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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.
Toronto – As the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, get underway, a Toronto bakery is making thousands of traditional Korean walnut cakes, Walnut cakes, known as hodo kwaja, for viewing parties across Canada. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto- Daniel Stubbe, a sixth-generation pastry chef and owner of Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry, released two chocolates he created during the Or Noir Experience in Paris, France.
Toronto - Restaurants Canada has rounded up a highlight reel of innovation that will be on display at their annual trade event.
Paris, France – Europain 2018, which opened on Feb. 3 and runs until Feb. 6, is serving as a pathway to new products and innovations, a hub for bakery industry knowledge, and a high-level forum where talented Canadian bakers and patisserie chefs compete.
Ottawa – A Canadian recall of sesame seeds due to potential Salmonella contamination has expanded to include more products and additional distribution information since the initial industry-attributed recall notice reported on Jan. 26. Food Safety Network reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Generation Z, those born 1997 to present, expects food and food brands to follow their needs – which include authentic businesses and transparent labelling – and not the other way around, suggests a new study by the NPD Group.
Ottawa — Newly released documents allege bread wholesalers Canada Bread Company Ltd. and George Weston Ltd. directly communicated with one another and retail customers including Loblaw Companies Ltd., Walmart Canada Corp., Sobeys Inc., Metro Inc. and Giant Tiger Stores Ltd., writes Aleksandra Sagan. |READ MORE
Winston-Salem, NC – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has announced three heart-shaped doughnuts to mark Valentine’s Day.
Amman, Jordan – Jordan increased the price of bread by up to 100 per cent after lifting subsidies on the staple in a bid to redress its debt-riddled economy. Gulf News reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – A Vancouver baker's elaborate pie creations have earned her an invitation to start making videos for the cooking channel Food Network. CTV News/The Canadian Press reports. | READ MORE
Kamloops, B.C. – Erwin’s Bakery of Kamloops, B.C., is encouraging residents to shop local and give to charity using grocery store gift cards offered in the wake of a national bread price-fixing scandal. The shop will exchange each gift card for its own punch card and give the gift card to charity. Kamloops This Week reports. | READ MORE
Saskatoon, Sask. – A newly opened agri-food research and incubation centre and investments in plant-protein research are aimed at boosting western Canada’s food-processing industry.
St. Louis, MI – Panera Bread has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to establish a clear definition for the term “egg.”

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