Local/Organic

  • Food Day Canada celebrates Canadian food workers

    July 29, 2021
    Canadians are ready to celebrate Food Day Canada 2021 on Saturday, July 31. Across the country, people will be sharing good food and Canada will be lit up from coast to coast for this year’s celebrations. Almost 50 buildings and icons, from Government House in St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Niagara Falls and the Fairmont Banff Springs ...
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  • Alberta introduces “Made in Alberta, by Albertans” food labels

    July 14, 2021
    Alberta’s provincial government is introducing a “Made in Alberta” label to help grocery shoppers quickly identify food that has been produced within the province’s borders. The labels, which will read “Made in Alberta, by Albertans”, will be introduced by the government’s Agriculture and Forestry department. The key motivations are to help support local farmers and food producers ...
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  • Ontario winery wins top international wine award

    July 7, 2021
    Niagara, Ont.’s Hidden Bench Estate Winery was awarded the “Best in Show” at the 2021 Decanter Wine Awards in London, England for their single-vineyard 2018 Felseck Vineyard Chardonnay. The Decanter World Wine Awards is the largest and most influential wine competition in the world. This year, the awards received over 18,000 submissions from 56 countries. The ...
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  • Pushing for a national agri-food sustainability index

    June 11, 2021
    A private–public coalition of 34 diverse partners is pushing for the creation of Canada’s first agri-food sustainability index. To that end, it has released the Business Case for Establishing the National Index on Agri-Food Performance. Sustainability has been a growing concern within foodservice, food manufacturing, and related industries for some years, but the conversation keeps on growing. Around ...
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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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  • 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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  • Loblaw promotes local through Ontario Made program

    May 19, 2021
    Loblaws is doing what it can to promote local Ontario brands through its new Ontario Made program. In partnership with Grey Jay Sales & Distribution, the Canadian chain is featuring products from 12 Ontario-based suppliers in more than 150 stores under its Loblaws umbrella, including Zehrs, Your Independent Grocer, and Valu-Mart. Suppliers include Jakeman’s (maple products), Urban Hippie (granola), Yawdi’s (marinades and sauces), ...
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  • Food and Beverage Ontario launches job program

    May 13, 2021
    Food and Beverage Ontario has launched CareersNOW!, a province-wide program that is designed to rapidly fill immediate job vacancies in the food and beverage processing sector and attract talent for the future. CareersNOW! will optimize Food and Beverage Ontario’s initiative Taste Your Future to profile careers and will also expand Frontline Food Facts to provide essential skills training and ...
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  • Walmart Canada now sourcing sustainable Canadian beef

    May 10, 2021
    Walmart Canada is now sourcing beef from certified sustainable farms and ranches according to standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). Additionally, the chain is sourcing enough beef from sustainable sources for its Your Fresh Market brand beef patties that it has been granted permission to include a sustainability certification label on each ...
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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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  • Voilà grocery pick-up service expands into Western Canada

    April 11, 2021
    Empire has expanded its Voilà grocery home shopping offering to Alberta. The launch of “Voilà by Safeway Curbside Pickup” sets the stage for its online grocery home delivery service ultimately coming to the province in 2023. In support of the expansion, a Customer Fulfilment Centre is being built in Rocky View County, just outside of Calgary. The new ...
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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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  • Strength, resilience & creativity: How foodservice operators have thrived in the pandemic

    March 30, 2021
    RestoBiz spoke to numerous foodservice operators about the bold steps they have taken to keep moving forward throughout COVID-19. By Tom Nightingale Faced with mounting pressure, closures, razor-thin margins, and a range of health and business concerns, foodservice operators have had to tread where they have never stepped before during the COVID-19 pandemic. Battening down the hatches and ...
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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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  • Canadian vegan chain Planta expanding in Eastern U.S.

    March 23, 2021
    Planta, the Canadian plant-based, full-service restaurant that creates all its own vegan menu items from scratch, is expanding in the United States. Planta is opening its seventh location in Florida this month, with plans to open more units in the New York and Maryland later this year. The brand operates four different versions of its concept in ...
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