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Lusigny-sur-Barse, France – A baker in France who flouted the country's strict laws by staying open every day of the week during the busy summer season in 2017 was hit with a fine of €3,000, or about $4,819 Cdn. CNN reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The federal government will invest more than $760,000 to help the Canadian seed industry improve and enhance the certification of seed crops, identify and assess risks and opportunities facing the industry, and expand seed trade in global markets.
Halifax – Younger Canadians are far more likely to be vegetarians or vegans than older generations, according to a survey that a researcher says is among the first of its kind. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Vanilla is a staple in any baker's pantry, but a recent confluence of events – a "perfect storm" – has led to an unprecedented spike in prices, with the cost of the ingredient rising to almost 20 times as much as it did a few years ago. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Geneva, Switzerland – Canada is contributing $250,000 Cdn to the Standards and Trade Development Facility in 2018 to help developing countries comply with international food safety, animal and plant health standards and therefore access agricultural markets more easily.
Ottawa – Canadian pulse farmers are pondering if it is even worth planting peas and lentils this spring, as steep tariffs from their No. 1 customer cut deep into their profit margins. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Zwingenberg, Germany – Europe’s Dolce partnership, which consists of bioeconomy company Brain, natural product manufacturer AnalytiCon Discovery GmbH and plant-based ingredients developer Roquette, has identified 25 natural-based sweetening products for healthier food and beverages.
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

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