Global maple syrup shortage forces Quebec’s hand

Rising demand a drop in production have created a global maple syrup shortage that is forcing Quebec to dip deeply into its strategic reserve. Quebec Maple Syrup Producers governs the province’s maple syrup production and will release 50 million pounds of maple syrup to the market by February 2022, said spokeswoman Helene Normandin. That volume, […]

How 5 Canadian restaurateurs honour their roots while giving back

Getting a restaurant up and running can be challenging, especially when you’re far from home. Learn how these five Canadian restaurateurs found success by honouring their roots and giving back. Ask any restaurateur what keeps them going, and chances are, you’ll hear a few stories about where they come from.  Especially for restaurant owners who […]

Canadian Food Innovation Network programs proving popular

The Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) launched new Food Innovation Challenge and Innovation Booster funding programs in recent weeks, and they’re being met with great enthusiasm. The inaugural programs are connecting with food innovators across Canada and helping food sector leaders find ways to invigorate their businesses through innovation. “As a new organization launching programs amidst both a pandemic and […]

Gen Zs, millennials driving growth of plant-based foods

The popularity of plant-based foods has been growing in recent years, and Gen Z and millennial consumers are likely to continue pushing that growth. That’s according to a recent report from The NPD Group, which found that the consumer demand for these beverages and foods for in-home meal prep has continued throughout the pandemic. Both […]

Ontario launches Canada’s first-ever Upcycled Food Fest

Canada’s first-ever Upcycled Food Fest aims to launch a new way of reducing food waste in the country. Running through November, the Upcycled Food Fest will bring together an unprecedented group of chefs, restaurants, food and beverage companies, nutritionists, and grocery retailers. The festival aims to demonstrate how healthy, fully sustainable, and delicious meals can […]

Whole Foods Market highlights top 10 trends for 2022

Whole Foods Market global buyers and experts have unveiled their top 10 anticipated food trends for 2022 in the retailer’s seventh-annual Trends predictions. According to the predictions, made each year by a Trends Council, buzz-less spirits, yuzu, Reducetarianism and functional beverages made with prebiotics and botanicals are among the food influences expected to rise in popularity in the […]

How Canadian foodservice has been forever changed

By now, it seems undeniably apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadian foodservice forever. According to Restaurants Canada’s Foodservice Facts 2021 report, that view is shared by 76 per cent of operators across the country. On the positive side, foodservice sales are rebounding. In July 2021, there was only a five per cent difference […]

Alberta restaurant donates $25K Caesar winnings to community

Sorso Lounge from Airdrie, Alta. was recently chosen from 255 Canadian restaurants to win the grand prize provided by Mott’s Clamato for their Caesar. Not content with merely winning, they felt they had to give something back. Managing Partner London Richard from Sorso Lounge, the grand prize winner of the Mott’s Clamato “Best Caesar in Town” […]

Le Burger Week celebrates record-breaking 10th anniversary

Le Burger Week, the annual celebration of Canada’s biggest and best burgers, held its milestone 10th anniversary earlier this month, adding a second week to the event for the first time ever. From September 1-14, Le Burger Week, presented by Saputo and Sysco and delivered with DoorDash, rolled out across the nation. Fittingly, the supersize […]

Food companies ranked in Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard

Global non-profit organization Mercy For Animals has released the inaugural Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard, the first report to rank Canada’s major food companies on their animal welfare practices. The report scores 40 well-known retailers, restaurants, and other companies including the likes of Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Walmart, Nestlé, Tim Hortons, and A&W. It ranks them on […]