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Dividing Kraft Foods in two

  • August
  • 5

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Food giant Kraft Foods has announced that it intends to split the company into two separate listed companies. The current Kraft foods will be comprised of Kraft’s snack business which includes the Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Tang, Trident and Cadbury brands. The other company which will be spun-off will be focused on the North American grocery market and will […]

Kraft to reduce sodium in foods

  • April
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In an encouraging move, the world second largest food and beverage producer Kraft (second only to Nestle) has announced a plan to reduce the amount of sodium in its products by 10%. There has long been evidence linking high sodium intake with high blood pressure and associated heard diseases but reducing the amount of salt […]

New Cheese Plant in New Brunswick

  • March
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Backed by private investors, a company called Cheese New Brunswick have announced that they will be opening a new cheese plant near Sussex, New Brunswick. The facility will create a new hard cheese similar to the popular Reggiano-Parmiagiano cheese from Italy. Due to cheese labelling restrictions, the cheese cannot be called Reggiano-Parmiagiano unless it comes […]

Nadeau Poultry Farm to lay off 175 workers in Edmunston, NB

  • September
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Nadeau Poultry Farm a large chicken processor located in northern New Brunswick, has announced a layoff of 175 workers which is approximately half of its staff. The managers of the plant state that the staff reduction is caused by a lack of a supply of chickens to process after its prime chicken supplier and soon […]

Barcodes could reveal your food’s credentials

  • June
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Part of the problem with the current food supply chain is the disconnect between producer and consumer. Information about where food is grown or manufactured as well additional information about growing techniques or specific manufacturing process are not available to consumers. Even after extensive research, it is often difficult to know where our food comes […]

Short Sizing – The magically shinking package size

  • November
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Have you ever noticed that certain food items that you buy don’t seem to last as long as before? This could be due to the practice known as short sizing. What is short sizing? The practice of short sizing consists of slightly reducing package sizes while keeping the prices near the same level. This has […]

Cheese labelling changes in Canada

  • October
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In 2007, the Canadian government announced new regulatory changes with respect to cheese sold in Canada that may affect the quality, content and perhaps the price of cheese in your supermarket. Cheese labelling changes The changes are fairly minor but the updated law will require imposes compositional standards for cheeses. In other words there will […]

Fighting over chicken processing in New Brunswick

  • June
  • 17

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The battle is brewing over chicken processing in New Brunswick. The Players In one corner is the long established Nadeau Maple Lodge (owned by Ontario based parent company Maple Lodge Farms) who currently operates New Brunswick’s only chicken processing facility in the northern New Brunswick community of St. Francois de Madawaska. In the other corner […]

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