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Canada's biggest research greenhouse focuses on farm products
FCC
Construction is underway on a $10 million greenhouse in Ontario that officials say will get more farm products to market faster. The Vineland Greenhouse Complex will cover nearly one acre of land at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and be the largest research facility of its kind in Canada — twice as large as the next biggest research greenhouse.
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Canada wins a round in trade battle with U.S. over meat labels
Canadian Grocer
Canada has won a battle in an ongoing trade dispute with the United States over meat-labelling laws that have hurt the beef and pork industries. The World Trade Organization released a ruling that said U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico. The rules, which went into effect in 2008 and were updated last year, are blamed by the Canadian meat industry for reducing exports to the U.S. by half.
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Online grocery shopping 'gathering momentum in Canada'
Global News
The country's largest supermarket chain appears on the verge of introducing online grocery orders in at least one location in Ontario, a new report suggests, as online grocery shopping generally "gathers momentum in Canada." "Loblaw appears very close to launching its click-and-collect trial test in the Greater Toronto Area," analysts at Desjardins Securities said in a new note to clients.
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Longo's promoting exotic Colombian fruits
Canadian Grocer
Longo's is offering its customers a taste of the exotic this month. As part of its "Why not try?" program, which encourages customers to try new and interesting products, the Toronto-area chain is promoting four exotic fruits from Colombia — the goldenberry, yellow pitaya, purple passion fruit and granadilla — at 22 of its stores.
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Salmon genome project receives nearly $3.8 million in funding
University of Guelph
A University of Guelph-led genome project that will receive nearly $3.8 million in federal and industry funding and could transform the Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry was announced today in Guelph. Minister of State for Industry Ed Holder announced in Guelph that Genome Canada will contribute almost $1.2 million to the project, intended to help salmon farmers identify fast-growing fish that resist disease and parasites.
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Sobeys Quebec helps shoppers discover new brews
Canadian Grocer
Sobeys Quebec has a launched a flavour profile system for the beer it sells in IGA stores to help consumers choose and discover new brews. The flavour profiles were developed for IGA by Philippe Wouters, a beer expert and publisher of five-year-old bimonthly newspaper, Bières et plaisirs
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At the Forefront of Food Processing
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The 4 fallacies of sustainable food production
Alberta Farmer Express
The view that we need to change how we produce food in the name of sustainability has become ubiquitous in Canada and other developed countries. Indeed, spurred on by the perceptions of some consumers, the food industry has become keenly interested in how farmers produce food. They want to know about their carbon footprint; animal welfare and labour practices; and how they use water, pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones and growth promotants.
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Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned
Food Navigator
Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth (FoE). The supply and quality of British staple foods fresh carrots, frozen peas and apples would be severely disrupted, sending prices rocketing, claimed the NFU, after the publication of a report it commissioned from farm business consultancy Andersons.
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Natural sweeteners market continues to grow — but yet to reach full potential
Confectionery News
The natural sweeteners market has continued to grow as consumers seek to cut both sugar and artificial sweeteners from their diets – but it still has a long way to go to catch up with more established sweeteners. Market research firm Zenith International estimates the size of the global stevia market will reach 4,670 tonnes this year – up 14 per cent on last year’s level – with a value of $336 million.
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Walmart joins 'Half Your Plate' campaign
Canadian Grocer
Walmart Canada customers will soon be asked to load up on fruits and vegetables.That’s after the discount chain became the first major national retailer in the country to sign up for the “Half Your Plate” campaign. “Half Your Plate” is a healthy eating program that encourages consumers to make sure that 50 per cent of their plate is filled with fruit and vegetables.
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McDonald's pledges to simplify, localize, customize
Burger Business
Relevance, simplicity, localization and customization were the watchwords of McDonald’s Corp.’s embattled response to a Q3 sales report that was even worse than the forecasts. Insisting he is “confident in our ability to regain momentum,” President-CEO Don Thompson told analysts that the brand needs to provide more choices and customization, which is what he says consumers are looking for.
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How grocers can capitalize on evolving sandwich trends
Progressive Grocer
As the supermarket fresh prepared department commands greater focus among consumers, retailers should turn their attention to evolving shopper tastes for the classic meal solution – the sandwich – according to research firm Datassential. Datassential's MenuTrends Keynote Sandwich report finds that nearly 90 per cent of consumers report eating a sandwich within the past week, the majority of which are prepared at home from ingredients purchased from a retailer.
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Coca-Cola enters coconut water category
Food Magazine
Coca-Cola South Pacific has launched a not-from-concentrate coconut water, Zico, available in some stores from November. Packaged in resealable tetra packs, the coconut water comes in both a 330mL and a 1L size, and is targeting health-conscious consumers.
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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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Canada's biggest research greenhouse focuses on farm products
FCC
Construction is underway on a $10 million greenhouse in Ontario that officials say will get more farm products to market faster. The Vineland Greenhouse Complex will cover nearly one acre of land at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and be the largest research facility of its kind in Canada — twice as large as the next biggest research greenhouse.

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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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Research partnership will help producers reduce their feed costs
Food In Canada
An animal health company and Concordia University’s Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics (CSFG) are partnering up to make feed for livestock go further. Elanco Animal Health, a division of the global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Company, partnered up with the university to develop new enzyme combinations for pork and poultry producers.
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3-D printed food for the elderly may hit shelves in 2016
Food Navigator
Researchers in Germany are working on a 3-D printed food for elderly people with chewing and swallowing problems, which looks and tastes like "real food". The "Smoothfood" concept was introduced by German company Biozoon in 2010, aimed at producing food for the elderly in nursing and care homes who have mastication and swallowing problems.
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The rise of 'discountvenience'
Supermarket News
Channel blurring has been a feature of grocery retailing for many years, but has become even more prominent in recent times. Shoppers have increased the number of channels they’ve been using, and retailers have been developing new formats that cross traditional channel boundaries in response to this. One of the most widespread examples has been the development of hybrid formats which bridge the divide between discount and convenience, a global phenomenon in grocery retailing that we’ve dubbed "discountvenience."
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AmazonFresh: Amazon's same-day grocery service is about a lot more than groceries
International Business Times
Amazon.com Inc. is extending its AmazonFresh grocery delivery program to New York. It will first offer its same-day and morning grocery delivery in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with more areas to follow, it says. Amazon is moving into a competitive area where even existing supermarket chains are having trouble turning a profit, due to the high cost of retail space and advertising.
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