Preparing yourself for summer reopening & recovery

Canadian consumers are ready to keep supporting restaurants, but managing your margins and elevating guest experience are musts. By Tom Nightingale Canadian foodservice and hospitality is finally getting on the road to healing the deep wounds of COVID-19. On July 16, indoor dining reopens in Ontario for the first time since Easter weekend, a landmark […]

Predicting post-pandemic food consumption trends

A new report from Deloitte assesses what the future could look like beyond the pandemic when it comes to Canadian food consumption trends. “The conflicted consumer: 2021 food consumer survey” report concludes that beyond the COVID-19 pandemic “food retailers will need to continue demonstrating authenticity, empathy, transparency, and genuine commitment to their communities, the wider world, […]

Organic food sales climb by record amount in 2020

Amid the uncertainty and change of the past year, organic food is prospering. U.S. organic sales jumped by a record 12.4 per cent to US$61.9 billion in 2020, according to the 2021 Organic Industry Survey released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). That marks the first time that total sales of organic food and non-food products […]

Digital takeout orders predictably soar during pandemic

It will come as little surprise to most that the number of digital takeout orders has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. But new research from the NDP Group has lifted the lid on just how big the spike has been. Digital ordering was a life-saving avenue for many restaurants and foodservice operators across North America […]

Vast majority of diners plan to maintain digital ordering habits

Ninety-two percent of restaurant customers who are fully vaccinated plan to continue digital ordering at least as often as they do now, according to new research from Paytronix and PYMNTS. Conversely, just eight per cent plan to return to dine-in as they did prior to the pandemic. Thirty-two percent of independent, full-service restaurant customers who are […]

Dalhousie releases study of Canada’s comparative food safety

The Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, with the financial support of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), says it is “proudly” releasing a study of Canada’s food safety regulations in comparison with those from around the industrialized world. The report is intended to identify emerging trends that should be taken into account when the Safe […]

Canadian consumer confidence in food safety rebounding

A new report from Dalhousie University suggests that consumer confidence in Canadian food safety is rebounding, one year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dalhousie’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab, in partnership with Caddle, surveyed over 10,000 Canadians at the end of February 2021. The participants were surveyed on consumer confidence and satisfaction. Overall, there were […]

Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International release report on avoidable food waste

Press Release Nearly 60 percent of food produced in Canada — amounting to 35.5 million metric tonnes — is lost and wasted annually. Of that, 32 percent – equalling 11.2 million metric tonnes of lost food – is avoidable and is edible food that could be redirected to support people in our communities. The total […]

Positive future for plant proteins: More than half of Canadians eat meat alternatives

Press release It seems meat alternatives are increasingly making their way onto plates across the country as new research from Mintel reveals that more than half (53 per cent) of Canadians say they eat meat alternatives, including one in five (18 per cent) who claim to eat them at least a few times a week. Opportunity to […]