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Heinz job cuts to hit 740 Canadians
Huffington Post Canada
After more than a century operating in the heart of Ontario's tomato country, ketchup-maker Heinz Canada is shutting down its plant in Leamington next year. The food manufacturer and processor said the decision will cut 740 jobs over the next six to eight months. Workers at the plant were told of the shutdown recently. Heinz has been in Leamington, ON since 1909, after choosing the city for its first expansion outside the U.S.
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McDonald's wants to sell more coffee as Starbucks tries to boost food
Canada.com
McDonald's wants to be a bigger player in the global coffee business. The world's biggest hamburger chain recently highlighted beverages as one of its key growth opportunities at a daylong presentation for investors. McDonald's CEO Don Thompson noted that coffee is one of the fastest growing categories in its global drinks business and noted that the company has less than its "fair share" of the market.
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Study: Displaying calorie labels at fast-food restaurants doesn't appear to work
CTV News
While the high calorie counts of artery-clogging fast foods are often printed right in front of our eyes, most people ignore them and go ahead and order their burgers and fries anyway, a new study finds. New York University School of Medicine polled 2,000 Philadelphia fast food customers, aged 18 to 64, and found that few paid attention to calorie counts on menus, HealthDay reports.
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Canadian Grocer
Sobeys' says its new app not only enables customers to discover what to cook tonight, it can also help them shop as well. The app's smart shopping list feature can help customers get organized by instantly adding recipe ingredients or products featured in Sobeys' weekly flyer to their shopping lists. Customers simply log in, check off items as they shop, and consult the item counter to ensure they don’t forget anything.
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Fairfax buys majority stake in Keg restaurants
Financial Post
With a just few moves, Fairfax Financial Holdings has turned up the fire under Canada's tepid casual dining market. Fairfax's purchase of a 51 per cent stake in Keg Restaurants recently comes just weeks after the Toronto investment firm bought a minority interest in Swiss Chalet owner Cara to spur a merger with its own Prime Restaurants. With traffic at full-service dining establishments still down from what it was five years ago in pre-recession times, Fairfax's moves have industry watchers wondering what mid-market restaurant player may be next.
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Drinking milk in teen years questioned for bone benefits
CBC News
Drinking milk as a teen doesn't necessarily prevent hip fractures later in life, according to a U.S. study that raises questions about conventional wisdom for bone health. Having three glasses of milk a day or equivalent dairy foods has long been recommended for children and adolescents to build up bone reserves. It was assumed that having more bone mass in adolescence could help prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures later in life.
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Demand is high for Prince Edward Island potatoes
Charlottetown Guardian
The demand for P.E.I. potatoes is up this year according to Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board. "If the movement we are seeing to all markets so far is any indication, we are optimistic that demand for Prince Edward Island Potatoes will continue to be strong throughout the shipping season," says Donald. He said the potatoes are appearing on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus across Canada and the northeastern United States.
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Decadent chocolate chip cookie soda pop delights and disgusts Canada
Canada.com
The recent appearance of a carbonated beverage version of the signature President's Choice cookie seemed to catch supermarket shoppers by surprise based on the reactions on social media. And most were even more confused after they got their first taste of the stuff. But the Decadent Chocolate Flavoured Soda was designed as a lower-priced part of an effort by Loblaw to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the most popular creation from the President's Choice line originally designed by Dave Nichol — the former chief executive who died in September.
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Butterball tries to unravel mystery of why turkeys didn't fatten up this year
Waterloo Region Record
Butterball apparently has a big fat mystery on its hands: The company says it doesn't know why some of its turkeys wouldn't plump up in time for U.S. Thanksgiving this year. Chief executive officer Rod Brenneman said in an interview that it's the first time it happened and that the company is investigating what went wrong. Butterball had announced recently that it will have a limited supply of large, fresh turkeys that are 16 pounds or heavier for the holidays.
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Adults choose water as top daily beverage
Progressive Grocer
Despite the popularity of such beverages as coffee and soda, water stakes its claim as the top beverage consumed by adults throughout the day, according to NPD food and beverage market research. Although many U.S. adult consumers begin their day with a cup of coffee, as the day goes on water plays a more important role in satisfying beverage needs. In fact, beginning with the snack occasion that occurs between breakfast and lunch, water represents 46 per cent of drinking occasions.
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Mechanically-tenderized beef revealed as new E.coli risk
Yahoo!
