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Guillaume Dallaire checking on hemp grain at the bins.

The gluten advantage

With $1 million on the line, this Quebec farm is betting big money on small markets

It’s a two-hour drive straight north from Quebec City to get to Tournevent’s Farm, owned by Guillaume Dallaire and Audrey Bouchard at Hébertville in Lac Saint-Jean near Saguenay. At this time of year, it can be a cold trip, but even in the summer when Country Guide first visited, it can feel a long way […] Read more

Prairie processors plan gluten-free partnership

A Saskatchewan firm processing gluten-free oats is pairing up with a Manitoba pulse miller to expand Prairie producers’ space in the certified gluten-free market. Portage la Prairie-based Best Cooking Pulses and Regina-based Avena Foods on Monday announced a new partnership agreement they say will boost cross-selling and market penetration. Financial terms of the partnership, which […] Read more


Cheerios to remove ‘gluten-free’ claim

The maker of Cheerios cereal is pulling a controversial “gluten-free” claim from the product’s Canadian packaging starting in 2018, over what it says is a lack of a “consistent” testing protocol for oat products. General Mills announced last week it will remove the “gluten-free” claim from Cheerios sold in Canada starting in January, though it […] Read more

Brewers toast Australian gluten-free barley

Sydney | Reuters — Australian scientists say they have developed the world’s first WHO-approved “gluten-free” barley, a breakthrough for global beer manufacturers. They have had to use alternatives to barley such as rice and sorghum to brew gluten-free beer. Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) said April 8 it had sold 70 tonnes […] Read more


Hurdles still ahead for food-approved canary seed

CNS Canada — Canary seed has been ruled fit for human consumption by Health Canada — a victory for an industry working toward that goal for years — but it’s just one step of many to get canary seed onto plates. Canary seed, until now used almost exclusively as birdseed, has received novel food approval […] Read more

General Mills recalls 1.8M boxes of gluten-free Cheerios

Reuters — General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios cereal because they may contain wheat, which can cause adverse reactions in people with gluten allergies. The company said Monday it was recalling the original and honey nut-flavoured varieties of Cheerios produced on certain days at its Lodi, California facility, saying wheat flour […] Read more



Gluten-free claim allowed on some oat products

Celiac sufferers needing foods free of gluten will now be able to get certain oat products with a “gluten-free” claim. Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose on Friday announced the allowed claim for oat products that are produced and processed to avoid cross-contamination by gluten from other cereals’ grains and products. Celiac disease, a hereditary condition, […] Read more


Gluten-free tortilla rounds, from left: control, Yellow Pea, Chick Pea, Pinto Bean, Navy Bean, Green Lentil.

A gluten-free market for pulses

A new Cigi project may help western pulses tap into growing nutritional demand

The use of pulses as ingredients to improve nutritional levels in gluten-free commercial food products is the focus of a four-year project that began last April at Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute). Gluten-free products have been on the radar for the pulse industry for some time, says Heather Maskus, project manager for pulse flour milling […] Read more

When you value add, say Joe (r) and John Weninger, opportunities can arise overnight… if you’re watching

Second look

Adding value to a sweet operation

When I first crossed paths with John Weninger, it was 2009, and it was because a contact at a food-service company had told me about Weninger’s sweet potatoes. At the time, Weninger had about 40 of his 300 acres in the crop, and he was selling most of his harvest to grocery stores and the […] Read more