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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.
Albany, NY – The international molasses market will grow in the coming years due in part to rising demand for convenience food and ready-to-eat snacks, a new market research report suggests.
Toronto – A North York industrial bakery facing prosecution by the Ministry of the Environment has received approval from a separate body, the Ontario Municipal Board, to retroactively legalize expansion done without city permits. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Hamilton, Ont. – A spectacular rainbow cake created by Cake & Loaf bakery in Hamilton, Ont., at the request of a gay couple marking their engagement has garnered worldwide attention following a controversy in the U.S. over a baker's refusal to fulfil a similar request. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Palo Alto, Calif., and London – Aromyx Corp. is working with Rewired on a digital platform for measuring taste and scent, and potential applications for what it calls "smart robots."
Denver, CO – Ardent Mills is joining forces with the U.S. National FFA Organization to support a program that empowers students to get involved in their communities.
Toronto – George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd. revealed Tuesday they participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement over several years but will receive immunity after alerting the Competition Bureau early in its investigation.
Madison, WI –Indulgence is still a factor in consumer purchases despite greater interest in healthier offerings, suggests new research from the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA).
Ottawa – An alliance of more than 50 food industry, civil society and farming groups is calling on the federal government to create a national food policy council to help implement its national food policy, now under development.
London, U.K. – A brewery in London, U.K., is combatting the problem of food waste by making an ale from fresh surplus bread that would otherwise be wasted.
Toronto – A study led by University of Toronto nutritional scientists is calling on the Canadian government to outlaw junk food marketing to children, impose stricter limits on unhealthy nutrients added to foods and impose a "sugary drink tax."
Montreal – An investment deal between FODY Food Co. and private equity firm Avrio will boost FODY's distribution and development of new products for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
Toronto – Packaging will play a role in reducing global food and product waste and brands that use clear and succinct package messaging will be rewarded, says a report outline the top five packaging trends by research firm Mintel.
Herzliya, Israel – Flavour company Frutarom Industries has acquired the patent for AB-Fortis micro-encapsulation technology for iron delivery from Spanish biotech firm AB-Biotics.

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