We all know by now that you cook hamburgers thoroughly to kill any E. coli bacteria that may be present from the processing of the ground beef. But you could still enjoy a rare steak or a pink prime rib roast because any E. coli would only be on the surface and would be killed by cooking. Right? Apparently not. At least some E. coli outbreaks have been attributed to mechanically tenderized beef — that is, meat cuts that have been run through a machine that punctures them with needles or blades to break the connective tissue.
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Loblaw switches organic milk suppliers
Better Farming
Food retailing giant Loblaw Companies' decision to switch organic milk suppliers came with "no firm answer" as to why, says a spokesperson for its former supplier, Ontario farmer-owned co-operative Organic Meadow. "We're disappointed about the milk proposition, however they (Loblaw) continue to support us in a large way with some new news that our kefir (a cultured milk drink) is now available nationally," says Michelle Schmidt.
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Peanut butter Alzheimer's test not passing the sniff test
Medpage Today
"Could a scoop of peanut butter and a ruler become that elusive test?" If you treat the elderly, or any member of the growing number of families devastated by Alzheimer's disease, you may be asked some version of that question, as posed by CBS News, in the coming weeks. You can thank media coverage of a study in an issue of the Journal of Neurological Sciences titled "A Brief Olfactory Test for Alzheimer's Disease."
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New at the nursery: Tomato + Potato = TomTato
The Atlantic
It's a tomato plant! It's a potato plant! It's Super—no, wait, it's a tomato plant grafted onto a potato plant. This summer, the British seed company Thompson and Morgan unveiled a new kind of plant: A TomTato™. It is, literally, a plant that grows both tomatoes and potatoes. It's made possible by good ol' graft: A healthy tomato plant is grafted onto a healthy potato plant, and voila, the two become one.
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Campbell Soup's Q1 results miss expectations as soup sales decline
570 News
Americans' shift toward fresh foods is kicking Campbell Soup right in the can. The company recently said its quarterly profit fell 30 per cent, hurt by a later Thanksgiving, weaker demand for its biggest products and a rise in marketing costs. A recall of its recently acquired Plum Organics products also hurt results and the company cut its outlook for the year.
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Heinz job cuts to hit 740 Canadians
Huffington Post Canada
After more than a century operating in the heart of Ontario's tomato country, ketchup-maker Heinz Canada is shutting down its plant in Leamington next year. The food manufacturer and processor said the decision will cut 740 jobs over the next six to eight months. Workers at the plant were told of the shutdown recently. Heinz has been in Leamington, ON since 1909, after choosing the city for its first expansion outside the U.S.

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Alzheimer's: A novel early detection test uses peanut butter
The Canadian
At present, some 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association's 2011 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures. The pilot study tested the smell of 24 patients diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. To perform the test, the patient was asked to close their eyes and mouth, and hold one nostril closed while breathing normally through the other.

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Competing with PepsiCo: How to be a top 10 snack player
Bakery and Snacks
PepsiCo holds six slots in the top 10 global snack brands and fighting for a space is a huge challenge for other snack makers but not impossible, an analyst says. PepsiCo holds the top three brand positions in snacks with Lay's, Doritos and Cheetos. Ruffles, Tostitos and Walkers also feature in the global top 10. "In terms of scale, finances and the marketing machine behind it, PepsiCo is very unique," said Ildiko Szalai, senior company analyst at Euromonitor International.
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Sweetness and spice at the bar for the holidays
Technomic
Cranberry cocktails, spiked hot chocolate and hot buttered rum are perennially popular on winter drink menus, and seasonally inspired, limited-edition offerings from suppliers this holiday season include Bud Light Lime Cran-Brrr-Rita and Beam's Pinnacle Peppermint Bark vodka. But other seasonal and on-trend flavors work well for winter cocktails, too, and this year, punch bowls are poised to join glass mugs as a cold-weather beverage vessel of choice.
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Chia and quinoa lead the field when it comes to product launches with ancient grains and seeds
Food Navigator
The percentage of new US food product launches featuring ancient grains or seeds has almost tripled since 2008, according to Datamonitor. But the bulk of activity is focused around just two ingredients: Chia and quinoa. Datamonitor innovation insights director Tom Vierhile said 3.6 per cent of all new U.S. food launches this year featured one of the following "ancient" seeds or grains: Farro, spelt, quinoa, millet, and chia, among others.
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