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New to the contest: the "Ingredients and Technology" subcategory and a public vote
DUX
DUX rewards corporate and consumer initiatives that help improve the food offering. These initiatives are celebrated through a whole range of means, including a contest, a gala, a media campaign (advertising, interviews, web, TV, radio, outdoor advertising, magazines) and a knowledge-transfer program. DUX is the pat on the back that companies, consumers and citizens need to go ever further toward a healthier society. The second edition of the DUX Contest (Dux is Latin for "leader") will once again acknowledge the leaders in the food industry that offer Quebecers new options for healthier eating.
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Invitation to participate in the CFIA's Integrated Food Labelling / Regulatory Modernization Face-to-Face Session
CFIA
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is inviting you to participate in our integrated Food Labelling / Regulatory Modernization face-to-face engagement session that will be held on October 22, 2013 in Toronto, ON. In order to be more efficient, the Food Labelling Modernization initiative will be partnering with other modernization initiatives for these sessions (specifically, the Regulatory Modernization and the proposed Imported Food Sector Product Regulations).
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Grocery Innovations Canada trade show wraps up with top 10 products for 2013
Hamilton Spectator
Bubble gum-flavoured icing, protein tea and refillable pods for coffee makers are among the items on a Top 10 list compiled by delegates at a recent grocery trade show. Members of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, a non-profit trade association representing more than 4,000 grocery retailers from across Canada, tested and reviewed hundreds of new products to come up with the list that might appeal to shoppers.
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Sobeys touts healthy eating with Jamie Oliver as grocery wars heat up
Financial Post
Sobeys is aiming to carve out a more distinct image for itself in Canada's relentless grocery war by touting a new healthy food platform and partnering with U.K. chef Jamie Oliver to market the initiative and develop food products for the No. 2 grocer. But will it be enough to increase the chain's flat sales in a market driven by low consumer prices, where average grocery square footage has been growing at more than twice the historical rate?
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Competition leads to grocery wars in Calgary
Global News
Their short-lived strike is over, but the worker unrest at Superstore is a sign of the pressure facing businesses in Calgary. There is more competition than ever before in the grocery business, prompting many to try and find ways to cut costs, by reducing staff hours and shifts. "They do have in quite a number of categories and very small margins, so when they're competing they really have to manage their costs," explains Debi Andrus from the Haskayne School of Business.
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Canadians willing to pay more for beef from their home province
The Vancouver Sun
University of Kentucky researchers found that Canadian consumers presented with six different definitions of local beef prefer a product from their home province. Respondents completing an online survey about food preferences were willing to pay a premium for beef steak labelled simply "local" and beef produced within 160 kilometres, roughly equivalent to the distance popularized by the 100 Mile Diet books and television program. But the draw to beef from their home province was strongest.
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Chicken nuggets at fast food restaurants contain as little as 40 per cent meat
Canada.com
Researchers who conducted an "autopsy" on chicken nuggets from fast food restaurants were shocked at what they saw under the microscope: the nuggets were only about half chicken meat, with fat, skin, connective tissue, blood vessels, nerves and bone fragments making up the remainder. "I was floored. I was astounded," said Dr. Richard deShazo, professor of medicine, pediatrics and immunology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
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A new threat for big grocery: AmazonFresh
Yahoo!
The big acquisitions made by Loblaw and Sobeys this summer suggest grocers are furiously bulking up to fend off competition from American retailers such as Walmart and Target. But they may also be watching a different threat on the southern horizon. Since 2007, Amazon has been offering an online grocery and delivery service in Seattle called AmazonFresh. This past June, the company expanded to parts of Los Angeles, and it's rumoured that it will push into 20 urban areas next year, some of them outside of the U.S.
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Red wine chemical fights cancer after metabolized
Food Product Design
Resveratrol, a chemical found naturally in red wine, remains effective at fighting cancer even after the body's metabolism has converted it into other compounds, according to a paper published in the journal Science Translational Magazine. Researchers at the University of Leicester discovered resveratrol can be taken into cells after it has been metabolized into resveratrol sulfates. Enzymes within cells are then able to break it down into resveratrol again, meaning that levels of resveratrol in the cells are higher than was previously thought.
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Next-generation snacks boom: Think pulses, beans, rice and seaweed...
Bakery and Snacks
The traditional snacks category has veered off course with pulses, beans and veg being favored over potato and corn. But what does this mean for old favorites? Ingredients like bean and rice flours and pulses have boomed recently and this category of "other flours" is set to surge around four times faster than wheat flours, according to Euromonitor International data.
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Grocers can be profitable online
Digital Journal
Consumers around the world want to do more of their grocery shopping online, and this demand is fueling a market that is expected to grow to $100 billion by 2018, according to a report released today by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Based on research in eight countries and on client experience, BCG believes that establishing profitable online operations is not only possible, it is essential for players that want to continue to grow and maintain market leadership.
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It's not your imagination: Fast food is getting slower
Forbes
Ever felt like you could read a novel while you waited for your fast-food order in the drive-through lane? It may seem like eternity, but the average drive-through order does take roughly three minutes to get into your hands these days, a new Drive-Thru Performance Study from industry trade magazine QSR and Insula Research shows. The general consensus: Delivery times are longer than ever. McDonald's, for instance, posted its slowest average time in the study's 15-year history at nearly 190 seconds.
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Consumers remain confused about nutrition, functional foods
Food Business News
A gap exists between what consumers think about nutrition and what they do about managing a healthy diet, according to a new survey. The 2013 Functional Foods Consumer Survey revealed that despite consumers' proclaimed knowledge about nutrition, 67 per cent believe they fall short of meeting "all or nearly all" nutrition needs. The survey also showed significant disconnects between people's beliefs about getting sufficient amounts of specific nutrients and the reality of their diets.
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How gin can stage a comeback (really)
Technomic
For how long have adult-beverage industry watchers and cocktail enthusiasts been looking for gin to make a comeback? The botanicals-enhanced spirit has seemed at least in some respects to be well-positioned to take advantage of recent cocktail trends; most notable among these are renewed enthusiasm for classic cocktails and consumers' growing interest in exploring spirits that are new to them — especially those that carry some cachet of sophistication. (What other spirit is more associated with the decadence of the Jazz Age?)
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Ethnic and gluten-free foods continue to dominate at the grocery store
Times Colonist
Gluten-free foods and ethnic offerings are expected to continue their march onto store shelves as grocers also look to sustainability and ponder how to deal with online ordering. Ethnic products have been top of mind for retailers for several years. In the past, "if you wanted to get those products you had to go to a traditional ethnic grocer and now it's switched where you've now got the large players putting it in and making it permanent sections," said Tom Barlow, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.

