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5 new CFS from Canada join the ranks of almost 100 Canadians who have earned the designation

With the conclusion of the last testing window in 2014, we are pleased to announce the newest Certified Food Scientists from Canada.
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Upcoming Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) 1-day conference; "Advances in Protein Nutrition Across the Lifespan"

The Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) has organized a one-day conference on “Advances in Protein Nutrition Across the Lifespan.” While our knowledge of dietary protein continues to grow, so too does confusion surrounding the latest scientific discoveries. By attending this one-day conference with leading experts you will learn about up to date current perspectives on the impact of protein on human health with special consideration for life cycle stage and clinical applications. This meeting is geared towards all health professionals including physicians, dietitians and researchers. Join us for an exciting day of presentations.
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CIFST Membership — Time to Renew!

2014 was an exciting year for CIFST. Among our many ground-breaking achievements…a record number of attendees attending the Canadian Breakfast at IFT in New Orleans and successfully hosting the IUFoST 2014 World Congress of Food Science and Technology in Montreal, where CIFST welcomed more than 1400 delegates from around the world and broke a Guinness World Record for the longest line of canned food (3.26 km) — and then donated all of the food collected (more than 44,966 cans) to Moisson Montréal, the largest food bank in Canada.
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Report: Canada and Ireland are tops in food safety
Food Dive
Canada and Ireland have the safest food systems among 17 developed countries, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada and the University of Guelph’s Food Institute. Among the most interesting little tidbit in the report is that having high national standards is apparently something that consumers are aware of and want. The public's trust in food safety was also highest in Canada and Ireland.
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Toronto students' space tomatoes out of this world
Toronto Star
The tomato seeds spent almost two years in outer space before making their way to Nandita Bajaj’s Grade 9 science class. And after an experiment that began at the start of this school year — comparing the percentage of space seeds that germinated compared to those with earthly beginnings — Bajaj did the big reveal on Friday, giving the excited teens the results.
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Cold water makes natural Canadian sea salt unique: very white and clean
Winnipeg Free Press
Sea salt has been harvested around the world for centuries, but even though Canada has oceans on three sides, commercial sea salt production began here just five years ago. "We don't have the climate (extended hot sunny weather) to produce a lot of it," says Peter Burt, owner of the Newfoundland Salt Co. in St. John's. "Now we're at a point where technology can overcome the challenges of the weather."
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15 burger concepts to watch in 2015
Burger Business
The question of whether there’s room for still more burger restaurants keeps being asked. And the answer continues to come in the form of second, third or tenth locations for popular burger concepts. Burger 21, BurgerFi, Elevation Burger, Habit Burger and many others continue to expand: We’ve spotlighted 50 growth concepts over the past four years. Burger-menu restaurants continue to be created and once established continue to multiply
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Loblaws jumps on board the sustainable beef initiative
Alberta Farmer Express
Canada’s largest food retailer has pledged to start selling sustainable beef, joining forces with the country’s largest beef buyer in an initiative that could reshape the industry, Alberta Farmer has 
learned. Loblaws, which has more than 1,000 stores serving 14 million Canadians weekly, already has a sustainable seafood program and is keen to do the same with beef, said the company’s senior director of sustainability.
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Chocolate, memory food
The Atlantic
A contentious finding made news last week: People who eat a lot of food that contains trans fats have poorer memories than people who don't. At Scientific Sessions 2014, a meeting of the American Heart Association in sunny Chicago, doctors announced results of a study that found the link between eating foods high in these specific fats and performing poorly on word-recall tests. It's a loose association, but an important idea.
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Can seaweed become the ultimate salt replacer — and why hasn't it yet?
Food Navigator
Seaweed is well-researched, sustainable and effective, according to an expert. So what is stopping it from really taking off as a salt replacer? Taking to Food Navigator at Food Matters Live 2014 in London, Dr Craig Rose from Seaweed Health Foundation, said: "There has been a lot of interesting discussion on this. Seaweed ticks so many boxes the market is crying out for, yet why hasn’t it taken off?"
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Does the high-protein craze make sense from a nutritional perspective?
Bakery and Snacks
Protein is hot - and big brands are piling more of it into everything from breakfast cereal to ice cream. Yet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans say “inadequate protein intake in the US is rare”. So does this trend make sense from a nutritional perspective? Broadly, yes, says Refaat Hegazi, PhD, medical director at nutritional products giant Abbott Nutrition, although the arms race between some companies competing to add more grams to their respective wares has gotten a little silly, he observes.
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BC government investing $8.4 million for a tree-fruit replanting program
Fresh Plaza
The BC government is investing $8.4 million for a tree-fruit replanting program. The program supports producers’ efforts to meet consumer demands for high-value and high-quality B.C. fruit. Growers will be able to apply for grants beginning April 1, 2015 through to the 2021 season. An estimated 1,500 acres of orchards will be replanted over the length of the program, providing an estimated 2,600 jobs each year in the Okanagan.
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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’.

