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Austin, TX – A widespread appetite for sculptural and novelty cakes for occasions like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate events has given rise to the success of several cake artists. Artsy reports. | READ MORE
Paris, France – More and more consumer goods companies are engaging with their communities on health topics, according to a report from an international consumer network that advocates for consumer interests and standards.
Calgary – A Calgary bakery is using social media in the hopes of finding the person responsible for breaking into its storefront and stealing money. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Seattle, WA – Starbucks has opened a marketplace-style retail format that combines elements of its Reserve Roasteries with freshly baked Italian food from Rocco Princi in what it calls the “third place” community experience.
Toronto – Patrick Saurette, owner and operator of The Marc restaurant in Edmonton, is Restaurants Canada’s new chair of the board for 2018-19.
Food exports from Russia, dominated by wheat and fish, soared to a record $19 billion last year, according to the Russian Export Center. Russian Television reports. | READ MORE
Guelph, Ont. – Whether your child asks for crackers, cookies or veggies to snack on could be linked to genetics, according to new findings from the Guelph Family Health Study at the University of Guelph. | READ MORE
Montreal – Maison Cousin, a brand best known for its baguettes, has launched a new look, website and line of European-style breads selected for the Quebec market and local grocery stores.
Dallas, TX – Le Duff America, an affiliate of French bakery-café business Groupe Le Duff, announced plans to sell two of its Canadian brands, Timothy’s World Coffee and Mmmuffins, to a wholly owned subsidiary of MTY Food Group Inc.
Toronto – New research suggests Canadians’ relationships with their grocery chains remain exceptionally strong, even after allegations and admissions of some retailers’ participation in fixing bread prices for more than a decade.
Denver, CO – Chris Meyerpeter will join Ardent Mills as chief information officer, the flour-milling and ingredient company said in a news release.
Paris, France – From Feb. 3-6, international baking trade show Europain 2018 served as a forum for talented bakers and patisserie chefs from around the world to meet and compete. Here are results and photo highlights.
Pico Rivera, CA – BakeMark, a major manufacturer and distributor of bakery ingredients, products and supplies, will acquire the Multifoods brand and two manufacturing facilities from CSM Bakery Solutions.
Toronto – On Valentine’s Day, Mary Macleod’s Shortbread, which has called 639 Queen St. E. in Toronto home for two decades, will close its doors in the city's east end and move to a location near Pearson airport. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Chicago ­– PureCircle, a producer of stevia sweeteners for the beverage and food industries, will increase the amount of proprietary StarLeaf stevia it plants in 2018 by about 200 per cent over 2017 production.
Clemson, SC – Clemson University researchers are working to develop packages that would use communication between cells to detect food that’s beginning to spoil. The Newsstand reports. | READ MORE
Washington, DC – The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative is applauding the introduction of bipartisan legislation that works to increase funding for the organization. 
Zurich, Switzerland – A study out of Switzerland suggests products with a free-from label were considered healthier than products without such a label. Foods that have not been genetically modified or those made with palm oil prompted the most positive responses. Science Direct reports. | READ MORE
Washington, DC – A California baker can refuse service to same-sex couples over her religious objections and right to free speech, a Superior Court judge has ruled. BBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Health Canada will launch consultations on regulations for a new front-of-package nutrition symbol on food as part of its healthy eating strategy.

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