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New to the contest: the "Ingredients and Technology" subcategory and a public vote
DUX
DUX rewards corporate and consumer initiatives that help improve the food offering. These initiatives are celebrated through a whole range of means, including a contest, a gala, a media campaign (advertising, interviews, web, TV, radio, outdoor advertising, magazines) and a knowledge-transfer program. DUX is the pat on the back that companies, consumers and citizens need to go ever further toward a healthier society.

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Alberta's ag minister: Cross-border labelling beef hurting both sides
Edmonton Journal
A decade after bovine spongiform encephalopathy slammed borders shut on Canadian beef, the country's livestock industry faces new and lingering international battles. U.S. rules force mandatory country of origin labelling of Canadian agricultural products including beef and pork and bring with them increased tracking and processing costs. The program was adopted in 2008 after American farm and consumer groups argued shoppers have a right to know where their food comes from.

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Pumpkin power!
Nielsen
Pumpkin is everywhere these days. From your neighborhood coffee house to your local grocery store, this palate-pleasing player has spread like wildfire throughout restaurants and stores this season, and seemingly earlier than last year. Last year, pumpkin-flavored offerings in the U.S. grew 18.8 per cent in Nielsen-measured retail outlets, selling over $290 million during calendar year 2012. Though many pumpkin offerings are available year-round, there's no denying the seasonal popularity of this particular brand of squash right now.
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Study: Electrospun protein carriers may offer meat replacement hope
Food Navigator
The use of electrospinning technology could help create nano-sized protein strands that are able to better mimic the texture and bite of meat, say experts from TNO. Writing in Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, the research team noted that the development of meat-free food products that have appealing texture and structure remains a big challenge for the industry.
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Agri-food looks to mobile tech
Food Navigator
The new reality for agribusiness is that industry participants must adopt the latest sophisticated technology-based tools to protect their competitive advantage. The power and prevalence of today's mobile devices is transforming the shape of the modern enterprise. Mobile applications empower exectutives to make informed, rapid decisions. Industry experts believe that in four years, approximately 50 per cent of the devices connected to corporate networks will be mobile.
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