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How to Unlock this Emerging Market for Your Product By the year 2021, Muslims will outnumber Chinese in Canada, according to a projection from Statistics Canada based on current growth rates. Despite the statistics, though, most companies allocate far fewer marketing dollars on reaching the Muslim consumer, if any at all. It may have something to do with a single word …

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How to Enter the Nutraceuticals Market

The nutraceuticals market provides nutritional-type products that have healing effects, therapeutic effects (“ceutical effects”) or that support health in ways beyond the effects attributed to nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, water and foods. Nutraceuticals can be topical or oral, and are used both to treat and to prevent various conditions of unwellness. People love nutraceuticals because:  They are natural; They are …

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The importance of Indigenous foodways

By: Kathleen A. Merrigan I participated in one of the famous Terra Madre Slow Food meetings in Italy years ago. At the opening ceremony, Indigenous peoples from around the world formed a procession through the venue, donning traditional wear and carrying objects of significance to their communities. It was beautiful and exciting but more importantly, it was a poignant reminder of …

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A small company ‘Survivor’ doesn’t have to exist as an island

Ron Kehrig Starting and operating a small company is not easy, and it is hard to survive. It often seems like far too many skill sets need to be found among very few bodies within the company. At times it may feel like you are alone – on “Company X” island. Fortunately, outside resources are available, but like most things, …

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Potato utilization in Canada

Martin G. Scanlon1* | Helen H. Tai2 Introduction The Canadian potato industry enjoys an enviable position in the global food industry. This is especially true with respect to the value-added processing sector, where a Canadian-based manufacturer, McCain Foods, can boast that one in three French fries consumed globally emanates from a McCain’s plant1. Despite the position of potatoes as an …

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Future of the Canadian oilseeds industry

Rick Green* The Canadian oilseed industry is an important economic driver for both our Agriculture and Agri-food sectors. Oilseeds are primarily grown for their oil content, which range in levels from 20% in the seeds of soybeans to greater than 40% for some canola and sunflower varieties; however other seed components, such as fibre, and protein by-products offer significant potential …

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Ideal Grain Ingredients: BREEDING WHEAT FOR HEALTH

Nancy Ames1* | Dylan S. MacKay2 Wheat is the predominant cereal crop grown and exported in Canada. Wheat products are among the most widely consumed food products in the world, making them an excellent vehicle for providing nutrients to the population. Although wheat already offers many health benefits, in North America there is a lack of consumer awareness or misinformation …

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Canada’s first ready-to-drink protein shake made with fresh milk launched by Saputo

Seeing an opening in the market, Saputo responded by launching the first ready-to-drink protein shake made with fresh milk. “People are increasingly mindful about their protein intake, but are often pressed for time or unsure about what to consume post-workout to ensure proper recovery,” says Philippe Duhamel, Marketing Manager at Saputo Dairy Products Canada G.P. “Many products currently on the …

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Funding local food in Ontario

From growing local foods to serving them at the dinner table, Ontario is making an effort to bring locally grown products to residents with the newly formed Ontario Food Fund. The fund is part of a $30 million dollar investment to support innovative projects that will increase awareness, access, and demand for food that is grown and harvested in the …

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High-quality diets sustain and improve brain health

There is a wealth of evidence to show that a healthy, balanced diet supports life-long brain health. In fact, scientific evidence indicates that a healthy diet — that includes whole grains, vegetables and fruit — helps maintain brain function, slow memory decline and may help reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. “Canadians of all ages can benefit from making a …

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