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IUFoST partners with Fi Europe to present 2013 Lifetime Achievement and Young Scientist Excellence Awards
Two prestigious awards recognizing outstanding achievements by food scientists at different stages in their careers were presented by the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), in partnership with Fi Europe/NI, at the Fi Excellence Awards ceremony held recently in Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Vishweshwaraiah Prakash received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Young Scientist Award was given to Dr. Alonzo A. Gabriel in a ceremony that also included recognition of industry innovation. These awards both align with IUFoST's mission and its vision of Strengthening Global Food Science and Technology for Humanity.
Guelph study: Right or left hands matter for fats in foods, drugs and computers
University of Guelph
A discovery involving left- and right-handed fat molecules by University of Guelph food scientists may open the way to more healthful foods, new forms of drug delivery — and even the next generation of computers and other consumer electronics. Professor Robert Lencki, Food Science, and research associate John Craven have shown for the first time that chirality, or handedness, plays a key role in forming solid lipid crystals in fats such as cocoa butter or margarine.
U.N. says hunger in Africa can be eradicated by 2025 with help of leaders
Eradicating hunger in Africa by 2025 is achievable; if Africa's leaders champion it and promote improved crop production and healthy eating, the head of the U.N. food and agriculture agency said.
Scratch that: Canadian consumers seek kitchen craftsmanship
Breads baked on-site, pickles brined in-house and salads tossed fresh in the kitchen daily: Scratch-made items are catching the attention of Canadian consumers, Technomic research finds. More than one-third of Canadian consumers polled for Technomic's 2013 Canadian Value & Pricing Consumer Trend Report said they would be more willing to buy — and pay more for — items described as made from scratch.
Canadian producers watch U.S. farm bill as new meat labelling rules kick in
Cattle and hog producers already struggling because of meat labelling rules in the United States are bracing for the prospect of more financial pain. The latest version of the U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) policy is to come into effect shortly with requirements that producers say will put more of a squeeze on Canadians who export livestock.
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Cheese wars: Saputo's Warrnambool bid raises concerns
Saputo's sweetened bid for an Australian cheese maker threatens to erode any cost savings from the takeover, making Canada's biggest milk processor the third-worst performer among global rivals this year. Saputo raised its offer for Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory by 2.2 per cent to $472 million on condition it gains a controlling stake.
Dark chocolate improves blood vessel functioning
Toronto News Fix
Small daily doses of dark chocolate improve the ability of blood vessels to contract and dilate. It's already known that chocolate is rich in flavonoids, plant compounds that act as anti-oxidants. This might confer some health benefit, despite chocolate's high fat and sugar content. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, reveal how small amounts of dark chocolate can improve blood vessel functioning.
IGD: Young grocery shoppers are more ethical and optimistic
Young shoppers aged under 35 — who are more likely to shop ethically and adventurously than their older relatives, while cooking from scratch — offer opportunities to food manufacturers and retailers, according to new research from grocery think-tank IGD. Its ShopperVista research revealed that younger shoppers were more interested in supporting workers in developing nations, through Fairtrade, and considered a retailer's values and approach to sourcing products.
Bimbo, Flowers 'bid for Canada Bread'
Grupo Bimbo and Flowers Foods are said to be among early bidders for Canada Bread, the bakery business majority-owned by Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods. Bloomberg has reported Mexican giant Bimbo and U.S. firm Flowers had made offers for Canada Bread. Maple Leaf said last month it would look at options for its 90 per cent stake in Canada Bread.
Hershey develops 'improved' method to detect cocoa flavanols
Bakery and Snacks
Hershey has filed a patent for a new method to purify and detect levels of cocoa flavanols and procyanidins. It is using a liquid-liquid partition chromatography method called centrifugal partition chromatography. The company claims that the method is an improvement on functional assays such as oxygen radical absorbance capacity, which are commonly used to quantify flavonoids.
Conference sees launch of beef sustainability principles
Global Meat News
A set of principles to deliver a safe and sustainable global beef supply chain were released at an international "Beefing Up Sustainability" food industry conference recently. The conference, held in Brussels, saw the coming together of food industry leaders to discuss the issues of beef production and sustainability.
Judge orders Sriracha sauce factory to bring down the heat
A judge has given a dose of cold water to Sriracha, ruling that the factory that manufactures the trendy hot sauce must partially shut down after neighbours complained of the spicy smells it was producing. Judge Robert H. O'Brien found in favour of the city of Irwindale where Sriracha recently relocated, saying sauce maker Huy Fong Foods must stop any operations that could be causing the odours and make changes to mitigate them.
New research touts health benefits of magnesium
Resource Investing News
The health benefits of magnesium — which is commonly found in food supplements and leafy vegetables and is deemed vital for healthy bones and good circulation — are well known, but new research published recently shows that the element is proving useful in some unexpected applications.
Interesting trends in agriculture
Trends in agriculture are an interesting thing. At present, on the cropping side of the agricultural equation on the Canadian Prairies, the trend is one which seems to be taking the sector in the opposite direction of what everyone was focusing on just a few years ago. Diversification was the word of the day in the very recent past. There was a recognition the traditional mix of wheat, barley, and occasionally oats was not a farm rotation which could generate the returns a farm demanded.
No checkouts, no chocolate: Online shopping hits impulse buys
For consumers, one of the great things about shopping online is bypassing the queue to check out. For producers of the candy, magazines and drinks often sold there, it's a problem. In Britain, the country where e-commerce is most popular, about 13 per cent of people do all or most of their grocery shopping online. Yet this only accounts for five per cent of overall spending, suggesting consumers spend more when they visit a store.
Monsanto, the TPP, and global food dominance
Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations.
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Why Canada needs a science watchdog
The recent series of pieces at iPolitics on Canadian science and science policy bears witness to a growing concern about the health of public interest science. One such source of concern is the increasing imposition of constraints on the ability of government scientists to communicate their science to the public. Concerns about muzzling have been voiced by academic institutions like the Canadian Association of University Teachers, media associations like the Canadian Science Writers Association, professional organizations like the Royal Society of Canada and even the prestigious international science journal Nature.
Search for what makes a tasty tomato
Farm and Dairy
Tomatoes are a $2 billion crop in the U.S., but a common complaint is that the varieties in supermarkets often lack the flavour of locally grown varieties. To improve flavour, breeders need to know more about the types of tomatoes that hold the greatest potential for enhancing taste.
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Decadent chocolate chip cookie soda pop delights and disgusts Canada
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.
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.
New foundation will support students entering agriculture programs
A new national foundation is being launched to promote post-secondary agricultural education to Canadian high school students. The Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation (CABEF) will award six $2,500 scholarships annually to students enrolling in a post-secondary agricultural degree or diploma program.
Food waste, over-eating threaten global security
Everyone knows that we eat too much — we're bombarded with warnings about the obesity epidemic every day. But all those extra calories are not only a threat to our waistlines; they're a threat to global security as well. Everything that well-off people in the developed world eat — or even worse, throw away — is food that isn't feeding the impoverished and hungry of the developing world.
Waiting for answers from Heinz
It could be an important day for Heinz workers and suppliers as Leamington Mayor John Patterson plans to meet with company officials to get details on the impending shutdown. President of the Essex Federation of Agriculture Mark Balkwill isn't sure there will be a lot of details and those affected continue to wait for answers.
Yogurt, protein lead dairy case trends
Dairy is one of the most frequently shopped grocery departments, at 36 trips per year. New product introductions are robust at approximately 12,000 to 13,000 products annually. That's according to What's in Store 2014, the latest edition of the annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA).
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