Food Focus

  • 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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  • Canadians struggling with eating habits during COVID-19

    May 7, 2021
    A new survey from the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University has found that 74 per cent of Canadians say the COVID-19 has impacted their pandemic impacted their eating habits. More than three-quarters of those surveyed (77 per cent) said their stress level was impacted by the pandemic, with younger generations feeling it the most: millennials ...
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  • Microgreens are a green upgrade to restaurant favourites

    May 5, 2021
    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 emissions ...
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  • New certification program for plant-based foods

    May 5, 2021
    A new certification seal aims to help consumers easily find plant-based foods and vegan products on store shelves. Plant-Based Foods of Canada (PBFC) has partnered with the U.S.-based Plant-Based Food Association (PBFA) to make its “Certified Plant-Based” food certification program available in Canada. The first products carrying the seal have already hit shelves in Canadian grocery ...
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  • Trend Watch: Palm sugar, flavoured spaetzle, balsamic cocktails

    May 4, 2021
    By Katie Belflower Staying on top of the latest menu trends is key for any restaurant operator. Offering an up-to-the-minute creative menu has arguably become even more important during the pandemic era, when setting yourself apart from the competition has more value than ever. This latest edition of Trend Watch from Technomic and RestoBiz focuses on three menu trends that ...
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  • U.S. follows Canada with sesame allergy labelling law

    April 28, 2021
    There is good news for consumers with a sesame allergy, as food packaging in the United States will be legally obligated to list sesame as an ingredient from the start of 2023. The newly passed Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act of 2021 denotes sesame as America’s ninth “major allergen.” The law will ...
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  • Double down on reducing food waste

    April 14, 2021
    Here are 5 tips for reducing food waste and saving your food & money. By Lucia Weiler, BSc, RD, PHEc Reducing food waste at home is a priority issue for the National Zero Waste Council. Did you know that Canadian households waste more food than they realize? Think for a moment – what foods do you throw away ...
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  • Retail plant-based food sales surged in 2020

    April 12, 2021
    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 region. And ...
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  • Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards finalists announced

    April 8, 2021
    The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has revealed the finalists for the 28th Annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards.  The finalists represent the 124 most impressive new food and consumer packaged goods products launched into the Canadian market in 2020. Submissions include established companies as well as new suppliers, smaller boutiques, and family-owned retailers across Canada. “Canadians ...
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  • Creating a new at-home culinary experience

    March 24, 2021
    In a time when ghost kitchens and meal kits are in vogue, Toronto’s Lavish focuses on unique quality. By Tom Nightingale For much of the last 12 months, eating at home has been the new dining out. The stark reality is that the physical dining experience as we knew it pre-COVID-19 may not be back for some ...
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