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Many restaurant operators have next to no cushion to increase wages.

Comment: Labour issues in food industry nothing new

Our labour market has been broken for years — the pandemic and recovery are just revealing it

“We’re hiring” signs are simply everywhere. Some blame overly generous employment insurance programs which are keeping many highly capable individuals in their homes. Others will point to the younger generation not willing to work or are blaming the virus itself, because people are in fear of it. Rumours of agism have also emerged to explain

Demand is very strong for several products, including food.

Comment: The ‘COVID tax’ at the grocery store

Food inflation is a likely ballot box issue this election, but there are policy roots

The ballot booth question will likely differ depending on what you really care about. But since everyone eats and most try to manage a limited food budget, the most important electoral issue will likely be inflation. Or at least it should be. Everything is costing more, including food. And the worst is yet to come,


The inconvenient truth about glyphosate is that it’s not harmful, unless used irresponsibly, of course.

Comment: Glyphosate. Treating science like a buffet

Health Canada did the agriculture sector no favours with its process

Canadians had until July 20 to comment on the federal government’s proposal to increase the amount of glyphosate herbicide residue allowed on legumes. Now, due to some deserved public pressure, Health Canada is delaying the entire process. The debate on glyphosate in Canada and around the world is populist, chaotic, political, and simply unsettling. Many

Comment: The rise of the ‘grow’cer

Retailers are bringing agriculture right to the store floor

Canadians have started to notice that grocers are starting to sell plants in miniature greenhouses. Gardens on rooftops, vertical farms close to stores — some are even selling gardening equipment to gardeners shopping for food. The farm is essentially merging with the retail food spaces we roam as consumers. Quite interesting. We are slowly witnessing

According to Statistics Canada, nearly a third of Canadian children are overweight or obese.

Comment: The kids are not alright

Marketing unhealthy food to kids is taking advantage of their inability to make rational decisions

Most would agree that protecting children should be our country’s utmost priority. Protecting children from unhealthy food products and fast-food chains has been the subject of many conversations. Ads for sugary food products geared towards children have been contested for years and some countries have opted to ban them, one way or another. The United Kingdom,


Living in the shadow of COVID for so long, restaurants offer the perfect escape for when Canadians feel safer to go out again.

Comment: Incentivizing the cautious

Getting customers back into restaurants will be no small challenge in the wake of a pandemic

As we inch towards a more normalized economy, the focus will now be on how we can make people feel more comfortable about going out and about again. Our economy needs it, our foodservice industry desperately needs it, but it is not going to be easy. In a recent survey, conducted in mid-May by the

On the left, a traditional beef hamburger. On the right, its plant-based twin. What vegetable proteins and more plant-based products have brought is more protein plurality.

Comment: Not all proteins are created equal

Beef is in the crosshairs, but it can be a very important part of agricultural sustainability

Protein wars have taken a back seat to the pandemic since March 2020. Most of the attention was obviously given to the virus, variants, vaccines and how to keep safe. Makes sense. But since we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, proteins appear to be back in the spotlight. Recently the

Comment: In praise of processed foods

A new study shows there’s no clear-cut consensus on what ‘processed’ means

Processed foods exist so we can save time, money, and energy. It has made our food systems more efficient over the years. It is all about convenience. In recent years though, the health attributes of processed foods have increasingly come under scrutiny for a variety of biased and unbiased reasons. Many reports by professional and


A total of 46 per cent of Canadians, almost half, consider the cost of housing to be the largest obstacle to food affordability.

Comment: Food affordability. The perfect economic storm

The cost of housing is now the biggest contributor to food unaffordability in Canada

The two necessities in life are food and shelter. It looks like both are getting much more expensive these days. For a few years now, the cost of food has been the most important food affordability barrier. Not anymore. The cost of housing is now seen by Canadians as the most significant barrier. A recent

Even with the pandemic’s end in sight, it is unclear if people will be comfortable going out and about and patronizing their favourite restaurants again.

Comment: The great reset awaits for Canada’s restaurants

As the world ponders going back to normal the food-service sector has changed forever

It was certainly a year to be forgotten for the food service. StatsCan numbers told us this week that sales in the food-service industry dropped by a whopping 32 per cent, from Q4 2019 to Q4 2020. The food retail/service ratio, an important metric to assess how important food service is in our lives, also