Keeping up with the need for health and well-being in the growing Better-For-You category

By Julie Istead Thanks to heightened attention from consumers to the quality of food, the ‘Better For You’ dining category is growing faster than the foodservice industry can keep up. Consumers drive the food and beverage markets, and the demand for products starts to increase well before they hit the mainstream. Take, for example, the […]

Food guilt is real for more than a third of Canadian parents

Press Release Canadian parents are feeling increasing pressures from other parents and peers, particularly when feeding their kids, according to a new study from Maple Leaf Foods. The research reveals a third of Canadian parents want others to think they are the “perfect parent” (31 per cent) and feel guilty for feeding their kids foods […]

Trend Watch: Plant-based and healthy options continue to dominate foodservice

By Sophie Mir If there was any lingering doubt about plant-based meat mainstreaming, Beyond Meat’s recent IPO, the biggest of 2019, ought to have quelled them. Founded in 2009 with venture capital from Bill Gates and Tyson Foods, amongst other, Beyond Meat’s share price started the day at $25 and reached a high of $63.43, […]

A quarter of Canadians mistakenly drink red wine for the probiotics

Press Release Many Canadians are aware that probiotics, the “good bacteria” found in a variety of foods and natural health supplements, are an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but a recent survey conducted by Progressive Nutritional has revealed that consumers are confused about where probiotics come from, what their benefits are, and the amount they need […]

Trend Watch: Mediterranean flair, spicy condiments and coconut-flavoured sweets

By Sophie Mir Over the long term, Canadians have become more accepting of global fare and spicier dishes, prompting operators to explore the world for different menu ideas. While the specifics change from month to month, Technomic has identified Mediterranean flavours and spicy bowls as the latest popular iterations of those larger trends. On the sweet side […]

High-oleic canola oil eligible for new FDA-qualified health claim

Press Release The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized on Nov. 19 a qualified health claim that consuming edible oils containing at least 70 percent of the monounsaturated fat oleic acid per serving may reduce the risk of heart disease. High-oleic canola oil is primarily used in commercial foodservice operations and food manufacturing due to its higher heat […]

Pizza Pizza brings cauliflower-based pizza crust to its menu

Press Release Canadians are going to be able to “Cauli” Pizza Pizza for a new, delicious crust alternative. As of July 16, Pizza Pizza’s latest innovation — Cauliflower Crust Pizza — is available at restaurants across the country. “Pizza Pizza has always been a consistent innovator and we know consumers are on the hunt for trend-worthy […]

Earls Restaurant Group introduces plant-based menu

Press Release Earls will offer its 100 per cent vegan, plant-based menu section across select Canadian and American locations this summer. After positively trialing these plant-based dishes at Earls Test Kitchen in Vancouver this spring, Earls first introduced seven plant-based items permanently at Earls Ambleside Beach in neighbouring West Vancouver in May. Beginning today July 17, […]

Jugo Juice introduces three limited edition layered lemonade smoothies

Press Release Canadians can beat the heat this summer without the guilt with Jugo Juice’s new limited edition layered lemonade smoothies. The pioneer in the evolution of the healthy beverage in Canada has introduced a refreshing dual-layer lemonade smoothie with three customizable fruit toppings. The limited edition smoothies are available across Canada until September 11, […]

Freshii introduces healthy twist on the classic Caesar salad

Press Release Freshii, the fast-growing health and wellness brand best known for making kale convenient and affordable has launched a Kale Caesar LTO. The limited-edition menu item is Freshii’s health-ified version of the classic (yet indulgent) Caesar Salad, and a natural progression for the ever-evolving menu — one that’s quickly changing the way the world eats. […]