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Hamilton's Cake & Loaf Bakery chimes in on the effects of rising dairy prices in a Globe and Mail article that reports on the Canadian Dairy Commission announcement that pricing of industrial milk—used to make cheese, yogurt, ice cream and butter—will increase by 2.76 per cent effective Sept. 1, the second price increase this year. | READ MORE
Quick and portable health foods like snack bars, snack nuts, fruit snacks and trail mixes represent a thriving segment of the food industry, outpacing the growth of the overall food and beverage sector, according to a new report released by market research firm Packaged Facts.
Seattle - “We have never baked in our stores in 45 years. But all of that will change with the creation of this unique partnership,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and ceo in a company release announcing the coffee empire's partnership as a global licensee and investor in the Italian boutique bakery and café Princi. 
Montreal – Cacao Barry has added Dominic Fortin, executive pastry chef at the Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler, B.C., as the newest member of its international Ambassadors Club.
Theresa Cogswell has been hired as innovation program director, bakery, at Corbion. In her new role, Cogswell will lead the research, development and applications (RDA) bakery team in developing new products and services and will support the Corbion sales team. 
General Mills Inc. is recalling Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix sold in Canada and two flavours of Betty Crocker cake mix sold in the U.S. because they use flour that was recalled because it could contain E.coli, reports the CBC | READ MORE
Washington, D.C. - A new federal GMO labeling bill that would override and state laws, such as the GMO labeling law in Vermont that went into effect July 1, has passed the U.S. Senate and is expected to get through a Congress vote and end up on President Obama's desk, reports Bloomberg Politics. | READ MORE
Joliette, Que. - Signature Passion, an industrial artisan bakery in Joliette, Quebec has secured a partneship with Pragma Capital, a boutique business restructuring and transitioning firm. In a news release it was announced that Pragma Capital's managing partner Marc-Andre Pouliot has taken on the role of president of Signature Passion. The release indicates that Pouliot's intention is to scale up the company's core bakery business and add depth to its management team.
Washington, DC - A federal bill that would require food manufacturers to use one of three types of labels to inform consumers of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients passed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate and is expected to get final Senate approval this week. Vermont's state law requiring GMO labelling went into effect July 1. Opponents of the federal proposal claim the bill imposes no penalties or fines for noncompliance, and may leave many genetically engineered ingredients exempt from labeling requirements, reports the New York Times | READ MORE
Switzerland - For the first nine months of its fiscal year (ended May 31, 2016), the Barry Callebaut Group—a leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products—has reported a 4.2 per cent increase to its overall global sales volume, all despite a worldwide confectionery market that declined 2%, according to a Nielsen market report.
Victoria - Chocolats Favoris, an artisan chocolate shop chain founded in 1979 in Lévis, Quebec , has launched its second store outside of Québec and first store in Western Canada, opening in Victoria, B.C.
Calgary - Catherine Tetreault, a mother of four, left the world of corporate/commercial law to pursue studies in pastry and bakery arts. And now, after a few years serving as an apprentice and working as a hotel pastry chef, Tetreault has opened the new French patisserie-inspired Framboise Bakery on 20th Ave. NW reports the CBC News in Calgary | READ MORE
Toronto - The well-known American doughnut brand Krispy Kreme is getting set to begin an agressive expansion in Ontario and Quebec with expectations of opening 50 new stores. Under new management in Canada since the brand's first foray across the border in 2001, the company believes a new business model will lead to success, reports the National Post. | READ MORE  
Hamilton - A small neighbourhood bakery in Hamilton, Ont. is in the running for a potential $100,000 award as a finalist in the sixth annual Canadian Small Business Challenge, and you could help pick the winner.
Winnipeg - What started as an online store from her home, Cori Poon's non-traditional Sweet C Bakery in Winnipeg has found international success with its unique sweet treats including candy sushi and creative cookies, and now the company is setting up a downtown storefront, reports | READ MORE
Rennes, France - A Montreal industrial baking facility owned by Bridor, a division of France-based Groupe Le Duff, has been earmarked for expansion as part of Bridor’s 400 million Euro ($518 million) planned investments in France and North America over the next five years.
With a spirit of renewal in the air, attendees flocked to this spring’s Bakery Showcase in early May to soak in the product demonstrations and take advantage of the many learning opportunities available.
Puratos shared the results of the company’s latest Taste Tomorrow global research study with a room full of bakery professionals in early May at Toronto’s Old Mill Inn.
Sandwiches: from butternut squash to tandoori chicken offerings, this classic lunch order has gone from traditional to trendy. Egg salad and ham and cheese are now relics of the past, replaced with creative new combinations that incorporate “superfood” ingredients for added health benefits.
Summer has finally arrived, and as I write this I am awaiting my own wee arrival, due any day. I will be on maternity leave for the next year, and am passing the Bakers Journal editorial helm over to interim editor Doug Picklyk.
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