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Edmonton – A new University of Alberta study will examine how the health of professional bakers is affected by exposure to flour. Prolonged exposure can lead to allergies and asthma, says the lead researcher. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has signed an agreement with Chase Merchant Services that will reduce American Express transaction rates for Canadian small businesses who are members of the association.
Toronto – Loblaw is bringing cricket protein to its grocery shelves under the company's President's Choice label. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Granada, Spain – A cereal-based bread enriched with soluble fibre, proteins and dried fruit may curb the appetite more than traditional breads and thus reduce food consumption between meals, researchers at the University of Granada in Spain have found. | READ MORE
Madison, WI – The International Dairy-Deli-Bake Association has announced a lineup of speakers that is sure to inspire and offer insight into business, trends, personal growth and success at its annual trade show.
Nestlé Canada is planning a $51.5-million to increase production capabilities at its London, Ont., ice cream factory.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza has introduced what it is calling the world’s first plastic-free aisle in a store in Amsterdam. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
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.

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