Most consumers don’t know what carbon-neutral actually means

Sustainability in food has been an increased focus for consumers and companies in recent years, and the effects of emissions on climate change have been in the spotlight again recently due to extreme weather in several parts of the world. But a new survey has suggested that most consumers don’t actually know what “carbon-neutral” means. […]

McDonald’s Canada turns upcycled plastic straws into art

McDonald’s Canada is looking to show that not only does upcycling plastic help the environment, but it can turn into something beautiful too. The fast-food giant has turned its phased-out plastic straws into a series of original works of art by a cross-country group of Canadian and Indigenous artists. The 15 participating artists have been […]

Plant-based meals are now a menu must-have

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 […]

Climate change is now on the menu at seafood restaurants

By William W. L. Cheung Restaurant menus across the West Coast of Canada will soon see an influx of squid and sardine dishes, while the popular sockeye salmon makes a slow exit. As it turns out, climate change may have something to do with this. Restaurants update their menus all the time and this often […]

Should menus display food’s carbon footprint information?

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 […]

Food waste equals wasted opportunity for Canada’s food sector

A new report from food rescue organization Second Harvest has illustrated the severity of Canada’s food waste problem and suggested some core solutions that the food industry can implement to resolve the issue. Second Harvest’s findings show that Canada’s food system wastes almost all of the surplus edible food it produces, when it could instead […]

Promoting plant-based foods to protect our planet

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 […]

A&W launches Canada’s first lidless, fully compostable coffee cup

A&W Canada has launched what it describes as Canada’s first lidless, fully compostable coffee cup. The company said it is proud to be the first major quick-service restaurant brand to pilot a new, “truly innovative sustainable cup design” starting March 14 in participating restaurants across Toronto. Each year, a release notes, an estimated five billion single-use cups end […]

Canada celebrates Food Waste Action Week March 7-13

Leading global zero waste organizations have come together to launch a first-of-its-kind campaign aimed to drive home the message that Food Waste Feeds Climate Change. Led by Love Food Hate Waste Canada and the National Zero Waste Council, Canada is joining the UK, US, New Zealand, and other nations for Food Waste Action Week running […]

Foodservice looks to solve its beef dilemma

As the data has shown over and over again, consuming beef at current rates across the world is not sustainable.  Globally, livestock contributes 14.5 per cent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, with beef responsible for the largest share, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations. Global methane emissions from cattle alone have risen by […]