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Video screengrab featuring an office at the JBS beef plant at Brooks, Alta. (JBS video via YouTube)

JBS Canada plant up and running after cyberattack

Brooks beef plant has 'resumed production'

Meat packer JBS’s major beef slaughter plant in Alberta went back to work Tuesday following a cyberattack reported to have downed several of the company’s operations in North America and Australia. JBS USA, the unit overseeing the Brazilian firm’s Canadian operations, and JBS-owned chicken unit Pilgrim’s Pride both reported “significant progress in resolving the cyberattack

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

Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland appears at a news conference in Ottawa on Sept. 24, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Blair Gable)

Agriculture, agrifood wish lists pile up ahead of long-delayed budget

Freeland's budget due out Monday afternoon

Agriculture and agrifood sector stakeholders will learn Monday which of their requests make their way out of the pile and into a long-awaited federal budget. Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s 2021 budget is scheduled to be released Monday in the House of Commons, at about 4 p.m. ET. Canadians didn’t get a 2020 budget: it



Equipping young people with good food skills will help them and all Canadians.

Editor’s Take: Kitchen aid

Earlier this winter I had the chance to give an old friend a call and spend an hour or so catching up. We were talking about how our lives have changed due to COVID and how we haven’t welcomed a lot of these changes, but some have actually been good. One thing we both remarked

Trevor Lui is a restauranteur and author of,

Free virtual cooking class with Trevor Lui

The chef and restauranteur will demonstrate how to cook a favourite family stir fry

Chef Trevor Lui will host a free virtual cooking class Sunday, Feb. 21 to celebrate Canadian Agriculture Day. “Cook along with culinary expert Trevor Lui as he shares tips on how to make a delicious stir-fry, tells stories from the restaurant days of his youth where he learned from master wok chefs, and leave feeling

Thai researcher wonders if chicken feathers on the menu might fly

Thai researcher wonders if chicken feathers on the menu might fly

Prototypes included ‘chicken nuggets’ and a steak substitute, which received positive reviews from some

Reuters – A Thai researcher keen to recycle waste has begun experiments with a new potential food source: chicken feathers. “Chicken feather contains protein and if we are able to serve this protein to others in the world, the demand from everyone… will help reduce waste,” researcher Sorawut Kittibanthorn told Reuters this December. Sorawut is


Poutine is considered by many a delectable dish on its own, but how will it fly in a pie?  Photo: iStock/Getty Images Plus

Would you eat a poutine in a pie this holiday season?

The Conversation – I recently saw a culinary invention that made me think about “tourtine.” The dish, as its name suggests, is a hybrid of tourtière and poutine. Poutine cheese curds and sauce are added to the tourtière’s pie filling, along with festive ingredients such as shredded meat and the inevitable foie gras. The tourtine

Comment: A case for a code of practice

Comment: A case for a code of practice

When there are no rules the large grocers can bully their supply chain

Major Canadian grocers in Canada are at it again. After Walmart and Metro, it was Loblaw’s turn to make changes to its vendor policies, implementing new fees to support a $6-billion plan to improve its in-store and digital operations. Sobeys, the only one left, if you exclude Costco, opted not to follow suit. This has