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EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE — A message to the global food science and technology community

The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) released its latest Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB), which provides information on the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for the global food science and technology community. The purpose of this IUFoST SIB is to review what is currently known about Ebola, to clarify whether it is indeed foodborne and to provide guidance to the food science and technology community concerning their possible roles in the prevention and control of this outbreak.
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Action plan to attract youth to Ontario's food and beverage industry
University of Guelph
Food and beverage processing businesses, educational institutions and government leaders are supporting development of an action plan to attract young people to careers in the agriculture and food sector, the fastest growing multi-million dollar sector of the province's economy. The anchor of the action plan is a just released joint report from the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph and Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO), Planning for Ontario's Future Agri-Food Workforce: A Report on Agriculture and Food and Beverage Processing Training in Ontario Colleges and Universities.
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India's doughnut flavors put ours to shame
The Huffington Post
India may not seem like the most likely place to find good doughnuts, but it turns out the subcontinent is home to a budding doughnut industry and some amazing-sounding doughnut flavors. Chains like Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme are opening throughout the country, and the flavors they're offering make us want to travel to India in time for breakfast tomorrow.
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Green tea may lower blood pressure — but only for non-smokers
Food Navigator
Green tea, but not black tea, may lower blood pressure, but this effect is cancelled out by smoking, according to a five-year study in China. The researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia and Jiangsu Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in China, looked at the impact of black and green tea consumption on blood pressure for 1109 Chinese men and women between 2002 and 2007 as part of a wider Jiangsu Nutrition Study.
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Loblaw tests new grocery stores offering 'hard discounts'
Global News
The country’s largest supermarket operator is developing a new “hard discount” chain that caters to the most thrifty or value-conscious customers among us. “We’ve been working on a concept we call the Box,” Galen Weston, chairman and president of Loblaw Cos. Ltd., said. The so-called hard discount grocery store model has thrived in markets like the United States and United Kingdom since the 2008 recession, appealing to shoppers stuck in part-time jobs or who’ve seen limited income growth during the recovery.
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Looking to go beyond Greek yogurt, Chobani announces a food incubator
Fast Company
The short version goes like this: Once upon a time, Americans ate super-sweet yogurt loaded with artificial preservatives and shiny neon fruit. Sometimes kids even drank the stuff down in hermetically sealed tubes. That began to change in the mid-2000s when Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish cheese-maker living in New York, bought an old Kraft Foods plant upstate with the intent to turn Americans onto Greek yogurt — a healthier, less unadulterated version of the stuff consumers were already slurping down.
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PEI potato industry offers $50,000 reward in food tampering case
Nova News Now
Prince Edward Island farmers are willing to put up thousands of dollars to help solve the food tampering crime that resulted in a huge volume of potatoes being pulled from market. P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald announced Nov. 10 that the potato industry in the province has established a fund to cover a reward of up to $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for inserting sewing needles into potatoes of Linkletter Farms Ltd.
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On the money: Cost-cutting regime paying off for Mondelez
Just Food
Mondelez International's work on costs looks to be paying off with the snacks giant seeing its margins improve and lifting its forecast for annual earnings this week. The Cadbury owner is seeing some pressure on sales - particularly in Europe - after lifting prices to offset higher commodity costs but analysts are generally upbeat about the US group's prospects.
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Report: Investors are demanding more focus on sustainability
Food Navigator
Analysis released today shows that nearly three-quarters of global companies see risks associated with sourcing commodities that are linked to deforestation. The analysis, by CDP, and international NGO that focuses on sustainability, is based on disclosures from 152 leading businesses, including Cargill and Unilever, and reveals the business case for disclosing exposure to forest-risk commodities.
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Not the only culprit? Celiacs react to non-gluten wheat proteins
Bakery and Snacks
Past celiac research has focused on gluten wheat proteins as the cause of reactions, but researchers say there may be other non-gluten proteins in wheat also to blame. Researchers tested serum samples of 120 individuals, including 50 patients with biopsy-proven celiac disease, 20 patients with the associated rash dermatitis herpetiformis and 50 unaffected controls for reaction levels of antibodies (IgG and IgA) considered highly specific and sensitive to celiac disease.
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E-commerce and candy wrappers: How will online retail change confectionery packaging?
Confectionery News
The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) has highlighted strong growth in resealable stand-up pouches in confectionery, but says the rising online environment may change how candy is packaged. Speaking to ConfectioneryNews at PackExpo 2014 in Chicago, Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, market development at PMMI, said: “Flexible is the one that is that is taking the lead.”
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Boring bread? Ditch bland ads and bite into the revolution
Food Navigator
Bread and milk have always been natural indicators for what is happening inside the average household. Both are reliable dietary staples and both have the ability to inspire passion and excitement on a marketable level. For the first time ever 55 per cent of the British public say they now prefer brown bread to white – indicating a big shift in our taste for the whole grain. It seems that not only is the health message getting through, but the time is ripe for a bread marketing revolution.
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The slow decline of fast food in America
CTV News
The hospitals of the Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri no longer serve fast food in their cafeterias, after ending a contract with McDonald's in 2012 — two years ahead of schedule. In Kentucky, Kosair Children's Hospital signed up to serve Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets to its patients when it opened in 1986. But it has now followed in TMC's footsteps. The reversals by hospital chains that once embraced McDonald's reflect a waning love affair with fast food in the United States, as consumers become increasingly aware of the benefits of eating better.
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U of G among world's top agricultural sciences schools
University of Guelph
The University of Guelph is among the best universities in the world for agricultural sciences, according to a new international survey. U of G placed 12th globally — right behind Harvard University — and fifth in North America for agricultural sciences in an inaugural global ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

