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$2.46 million donation to fund a new Canadian feed research centre
The Poultry Site
A grand opening ceremony recognized Cargill’s animal nutrition business in Western Canada for its $2.46 million contribution to the Canadian Feed Research Center (CFRC) in North Battleford. The ceremony was emceed by the University of Saskatchewan’s Dean Mary Buhr, and attended by provincial and local government officials, university ambassadors, media and Cargill representatives.
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B.C. food safety program is good for business
Food In Canada
A new program from the B.C. Food Processors Association (BCFPA) will help ensure foods produced in the province are among the safest both nationally and internationally. The program is designed to assess processors’ current food safety management systems and develop plans to improve those systems. The program will also provide funds for food safety improvements in a facility for items such as employee training and new equipment that will help processors move toward and achieve HACCP and other certifications.
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Can biotechnology help produce a new generation of natural sweeteners?
Food Navigator
While the technological, commercial, and social challenges to the successful development of biotechnology capable of large-scale high-potency sweetener production are considerable, so are the potential benefits to society, say researchers. Global demand for naturally sourced, zero-calorie sweeteners has increased significantly over the last decade as consumers have become increasingly health conscious.
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Loblaw offers personal grocery shopping option, for a fee
Grocery Business
Loblaw Companies Ltd. officially launched its new click-and-collect program last Friday at one of its Richmond Hill, Ont., stores, and, in the coming weeks, plans to roll out the service to two more stores in the Greater Toronto Area: 11 Redway Rd. and 17 Leslie St. Customers shop online at shop.loblaws.ca where they can search for more than 20,000 items by name, by grocery aisle, store flyer, food categories or event. The website offers consumers the discounts available in the flyer, and additional discounts, including personalized offers linked to their PC Plus loyalty card, according to a Toronto Star article.
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Following Shoppers Drug Mart's dive into fresh
Canadian Grocer
Canadian Tire stocks curtains along with car mats. Best Buy carries mascara and laptops. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that Shoppers Drug Mart just started selling pork tenderloin and mangoes under the same roof as diapers and cough medicine. Putting fresh into Shoppers will help its new owner, Loblaw, penetrate big-city neighbourhoods where it’s hard to fit large grocery stores.
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Researchers: Sugar free gum may inhibit gingivitis
Confectionery News
Xylitol and maltitol-sweetened chewing gum may inhibit gingivitis, but consumers won't get additional benefits if they already brush their teeth regularly, according to a study. Research published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene by researchers at the Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA) said that sugar free gum may improve dental health beyond proven effects such as helping tooth mineralization.
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At the Forefront of Food Processing
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Cocoa flavanols may reverse memory decline, but not in chocolate, says Mars-backed study
Confectionery News
A Mars-supported study suggests that cocoa flavanols in a functional drink may reverse age-related memory decline, but the same effect may not be true in chocolate. The study published in Nature Neuroscience by Mars’ Hagen Schroeter and scientists from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and New York University confirmed that a specific part of the brain called the dentate gyrus was associated with age related memory decline and could be improved through dietary intervention with cocoa flavanols in a specially prepared drink.
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DNA 'barcodes' used to track food
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A DNA 'barcode' that can be added directly to food to enable it to be tracked and authenticated as it moves from farm to fork has been developed by scientists in Switzerland. The team showed that their system can track the milk used to make cheese or yogurt, and they say it could help authorities crack down on food fraud. DNA testing is already used to monitor food authenticity, explains Robert Grass from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, whose team developed the DNA barcodes.
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The myth of millennials' fast-casual migration
Burger Business
It’s an assumption too often repeated as fact that McDonald’s and other QSRs are losing customers to fast-casual restaurants and their claims to better food at higher prices. But interesting new data from The NPD Group provides strong reasons to doubt that assumption.
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Changing tactics: Energy chew entrants imminent as drinks run out of steam
Confectionery News
The confectionery market is poised to welcome a host of energy drink manufacturers looking to differentiate their brands with energy gum and candy, says an analyst at Datamonitor. Mitsue Konishi, senior innovation analyst at Datamonitor, told ConfectioneryNews that the energy drink market continued to flourish after registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) globally of 8.62 per cent between 2009 and 2013.
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Nestle to 'hire' 1,000 robots to sell Nescafe in Japan
Food Dive
Americans will have to wait a bit longer before going to a store to buy something from Pepper, but it won't be long at all, really. The robot is developing legions of fans, and it seems inevitable that Pepper will become common in multiple retail settings.
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Where's the innovation in packaged goods merchandising?
Supermarket News
Good question! While superior produce and expanded “food for now” (a.k.a. prepared food) sections are the main ways supermarkets set themselves apart from competition today, bottom line profits still depend heavily on packaged grocery products. Given this impact, it’s a little surprising that we haven’t seen more innovation in the merchandising of these items.
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General Mills develops ancient grains Cheerios
Bakery and Snacks
General Mills will launch ancient grains Cheerios to take the fast-growing trend into mainstream cereal, its marketing manager for cereal innovation says. The Cheerios + Ancient Grains product took around a year to develop and will launch nationwide across the US in January, 2015. The cereal contains oat and quinoa clusters and two wheat grains – Kamut Khorosan and spelt.
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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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$2.46 million donation to fund a new Canadian feed research centre
The Poultry Site
A grand opening ceremony recognized Cargill’s animal nutrition business in Western Canada for its $2.46 million contribution to the Canadian Feed Research Center (CFRC) in North Battleford. The ceremony was emceed by the University of Saskatchewan’s Dean Mary Buhr, and attended by provincial and local government officials, university ambassadors, media and Cargill representatives.

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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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Sidel launches world's first pasteurisable PET beer bottle
Food Magazine
Global PET packaging company, Sidel has launched the world’s first-ever pasteurisable lightweight PET bottle for beer. The bottle supports a crown cap and features a non-petaloid base giving the bottle the appearance of glass, but with all the advantages of PET.
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Steamed vs. baked bread: Processing change impacts glycemic response
Bakery and Snacks
The way in which breads are processed could play a role in determining its GI, according to new research that shows steaming rather than baking bread alters glycemic responses. Published in Food Chemistry, researchers investigated how macronutrient composition and processing conditions differed between steamed bread and baked bread and how combining recipes and methods influenced GI.
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Could salt-tolerant crops be solution to sustainable food production?
Bakery and Snacks
Around 2,000 hectares of agricultural land is lost each day due to the salinity in soil. Could breeding salt-tolerant crops be a new way to sustainable food? New data from the United Nations University has shown that salt-spoiled soils account for around 20 per cent of all irrigated land globally - with an area equal in size to France already unsuitable for food production.
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WHO calls for standardised nutrition labelling
Food Navigator
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a more unified approach to front-of-pack nutrition labelling. Representatives of Unilever and the labelling programme Choices International were among those backing the WHO’s call for more harmonized labelling at an event in Geneva earlier this month, hosted by the World Trade Organization.
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