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As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer CIFST directions subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

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20. Canada: Is this the death of the grocery store?
Fresh Plaza
October 21, 2014: A few key metrics are telling us that the days of the typical grocery store are numbered. For example, take Loblaw, Canada’s No. 1 food retailer. A good portion of Loblaw’s business is now related to non-food products. Of course, Loblaw rocked the food retailing world last year by purchasing Shoppers Drug Mart for more than $12 billion. This act of brilliance allowed Loblaw to acquire cheap real estate, allowing its major labels like President’s Choice to reach urbanites longing for convenience, healthy food choices and loyalty points.
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19. Here's why the fast-food breakfast wars are raging
Slate
April 8, 2014: First Dunkin’ Donuts made a play for upscale morning customers with its new eggs benedict sandwich. Then Taco Bell pulled out an entirely new menu and paid dozens of people named Ronald McDonald to endorse it on film. The McDonald’s corporation struck back quickly, announcing last week that it would give out free coffee from March 31 to April 13.
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18. Loblaw thinks outside the 'box' with new banner
Canadian Grocer
May 21, 2014: The “Box by No Frills” isn’t drawing customers through weekly flyers. That’s because there are none. Instead, shoppers can pick up an eight-and-a-half by 11-inch handbill with the week’s everyday low prices on their way in. Ditching flyers, dressing staff in warehouse chic (jeans and T-shirts) and tightly editing SKUs are a few ways that the Box’s owner, Loblaw Companies, is keeping costs and prices down.
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17. Food of the future: Bugs, seaweed and vertical farms
CBC News
January 21, 2014: Farms in the sky, meat gardens, and crunchy winged snacks — these could be food sources of the future. CBC science columnist Torah Kachur explores the tastes of tomorrow in a CBC Radio special, Food of the Future. Kachur speaks with Memorial University entomologist Tom Chapman about how low-fat, high-protein insects could became part of a balanced diet, and even samples some cricket cookies.
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16. What will supermarkets look like in 2065?
Canadian Grocer
September 23, 2014: The future is now, says one food design agency. Studio Industries, a New York-based agency, has plans to open a futuristic pop-up store in New York in 2015 that will showcase what they imagine a supermarket to look like in 2065. Plans for the Futuremarket were debuted at the Future Food Expo in New York – an event that showcases the future of food products, companies, startups and media.
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15. Canada Bread director resigns in wake of sale to Grupo Bimbo
Bakery and Snacks
March 18, 2014: William E. Aziz has resigned as director of Canada Bread just one month after Grupo Bimbo purchased the company for $1.83 billion.
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14. Eggs made from plants, invisible stores: The future of retail
Toronto Star
June 17, 2014: The focus on retail in 2014 is on the future, especially in Canada, with companies large and small scrambling to catch up to the U.S. when it comes to e-commerce. But what does the more distant future hold? What will retail look like in 10 years? Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow, Institute for the Future, has immersed himself in scouting for what might be next.
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13. Food Trends 2014: Cauliflower is the new kale
The Huffington Post
January 7, 2014: Cauliflower is the new kale, salt is the new pepper and doughnuts and burgers are going gangbusters. Food trend watchers are bidding adieu to sliders, those small sandwiches made of beef, chicken, pulled pork or fish, cupcakes are waning while quinoa, now that everyone has learned to pronounce it, has gone mainstream.
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12. Hot grocery trends for 2015
Canadian Grocer
November 11, 2014: So what will be 2015’s biggest grocery trends? In a nutshell, craft foods delivered same-day to aging boomers. That’s an amalgam of several of the trends, as predicted by U.S. grocery expert Phil Lempert (otherwise known as the Supermarket Guru) in his annual look at what will be hot for the coming year.
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11. Canada's coolest food innovation doesn't need to be frozen
Pique
July 29, 2014: You may soon find your favourite ice cream brand on the grocery store shelf where you least expected it. It may sound like an oxymoron, but, thanks to a team of Montreal researchers, there now exists a frozen dessert that you don't have to keep in the freezer. Frisson is the creation of a 16-student team from McGill University's Food Science program, a unique sorbet-like dessert that can be stored at room temperature in its original liquid form.
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