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India's doughnut flavors put ours to shame
The Huffington Post
India may not seem like the most likely place to find good doughnuts, but it turns out the subcontinent is home to a budding doughnut industry and some amazing-sounding doughnut flavors. Chains like Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme are opening throughout the country, and the flavors they're offering make us want to travel to India in time for breakfast tomorrow.

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Hot grocery trends for 2015
Canadian Grocer
So what will be 2015's biggest grocery trends? In a nutshell, craft foods delivered same-day to aging boomers. That's an amalgam of several of the trends, as predicted by U.S. grocery expert Phil Lempert in his annual look at what will be hot for the coming year.

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GM potato produces less acrylamide
Food Canada
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a genetically modified potato for commercial planting. What’s special about this potato is a couple of things. It’s been altered to resist bruising. Black spot bruise, as it’s known, is a post-harvest physiological disorder primarily resulting from the handling of potato tubers during harvest, transport, and processing, and refers to the black or grayish colour which may form in the interior of damaged potatoes.
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Outback now lets you wait in virtual line with new 'Click Thru' seating
Brand Eating
Outback Steakhouse now allows guests to access real-time wait time as well as put their name on the waitlist online. They call it "Click Thru Seating." To use the service, visit Outback.com/seating to view the current wait time at your local participating Outback restaurant and put your name on the wait list for now or later. The idea is that, unlike a reservation, you won't be dropped from the wait list if you're late.
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Sugar rush: Five factors driving prices across the globe
Food Dive
If there's a global commodity market with more dramatic ups and downs than sugar in 2014, Food Dive hasn't heard of it. In early September, the most actively traded sugar contract on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange dropped to 14.52 cents a pound. That was the lowest futures price for the sweetener here in the U.S. since June 2010. In cash markets, things were about the same. Prices fell toward record lows last year and then languished.
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NZ to help China boost food safety standards
Food Magazine
New Zealand will be lending a hand to China to improve its food safety credentials. The two countries have developed an agreement that draws upon the expertise of New Zealand together with other international food and agriculture models that encourage best practice in food safety and quality, Stuff.co.nz reports.
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