Online grocery supplementing physical shopping, not replacing

Online grocery shopping has seen increased uptake during the COVID-19 pandemic but it appears that has mainly been as a supplementary option alongside in-store shopping, rather than a replacement for it. More than half (53 per cent) of Canadians are now doing some of their grocery shopping online, while an additional 30 per cent say […]

How food retail and grocery are changing

Ryerson University’s Brookfield Institute has released a report detailing key ways in which the food retail and grocery industries are changing amid the backdrop of COVID-19. The new report, “Shake-up in Aisle 21: Disruption, Change and Opportunity in Ontario’s Grocery Sector,” concludes that the food retail and grocery industries are transforming at greater speed and […]

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 […]

Contactless transactions surge in Canada during pandemic

Many foodservice trends have emerged or at least accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and among them is the increasing volume of contactless transactions. As consumer behaviour has dramatially shifted in line with both preference and necessity over the last 12 months, far more Canadians are shopping online. Those who are still heading to bricks-and-mortar establishments […]

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 […]

Adapting outdoor dining for the winter season during COVID-19

How can winter patio dining spaces be provided by restaurants without exacerbating COVID-19 transmission and other safety risks?

Restaurant-goers influenced by online reviews while traditional marketing is still highly effective

Food cravings and quality continue as the top drivers for choosing a restaurant Press release The “How Diners Choose Restaurants” study released on October 18 from TouchBistro finds that the majority of restaurant goers (65 per cent) surveyed say that food cravings have the biggest impact on their restaurant choice. The research also finds that […]

Millennials are most responsible when it comes to drinking and driving: study

Higher percentage of Millennials serving as designated drivers while an aversion to social media shaming has a positive impact on Millennials choosing to drink less Press release Canadian Millennials between the ages of 18 and 34 are the country’s most responsible age group when it comes to drinking and driving, according to a recent study […]