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Toronto company invents compostable coffee pods
CTV News
A Toronto company worked with scientists in Guelph, ON. to create a compostable coffee pod prototype that could put an end to the environmental cost of single-serve coffee makers. Single-serve machines are convenient and fast, but the coffee pods can't be recycled, so they end up in landfills. Each year, North Americans throw out 10 billion coffee pods. The number of pods thrown out last year would form a chain that could circle the Earth 10 times, CTV Toronto consumer reporter Pat Foran said.
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Target faces loyalty challenges in Quebec
Canadian Grocer
As Target continues working to fix its inventory and image problems, the retailer faces a different challenge in Quebec: getting Quebeckers to switch loyalties. A new survey of 1,000 Canadian women by Toronto-based Headspace Marketing found that Quebeckers are less likely to consider Target a destination for groceries, everyday items, health and personal care products compared to the rest of Canada.
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Agriculture land in Essex County stable, Chatham-Kent shows growth
CTV News
A real estate company says the closure of Leamington's Heinz operation didn’t have a great impact on land prices, as what might have been first feared. In its national farm report, ReMax found a stable market for agricultural land in Essex County. The company credits rich fertile land, allowing those farmers who lost contracts to supply tomatoes, an ability to switch to other crops.
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Saputo closing Quebec milk processing plant
Canadian Grocer
Saputo is closing a milk processing plant in Trois-Rivieres, QC, next summer, affecting 61 workers. The company says the plant has outdated equipment and couldn’t be brought up to the same level of its other 25 Canadian dairy processing plants. Built in the early 20th century, the Cremerie Trois-Rivieres plant was acquired by Saputo in 1997.
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Ontario government unveils new food donation tax credit for farmers
AM980
Ontario is taking the wraps off a tax credit for farmers who donate their products to community food programs, including food banks and student nutrition programs. Under the new food donation tax credit, farmers will be eligible to receive 25% of the fair market value of the products they donate. According to the Liberal government, this tax credit is the only one of its kind in Canada and will help farmers donate more fresh food to their local food banks.
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McCain names new Canadian president
Canadian Grocer
After almost 10 months without a president of its Canadian operation, McCain Foods Limited yesterday announced the appointment of Shai Altman. Altman joins McCain from Wrigley, where he was Canadian president. He began at Wrigley in 1997 as a key account manager and eventually went on to lead consumer marketing. Altman also spent time with the gum maker in Israel and India before becoming Canadian head in 2009.
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Maple Leaf Foods closes plant in Moncton
Canadian Grocer
Maple Leaf Foods has closed its meat processing plant in Moncton, N.B., and transferred production to other locations as part the company’s restructuring announced in April. Toronto-based Maple Leaf, which also makes hot dogs and deli meats, had operated the 48-year-old Moncton plant since 2000.
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Vegetarian product launches double in 5 years
Food Navigator
Vegetarian and vegan product launches have doubled over the past five years, according to new research from Mintel. The market research organization says that 12 per cent of global food and drink product launches carried a vegetarian claim last year, up from 6 per cent five years earlier. Meanwhile, 2 per cent of all products claimed to be vegan, up from 1 per cent in 2009.
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Is 3-D food printing the next microwave?
The Boston Globe
Picture the dinner hour in a decade: As you leave work, you pull up an app (assuming we still use apps) on your phone (or your watch!) that will direct a printer in your kitchen to whip up a batch of freshly made ravioli, some homemade chicken nuggets for the kids, and maybe a batch of cookies, each biscuit customized to meet the nutritional needs of different family members. It sounds like science fiction, but scientists and engineers are working on 3-D printing, and the food version of the 3-D printer is taking shape.
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Premium food retailing on the rise
Toronto Star
Two days after it opened in North York, the newest Whole Foods Market in the GTA was packed at lunch, with office and construction workers lined up for fresh-baked pizza, made-to-order sandwiches and custom stir-fry meals. Despite a reputation for being pricey, Whole Foods Market stores are popping up with increasing frequency, in Canada and in the U.S.
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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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Toronto company invents compostable coffee pods
CTV News
A Toronto company worked with scientists in Guelph, ON. to create a compostable coffee pod prototype that could put an end to the environmental cost of single-serve coffee makers. Single-serve machines are convenient and fast, but the coffee pods can't be recycled, so they end up in landfills. Each year, North Americans throw out 10 billion coffee pods. The number of pods thrown out last year would form a chain that could circle the Earth 10 times, CTV Toronto consumer reporter Pat Foran said.

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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 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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Wendy's rolls out pulled pork menu
Burger Business
Wendy’s finally has let the pig out of the pen, introducing nationally the pulled-pork dishes it began testing early this year and has been quietly adding in many markets over the past month. The BBQ Pulled Pork Cheese Fries are the most innovative of the new items, although the Canadian chain Harvey’s Pulled Pork Poutine comes close. The Pork Board says pork was the fastest-growing protein in the foodservice industry in 2012 and 2013, citing Technomic’s Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice research. A record-breaking 9.25 billion pounds of pork sold were through foodservice in 2013, an increase of 462 million pounds since 2011.
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General Mills to cut another 700 to 800 jobs
Food Dive
General Mills says the new cuts are part of "Project Catalyst," an effort aimed at cutting overhead. That's not to be confused with "Project Century," an effort aimed at cutting production and distribution expenses. (The factory closings announced last month are part of the Century program.)
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Cancer-detecting yogurt could replace colonoscopies
MIT Technology Review
Screening for certain cancers could soon be as simple as a home pregnancy test. Sangeeta Bhatia, a professor at MIT, is working to replace costly and uncomfortable colonoscopies and MRIs with a dollop of yogurt and a urine test—a cheap method that could improve the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Bhatia’s insight was to create synthetic molecules that can be introduced into the body, interact with cancer, and then be detected easily.
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Study: Coloured potatoes double antioxidant activity in extruded snacks
Food Navigator
Extruded snacks made from colored-flesh potatoes have antioxidant levels two to three times higher than regular potato varieties, a study finds. Published in Food Chemistry, European researchers investigated the antioxidant activity of four red- and purple-flesh potato flours and extruded snacks made from these flours.
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