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  • Can an apple a day keep the blues away? The psychological benefits of good nutrition

    September 13, 2017
    By Sue Mah Mom was right when she told you to eat your fruits and veggies. But what your mom probably didn’t know is that there are so many more health benefits to eating apples, pears, broccoli and carrots! If you had to name one health benefit of eating fruit and vegetables, what would come to mind? ...
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  • September’s top restaurant menu trends to watch

    September 7, 2017
    By Aaron Jourden What are Canadians interested in eating this month? Here’s a hint: Mexican flavours are flourishing on menus, while vegetarian food has wide appeal and seafood is being presented in new and unique ways. Here’s a look at some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus this month. Mexico’s flavours flourish About the ...
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  • Foodservice applications and trends for whole grains

    August 30, 2017
    By Kelly Toups Grains used to function as the flavourless blank slate in recipes – a supporting actor, at best. But today, chefs are bringing this understudy into the spotlight, leveraging whole grains as a delightful source of flavours and textures in their own right. “America’s in a bread renaissance that’s whole-grain focused,” explained Greg Wade, one ...
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  • Spotlight on soup: Goodness in every bowl

    August 18, 2017
    By Donna Bottrell What’s in a bowl of soup? Everything! Who doesn’t love a wonderful bowl of steaming soup on a cold or rainy day? Soup can be made with any combination of ingredients that are readily available to everyone. It can be complicated or simple fare, adding comfort in a bowl to any well-engineered menu. Refrigerated ...
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  • Crickets, anyone? Up-and-coming alternative proteins to add to your menu

    August 1, 2017
    A look at the new alternative proteins you can expect to see more often on restaurant menus By Kavita Sabharwal What protein means to consumers has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Restaurants have gone from offering only the basics (chicken, steak or pork chops) and maybe if they were lucky, one or two seafood options, to ...
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  • IFT 2017 Report: Ingredients for cutting edge menus

    July 20, 2017
    Top trends straight from the world’s largest food science expo By Rob Bianchin From innovative fermented foods to algae and ancient grains, this year’s Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Expo showcased the latest and greatest from around the globe. Here are the top emerging trends for the foodservice and restaurant industry: Algae as a flavour enhancer Different varieties ...
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  • Appetizer trends to incorporate into your concept

    July 17, 2017
    By Paul Spano The world of food is an ever-morphing playground as chefs are constantly expanding their horizons. With emerging new flavours and innovative cooking, curing and serving styles, access to new and exciting concepts and cuisines is readily available. Moving forward, we expect to see a great mix of the old and new, the traditional ...
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  • Restaurant menu trends to watch for in July

    July 10, 2017
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus this month. Tea complexity About the trend: The popularity of artisan and fusion teas in recent years has encouraged operators to get even more creative with their specialty drinks. Now showing up on menus for the summer are more tea ...
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  • QSRs pave the way for breakfast dining trends

    June 27, 2017
    By Geoff Wilson Breakfast has become a significant daypart in Canada’s foodservice industry. However, the recent growth of breakfast in Canadian foodservice has manifested itself more so in quick-service restaurants (“QSR”) rather than full-service restaurants (“FSR”). FSR breakfast traffic and all dollars as a percentage of total foodservice remained relatively flat from 2012 to 2016. However, the ...
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  • Dairy ingredients gaining a share of the spotlight

    June 19, 2017
    By Aaron Jourden It’s not hard to see why queso fresco, butter, buttermilk and cottage cheese are some of the fastest-growing dairy ingredients on Canadian restaurant menus. Each speaks to a larger trend that’s been evolving in the dining landscape over recent years. Whether it’s more authentic approaches to ethnic dining or changes in the way consumers ...
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  • Bakers use innovation to help Canadians make healthier choices

    May 8, 2017
    By Paul Hetherington There’s nothing we love more than the smell of fresh baked bread in the morning… except maybe the smell of fresh baked muffins or cinnamon buns or just baked goods in general. Almost every Canadian eats bakery foods in one form or another and regularly purchases the bulk of their baked products from ...
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  • Menu trends to watch: New versions of poke and creative grains

    May 3, 2017
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus in May. Poke adaptations About the trend: Poke has recently been trending up in traditional variations at independents and upstart chains, and now larger operators are helping take the dish into the mainstream with their own takes on this refreshing ...
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  • Plant-based proteins poised for growth at the centre of Canadian plates

    April 27, 2017
    Study conducted by Technomic reveals the latest trends and data on consumers’ consumption and attitudes towards centre of plate proteins in Canada Press release Meat and seafood are staples of consumers’ diets, with beef and chicken continuing to be the most frequently consumed proteins. While the share of consumers who eat vegetarian and vegan substitutes has remained ...
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  • Sweet lupin: The future of the food industry

    March 21, 2017
    By Sophia Walter and Alex Powell Beans and legumes have grown in popularity over the past couple of years as an increasing number of consumers turn to vegetable-based protein and fiber sources. After 2016 was named the International Year of the Pulse, recognizing pulses as one of the most sustainable and nutrient-dense foods available, it led ...
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  • Menu trends to watch: creative burgers and plant-based proteins

    March 13, 2017
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus in March 2017. Offbeat burgers About the trend: From over-the-top preparations to ultra-spicy flavours to ethnic inspirations, more and more operators are marching to the beat of their own drummer to stand out in the burger category. From food trucks to ...
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