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Edmonton will be site for next generation of bio-refining
Edmonton Journal
An Edmonton pilot plant will soon begin producing large amounts of a versatile, top-quality, crystal-clear solvent from just about any biological feedstock that contains fats. And that list is long: canola and other seed oils, grease from restaurants, so-called tall oil from wood pulp plants, and even bio-solids found in the residue of Edmonton's sewage. The potential products list is also long, including fuels and pure solvents for cosmetics.
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Food costs should remain stable in 2014
Guelph Mercury
While utilities are expected to rise dramatically in 2014, food prices should remain stable, a University of Guelph researcher says. But while that's a good thing for consumers, it's not necessarily good for the food industry as a whole. Professor Sylvain Charlebois, associate dean of research and graduate studies in the university's College of Management and Economics, says consumers will get a break at the grocery store in 2014.
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Feds pick research over regulations on greening agriculture sector
The Hill Times Online
The oil and gas sector isn't the only major emitting industry that the federal government has so far spared from its "sector-by-sector" regulatory approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The feds are betting that research instead of regulations will lead to reductions in the emissions from Canada's agriculture sector, which accounts for 10 per cent of Canada's annual greenhouse gas emissions.
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Grocery chain now offers a variety of Ontario-grown meats
Better Farming
Grocery retailer Metro has started carrying Ontario organic pork, chicken, and conventionally-produced lamb and has launched the products with a feature in its weekly flyer. Jocelyne Martineau, Metro communications manager, says that the organic meats will be available in-store permanently. "The full selection is available to all our Metro stores, but they're not all required to carry the full selection," she says.
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Cocoa deficit trebled by ICCO for 2012-2013
Confectionery News
The global cocoa deficit for the 2012-2013 crop year was worse than previously expected, according to revised figures from the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), which has tripled its estimate. The ICCO previously said that demand outstripped supply in the last crop year by 52,000 metric tons (MT), but it now puts the deficit at 160,000 MT. The revision was driven by both lower global production and rising demand.
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Push for booze in B.C. grocery stores raises ire of retailers
The Globe and Mail
One-stop shopping for milk, eggs, and beer should be possible in B.C., says the minister responsible for a provincial liquor sales review. John Yap is recommending the province allow alcohol sales in grocery stores, saying he's heeding the wishes of a large majority of British Columbians.
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Scientists: Healthy food policies at risk
The Globe and Mail
Health Canada has stacked its food advisory panels with industry insiders who threaten to derail healthy food initiatives, a new report alleges. A group of scientists and researchers published a critical paper in the journal Open Medicine lambasting the federal government for biasing its advisory panels — groups that routinely advise the department on its food policies — by including too many individuals or researchers who work for or receive funding from food corporations.
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The future of cola: Sweet, but not that sweet
Canadian Grocer
In an era of coconut water and yogurt drinks, colas seem downright passé. Cola's link to the obesity epidemic hasn't helped its reputation either. But deep in laboratories, cola giants Pepsi and Coke are working on the next generation of cola drinks built around healthier, less corn-syrupy formulations. Pepsi, for instance, is working with biotech firm Senomyx to develop a taste modifier that "would essentially fool taste buds into thinking they are getting more sugar than delivered," says Advertising Age.
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What are the greatest agriculture breakthroughs in history?
Western Farm Press
What are the 50 greatest inventions since the wheel? A reasonable list should be agriculture-heavy, and in its "50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel" The Atlantic has eight selections that are directly related to agriculture. The list, aimed at ranking innovations that have "done the most to shape the nature of modern life," places some of the usual suspects in the Top 10: printing press, electricity, internal combustion engine, paper, Internet, and steam engine.
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MP: Food packaging deregulation 'off the table'
CBC News
A federal MP tells CBC News that the deregulation of food packing is "off the table." At a town hall meeting addressing the upcoming closure of the Heinz processing plant in Leamington, ON, Chatham-Kent-Essex Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls told the audience Ottawa has officially scrapped the idea.
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Babies can try allergy-provoking foods as early as 6 months
CBC News
Babies may eat peanuts, eggs and other potential food allergens as early as six months, Canadian pediatricians say. Children with a parent or sibling who has a food allergy or another allergic condition like eczema, asthma or hay fever are considered at high risk of developing a food allergy.
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Heinz launches frozen sauces in France
Just-food.com
Heinz has launched a range of frozen sauces in France under its namesake and Bénédicta brands. The company has developed five lines — two to be sold with the Heinz label and three under the Bénédicta brand. The products, which include a tomato, garlic and onion sauce and a pepper line, are sold in packets of eight, with a recommended price of $3.66.
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Research studies devastating rust in wheat crops
Lab Canada
Federal government researchers, led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Dr. Tom Fetch in Winnipeg, who are studying a potentially devastating wheat disease known as Ug99 have received $1.26 million more in funding, which builds on $13 million the federal government provided in 2009.
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More bargains expected in grocery aisles next year as supermarket wars intensify
Global News
Remember when soaring oil prices and China's burgeoning middle class were supposed to squeeze food-stuff supplies and stoke grocery bills sharply higher? The spectre of food inflation, feared by experts not long ago, has subsided substantially since the recession.
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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.

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Edmonton will be site for next generation of bio-refining
Edmonton Journal
An Edmonton pilot plant will soon begin producing large amounts of a versatile, top-quality, crystal-clear solvent from just about any biological feedstock that contains fats. And that list is long: canola and other seed oils, grease from restaurants, so-called tall oil from wood pulp plants, and even bio-solids found in the residue of Edmonton's sewage. The potential products list is also long, including fuels and pure solvents for cosmetics.

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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.

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Sirane fires up grill-ready pouches
Food Production Daily
Sirane has launched a cook-in-bag pack that takes meats, veggies and other edibles directly from the fridge to the barbecue. The Sira-Cook Supreme bag is geared toward meat and ready-meal companies wanting to appeal to consumers hungry for easy cooking options. The packs can be taken right out of the fridge and cooked on a grill, in an oven, on a hot plate or griddle without removing and/or placing in a secondary baking container.
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Hemp production sees steady growth in Canada
Country Guide
Canada's hemp growers grew a record-large crop in 2013, and while acreage to the multi-use crop is still very small compared to most other options, further increases are expected next year. The longer-term outlook may see it even compete with canola at some point in the future, from where one industry promoter sits.
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