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Hamilton, Ont. – Dairy consumption of around three servings per day is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease and death, compared to lower levels of consumption, according to a study led by a team of McMaster University researchers. | READ MORE
Belgium – If you bake a lot of sourdough bread, your hands might look like your loaves. Bacterially speaking, that is. The microbes found on bakers' hands mirror the microbes within their starters – the bubbly mix of yeast, bacteria and flour that's the soul of every loaf. NPR reports. | READ MORE
Verona, Italy – Veronafiere, a trade association in Italy, and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council have signed an agreement and launched an initiative specifically dedicated to olive oil called the World of Olive Oil.
Boston – Researchers at MIT have discovered a way to break uncooked spaghetti noodles in two in a breakthrough that could have implications far beyond the kitchen, according to the school. The Boston Globe reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Canadian mushroom growers produced 132,556 short tons of mushrooms in 2017, up 1.3 per cent from 2016, and the price of mushrooms rose by 2.8 per cent, says a report from Statistics Canada.
When it comes to pizza, crust is king. With all due respect to signature sauce and premium toppings, I doubt I’ll get much argument from operators. But the latest pizza research backs up this grand claim.
Continuing the topic from my last column, vegetarians and vegan folks are the largest growing market for our industry.  
Geneva, Switzerland – Swiss flavour and perfume company Firmenich has named fig its flavour of the year for 2018 based on its growing international appeal.
Leamington, Ont. – Leamington, a town that’s big on tomatoes, will soon have the tomberry – billed as the world’s smallest tomato – growing in greenhouses. The Windsor Star reports. | READ MORE
Earlier this year, I flew to Las Vegas to judge the pizza culinary competitions for the International Pizza Challenge. Many people think judging a pizza competition is the best job in the world; however, it’s not all glamour and glitter.
If you have been in business for a while you will likely have heard compliments about some of the food items you serve. For those in the pizza business, these compliments might revolve around the various sauces and other ingredients that go into the perfect pizza. Have you considered selling your pizzeria's sauce?
Korea – Probiotics found in Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Gruyère could help reduce inflammation and subsequently boost immunity, recent studies suggest. The Independent reports. | READ MORE
Rome – In a move aimed at protecting Italian farmers, all packets of pasta and rice sold in Italy will have to include labels of origin showing where the produce was grown, the Italian government has ruled. Canadian exporters and farmers fear the move will depress prices in Canada, the world's largest durum exporter. Reuters reports. | READ MORE
Calgary – Dry-aged beef is a growing trend in Calgary, but you may want to rely on experienced butchers if you'd like a taste, a Calgary food columnist says. CBC reports. | READ MORE
Did you know that women aged 19 to 49 require more than twice as much iron in their daily diet as men? And while you may already be eating foods with iron, depending on what you’re eating with them, your body may not be absorbing much of it. There are two kinds of iron: heme iron and non-heme iron. Heme iron, found in meat, fish, and poultry, is well absorbed by the body. Non-heme iron, found in beans, lentils, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and eggs, is not as well absorbed by the body.  
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