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As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moves forward with the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the agency has issued a new draft guidance to help industry comply with certain requirements in the Preventative Controls for Human Food (PCHF) rule.
Dallas, TX — According to recommendations published in an American Heart Association journal, children from the age of two to 18 should eat or drink no more than six teaspoons of added sugars daily. The AHA says that eating food high in sugar throughout childhood is tied to developing a string of health concerns. Added sugars can increase the risk of obesity and elevated blood pressure in children and can make them more apt to be insulin resistant — a precursor to type 2 diabetes, reports CBC News. | READ MORE
London — Medical experts in the UK have criticized the national government’s childhood obesity strategy as "weak and embarrassing." The UK government's plan for action relies on voluntary action by the food and drink industry, who are seeking to reduce the amount of sugar in products such as cereals, desserts, yogurts and sweets by 20 per cent, states a report in The Guardian | READ MORE
Denver, Col. — Working towards a goal of doubling the number of organic wheat acres in the U.S. by 2019, Ardent Mills has expanded its organic wheat producer program to include a total of seven U.S. states (Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming) and the province of Saskatchewan. The company will soon also have a total of eight organic-certified milling and packaging locations along with a storage facility.
Responding to high customer demand, Starbucks announced that it will begin rolling out Starbucks Almondmilk across over 4,600 stores in the U.S. beginning Tuesday, September 6, with national coverage expected by the end of September.
Thieves made off with $150,000 worth of maple syrup from a Montreal trucking business. The 20 skids of syrup—roughly 13,000 litres—were destined for the Japanese market, says a report on Canadianmanufacturing.com | READ MORE
Winnipeg—The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) is working together with Warburtons, the largest bakery brand in the United Kingdom, to research pulse-based bakery products and ultimately increase the use of pulse flours in the bread-making industry.
Aurora, Ont.—Treasure Mills Inc., a health-conscious baked goods manufacturer located north of Toronto, has received $100,000 in government support to improve its operational efficiency and capacity.
A report in the Toronto Star reveals that Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office requested an internal analysis last winter to explore the “issues and impacts in respect of a potential tax on soft drinks.” The Liberal’s spring budget announced it would take steps during 2016-17 to add more details on food labels about added sugars and artificial dyes in processed products, but no mention was made of any taxation. | READ MORE
Kansas City, Missouri – European-based Bretèche Industrie Group, an equipment manufacturer with interests in the baking, dairy, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, has acquired Shick Solutions of Kansas City (Missouri), a supplier of ingredient automation solutions for the baking and other industries.
Washington, D.C. – The 2016 International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) returns to Las Vegas October 8-11, where an anticipated 20,000-plus bakery professionals will gather to network, learn and check out the latest innovations in baking supplies, ingredients and equipment from more than 900 manufacturers and suppliers covering more than 700,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Washington, D.C. – President Obama has signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients, says a CTV News report. First introduced and passed in the Senate, the legislation will require most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or a code readable by smartphone that indicates whether the food contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The U.S. Agriculture Department has two years to write the rules, which will pre-empt a Vermont law that went into effect July 1. | READ MORE
Charlottetown, PEI – A couple from Lebanon has opened the first pita bakery on Prince Edward Island, called Royal Pita Bakery. The company acquired a oven shipped from Lebanon and uses a traditional Lebanese recipe, says a report on CBC News. | READ MORE
The American Bakers Association (ABA) and the American Society of Baking (ASB) have released the Workforce Gap in U.S. Commercial Baking: Trends, Challenges and Solutions study, a report designed to provide an understanding of the current and expected skills gap in the industry and what can be done to fill it.  
Despite higher sales in its second quarter relative to last year, Loblaw reported that its profit dropped by nearly 15 per cent from a year earlier. In its call with investors the grocery giant said that in order to continue delivering earnings growth, it needs to increase sales volume as competition heats up, as reported by CBC News. | READ MORE
Minneapolis, Minn. – In a company release General Mills has announced that due to four new confirmed illnesses, the company is adding additional flour production dates to its previously announced U.S. retail flour recall, originally announced on May 31, 2016.
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.
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