5 technologies that will help make the food system carbon-neutral

By Rene Van Acker, Evan Fraser, and Lenore Newman Globally, about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture and the food system. The carbon footprint of food systems includes all the emissions from its growing, processing, transportation, and waste. Agriculture is also vulnerable to the effects of climate change and, as the conflict […]

Plant-based meals are now a menu must-have

By Riana Topan The skyrocketing interest in plant-based meals has moved the industry from a “trend” to a global movement, and the growing market shows no signs of slowing down. Canadian consumers have demonstrated a consistent appetite for plant-based options, especially plant-based proteins, in recent years, with over 6.4 million people reducing or eliminating their […]

Upcycled Certified expands into Canada after US success

The Upcycled Food Association (UFA), the premier trade association for the upcycled food industry, has announced that its Upcycled Certified program has been expanded into Canada after what it calls “extraordinary success” in the U.S. market.  Upcycled foods use ingredients that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains, […]

Diners willing to pay premium for sustainable takeout

Sustainable food is increasingly a focus of discussion for the food industry and the general public, and it seems it is top of mind for diners when it comes to ordering takeout, too. According to Deliverect data cited by Restaurant Dive, more than four in 10 (43 per cent of) diners would be willing to […]

Food waste equals wasted opportunity for Canada’s food sector

A new report from food rescue organization Second Harvest has illustrated the severity of Canada’s food waste problem and suggested some core solutions that the food industry can implement to resolve the issue. Second Harvest’s findings show that Canada’s food system wastes almost all of the surplus edible food it produces, when it could instead […]

Promoting plant-based foods to protect our planet

By Riana Topan Earth Day, observed around the world on April 22, began as a celebration of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Today, it has become a global day of awareness and opportunity to learn about and take transformative action for the health of our planet. This year, the call to action centres […]

Celebrating ingredients for a healthier tomorrow with Nutrition Month

Canadians are looking for ways to promote healthier eating, a healthier planet, and affordable food. To celebrate the 40th annual Nutrition Month, dietitians are focusing on the connection between food, public health, and the environment. During Nutrition Month 2022, dietitians will explore the key “ingredients” needed to change our food systems for a healthier tomorrow, says […]

A&W launches Canada’s first lidless, fully compostable coffee cup

A&W Canada has launched what it describes as Canada’s first lidless, fully compostable coffee cup. The company said it is proud to be the first major quick-service restaurant brand to pilot a new, “truly innovative sustainable cup design” starting March 14 in participating restaurants across Toronto. Each year, a release notes, an estimated five billion single-use cups end […]

Canada celebrates Food Waste Action Week March 7-13

Leading global zero waste organizations have come together to launch a first-of-its-kind campaign aimed to drive home the message that Food Waste Feeds Climate Change. Led by Love Food Hate Waste Canada and the National Zero Waste Council, Canada is joining the UK, US, New Zealand, and other nations for Food Waste Action Week running […]

Consumers looking for sustainability claims on packaging

A new report from Cargill suggests that consumers are being increasingly influenced by sustainability claims on food packaging. The recent global Fatitudes survey found that 55 per cent of consumers said they are more likely to purchase a packaged food item if it includes a sustainability claim, a four-point jump since the company last fielded […]