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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.”
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.

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