Health, environmental consciousness driving plant-based demand

Consumers’ physical health goals and concerns about the environment continue to be the leading factors in driving demand for plant-based food. That’s according to the new “2022 Plant-Forward Opportunity” report from Datassential in collaboration with The Culinary Institute of America, Food for Climate League, and the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative. The research found that more than one in […]

The top 10 mood-boosting foods for your menu

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 […]

Celebrating ingredients for a healthier tomorrow with Nutrition Month

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 […]

Debunking myths: Plant-based foods are the way of the future

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 […]

Plant-based doesn’t always mean healthy

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 […]

Gen Zs, millennials driving growth of plant-based foods

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 […]

Newfoundland and Labrador creates sugar-sweetened beverage tax

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Finance Minister has tabled Bill 29, which will create the first per-litre sugar-sweetened beverage tax in any Canadian province.  The bill, a priority for the provincial government, is likely to pass during this fall session of the Legislature and would come into effect on September 1, 2022.  The bill will introduce a sugar-sweetened beverage […]

Should Canada follow the UK by banning junk food ads?

The United Kingdom is banning TV and internet adverts that promote unhealthy and junk food between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Now, the debate has begun as to whether Canada should do the same. Numerous nutritionists and food policy experts insist that any ban or tax on unhealthy food would likely have […]

Microgreens are a green upgrade to restaurant favourites

Canadian diners want healthier meals, to fight climate change, and to support local farms. This is a challenge for chefs and struggling restaurants, but microgreens can be the answer. Ontario’s short growing season forces restaurants to import greens most of the year — not only losing nutrition from harvest-to-plate but also contributing significant greenhouse gas […]