Healthy Eating

  • Plant-based meals are now a menu must-have

    May 17, 2022
    By Riana Topan The skyrocketing interest in plant-based meals has moved the industry from a “trend” to a global movement, and the growing market shows no signs of slowing down. Canadian consumers have demonstrated a consistent appetite for plant-based options, especially plant-based proteins, in recent years, with over 6.4 million people reducing or eliminating their meat consumption. Moreover, ...
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  • Should menus display food’s carbon footprint information?

    May 16, 2022
    What should a good menu include? The names and prices of dishes are a given, and other menus often display other details such as a description, dietary information such as calories, and the source of local products. But what about food’s carbon footprint? A team of researchers at Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg in Germany are ...
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  • Upcycled Certified expands into Canada after US success

    April 28, 2022
    The Upcycled Food Association (UFA), the premier trade association for the upcycled food industry, has announced that its Upcycled Certified program has been expanded into Canada after what it calls “extraordinary success” in the U.S. market.  Upcycled foods use ingredients that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains, and ...
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  • Diners willing to pay premium for sustainable takeout

    April 21, 2022
    Sustainable food is increasingly a focus of discussion for the food industry and the general public, and it seems it is top of mind for diners when it comes to ordering takeout, too. According to Deliverect data cited by Restaurant Dive, more than four in 10 (43 per cent of) diners would be willing to pay ...
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  • Promoting plant-based foods to protect our planet

    April 12, 2022
    By Riana Topan Earth Day, observed around the world on April 22, began as a celebration of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Today, it has become a global day of awareness and opportunity to learn about and take transformative action for the health of our planet. This year, the call to action centres on ...
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  • Introducing Plant Forward, the first Canada-led international conference on plant-based food

    April 6, 2022
    Protein Industries Canada, Pulse Canada, and Plant-Based Foods of Canada are launching the inaugural Plant Forward conference in Toronto this November. The event will be the first Canada-led international conference on accelerating the growth of the plant-based food, feed, and ingredients ecosystem. The inaugural two-day event will take place at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto ...
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  • Canadian plant-based ecosystem uniting to strengthen regulatory system

    April 5, 2022
    The Canadian plant-based food and ingredients sector is continually evolving as it grows to meet the increasing global demand for protein. To ensure that this evolution is matched by a modern and supportive regulatory system, Protein Industries Canada is partnering with Pulse Canada, Plant-Based Foods of Canada, and Loblaw to examine Canadian regulations related to ...
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  • The top 10 mood-boosting foods for your menu

    March 18, 2022
    With International Happiness Day landing on March 20, 2022, meal kit delivery company Chefs Plate has researched the best mood-boosting foods. By picking out exactly which healthy and mood-boosting foods to eat to improve both wellbeing and energy levels, these recipes have been carefully created to leave your diners with a smile on their faces. The secret? ...
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  • Vegan pasta and vegan flour markets expected to show strong growth

    March 16, 2022
    The markets for vegan pasta and vegan flour are expected to grow significantly over the next few years, according to reports from Future Market Insights. The growth in both markets is propelled largely by an increasing preference for plant-based ingredients in food products. Affluent millennials in particular have been the central driver of the worldwide shift ...
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  • Celebrating ingredients for a healthier tomorrow with Nutrition Month

    March 15, 2022
    Canadians are looking for ways to promote healthier eating, a healthier planet, and affordable food. To celebrate the 40th annual Nutrition Month, dietitians are focusing on the connection between food, public health, and the environment. During Nutrition Month 2022, dietitians will explore the key “ingredients” needed to change our food systems for a healthier tomorrow, says ...
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  • Major plant-based producers’ stock is falling

    February 28, 2022
    Major producers of plant-based food products such as Maple Leaf Foods and Beyond Meat are seeing their stock fall and are readjusting their expectations amid an apparent failure to capitalize on the sector’s years of growth. Beyond Meat’s stock price had fallen by nearly 14 per cent on February 24, rebounding slightly to 13 per cent ...
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  • Debunking myths: Plant-based foods are the way of the future

    February 1, 2022
    By Riana Topan As anyone in the food industry knows, consumer interest in plant-based foods has skyrocketed in recent years. The space is exploding, with new products and technologies emerging every week. But even as the ethical, environmental, and health benefits of eating more plants become widely known, myths and misinformation continue to circulate. One of ...
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  • Plant-based infrastructure falls way short of predicted demand, finds GFI

    January 31, 2022
    Plant-based products and meat alternatives have been hot commodities for consumers for some years now. Both restaurants and consumer packaged goods sellers have ramped up their sourcing and prediction to meet the demand, which is born out of numerous factors such as the quest for health and reduced environmental impact, the price of meat, and ...
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  • Plant-based doesn’t always mean healthy

    January 6, 2022
    By Meghan McGee As we ring in the new year and people announce their resolutions and goals for 2022, many opt for getting healthy, cutting out drinking or starting a new hobby. Vegan magazines and organizations are pushing plant-based diets — calling it the “ultimate new year’s resolution.” But plant-based meats are often high in sodium, ultra-processed ...
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  • Many more Canadians saying no to meat during pandemic

    November 18, 2021
    Sustainability is a growing concern for Canadian consumers, and one way that is manifesting itself is through an increasing desire to steer clear of meat — or at least to have the choice to do so. A new survey from Impossible Foods conducted by members of the Angus Reid Forum, found that one-quarter (24 per cent) ...
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