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Without national strategy, local food producers struggle to stem Canada's growing hunger problem
The Globe and Mail
At the 24-hectare UBC Farm, chickens peck at bugs and grass, protected from coyotes by an electric fence. Nearby, students sort squash, pumpkins and other produce for distribution through the farm’s community-supported agriculture program. The farm is a pocket of tranquillity at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus, where new housing projects have added thousands of new residents over the past decade. Formerly slated for development, the site was rezoned as “green academic” property in 2011 following a public outcry.
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School food allergy policies shifting
Toronto Star
Schools across the GTA have been implementing bans on foods to which some students are allergic, creating headaches for parents who find themselves forced to do a lot of extra label reading and to keep their kids from taking foods they love to school that could cause allergic reactions among their peers.
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Expert: Food tampering easy but rare
CBC News
Incidents involving food tampering are rare, says a food safety expert in relation to recent cases in Atlantic Canada. Two foreign metal objects have been found this week in potatoes packaged on P.E.I. and sold in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Walmart Supercentres have started raising grocery prices
Global News
Walmart Canada has made steady in-roads into the Canadian grocery business this year as it converts and expands hundreds of locations to “Supercentres” that sell food alongside its general merchandise. Experts at the University of Guelph suggested that Walmart now accounts for about 10 per cent of all supermarket sales in Canada. But its continued expansion faces a fresh test, according to other experts, as the U.S. discount giant turns up the pressure on prices in its grocery aisles.
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Wet weather in Manitoba impacts feed quality
The Poultry Site
After a later than normal start to spring planting that delayed crop development farmers in much of Manitoba were challenged by extremely wet conditions just as the harvest was about to begin, writes Bruce Cochrane. A cereal crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development reports, with the harvest ranging anywhere from 30 per cent complete to complete, crop quality is well below average while yields are slightly above average.
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Targeting newcomers: opportunities for food and CPG companies
Canadian Grocer
At each step, a newcomer’s shopping needs change. After the initial “disorientation” phase, immigrants are more willing to try new products and step away from familiar global brands. When a settling family is ready for a change, marketers should be too. Since food and grocery shopping is habitual, CPG marketers strive to make their offerings part of consumers’ habits.
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At the Forefront of Food Processing
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Cold, wet weather increases risk of PED virus
Manitoba Co-Operator
Hog producers are warned to be particularly vigilant about biosecurity practices this fall because the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) is more likely to survive in cold, wet weather. Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) had recently confirmed two new cases of PEDv in the province, bringing the total to four.
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Diamond Foods to build innovation centre
Bakery and Snacks
Diamond Foods will pool snack NPD efforts under one roof with its first dedicated innovation centre. The company behind brands like Kettle Brand, Pop Secret, Emerald Nuts and Diamond of California started construction on the center last week with a view to it being operational by February or March 2015.
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WestJet, Coke get personal with travellers
Canadian Grocer
WestJet is in the sharing spirit. The airline has partnered with Coca-Cola, bringing the cola maker’s “Share A Coke” campaign to the skies. On a recent flight from Calgary to Halifax, using a special vending machine set up in the airport lounge, travelers were given the opportunity to create customized cans of Coke to share with whoever they were meeting at the other end of their flight.
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Opinion: Fragmentation of food market could mark end of grocery store
The Star Phoenix
For decades, Canadian consumers have been accustomed to the traditional grocery store where you purchase most of your groceries under one roof once a week or every other week. That model, which emerged in the 1960s, is under serious threat now and may signal the end of the grocery store.
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Hershey develops heat-resistant chocolate
Confectionery News
Hershey has developed its own method to produce chocolate that can withstand hot climates following similar moves from Mondelēz, Mars and Nestlé. The company filed a patent for a method that uses a "chocolate dough" to create a heat stable chocolate without additives or a waxy, dry texture.
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Starbucks testing beer-flavoured latte
Brand Eating
Starbucks is testing out a beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte in a few cities here in the U.S. The fall drink consists of "chocolaty stout-flavoured sauce," dark caramel, espresso, and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and a dark caramel drizzle.
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Savoury soars in fastest-growing snack region
Bakery and Snacks
Sales of savoury snacks including crackers, rice cakes and pita chips climbed 21 per cent in the last year across Latin America – a region with the fastest-growing global snacks sector, according to Nielsen. Total annual snack sales for the year ending March 2014 in Latin America were $30 billion, up 9 per cent from the previous year. This annual growth saw Latin America become the fastest-growing snack sector across the globe – ahead of Asia-Pacific that posted 4% growth and the Middle East and Africa with 5 per cent growth.
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Natural and organic trends drive European food colourings growth
Food Navigator
Europe is the fastest growing market for food colourings driven by demand in natural and organic products, according to a new report from Grand View Research. Globally, synthetic colours still outsell natural colours due to less concern over artificial dyes in emerging markets. However, Europe is the largest regional market for colours overall, and the fastest growing, with a strong preference for naturally derived colours.
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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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Without national strategy, local food producers struggle to stem Canada's growing hunger problem
The Globe and Mail
At the 24-hectare UBC Farm, chickens peck at bugs and grass, protected from coyotes by an electric fence. Nearby, students sort squash, pumpkins and other produce for distribution through the farm’s community-supported agriculture program. The farm is a pocket of tranquillity at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus, where new housing projects have added thousands of new residents over the past decade. Formerly slated for development, the site was rezoned as “green academic” property in 2011 following a public outcry.

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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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Crispy M&M'S to return after 10-year hiatus
Confectionery News
Mars Chocolate North America will relaunch M&M'S Crispy Chocolate Candies next year following a 10-year lull. The brand was last introduced as a limited edition product in 1998. The company said that it chose to bring back M&M’S Crispy after a decade of phone calls, petitions and Facebook posts.
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Demand for non-caloric natural sweeteners on the rise
Food Magazine
Concerns surrounding obesity together with sugar taxes in many countries has spearheaded the demand for non-caloric, natural sweeteners according to a recent report from Canadean. Although caloric sugar still holds the majority stake in the global sweetness market at an 80 per cent share, consumer demand for natural alternatives is starting to catch up.
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McDonald's adding BYO kiosks in Australia
Burger Business
McDonald’s is testing next-generation technology for build-your-own burgers that it plans to install throughout Australia over the next 12 months. For its BYO testing in Southern California, the chain is using an iPad-size screen mounted to the wall or ordering counter. But in one restaurant in western Sydney, Australia, McDonald’s has installed a tall, standalone touch-screen kiosk at which customers can choose all ingredients for the their burger and pay with a credit card there or with cash at the counter.
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The remarkable surge in stand-up pouches
Food Dive
There's a particular life cycle that is common in food and beverage packaging. Things begin as an innovation, then become part of a trend, advance to the level of a craze, and eventually become the norm. We've seen it with mason jars, tin cans, twist-off caps, aluminum cans, resealable tops, zip packs, and more.
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