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Edmonton – Despite the increasing popularity of plant-based protein alternatives like Beyond Meat hamburgers, a new University of Alberta study suggests that changing attitudes about meat consumption is a slow and complicated process. The University of Alberta reports. | READ MORE
Never underestimate the importance of great dough. As few as five simple ingredients become the base of your pizza, and good or bad, it all starts here.  
Following a tasting event at the Après Wine Bar in Toronto featuring Parmigiano Reggiano in a fusion menu with cocktail and wine pairings, the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium shared fun facts about what it calls “the King of Cheese.”
Sardinia – Delicate and impossible to replicate, su filindeu – or the “threads of God” – is a pasta made of hundreds of tiny strands by a single woman in a hillside town in Sardinia. Pocket/Saveur reports. | READ MORE
Denver, CO – The Annex by Ardent Mills will partner with Colorado Quinoa to clean, mill and market quinoa grown in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
Do you build your pizzas with the cheese on the top of the toppings, or do you put the cheese on the bottom, meaning, underneath the toppings? What's the difference? Is there a difference?
Edmonton – Cheese’s high fat content has made it a dietary culprit in the minds of many people, but a new University of Alberta study suggests it helps control blood sugar levels. | READ MORE
I hope you had a nice holiday season and found a way to have some time off and away from your business.
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.  
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