Smart farm-to-table: how agritech innovations could revolutionize the supply chain

By Adrian Johansen To say that the last few years have been challenging for the restaurant industry would be a gross understatement. Restaurateurs have endured a global pandemic, protracted lockdowns, and now a seemingly intractable supply chain crisis. It has been a lot to endure, and far too many promising establishments have not survived. The […]

How supply shortages impact menu engineering

Sustained supply shortages are just one of the challenges that still continue to plague restaurants in North America, and the effects of that crunch are felt in everything from menu prices and options to staffing. Anissa Mandell Chance, SVP of Supply Chain at Focus Brands, the parent company of brands including Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill, […]

Assessing the public’s trust in Canada’s food supply

Over the past two decades, Canadian consumers have shown an increasing interest in the country’s food supply, including where their food comes from, how it is produced, the environmental impacts of that production, nutritional composition and health benefits, and more. This has only intensified during the pandemic, and a new report from Nourish Food Marketing […]

How to keep track of your restaurant equipment & inventory

By Erin Wagner Restaurants contain a wide range of equipment used for cooking, storing, and handling foods, and this equipment requires regular maintenance to remain in good working condition. Tracking restaurant inventory and equipment remains a challenge for most establishments. Some businesses do not pay much attention to proactive maintenance programs, and that leaves facilities […]

Canadian Food Innovation Network programs proving popular

The Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) launched new Food Innovation Challenge and Innovation Booster funding programs in recent weeks, and they’re being met with great enthusiasm. The inaugural programs are connecting with food innovators across Canada and helping food sector leaders find ways to invigorate their businesses through innovation. “As a new organization launching programs amidst both a pandemic and […]

Governments investing $3M to protect Ontario pork sector

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing nearly $3 million in three new initiatives as part of a coordinated effort to enhance biosecurity and support the Ontario pork sector and its African swine fever (ASF) prevention and emergency preparedness efforts. With the foodservice supply chain already stretched thin, there are concerns that African swine […]

Industry and academia team up to secure Canada’s food supply

Canada’s leading food and beverage processing associations have come together to invest in a first-of-its-kind national food supply chain platform. Protein Industries Canada has announced the Food Convergence Innovation (FCI) Canada – Food and Beverage Supply Chain Project. The FCI-Canada Project focuses on creating a national, sector-wide platform with enterprise-to-enterprise connectivity capabilities, which will help […]

World-first project: Measuring food waste across the Canadian supply chain

Press Release Second Harvest is working with Value Chain Management International (VCMI) on a ground-breaking food loss and waste (FLW) project, funded by the generous support of The Walmart Foundation. A world first, the project is researching FLW from a whole of Canadian chain perspective – from primary production to consumer. The project encompasses Canada’s food and […]

Chefs Plate announces $6 million in new funding

Press release Country’s fastest-growing meal kit delivery start-up to use funds to grow e-commerce team and expand nationwide Chefs Plate, Canada’s market leader in the fresh ingredient and recipe delivery space, has announced $6 million in new funding, led by Acton Capital Partners  – a global investment firm associated with a long track record of investing in successful e-commerce brands. Existing investors, Emil […]