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Chicago — Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago, joins the ranks of Sean Connery, Bill Gates and Julia Child, as they have the honor of being named a knight. 
Canada — New research from Mintel indicates that 72 per cent of Canadians eat cookies*, making it by far and away the nation’s most popular sweet baked good in the survey. Other top contenders making the list of Canada’s favourite baked goods include muffins (57 per cent), cakes (53 per cent), doughnuts (45 per cent) and pastries (44 per cent).
Montreal — Eleven North American pastry chefs were whisked away by Cacao Barry this summer to one of the most unique and respected cocoa plantations in Dominican Republic; Hacienda La Esmeralda. Cacao Barry buys beans from Hacienda La Esmeralda to produce Cacao Barry's chocolate La Esmeralda 74% cocoa.
Cologne, Germany — At the coming Anuga, a shopping basket that is full to the brim is awaiting the visitors from the retail trade and out-of-home market in fully-booked exhibition halls. Around 7,200 exhibitors from 100 countries will be presenting the global market offer of food and beverages throughout five days.
Nanaimo, BC — A new graduate-level program at Vancouver Island University (VIU) aims to give people with no formal business education the information they need to run a business effectively.
U.S. — Panera Bread has developed a curated menu system that divides its products into diet types: plant-based, protein-rich and nutrient-packed. Plant Based News reports. |READ MORE
Cap Ferret, France — Pascal Rigo, saddened by the decline in small boulangeries in France, has embarked on a crusade to make the mom-and-pop shop a growing success. The New York Times reports. |READ MORE
Global — The Vatican has barred gluten-free bread from use in the Holy Communion, a law that will apply to over a billion Catholics worldwide. Beth Timmins of the Independent reports. |READ MORE
Richmond, VA – International bakery equipment manufacturer AMF Bakery Systems appointed Monika Eiden as its global human resources director. Eiden will be based in AMF's Virginia headquarters and will report to company president Jason Ward.
California — Smelling your food could be linked to weight gain, suggests new research from the University of California, Berkeley. |READ MORE
U.S. — Coco Loko, a chocolate meant to be snorted, is creating buzz. Will it really be a trend that takes off? Forbes magazine reports. |READ MORE
Saskatchewan — The scent of cinnamon buns might have been the lure that brought a bear knocking on the door of the Waskesiu Trading Company store and bakery. CBC News reports. |READ MORE
Hamilton, ON — Tea is being taken to the next level, and it's changing whose buds it finds to taste. The Hamilton Spectator reports. |READ MORE
Toronto — In a recent study conducted of small business owners across Canada, 72 per cent of small business owners are unaware of supportive government initiatives and only a quarter find them helpful.
New York — From hydrogen infused water to savoury sweets, The National Post rounded up some of the neatest innovations to be seen at the Summer Fancy Food Show. |READ MORE
Toronto — ACE Bakery is showing its proudly Canadian roots by teaming up with Ottawa 2017 as the Official Bread Partner of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.
Toronto — Here's one food writer's take on the value of image in today's world of food fads. CBC News reports. |READ MORE
Halifax — Stone Hearth Bakery was awarded the 2017 Champion of Mental Health in the Community Organization category by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), making it the third honour the bakery has received this year. Halifax Citizen reports. |READ MORE
Canada — Coconut oil, which has enjoyed an image with some consumers as a healthier saturated fat, can raise 'bad' cholesterol just like beef or butter indicates a new advisement from the American Heart Association. The Globe and Mail reports. |READ MORE
Paris — Alan Dumonceaux and Marcus Mariathas, two of Canada's preeminent bakers, have been selected to compete at the 2018 Masters de la Boulangerie.
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