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Canadian food shopping trends
Food In Canada
At the Food Trends Forecast 2014 conference hosted by NSF GFTC, Carman Allison, VP Consumer Insights at Nielsen, shared the factors that are influencing CPG growth. Canada’s economy continues to be fragile and consumers have remained cautious since the recession in 2009. CPG sales growth is struggling at 1.7 per cent in dollars, driven by a 2 per cent inflation rate, and 0.3 per cent in units.
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Canadian meat exporters want Russian food embargo lifted soon
Russian Times
Pork producers in Canada are ready to supply Russia with meat as soon as Moscow decides to lift its food embargo, says Guy Beaudry, Vice-President of HyLife Canada’s biggest pork supplier. Canadian pork products exported to Russia would be 40 per cent cheaper than from Brazil, said Beaudry in an interview with TASS. He says resuming imports would be more profitable for Russia, which is now purchasing Brazilian pork for $6-7 per kg.
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California droughts could leave B.C. high and dry on food
The Globe and Mail
When California Governor Jerry Brown declared a statewide emergency in January, there was hope water conservation and increased pumping from aquifers could blunt the impact of a withering drought. Now, as the driest year in the state’s history is coming to a close, the aquifers are so overdrawn there are concerns about long-term damage – and the National Weather Service is predicting a fourth year of drought.
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Saskatchewan promoting trade with India
The Star Phoenix
Premier Brad Wall has announced $100,000 in funding to support activities for the United Nations' International Year of Pulses (IYOP) in India in 2016. The announcement was made in Mumbai, India, where Wall is promoting Saskatchewan's strength as a global supplier of food, fuel and fertilizer.
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Shelburne food security project releasing video on lobster industry
The Vanguard
The lobster industry is the lifeblood of Shelburne County's community and economy but with rising costs of equipment and plummeting prices of catch, the industry has become a constant conversation on where to go from here. The video, Our Lobster, Our Communities, as a part of the Activating Change Together for Community Food Security research project, 15 interviews were conducted with Eastern Shelburne County current and past fishermen, buyers, distributors, processors, government officials, association members and lobster industry stakeholders with over 400 years of collective experience.
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Ottawa food inspectors feeling stretched
Ottawa Citizen
The high number of special events in Ottawa that require food inspections is leaving the city’s public health department stretched. According to a report tabled at a board of health meeting — the final one before the next term of council is sworn in on Dec. 1 — Ottawa Public Health is on track to meet most of the provincial targets for 2014 as set by the Public Health Funding and Accountability Agreement.
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Lessons to learn from Quebec's agriculture and agri-food industry
Alberta Farmer Express
I spend a lot of time in Quebec and find the culture and the history of the province fascinating. It is in many regards, Canada’s little bit of Europe and the feel in the country is cosy. What most folks don’t see as they travel the countryside past long narrow tracks of land, vineyards and orchards dotted with steep-roofed houses and old barns is the massive agriculture and agri-food industry that is the economic foundation of Quebec.
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The future of antibiotics may come from a horse's behind
Popular Science
Some 15 years ago, an email circulated suggesting modern transportation is based on the back ends of horses. From our railways to the design of booster rockets for the space shuttle program, the width of a horse’s behind dictated how we travel today. While this theory has been for the most part quashed, other areas of modern science have advanced due in part to the pony posterior and what comes out of it.
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Top ten food trends for 2015, Innova Market Insights
Food Magazine
Market research company Innova Market Insights has released its overview of the top ten trends for global food, beverage and nutrition in 2015. Taking out the top spot was From Clean to Clear Label, which highlights the need for clearer definitions of the term ‘natural’. This was followed by Convenience for Foodies which came in second and emphasises the demand for fresh foods and ingredients, driven by the popularity of food blogs and cooking shows.
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Tracing the history of how Americans feed their infants
National Post
Where did baby food come from and where has it been? Cultural historian Amy Bentley, mom of three teenagers and an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, answers that question and more in a sweeping new book tracing how Americans feed their infants.
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Study explores benefits of cancer-inhibiting food
Chronicle
As scientists study how breast cancer survivors can build an arsenal against a return of the disease, Texas researchers are investigating specific foods as a defense. A study at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is looking at the protection provided by a diet that incorporates anti-inflammatory foods, such as black tea, garlic, walnuts and green leafy vegetables.
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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.

