new article from Lloyd's of London. Restaurant chains and franchisees are increasingly getting their ingredients from a small number of suppliers, meaning "their exposure to foodborne illnesses and food contamination can be magnified," Lloyd's says. Lloyd's points to an E. coli outbreak in 2006 among 90 restaurants across several states from lettuce sourced from a single supplier.
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P.E.I. Brewing Company moves into British Columbia
The Journal Pioneer
The P.E.I. Brewing Company's products are now available in British Columbia. The company had just recently announced that their product is now being shipped and sold in Alberta. Now, Sir John A. Honey Wheat, Island Red Ale and Beach Chair Lager are now being listed in various private and public liquor stores in Vancouver, Whistler and the Lower Mainland.
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