Local/Organic

  • Global maple syrup shortage forces Quebec’s hand

    December 3, 2021
    Rising demand a drop in production have created a global maple syrup shortage that is forcing Quebec to dip deeply into its strategic reserve. Quebec Maple Syrup Producers governs the province’s maple syrup production and will release 50 million pounds of maple syrup to the market by February 2022, said spokeswoman Helene Normandin. That volume, ...
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  • How 5 Canadian restaurateurs honour their roots while giving back

    November 30, 2021
    Getting a restaurant up and running can be challenging, especially when you’re far from home. Learn how these five Canadian restaurateurs found success by honouring their roots and giving back. Ask any restaurateur what keeps them going, and chances are, you’ll hear a few stories about where they come from.  Especially for restaurant owners who emigrated from ...
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  • Canadian Food Innovation Network programs proving popular

    November 10, 2021
    The Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) launched new Food Innovation Challenge and Innovation Booster funding programs in recent weeks, and they’re being met with great enthusiasm. The inaugural programs are connecting with food innovators across Canada and helping food sector leaders find ways to invigorate their businesses through innovation. “As a new organization launching programs amidst both a pandemic and an election, ...
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  • Gen Zs, millennials driving growth of plant-based foods

    October 27, 2021
    The popularity of plant-based foods has been growing in recent years, and Gen Z and millennial consumers are likely to continue pushing that growth. That’s according to a recent report from The NPD Group, which found that the consumer demand for these beverages and foods for in-home meal prep has continued throughout the pandemic. Both dairy ...
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  • Ontario launches Canada’s first-ever Upcycled Food Fest

    October 27, 2021
    Canada’s first-ever Upcycled Food Fest aims to launch a new way of reducing food waste in the country. Running through November, the Upcycled Food Fest will bring together an unprecedented group of chefs, restaurants, food and beverage companies, nutritionists, and grocery retailers. The festival aims to demonstrate how healthy, fully sustainable, and delicious meals can be ...
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  • Whole Foods Market highlights top 10 trends for 2022

    October 20, 2021
    Whole Foods Market global buyers and experts have unveiled their top 10 anticipated food trends for 2022 in the retailer’s seventh-annual Trends predictions. According to the predictions, made each year by a Trends Council, buzz-less spirits, yuzu, Reducetarianism and functional beverages made with prebiotics and botanicals are among the food influences expected to rise in popularity in the ...
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  • How Canadian foodservice has been forever changed

    October 18, 2021
    By now, it seems undeniably apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadian foodservice forever. According to Restaurants Canada’s Foodservice Facts 2021 report, that view is shared by 76 per cent of operators across the country. On the positive side, foodservice sales are rebounding. In July 2021, there was only a five per cent difference shortfall in ...
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  • Alberta restaurant donates $25K Caesar winnings to community

    October 5, 2021
    Sorso Lounge from Airdrie, Alta. was recently chosen from 255 Canadian restaurants to win the grand prize provided by Mott’s Clamato for their Caesar. Not content with merely winning, they felt they had to give something back. Managing Partner London Richard from Sorso Lounge, the grand prize winner of the Mott’s Clamato “Best Caesar in Town” competition, won ...
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  • Le Burger Week celebrates record-breaking 10th anniversary

    September 27, 2021
    Le Burger Week, the annual celebration of Canada’s biggest and best burgers, held its milestone 10th anniversary earlier this month, adding a second week to the event for the first time ever. From September 1-14, Le Burger Week, presented by Saputo and Sysco and delivered with DoorDash, rolled out across the nation. Fittingly, the supersize 10th ...
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  • Food companies ranked in Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard

    September 14, 2021
    Global non-profit organization Mercy For Animals has released the inaugural Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard, the first report to rank Canada’s major food companies on their animal welfare practices. The report scores 40 well-known retailers, restaurants, and other companies including the likes of Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Walmart, Nestlé, Tim Hortons, and A&W. It ranks them on ...
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  • Canadians want indoor dining, technology, and to support local

    September 13, 2021
    Canadians are looking forward to returning to restaurants as long as safety measures are in place finds the 2021 Discerning Diner Report from Angus Reid and Restaurants Canada. In particular, 89 per cent of Canadians are looking forward to eating out with friends and family, with 64 per cent going so far as to say ...
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  • Indigenous Tourism Ontario launches food tourism initiative

    August 16, 2021
    Indigenous Tourism Ontario has launched a first-of-its-kind food tourism initiative aimed at establishing Indigenous foods and foodways as integral parts of Ontario’s identity.  FEAST: Growing Indigenous Food Tourism in Ontario launched on August 10 as a five-year plan intended to strategically advance the Indigenous food tourism sector. Over a two-year period, Indigenous Tourism Ontario worked with partners across ...
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  • Industry and academia team up to secure Canada’s food supply

    August 10, 2021
    Canada’s leading food and beverage processing associations have come together to invest in a first-of-its-kind national food supply chain platform. Protein Industries Canada has announced the Food Convergence Innovation (FCI) Canada – Food and Beverage Supply Chain Project. The FCI-Canada Project focuses on creating a national, sector-wide platform with enterprise-to-enterprise connectivity capabilities, which will help strengthen ...
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  • 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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