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Canada: Is this the death of the grocery store?
Fresh Plaza
A few key metrics are telling us that the days of the typical grocery store are numbered. For example, take Loblaw, Canada’s No. 1 food retailer. A good portion of Loblaw’s business is now related to non-food products. Of course, Loblaw rocked the food retailing world last year by purchasing Shoppers Drug Mart for more than $12 billion. This act of brilliance allowed Loblaw to acquire cheap real estate, allowing its major labels like President’s Choice to reach urbanites longing for convenience, healthy food choices and loyalty points.
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Canadian companies look to genomics to drive innovation
MSN
For Michel Pouliot, a fine cheese is not just something to be savoured, it’s a microcosmic universe to be explored. "There’s a lot of biochemistry in cheese and a lot of it is not very obvious,” said Mr. Pouliot, who is vice-president of research and development for Agropur Cooperative Agro-Alimentaire, a Quebec-based dairy co-operative that processes more than 3.4 billion litres of milk annually.
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Agriculture minister says still assessing damage caused by summer flood
CTV News
It's been three months since Manitoba called in the military to fight floodwater coming from the west but the province still doesn't know how much that flood cost. Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn says they are still assessing the damage caused to Manitoba farmers who bore the brunt of the flood.
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Guelph study calls for testing of restaurant oils
University of Guelph
The quality and safety of oils used for frying in restaurants often degrade quickly, leading to potential health risks, according to a new University of Guelph study. As a health inspector, Anitta Sebastian often wondered about the quality and safety of frying oils used for deep frying in restaurants. When she started her master’s studies in food science at Guelph, she decided the topic would make a good research paper.
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Walmart Canada turns focus to grinding down grocery prices
Global News
If there’s one thing Walmart Canada wants Canadian shoppers to think of whenever the retail giant’s name comes up it remains rock bottom prices, above all. “Price leadership is important, both in perception and reality,” David Cheesewright, head of Walmart’s international division, which includes Canada, said.
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Whole Foods to roll out rankings for produce
Seattle Times
Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," "better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices. Most notably, the supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labelling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.
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A third of global food supply is wasted
The Globe and Mail
At home and at work, waste-conscious Canadians such as Debra Lawson and Diana Chard have little tolerance for letting food go bad and tossing it out. Ms. Lawson, executive director of the Toronto food-rescue organization Second Harvest, and Ms. Chard, a Halifax registered dietitian, as well as food industry members, humanitarian and environmental organizations and even some governments, are part of a massive effort to reduce food waste.
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Ready or not, here comes online grocery
Supermarket News
Leading department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom’s expect most of their growth in the next few years to come from online shopping, not from their traditional stores. The same is true for home improvement operators like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Do food retailers understand they face a similar future? I think many underestimate the impact that online food and grocery sales will have on their business.
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Can stevia chocolate ever be a mainstream retail fixture?
Confectionery News
Stevia chocolate is beginning to gain momentum in the US but could take at least a decade to achieve widespread acceptance among mainstream retail, according to stevia chocolate firm Coco Polo. The New Jersey-based company has created 13 chocolate bars without added sugar, including exotic fruit and nut varieties. It has listings in regional Whole Foods outlets and in Fresh Market and Sprout’s Farmers Market.
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Redefining the mini-meal
Canadian Grocer
Amid tepid grocery growth, snacks are turning out to be a bright spot. Data from Nielsen MarketTrack shows dollar sales of snacks in Canada rose 4 per cent for the 52 weeks to June 28, trumping overall consumer packages goods sales growth of 1.4 per cent. Bestselling snacks are still chips and cookies, but many Canadians are reaching beyond these old favourites for a quick nibble, according to new consumer research by Nielsen.
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Food prices stable — but meat prices at record high
Food Navigator
Meat prices are at an historic high – despite international food markets being more stable than they have been in years, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s latest Food Outlook report. The FAO food price index measures the change in price for a global basket of 70 internationally traded food commodities and, according to its latest figures, meat prices were up 21.7 points, or 11.6% per cent, compared to September last year.
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Food industry must slash sugar — not just tinker
Confectionery News
Food industry "tinkering" with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert. Writing in the journal Public Health Nutrition, Annie S. Anderson of the University of Dundee's Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research argues that promoting reduced consumption of high-sugar foods should be the primary strategy for reducing population-wide sugar intakes – while reformulation must significantly cut sugar and calories.
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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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Canada: Is this the death of the grocery store?
Fresh Plaza
A few key metrics are telling us that the days of the typical grocery store are numbered. For example, take Loblaw, Canada’s No. 1 food retailer. A good portion of Loblaw’s business is now related to non-food products. Of course, Loblaw rocked the food retailing world last year by purchasing Shoppers Drug Mart for more than $12 billion. This act of brilliance allowed Loblaw to acquire cheap real estate, allowing its major labels like President’s Choice to reach urbanites longing for convenience, healthy food choices and loyalty points.

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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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Ingredion: Gluten-free NPD knowledge needs to catch up
Bakery and Snacks
Knowledge on gluten-free product development must improve because the bar on quality is higher than ever, says a technical specialist at Ingredion. One in 100 people worldwide have celiac disease and many more suffer from gluten intolerances. In addition to that, there is a massive cohort of consumers following a gluten-free diet due to perceived health improvements fueling a continued boom in the category.
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Mediterranean diet may reverse metabolic syndrome — but not prevent it
Food Navigator
A Mediterranean diet that includes extra-virgin olive oil or nuts may help to reverse symptoms of metabolic syndrome, but cannot be linked to prevention of developing the condition, a long-term study claims.
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    Opinion: Fragmentation of food market could mark end of grocery store (The Star Phoenix)
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Walmart Supercentres have started raising grocery prices (Global News)
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