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Eco-friendly, edible straws win the stage at Collision

This spring, Toronto hosted its first Collision Conference, North America’s “fastest growing tech conference,” attracting more than 25,000 international attendees, almost half of which were women. During PITCH, an on-stage competition between 60 startups (narrowed down from hundreds of applicants), a cleantech product of special interest to the food industry was selected as the winner: Loliware – a company formed …

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Toronto-based organization opens access to good food for vulnerable sectors

By Ethan Kwan “The portal is simple to use and it leverages the power of group purchasing from a network of suppliers,” said Alvin Rebick, FoodReach spokesperson. “With a great partner in North York Harvest that manages the logistics, community agencies can get timely delivery of quality and affordable food.” FoodReach was founded by Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC), Toronto …

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Red Bull enters the Canadian organics market with new drink line

Jumping on board the organics train, Red Bull Canada just added a new line of carbonated drinks to complement its well-known caffeine-infused brand. This April, the energy drink giant introduced its new Organics by Red Bull, a product line that includes Simply Cola, Bitter Lemon, Ginger Ale and Tonic water, to the Canadian market. Using natural flavours from plant extracts, …

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Richardson to Build World-Class Innovation Centre in Downtown Winnipeg Richardson International is investing more than $30 million to develop an innovation centre in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, featuring state-of-the-art technology and equipment for research and product development. “Our goal is that the Richardson Innovation Centre will become a centre for collaboration,” says Chuck Cohen, Richardson’s Senior Vice-President, Technology. “As …

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  University of Guelph Students to Develop Innovative Food Concepts with Industry Mentors As part of an annual project, students from the University of Guelph presented their original food product concepts to a panel of industry mentors in October. Students from the Food Science, Marketing, Nutrition and Engineering programs will work in teams to turn their ideas into prototypes, culminating …

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Exploring public trust in food and farming

By: Cayley Humphreys CCFI Public Trust Summit From the farm and ranch right through to Canada’s largest food service companies, interest in public trust in the food system continues to grow. In efforts to satisfy consumers concerns, a unique mix of thought leaders of all ages across supply chains, governments, industries and academia will come together in Calgary later this …

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Better Nutrition in a Convenience-driven World

With increasingly busy lifestyles, Canadians are often too rushed to properly eat, or to eat at all. They want quick and convenient foods to incorporate into their diets, and they don’t want to have to read labels. Mostafa Shaker is CEO and Co-founder of Tudo, a New Brunswick-based company that provides a convenient and healthy energy booster option. Tudo’s individually …

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Health Canada moves to eliminate PHOs in food

  Health Canada recently introduced a regulatory proposal to prohibit the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in food. PHOs are the main source of industrially produced trans fats. From April 7 to June 21, a Notice of Proposal detailing the proposed regulation posted online will seek comments from Canadians, including stakeholders. Once the regulation is finalized, the prohibition would …

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