Planting the seeds for broader understanding of food’s origins

In the retail food business, customers have plenty of questions about how their food is produced. The answers often surprise them

Planting the seeds for broader understanding of food’s originsBy Jackie Fraser Small business owner “Are there any BMOs in this?” my dear customer asks. It takes me a moment to realize she's not asking about the bank. Sigh. Where do I start with this one? My husband and I own a fresh food retail store and catering company in Fergus, Ont. He’s the chef…

Edible cannabis rules fall far short of expectations

The strict rules could mean the black market will explode. And they will almost certainly mean that industry will defy regulations

Edible cannabis rules fall far short of expectationsHealth Canada’s regulatory framework on cannabis edibles will likely receive parliamentary approval and royal assent within weeks. But the framework is not exactly what most had in mind a few years ago, when everyone thought the federal government was inviting all Canadians to an enormous festival, at an exciting venue playing great music, with lots…

Village Brewery launches non-alcoholic beer

Pale ale will be sold in Western Canadian grocery stores, including Calgary Co-op

Village Brewery launches non-alcoholic beerCalgary-based Village Brewery has launched a non-alcoholic craft beer in time for summer. It’s among Western Canada’s first non-alcoholic beers and the Village Local is the first Alberta crafted beer to be sold in Western Canadian grocery stores, including Calgary Co-op. It’s also available in liquor stores across Alberta. The company says it’s a pale…

Deeply flawed soda tax rife with unintended consequences

Evidence in other countries shows that consumption taxes don't address the root targets in meaningful ways

Deeply flawed soda tax rife with unintended consequencesBy Ashley Stedman and Jake Fuss The Fraser Institute Policy-makers and pundits have mused recently about a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to fight obesity and other-health related issues in Canada. It’s a bad idea that should be abandoned. According to Mark Holland, Liberal MP for Ajax, Ont., a ‘soda tax’ will “push consumers away from…

Spruce Meadows launches artisan market this weekend

Alberta-made products offered from more than 45 vendors during summer events at the facility

Spruce Meadows launches artisan market this weekendFor the first time, Spruce Meadows has launched a Farm Stand & Maker's Market at the equestrian facility’s National tournament, which runs from Friday through Sunday. And the sprawling show jumping venue intends to operate the concept throughout all the summer events there. More than 45 exhibitors will provide unique products and services from artisans…

Alternative Cannabis products worth more than $2.5B a year: Deloitte

The introduction of cannabis-infused edibles in Canada, along with other alternatives, will clearly threaten the alcohol industry: report

Alternative Cannabis products worth more than $2.5B a year: DeloitteThe next stage of cannabis legalization in Canada is expected to create a consumer market for edibles and other alternative cannabis products worth more than $2.5 billion a year and generate higher profits for retailers than cannabis products that are already legal, says Deloitte's latest annual report on industry. The report, Nurturing new growth: Canada…

How the world can win the hunger games

It's not a scarcity issue, it's about knowledge and access. We have the means to fix that, in Canada and globally

How the world can win the hunger gamesHunger is horrid, an undesirable state few deliberately choose. We know that over 800 million suffer from hunger around the globe. In the Western world, hunger surrounds us without knowing that it’s there. It’s estimated that four million Canadians experience food insecurity regularly. World Hunger Day, on May 28, should help bring that into focus.…

Blurring the lines in the protein battle for consumers

With the help of the new food guide, Canadians are looking differently at protein sources. That doesn't mean beef is doomed, but it will have to adapt

Blurring the lines in the protein battle for consumersPlant-based nutrition is alive and well in Canada, according to a recent poll. The poll from Angus Reid Global, in partnership with Dalhousie University, found that by April 2019, 38 per cent of Canadians had tried a plant-based protein food item in recent months. British Columbia had the highest rate, at 44 per cent, followed…

Can the food retail industry deliver on delivery?

Consumers are increasingly adamant that convenience can't come at the cost of the environment or our health

Can the food retail industry deliver on delivery?Walmart just announced it will offer a next-day delivery service to customers in the U.S. to compete with Amazon. Walmart will begin by offering service in Phoenix, Las Vegas and southern California, and intends to cover 75 per cent of the United States this year. Customers need to purchase at least US$35 worth of products…

Can RBI reboot Roll Up the Rim and revive Tim Hortons?

RBI blames the Canadian dollar, franchising turnover issues and the weather. You can add environmental concerns to the pile

Can RBI reboot Roll Up the Rim and revive Tim Hortons?Restaurant Brands International’s (RBI) less-then-convincing results in the last quarter suggest the company’s turnaround isn’t working – at least not yet. Overall sales were up slightly but the drop in same-store sales of about 0.6 per cent caught many by surprise. For stores outside Canada, same-store sales dropped a whopping 2.6 per cent, compared to 0.4…

Eats, eccentrics and relaxation in Calgary and Winnipeg tours

Indulge in the ancient at two Winnipeg attractions: a fascinating tour of the legislature or the relaxing Thermea Nordic Spa

Eats, eccentrics and relaxation in Calgary and Winnipeg toursInglewood isn’t just one of Calgary’s oldest and coolest neighbourhoods – designated one of the best in Canada in 2014 – it’s also the destination for a unique meet-a-maverick cultural food tour. Inglewood Edibles: Made by Mavericks, one of Calgary-based Alberta Food Tours’ many offerings, was recently designated a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada.…

The plant-based invasion takes over the barbecue

Beyond Meat is heading to Canadian grocery stores. It's the leading edge of a shift in how we consume proteins

The plant-based invasion takes over the barbecueIt was just a matter of time before Beyond Meat, the California-based company partially owned by Bill Gates and meat giant Tyson Foods, jumped from drive-throughs to grocery store shelves. Beyond Meat recently announced that its vegan burger will be available at several large Canadian grocers beginning in May, just in time for barbecue season.…

Two for One isn’t always cheaper

Bulk buying discounts to stretch your budget only work if you have extra cash to spend

Two for One isn’t always cheaperDoes your heart skip a beat when you see a skid full of ‘buy one get one free’ grocery items? Maybe the words ‘deep discount while supplies last’ gets you filling your cart with three times as much of the stuff as you’d normally buy? Or, do you head straight for a bulk discount store…

Do vegan cheese and fake meat represent food appropriation?

The massive rise in consumption of alternative proteins has put huge pressure on the livestock and dairy industries

Do vegan cheese and fake meat represent food appropriation?The overpowering plant-based narrative is clearly helping lentils, chickpeas and soya win the proteins wars. The livestock and dairy industries feel the pressure. With the publication of the new Canada’s Food Guide, we have officially ended more than 70 years of state-endorsed fascination for animal proteins. Let’s face it, the change was necessary. The guide…

Food inspectors getting tough on olive oil fraud

Food fraud affects many food categories, but stakes are a little higher with olive oil due to potential allergens in substitute ingredients

Food inspectors getting tough on olive oil fraudOlive production in Italy was hard hit last year due to an early frost. The country’s production dropped by 57 per cent. Greece and Portugal suffered similar fates, along with pest issues, and saw their production drop by 35 and 15 per cent, respectively. Short food supplies generate economically-motivated adulteration, that is, adding a inferior…