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Comment: All you can eat, including the packaging?

A strong case for taste and food safety will have to be made before consumers will be willing to eat their garbage

Within a year, single-use plastics and excess packaging have become public enemy No. 1. Everyone is talking about how our lives are overrun by too much plastic. A recent Greenpeace-led audit looked at waterways waste and companies involved. Much of the plastic trash cleaned up from Canadian shorelines this fall was traceable to five companies: […] Read more


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Opinion: How the USMCA democratized supply management

We’re 20 years behind the rest of the world’s industrialized countries and need to have a national conversation

Nobody should be surprised. Concessions on dairy access during the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations were foreseeable. Americans went from wanting to “tweak” the deal last year to getting significant concessions from Canada. It is a deal we needed of course, but one must wonder how our supply management system will fare moving forward. And specifically, how our […] Read more



Comment: The blockchain party

Grocers are finally climbing aboard the blockchain initiative and consumers should rejoice

Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, recently notified its leafy green suppliers that they will need to use blockchain by the end of next year. Walmart is banking on its relationship with IBM to put pressure on the entire sector to comply with what consumers want from the food industry: more transparency. But others […] Read more


Comment: Why are consumers going meatless?

The answer has something to do with the economy

We seem to be living in an era in which the pleasure of eating is quite simply overpowered by values-based narratives in food consumption. And this is happening at an astonishing pace. Vegetarianism and veganism are both coming into their own, allowing more people to “come out of the cupboard” to speak openly about and […] Read more



Comment: Meal kits set the table for a new food retailing boom

Instead of takeout, consumers can choose a meal kit that allows them to whip up an appealing dish in minutes

Meal kits are sweeping across North America. It’s the perfect trend for consumers who want to be empowered by cooking but still need convenience. For example, Walmart has just partnered with Gobble to deliver meal kits. In the battle over the future of food consumption in the U.S., Walmart wants a fighting chance against the […] Read more


Opinion: Amazon and Whole Foods – one year later

The blockbuster deal has forced domestic grocery giants to adapt quickly

One after the other, grocers are going virtual. All of them, at some point over the last 12 months, have announced some sort of commitment to an e-commerce strategy. Costco launched its home delivery pilot in Ontario, while Maxi’s, Loblaw’s discount stores in Quebec, were the latest to jump on the virtual bandwagon with their […] Read more



Comment: Tim Hortons goes east

An aggressive plan to expand into China has been unveiled

Tim Hortons is going where the growth is: east to China. The Canadian institution announced it will expand its portfolio of 4,700 restaurants by signing a joint venture partnership with a Chinese-based equity firm. Tim Hortons currently has locations in the United States, the Arab Emirates, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom, and it intends […] Read more


Comment: The trouble with edibles

Is Canada’s food industry ready for the massive opportunity of cannabis legalization?

On Oct. 17, smoking cannabis will become legal in Canada. As for cannabis edibles, they will take a bit longer: cannabis-infused food products will be legal in a little less than a year’s time. Once edibles are available, things will get complicated in Canada’s food industry. But, with the right regulations, this is a profit […] Read more



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Comment: Souped up

A Kraft-Heinz takeover rumour doesn’t disguise deep-seated issues for companies like Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup stocks soared after news came out suggesting the company could be bought by Kraft-Heinz, one of 3G Capital and Warren Buffett’s pet projects in the food sector. Even though the deal is highly unlikely to happen, these rumours point to a much larger story in food processing. Since 2013, the “acquire and cut” […] Read more


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Comment: Cupboard economics

Canadians love to support Canadian food but there are financial and production realities at play

In a nutshell, here is what happened following the G7 Summit: Trudeau plays nice with Trump, Trump tears Trudeau apart on social media, Trudeau plays nice again. While Trudeau showed very Canadian diplomacy, poise and resilience, the Canadian public seems to be taking another approach. Everywhere on social media, Canadians are encouraging one another to […] Read more