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Bentonville, AR – A recently published patent indicates Walmart is attempting to build a 3D imaging system that allows consumers to order fresh grocery items based on more defined visuals and approve the items they are looking to purchase. PYMNTS.com reports. | READ MORE
Stellarton, N.S. – Nova Scotia-based grocery chain Sobeys Inc. will work with U.K. e-commerce firm Ocado Group to launch online grocery ordering, automated fulfilment and home delivery to Canada.
Madison, WI – Magic and fantasy cakes, drip cakes and those with contrasting themes are among popular cake styles, according to the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association’s annual industry report.
Oakville, Ont. – Celebrity chefs Michael and Anna Olson will provide seasonal menus and monthly desserts to Seasons Retirement Communities, which operates retirement residences in Ontario and Alberta.
Brampton, Ont. – Ontario food and beverage processors have teamed up with representatives from economic development, academic and newcomer employment support services organizations to discuss how to make it easier for new Canadians to find jobs in the industry.
Japan – Nestlé Japan will launch the Ruby chocolate version of its KitKat brand in its Chocolatory stores in Japan and South Korea, as well as online on Jan. 19.
Stouffville, ON – The Ontario SPCA is inviting bakers to help “bake” a difference for animals in need by hosting a Cupcake Day Party any time in January or February to mark National Cupcake Day on Monday, Feb. 26.
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.

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