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Canadian food shopping trends
Food In Canada
At the Food Trends Forecast 2014 conference hosted by NSF GFTC, Carman Allison, VP Consumer Insights at Nielsen, shared the factors that are influencing CPG growth. Canada’s economy continues to be fragile and consumers have remained cautious since the recession in 2009. CPG sales growth is struggling at 1.7 per cent in dollars, driven by a 2 per cent inflation rate, and 0.3 per cent in units.

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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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'Lego-style': Room for smaller confectioners, but choose scalable equipment
Confectionery News
A gap in the market exists for smaller premium confectioners, but they must buy scalable processing equipment that caters to current volumes and not anticipated market demand, says Carle&Montanari-OPM. The top five companies in the confectionery industry – Mars, Mondelēz, Nestlé, Hershey and Ferrero - command around 50 per cent of the global market, but Carle&Montanari-OPM says there is still room for smaller players.
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Can chlorella crunch into food? Allma launches microalgae crispy snacks
Bakery and Snacks
Portuguese microalgae supplier Allma has debuted cereal-based chlorella pieces as it drives the ingredient beyond food supplement aisles. The firm is producing rice cereal and chlorella vulgaris blends in multiple sizes and flavours like carrots, rosemary and lemon. Matrices proposed by the firm include yoghurts, breakfast cereals, snack bars, soups and salad.
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Peas, bugs, and Soylent: It's what's for dinner
Forbes
It’s all over the food news: Amid all the other dietary instructions and flavor fascinations, American consumers want more protein! Call it paleo power. But getting at the nutrients we want isn’t as simple as pulling up to a drive-through. Any discussion that revolves around the dinner plate has far larger implications. I’m quickly faced with questions of climate, science, ethics and agriculture, and I haven’t even finished making my smoothie yet.
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Nestle researching drink that could produce exercise effects
Food Dive
Nestle, the world's largest food company, is working on a potential drink that could help those with "limited mobility" achieve exercising benefits, Kei Sakamoto, a Nestle scientist, told Bloomberg. The scientists are researching natural resources they could use to possibly harness a compound, C13, and the enzyme AMPK, one that handles metabolism.
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General Mills to shut and sell U.S. cereal plant
Bakery and Snacks
General Mills will shut down and sell its first cereal manufacturing plant under the $40m cost-cutting program announced earlier this year. The cereal major announced its decision to shut down its Lodi plant in California early October – a move that will impact around 430 employees - and has now confirmed plans to sell that plant and surrounding land.
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Health foods and the halo effect
Design & Trend
The halo effect is a type of cognitive bias where people assume that if something has one trait it also possesses other traits. For example, if someone writes an essay and has excellent grammar and vocabulary, they are also outstanding at writing a persuasive argument. Psychologists are finding that the same biases occur with so-called health food. In a new study, researchers at the University of Kentucky have found that people are assuming that food sold by a socially conscious company is healthy, reports The New Republic.
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Nestlé gluten-free cornflakes hit Europe
Food Navigator
Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) has developed Nestlé gluten-free cornflakes for select European countries to capture increasing interest from non-celiac dieters. CPW - the joint venture business of Nestlé and General Mills – has launched the cornflakes in the UK, Spain, Italy and Poland following six months of product development, and will consider a wider roll-out according to demand. The cereal comes in two varieties: regular cornflakes and honey-flavored.
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Clearfleau 'chocolate soup' cuts Nestlé electricity bill by 8 per cent
Confectionery News
Clearfleau has built an on-site industrial anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Nestlé's Fawdon confectionery factory, near Newcastle in the UK, which makes gums, pastilles and Rolo chocolates. Nestlé was interested in the technology after seeing a demonstration plant at BV Dairy in Shaftesbury, Dorset, designed by Clearfleau and built with finance from the Environmental Transformation Fund (ETF), administered by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), as part of a Government initiative to promote AD.
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In the smart home, the 'smart kitchen' may be biggest opportunity of all
Forbes
Over the past year, much of the new product innovation in smart home has been around some well understood areas: security, comfort, and convenience. While this focus on straightforward use-cases from smart home entrepreneurs makes sense since all can be vastly improved through the application of smart technology, what doesn’t make as much sense is the comparatively little focus from smart home innovators on the kitchen.
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Healthy planet, healthy people: Balancing carbon footprint and optimal nutrition
Food Navigator
Plant-derived foods have been suggested as preferable to those of animal origin from an environmental perspective as well as for health – but nutrient density must be taken into account, suggests a new study. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, claims that when foods’ relative nutritional value is taken into account, some foods provide more nutrition relative to the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their production than others.
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