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Loblaws preparing drive-thru groceries pilot project
Metro
Loblaw Companies is preparing to pilot a grocery click-and-collect program, which will allow shoppers to order online and pick up their completed order at stores. The Loblaws at 301 High Tech Rd. in Richmond Hill has been set up with a bright orange click-and-collect area that includes assigned parking. Customers will be able to have the groceries they chose and pay for online, loaded into their vehicles.
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Prunes get a new look, taste
University of Guelph
Researchers are looking at ways to brighten up the colour – and the image – of prunes. The fruits, which are dried and dehydrated European plums, offer many health benefits, such as improving eye sight, boosting metabolism and controlling blood pressure. But consumers often shun them because they are mainly associated with relieving constipation.
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Websites help connect people with Saskatchewan-grown food
The StarPhoenix
Sure, it's great to eat local food but where the heck do you find it? Apart from farmers' markets and health food stores, it's not very easy to find food grown close to home or find information on where your food came from. A few enterprising organizations are changing that by launching websites and in-store programs to help connect people with food grown close to home.
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Behind the scenes of the 'Crave More' campaign
Canadian Grocer
When Loblaw’s set out to reposition its President’s Choice (PC) brand to appeal to more food-savvy Canadians, “Crave more” was more than just a consumer-facing tagline – it was a wide-ranging philosophy applied to, among other things, its relationships with media vendors. Last spring, Canada’s largest grocery chain, through its agency ZenithOptimedia, issued an RFP to Canada’s largest media companies, inviting them to its Brampton headquarters to present ideas on how they might bring an internal mantra of “The new, the next, the never been done” to fruition.
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Americans throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal and glass
Hamilton Spectator
The much-anticipated U.N. Climate Summit is ostensibly a platform for world leaders to leapfrog debates over whether climate change is real, and skip straight to discussions centered on how to overcome the challenges it poses. But it's also an impetus for those beyond the sessions' panels to illuminate troubling patterns of behavior that are contributing to our collective carbon footprint — and food waste is without question one of the most egregious, especially in the United States.
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Cargill, top palm-oil companies pledge to protect forests
Food Dive
It's too early to tell just how all the goodwill and promises related to palm oil and deforestation will shake out after the UN summit ends. But there are reasons to be hopeful. First, Cargill says it will work with Indonesia's incoming president Joko Widodo to save the forests in that nation.
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BRICs and beyond: E-tail could sidestep distribution challenge in China
JustFood
Alibaba Group's massive IPO has underlined that the e-commerce trade in China is booming. Significantly for packaged food manufacturers, online retailers offer a way to circumvent some of the challenges of distribution in this massive market, enabling them to reach out directly to China's population base. However, the soaring popularity of such enterprises also means competition is intense. Food makers must battle to stand out in the crowded online marketplace.
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Lallemand launches aromatic yeasts
Bakery and Snacks
Lallemand Baking Solutions has developed a range of aromatic baking yeasts that enable natural flavor improvement and differentiation in baked goods. Its Florapan line is made using yeast from beer and wine to give fruity and floral aromas, from apple and banana to hazelnut.
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At the Forefront of Food Processing
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Coke and Pepsi commit to cutting beverage calories
Food Mag
Global beverage giants, Coke, Pepsi and the DR Pepper Snapple Group have made a pledge to reduce the amount of calories in their beverages by 20 per cent in the U.S. over the next decade. The move was announced at the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative and will see the beverage manufacturers aggressively market smaller sizes, diet drinks and bottled water.
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Trends: Charcoal is the new black
Good Food
Believe it or not, fast-food chains can be barometers for what's hot. Take charcoal. An ingredient that's been quietly burbling away, used in Asian cooking for eons, suddenly gushes onto the mainstream with Burger King in Japan unveiling its black 'Kuro Pearl' burger.
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Scientists "hack" photosynthesis to produce more food
China Topix
Scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom have successfully "hacked" photosynthesis with an enzyme, thereby increasing the rates at which food is produced. This could be a solution to feeding most of the world's population. Maureen Hanson, a plant geneticist at Cornell University in the U.S., said the discovery was definitely an "Eureka!" moment as it points to the possibility of feeding more hungry people in the world.
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Study: Peanuts vs. potato chips for energy and satiety
Bakery and Snacks
Hi-oleic and regular peanuts suppress energy intake better than potato chips and are therefore a preferred snack for weight management, researchers say. Published in Appetite, Australian researchers compared peanuts and chips in terms of satiety and subsequent energy intake among overweight or obese older consumers.
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This pocket-sized sensor could help detect gluten in your food
Digital Trends
Good news for all you celiacs out there — a startup by the name of 6SensorLabs is currently building an affordable handheld device that will allow users to quickly and easily check foods for gluten. Founded by MIT alums Shireen Yates and Scott Sundvor, 6SensorLabs has spent the past few years developing a chemistry-based method for detecting food allergens.
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Prunes get a new look, taste
University of Guelph
Researchers are looking at ways to brighten up the colour – and the image – of prunes. The fruits, which are dried and dehydrated European plums, offer many health benefits, such as improving eye sight, boosting metabolism and controlling blood pressure. But consumers often shun them because they are mainly associated with relieving constipation.

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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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Loblaw targets food-savvy Canadians in major marketing overhaul
The Globe and Mail
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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New approach to food systems needed to cope with climate change
Food Navigator
Food security must lie at the heart of efforts to overcome climate change and achieve a sustainable future for the world, according to the FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva. Speaking at the UN Climate Summit, the Food and Agriculture Organisation chief said that overcoming climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the planet's growing population, and warned that food security must lie at the heart of such efforts.
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The Pop-Tart at 50: Perfect just the way it is
The Atlantic
As of this week, Pop-Tarts have been part of Americans' breakfasts—and, let's be honest, late-night snacks—for 50 years. What's remarkable about their reign (besides the fact that, despite an increasingly health-conscious public, sales of the Kellogg product have grown each of the past 32 years) is how little Pop-Tarts have changed since they were introduced in 1964. The rectangular shape? The shiny swipe of frosting?
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Scientists step up food fraud efforts following horse meat scandal
NPR
Last year, the great European horse meat scandal alerted consumers around the world to food fraud. Traces of horse meat were found in IKEA meatballs and Burger King beef patties, in cottage pies sold at schools in Lancashire, England, and in frozen lasagna sold all over Europe. Arrests were made in the U.K. and in France. The contamination didn't pose any real public health threat — horse has the same amount of protein as beef, and less fat.
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Study: Higher fruit, veg consumption may increase odds of mental wellbeing
Food Navigator
Both high and low levels of mental wellbeing may be associated with an individual's fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Using data from the Health Survey for England, which involved 14,000 participants in England aged 16 or over, the researchers found that 33.5 per cent of respondents with high mental wellbeing ate five or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day, while just 6.8 per cent of those who ate less than one portion came under this ‘happier’ category.
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