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 […]

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 […]

Puratos Canada proactively meeting increasing consumer demand for health & well-being solutions

Press Release Puratos Canada, the Canadian arm of global Belgium-based ingredient supplier Puratos, has committed to becoming the market leader for health and well-being solutions. As a leader in innovation, Puratos is meeting consumer demands through a variety of strategies, offering the best nutritional value possible, without compromising on taste, quality, or safety. In 2019, […]

Trend watch: marine eats, wellness, and all things plant-based

By Sophie Mir Here are some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus. Marine Eats Offering savoury umami flavour complexity and a wide array of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, aquatic-based ingredients are emerging on menus in two ways. First, operators are shining a light on new seaweeds and other marine-based ingredients, […]