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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.
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.

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