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Mississauga, Ont. – Puratos Canada’s updated website aims to inspire bakers by showing finished applications and recipes.
Ottawa – The Heart and Stroke Association is calling for stronger food policies and guidelines on ultra-processed foods, citing newly commissioned research that suggests its growing consumption in Canada accounts for almost half of our daily calorie intake.
Fairfield, NJ – Salt of the Earth has appointed A&B Ingredients, its exclusive distributor of Mediterranean Umami for Canada and the U.S.
Manchester, U.K. – Kellogg UK announced it will reduce sugar in three of its best-selling kids’ cereals by up to 40 per cent in 2018.
Toronto – Consumers’ usage of hot sauce is on the rise as spicy flavours continue to show up on menus, according to Technomic’s recently released 2017 Canadian Flavour Consumer Trend Report.
Madison, WI – Grocery shopping is about the entire experience – which includes convenience of the location, produce selection, prices and store layout, suggests the International DairyDeliBakery Association's newest trends publication, What's in Store 2018.
Washington, DC – Wedding cakes can be stunning creations. But do they quality as art? This question will be addressed by the Masterpiece Cakeshop case coming to the Supreme Court Dec. 5. The Washington Post reports. | READ MORE
Paris – Europain 2018 will feature three sections – manufacturing, selling and managing – a strategy designed to help attendees identify the latest services, products and equipment with an eye toward the future.
London, U.K. – Cheese came out slightly ahead of chocolate in a recent poll by research firm Mintel.
Waltham, MA – A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates raw flour may harbour a nasty bacteria: E.coli shiga toxin-producing bacteria known as STEC. This research was the culmination of an investigation launched after a major recall in 2016, Forbes reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – A new culinary incubator has opened in Toronto giving chefs, caterers and culinary start-ups access to commercial kitchens, a photography studio and an event space.
Finland – A Finnish bakery has launched what it claims to be the world’s first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – George Weston Ltd. says it will close an unprofitable frozen cake factory in the U.S. by the end of the first quarter of 2018 as it reviews its strategy in light of challenges in its frozen food business. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The processed food industry has not met the targets set by Ottawa to reduce sodium in products, despite mounting concerns about the risks of excessive intake to health. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – A North York industrial bakery that was the subject of a Star investigation this year is being prosecuted by the Environment Ministry for allegedly expanding its facilities illegally and for failing to comply with environmental measures aimed at protecting local residents from noise pollution. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
New York – Bakers spend an average of 15.4 hours creating a single wedding cake, suggests a U.S. study that aims to document the hard work of small businesses and impact on both their local communities and the approximately $96 billion wedding industry.
Zurich, Switzerland – Leading cocoa and chocolate companies and the governments of Ivory Coast and Ghana have signed the Frameworks for Action of the Cocoa and Forest Initiative on Nov. 16.
Stockholm – Bayn Europe AB is developing a cloud-based platform focused on sugar reduction to assist food producers with R&D and promote discussion of related projects. Bayn has created a prototype and plans to launch the online hub in 2020.
Loblaws said Wednesday it plans to close 22 unprofitable stores, with the retailer adding it will begin rolling out an internet-based home-delivery service starting in December. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Chilliwack, B.C. – Rogers Foods recently celebrated the addition of a second milling line and an expansion of wheat and flour storage at its flour mill in Chilliwack, B.C. reports. | READ MORE

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