Food Focus

  • Trend Watch: Calamansi, fennel pollen, fiddlehead

    September 1, 2021
    By Katie Belflower Another summer is drawing to a close, but the need for boldness and innovation in restaurants never wanes. Keeping up-to-date with the very latest in food and menu trends is a vital part of any chef and restaurant operator’s job. RestoBiz and Technomic’s latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three menu trends that are ...
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  • Canadian restaurant menu prices rose 3.1% in July

    August 30, 2021
    Menu prices at restaurants in Canada were 3.1 per cent higher in July 2021 than they were a year ago, reports Restaurants Canada. This represents the largest increase since January 2019, and is over three times the magnitude of the rise in food prices at grocery stores, which climbed by 1.0 per cent. Since January 2019, menu ...
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  • Pushing to fuel a pandemic breakfast resurgence

    August 23, 2021
    Amid statistics suggesting that the way in which consumers eat breakfast is evolving, major brands are launching high-octane breakfast marketing campaigns. They include Kellogg Canada, which is kicking off a decade-long marketing campaign as part of a strategy to get more consumers eating at the start of the day again. The “We’re For Breakfast” initiative focuses on ...
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  • Mislabelled seafood remains a big problem in Canada

    August 11, 2021
    A new “DNA investigation” by Oceana Canada has found that the presence of mislabelled seafood products is still a big problem in Canada. The charitable organization, part of an international advocacy group dedicated to ocean conversation, carried out a new study in cities across Canada where it has previously sampled seafood from grocery stores and restaurants. The new study ...
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  • Top anti-food waste app Too Good To Go comes to Canada

    July 21, 2021
    Too Good To Go, the world’s largest B2C marketplace for surplus food, is officially launching in Canada. The initiative empowers the public and local businesses to fight food waste by offering ‘Surprise Bags’ of surplus food at the end of the day to stop it from going to waste. Toronto is the first city in Canada to ...
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  • Consumers and food companies want to fight climate change

    July 6, 2021
    From field to table, the sustainability of the modern food industry is a topic of growing concern across the world. Though things were already moving in that direction, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that Canadian consumers are increasingly demanding that food companies take action to reduce the impact of the sector on climate change and ...
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  • Trend Watch: Haskap, miso desserts, pandan

    July 5, 2021
    By Katie Belflower Chefs and restaurateurs must be constantly innovating to stand out in an industry packed full of talent and variety. Keep up-to-date with the very latest in food and menu trends is a vital part of the job. Thankfully, we and Technomic are here to help! This latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three menu trends that ...
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  • McCormick Flavour Forecast reveals trends driving taste of tomorrow

    July 5, 2021
    The McCormick Flavour Forecast from McCormick, a global leader in flavour, has been uncovering the trends that transform the way that Canadians cook, flavour, and eat for over two decades. In the latest and 21st edition, the McCormick Flavour Forecast identifies the latest and greatest food trends and ingredients in continuation of its pursuit to find ...
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  • Should Canada follow the UK by banning junk food ads?

    July 1, 2021
    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 no ...
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  • Canadian F&B manufacturing estimated to grow 15% in five years

    June 9, 2021
    As Canadian foodservice continues to begin to rebound from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing is expected to see more positive days ahead. BDC’s latest Food and Beverage Manufacturing Outlook estimates that food and beverage manufacturing, Canada’s second-largest manufacturing industry, will grow by 15.6 per cent in the next five years. The sector is anticipated to grow by 2.4 ...
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  • Retail Council of Canada announces 2020 Grand Prix winners

    June 4, 2021
    The Retail Council of Canada has announced the winners of its annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards for 2020. The winning products were evaluated by a jury comprised of food and grocery experts who judged the entries based on innovation, taste, experience and packaging. The winners selected from this year’s finalists are as follows: FOOD BIMBO CANADA | Oroweat Organic 22 ...
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  • Concept Watch: LOV, Terroni, Starving Artist

    May 27, 2021
    By Katie Belflower Once again, in this latest edition of Concept Watch, RestoBiz and Technomic highlight three standouts in restaurant design and concepts that are on show in Canadian foodservice. This month, the focus is on LOV, Terroni, and Starving Artist and how the restaurant design of each is standing out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice. LOV Source: ...
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  • Organic food sales climb by record amount in 2020

    May 26, 2021
    Amid the uncertainty and change of the past year, organic food is prospering. U.S. organic sales jumped by a record 12.4 per cent to US$61.9 billion in 2020, according to the 2021 Organic Industry Survey released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). That marks the first time that total sales of organic food and non-food products have surpassed ...
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  • Brazil’s growing market for Canadian gourmet products

    May 18, 2021
    By Brigitte Foisy With nearly 215 million people, Brazil was the world’s sixth most populated country in 2020. It is Latin America’s largest economy; a developing, diversified economy that was the ninth largest in the world by GDP in 2019 according to the World Bank and United Nations. Given its status among the top 30 global importers, ...
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  • One-third of young Canadians consider giving up beef

    May 18, 2021
    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 cent) ...
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