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Guelph, ON – Quebec and Ontario have joined forces with an agreement intended to strengthen their jointly valued $60 billion food and beverage processing industry.
Nova Scotia - The consumer trend away from margarine and back to butter may cause a shortage as dairy farmers work to ramp up production. CBC reports. |READ MORE  
Stellarton, NS - The Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund has a new national partnership with Special Olympics Canada. The partnership will centre on providing increased access to nutritional education for Canadians with intellectual disabilities.
U.S. - Walmart has been improving its baked goods, and the results have been showing up in rocketing sales. Fortune reports. |READ MORE
Jakarta - China and South Korea won podium places in what marked the end of the Louis Lesaffre Cup. These two teams, who earned their glory at the SIAL INTERFOOD show in Jakarta, will join seven other teams from previous selections at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie. The Coupe du Monde will be held at the Europain & Intersuc show in Paris, which runs from February 5 to 9, 2016. Canada will be amongst China and South Korea's competitors. Indonesia, Australia, South Korea, China and Vietnam were the final countries competing for their place at Europain.
Arnhem, The Netherlands - The clean eating trend has inspired a back to basics approach in product development and is an overarching theme in Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends list for 2016.
Toronto - Canada's first Nutella Café has landed at Sobey's Spadina in Toronto. CityNews reports. |READ MORE
U.S. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released finalized rules for its new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). |READ MORE
Western Canada – Three agriculture organizations announced a combined total investment of $3,582,992 over four years for a research project focused on advancing wheat genomics that will lead to better productivity and profitability for wheat farmers. The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask. Wheat), and the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) publicized the new Saskatchewan based program.
U.S. - A new study suggest obesity rates in America appear to be going up, despite more than a decade of public awareness efforts. The Vancouver Sun reports. |READ MORE
Vancouver - Tamera Clark, who founded Rustique Pie Kitchen in Montreal, has set her sights west with the slated spring opening of her new BjornBar Bakery in north Vancouver. reports. |READ MORE
Toronto - Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts is hosting a virtual bake sale to help a family of Syrian refugees relocate. |READ MORE
Toronto - George Brown College has launched an applied research and industry facility with the goal of helping the food and beverage industry produce nutritious and innovative products for Canadian consumers.
Ghana - Barry Callebaut has obtained Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying Company in Ghana.
Montreal – Vincent Vallée from France was crowned World Chocolate Master in Paris at the Salon du Chocolat. For the next three years Vallée will wear the title of world’s best chocolate craftsman.
Toronto - Toronto's original cold brew company has found a permanent home for Canada's first coffee brewery. Over the past six months, Station Cold Brew has experienced rapid growth and needed a larger facility to accommodate the increased demand. Tucked in the Junction Triangle at 300 Campbell Avenue, the facility will allow the startup to scale production, develop new recipes and in time open a small retail bottle shop for customers. Station is now the largest cold brew coffee company in Canada.
Toronto - Consumer spending in Canada rose by 6.68 per cent in the third quarter of 2015 on a year-over-year basis, according to the MonerisMetrics Quarterly Report released by Moneris, one of North America’s largest processors of debit and credit payments. The study indicates Canadians spent less on gas, and more on restaurants and retail.
Alberta - The Alberta Wheat Commission has forecasted just cause to be concerned about prices going forward for Canadian wheat on the world market. |READ MORE
Montreal - The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) issued its decision to continue its 1995 finding against dumped and subsidized sugar from the U.S. and the EU. Antidumping and countervailing duties will, therefore, continue to be applied to imports of such sugar.
Winnipeg – New research published in the peer reviewed journal Cereal Chemistry, and additional results presented at the spring Canadian Nutrition Society annual meeting, shows that the nutritional composition of modern wheat is similar to wheat grown in Canada 150 years ago.
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