Should Canada follow the UK by banning junk food ads?

The United Kingdom is banning TV and internet adverts that promote unhealthy and junk food between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Now, the debate has begun as to whether Canada should do the same. Numerous nutritionists and food policy experts insist that any ban or tax on unhealthy food would likely have […]

One-third of young Canadians consider giving up beef

A new survey by the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in partnership with Angus Reid found that while beef is still highly popular among Canadians, consumer have their doubts. The survey found that 92 per cent of Canadians eat beef and two-thirds (65 per cent) eat beef at least once a week. Most respondents (69 per […]

Microgreens are a green upgrade to restaurant favourites

Canadian diners want healthier meals, to fight climate change, and to support local farms. This is a challenge for chefs and struggling restaurants, but microgreens can be the answer. Ontario’s short growing season forces restaurants to import greens most of the year — not only losing nutrition from harvest-to-plate but also contributing significant greenhouse gas […]

Retail plant-based food sales surged in 2020

New data from the Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA) and The Good Food Institute (GFI) shows that U.S. retail plant-based food sales grew 27 per cent to US$7 billion in 2020. The growth in plant-based food sales was consistent across the nation, suggests the report, with more than 25 per cent growth in every U.S. census […]

Canadian vegan chain Planta expanding in Eastern U.S.

Planta, the Canadian plant-based, full-service restaurant that creates all its own vegan menu items from scratch, is expanding in the United States. Planta is opening its seventh location in Florida this month, with plans to open more units in the New York and Maryland later this year. The brand operates four different versions of its […]

Burger King’s Impossible Whopper available across Canada

Burger King Canada has announced that it has begun serving the plant-based Impossible Whopper in stores across Canada as of April 12. The meal is now available in other Canadian provinces, after launching in Ontario locations in March. After a successful launch in the U.S., the Impossible Whopper, a collaboration between Burger King and Impossible […]

With Planted, Chef Liana Robberecht turns her long-time love affair with vegetables into spectacular experience

By Sara Burnside Menuck Chef Liana Robberecht is firmly planted in Canada’s food scene. Trained in both culinary and visual arts, she led Calgary’s Petroleum Club for over 18 years before joining WinSport as executive chef in 2015. She’s won numerous industry awards, including being named 2011’s Chef of the Year by the Alberta Foodservice […]

Keeping up with the need for health and well-being in the growing Better-For-You category

By Julie Istead Thanks to heightened attention from consumers to the quality of food, the ‘Better For You’ dining category is growing faster than the foodservice industry can keep up. Consumers drive the food and beverage markets, and the demand for products starts to increase well before they hit the mainstream. Take, for example, the […]