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Results of a new survey released by the North American Organic Trade Association (OTA) reveals that millennial parents, those in the 18- to 34-year-old age range, are now the biggest group of organic buyers in America.
Toronto - Hamilton bakery owners Josie Rudderham and Nicole Miller have claimed the top $100,000 prize in the sixth Small Business Challenge contest, a nation-wide competition that celebrates Canadian entrepreneurs sponsored by Telus and The Globe and Mail.
Toronto - The owners of the Italian-inspired Eataly food marketplace experience have announced plans to open the first Canadian location in early 2019 as an anchor tenant of the newly-renovated Manulife Centre at the corner of Bloor and Bay Streets in Toronto's tony Yorkville area.
Washington, D.C. - Building on a platform started at the last edition of the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), this year IBIE 2016 will feature an expanded Innovation Showcase hosting 56 participants representing categories from ingredients and equipment to packaging and services. This year's showcase is 15 per cent larger than the inaugural showcase in 2013.
Atlanta - CSM Bakery Solutions has named Marianne Kirkegaard as president and CEO succeeding Robert Sharpe, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.
The weather was perfect for the Ontario chapter of the Baking Association of Canada (BAC) annual fall golf tournament held on September 13 at the Station Creek Golf Club in Gormley, Ont. with a full slate of golfers taking part in the day-long event.
Wayne Bryant has rejoined Reiser Canada as their vice president of sales. In his new role, Bryant will lead Reiser Canada's sales team and be responsible for the continued sales growth of the company.
Toronto - Woodstock, N.B.-based Franchise Management Inc. (FMI), one of the largest franchise operators of Pizza Hut and KFC locations in North America, announced Wednesday, September 14 that the company will assume ownership and management of 12 existing Panera Bread locations in Ontario including: Don Mills, Richmond Hill, Markham, Mississauga (Square One), Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Aurora, Barrie, Ottawa, Belleville and Kingston, reports the Toronto Star | READ MORE
Toronto - W. Galen Weston has officially stepped down as executive chairman of George Weston Limited, handing the title to his son, Galen G. Weston, who becomes chairman, George Weston Ltd. while retaining his responsibilities as executive chairman and president, Loblaw Companies Ltd. Galen Weston Sr., 75, assumed executive control of George Weston Ltd. in 1974, when he succeeded his father. Over four decades as chairman, Weston oversaw the introduction of Canadian brands and retail concepts, including President's Choice, Joe Fresh, No Frills and Real Canadian Superstore. And Weston Foods is a North American leader in the  baking industry, producing fresh, frozen and specialty bakery products with over 40 facilities across North America employing over 6,000 employees with brands including Wonder and Ace Bakery. "Following my own father's tradition of stepping down at the age of 75, I see this as a good time to create space for the next generation," said W. Galen Weston in a company release. "I have absolute confidence in my son and the George Weston Ltd. board and leadership." Succeeding his father, Galen G. Weston, 43, becomes the fourth generation of family leadership. He has been executive chairman of Loblaw since 2006 and deputy chairman of George Weston Ltd. since March, 2016. W. Galen Weston's daughter, Alannah Weston, was appointed a director on the board earlier this year. "Reaching a fourth generation represents unique longevity among family-led firms, and my father's success over four decades sets a high bar for the next generation of our business," said Galen G. Weston in the company release. "We will benefit from the strong legacy traits of Weston companies, and my sister and I look forward to our father's continued guidance and support."
German drug and farm chemical maker Bayer AG has agreed to acquire seed and weed-killer company Monsanto in an all-cash deal valued at $66 billion, reports CBC News. | READ MORE
Toronto - Family-owned Dimpflmeier Bakery based in Etobicoke, Ont. has announced the release of a new bread it's calling Carb Smart. The new loaf contains 34 g of protein, 8 g of fibre and 2 g of carbohydrates per 100 g serving.
For visitors attending this year's International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) October 8 thru 11 in Las Vegas who are looking for quick bites of information instead of long talks in a classroom the Grain Foods Foundation is presenting Fresh Take Talks. 
Toronto - Fiera Foods has reacted quickly to address all six orders for health and safety violations issued against the bakery by the Ontario’s Ministry of Labour after a 23-year-old woman died after being caught in  a machine at the Toronto factory, reports the Toronto Star. | READ MORE
Food service professionals from around the world gather every two years in the fashion capital of Milan, Italy to attend Host Milano in order to see, touch and taste the latest in products that are in demand worldwide.
The increasing popularity of farmer’s markets and consumer demand for artisanal products has brought the tasty, if not traditional, dessert of pies back into the spotlight. And with the sun-filled days of summer drifting away and the fresh harvest coming in, pie-makers across Canada are preparing for a busy fall season.
Until recently it was believed that humans could only detect five primary tastes (sweet, salty, sour, bitter and, more recently, umami (savoury)), but now researchers claim we’re capable of tasting a starchy flavour too. Juyun Lim, associate professor of food science and technology at Oregon State University, conducted the research, which suggests our palate can detect carbohydrates found in foods such as pasta, potatoes and bread, reports the New Scientist. | READ MORE
Oakville, Ont. — Restaurant Brands International Inc., owner of the Tim Hortons brand, has announced a master franchise joint venture with an investor in Great Britain. As a result, the joint venture company will become the master franchisee of the Tim Hortons brand in England, Scotland and Wales, with responsibility for developing and growing the coffee and donut store brand in the market.
Chicago — A recent survey conducted by Label Insight reveals that nearly nine in 10 consumers say transparency is important to them across every food product category, and 40 per cent would switch to a new brand if it offered full product transparency.
St. Louis, MO — Bunge North America has announced that the company has reached an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Mexican-based Grupo Minsa, a leading corn flour producer. The transaction is subject to approval of the Mexica Antitrust Commission, but it is expected to close in early 2017.
The Food Network in the U.S. will be turning the spotlight on baking challenges when it launches its new reality show Worst Bakers in America beginning October 2. The program will assemble 12 "disasterous" bakers and put them through a bootcamp environment.Over six weeks the bakers will be eliminated until two finalists face off in a battle with the one who improves the most claiming a US$25,000 grand prize.
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