Australian lamb is a rising star with chefs and diners in Canada

Are you looking to add a tasty, versatile, and sustainable protein to your menu? Australian lamb is impressing chefs and diners worldwide. Free from additives, pasture-raised, and humanely sourced, it’s a great source of iron, zinc, omega-3, and B vitamins – and don’t forget its clean, delicious taste.   For Australian farmers, it’s all about […]

Why do Canadians want to shop local?

“Shop local” has been a mantra for a while now, and a new survey from Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab (AAL) in partnership with Angus Reid has found that most Canadians feel that it is important that the products they see and buy at the grocery store are local. That sentiment is the strongest in Quebec, where […]

Canadians want indoor dining, technology, and to support local

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 […]

Toronto’s DineTOgether opens registration to support local restaurants

The City of Toronto has opened registration for DineTOgether, part of the ShowLoveTO initiative, which aims to support the recovery of local restaurants and celebrate Toronto’s diverse culinary scene. DineTOgether will run from Friday, September 17 to Sunday, October 3, 2021 to encourage residents to patronize local eateries through a feature menu available by takeout, […]

Ontario RABS Fund helping secure restaurants’ future

Assistance from inside and outside the Canadian foodservice industry has been vital to so many operators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vastly reduced traffic and revenues, staffing challenges, and the myriad other issues caused by the pandemic have seen restaurants close from coast to coast in Canada, in many cases permanently. In many cases, governmental support […]

Alberta introduces “Made in Alberta, by Albertans” food labels

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 […]

Loblaw promotes local through Ontario Made program

Loblaws is doing what it can to promote local Ontario brands through its new Ontario Made program. In partnership with Grey Jay Sales & Distribution, the Canadian chain is featuring products from 12 Ontario-based suppliers in more than 150 stores under its Loblaws umbrella, including Zehrs, Your Independent Grocer, and Valu-Mart. Suppliers include Jakeman’s (maple products), Urban Hippie (granola), Yawdi’s (marinades and […]

Food and Beverage Ontario launches job program

Food and Beverage Ontario has launched CareersNOW!, a province-wide program that is designed to rapidly fill immediate job vacancies in the food and beverage processing sector and attract talent for the future. CareersNOW! will optimize Food and Beverage Ontario’s initiative Taste Your Future to profile careers and will also expand Frontline Food Facts to provide essential skills training […]