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Maple Water Looks to Topple Coconut Water as Trendy Health Drink

Article written by Jenni Tibbs

It’s one of Canada’s newest food innovations, using a product that is distinctly Canadian, maple syrup (or rather a variation of maple syrup), and it’s starting to make waves for its potential health benefits and ability to upscale the reigning and defending champion of health drinks, coconut water.

We first heard rumblings of maple water last year, as the Globe and Mail reported that the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers was soon to launch an innovative new product derived from maple sap; a 100% maple water beverage.

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Industry Collaboration the Way Forward for Innovation

Article written by Jenni Tibbs

According to a report by Ivey Business School, over the last eight years, 143 food plants closed across Canada, with close to 24,000 job losses, which no-one involved in the food industry likes to hear. However, despite recent closures of high-profile food manufacturing plants, including Kellogg’s in London and Heinz in Leamington, a professor at Western University confirms that Canada’s food industry is still as viable as ever.

Far from being an industry in decline, it is one in transition, with the vast majority of closures involving multi-plant operations, where reorganisation allows more efficient operations, using new technology, to offer greater productivity and makes sure companies are better able to compete. As a result the food industry did not see any decline in revenue, or the number in employment, in comparison to other manufacturing areas that were badly hit during the recession. In fact, food manufacturing brought in the second largest revenue of all manufacturing industries, and according to The Globe and Mail, Canada's food industry is in a better financial condition than it was in 2006. Openings and expansions aren’t just limited to the high-profile companies though, with investments and collaboration allowing small-scale operations to develop and expand their work.

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Foods with Health Benefits - Industry Overview

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5 Trends for Food Sustainability

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Guidance Docs for Sodium Reduction

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Sodium Reduction Guidance for Industry

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Updated regulations to streamline approval of safe foods

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Emerging Technologies Webcast and Questionnaire

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Food Allergen Labelling

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Health Claim Roadmap

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Sodium Reduction In Canada

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