We need more women driving agri-food innovation

A new report shows women are much more adept at driving change and managing results in startups, yet they struggle to find funding

We need more women driving agri-food innovationA recent report on agri-tech startup funding provided some compelling numbers but it barely received attention. And when it comes to what it reveals about gender discrepancies, it deserves attention. More and more venture capital is being invested in the sector, which is great news. But these funds apparently aren’t serving all demographics equally. