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Ottawa – High sodium levels persist in most packaged foods suggests a report from Health Canada.
St. Catharines, Ont. – Sixty-nine per cent of Canadians felt the $25 gift card offered by Loblaws following the national bread price-fixing scandal fell short as a goodwill gesture, according to a recent survey by mobile focus group Caddle.
Regina – Gluten-free oats supplier Avena Foods of Regina and Best Cooking Pulses of Portage la Prairie, Man., are combining their strengths in a partnership, the companies said in a joint news release.
Canton, MA – Months ahead of its original timeline, Dunkin' Donuts announced it has removed all artificial dyes from its doughnuts and from Dunkin' Donuts sold at other restaurants and stores in the United States. CNN reports. | READ MORE
Paris, France - A committee of bakery and pastry professionals announced seven winners for the Europain new product awards. "Among them are products that will help you save time and water and work comfortably in the kitchen no matter your height or range of mobility," said Elizabeth Meaney, spokesperson for Europain, in a press statement. And the winners are...
Houston, TX – The widely used food additive and sugar substitute trehalose has been linked to the increasing frequency and severity of health-care-associated outbreaks caused by bacterium Clostridium difficile.
In a new poll, personalized nutrition (21 per cent) ranks as one of the most important industry trends for 2018, behind only clean label (49 per cent) and scientifically supported health claims (39 per cent). Vitafoods Europe surveyed 208 industry representatives at the end of last year.
Des Moines, IA – Half of shoppers polled said they do not avoid purchasing grocery items because of any words in the ingredient label, but 26 per cent avoid the word “preservative” on the label, says a study by a manufacturer of shelf-life and food safety products. Feedstuffs reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – After operating for decades in the Montreal area, Pâtisserie de Gascogne last week suddenly closed all seven stores and a production centre. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Today is the first opportunity for consumers to sign up to receive a $25 gift card from Loblaws related to the grocer's role in fixing the price of bread for more than a decade, but the agreement comes with some fine print. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Australia – Researchers at Deakin University in Australia have concluded that salt and sugar are stronger influencers on food liking than fat, after studying the role of fat in the perception of "pleasantness" in sweet and salty liquid foods. Science Direct reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Nutritional ingredient supplier Dealers Ingredients was one of 10 companies recently honoured by Global Health and Pharma (GHP) for their contributions to health care and pharmaceuticals in 2017.
Toronto – Vegan desserts, NeuroNutrition and ghee are among trends visitors can expect to see in restaurants in 2018, Restaurants Canada said in a news release.
Chicago – Grains, like quinoa, amaranth, farro, and spelt, which were eaten on a daily basis by ancient civilizations, are growing in popularity again because of their perceived health benefits compared to processed wheat grains, according to research by The NPD Group.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – When people encounter stimuli they have learned to associate with certain snacks, they tend to choose those products, even when they know these are unhealthy, according to research carried out by psychologists from the University of Amsterdam.
Vanscoy, Sask. – With their relatively neutral colour and flavour, yellow peas have emerged as a favourite ingredient for pea-based products, and as the world's largest producer of yellow peas, the Prairies are drawing investment from many quarters. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Yellowknife – Seiji Suzuki won a free one-year lease for his Japanese-style bakery in Yellowknife's downtown, but its opening has been delayed as he waits for a building permit. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Hoofddorp, Netherlands – Dutch ingredient distritubor Barentz seeks to strengthen its functional protein line and expand its market share in the Balkans by acquiring Serbian animal protein producer Soforebo.
Cologne, Germany – Anuga FoodTec 2018 will tackle such topics as optimizing production processes, reducing energy and water consumption, and minimizing food loss through ingredient, process and package technology.
Chicago – Restaurants and food-service outlets can increase sales and become more relevant by focusing on what consumers want, said the NPD Group in a news release.

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