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Report: Canada and Ireland are tops in food safety
Food Dive
Canada and Ireland have the safest food systems among 17 developed countries, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada and the University of Guelph’s Food Institute. Among the most interesting little tidbit in the report is that having high national standards is apparently something that consumers are aware of and want. The public's trust in food safety was also highest in Canada and Ireland.

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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.

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Exercise in a bottle next food frontier for Nestle
Hamilton Spectator
Tucked away near Lake Geneva, a handful of Nestle scientists are quietly working on realizing every couch potato's dream: exercise that comes in a bottle. The world's biggest food company, known for KitKat candy bars and Nespresso capsules, says it has identified how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13, a potential first step in developing a way to mimic the fat-burning effect of exercise.
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Companies cannot expect consumers to pay for sustainability
Food Navigator
Companies cannot expect consumers to pay for sustainable food supply chains, a report has found. The report, titled The Long and the Short of It, is the result of a commission set up in January by the UK’s Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT), Food Ethics Council and the University of Warwick to explore how to maintain a sustainable food supply chain. It was prompted by the horse meat scandal, when beef products throughout Europe were found to contain horse meat – and its findings will form the basis of a delegation to the European Commission and meetings with the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.
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Surrogate sashimi
The Regina Leader-Post
Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna is among the most threatened. Marine scientist Goro Yamazaki, who is known in this seaside community as "Young Mr. Fish," is working to ensure the species survives. Yamazaki is fine-tuning a technology to use mackerel surrogates to spawn the bluefin, a process he hopes will enable fisheries to raise the huge, torpedo-shaped fish more quickly and at lower cost than conventional aquaculture. The aim: To relieve pressure on wild fish stocks while preserving vital genetic diversity.
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U.K. supermarket price war turns smaller food suppliers into 'cannon fodder'
The Guardian
Food producers have become cannon fodder in the bitter supermarket price war, according to accountancy firm Moore Stephens, which found 28 per cent more specialist manufacturers have gone into insolvency this year than last. In the year to September, 146 food producers went into insolvency, including wholesale bakeries, pasta makers, fish processors and ready meal manufacturers.
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ICCO: Chocolate shortage 'overstated in the extreme'
Food Navigator
The International Cocoa Organization has quelled media reports of a chocolate crisis in 2020 and says there are sufficient cocoa stocks for the next five years. Around 2010, industry players such as Mars, Barry Callebaut and Blommer Chocolate, came together to predict a cocoa shortfall of 1m metric tons (MT) by 2020.
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Euromonitor releases new report on the 'global sugar backlash'
Food Magazine
Euromonitor International has released a new report discussing the global backlash against sugar. The report discusses changes in consumer attitudes towards sugar and the effect sugar is having on global markets. Each of the 34 global markets identified in the report saw a five-year rise in obesity including the US, where the number of obese adults rose from 34 per cent in 2008, to 41 percent in 2013. In addition 27 markets saw an increase in diabetes.
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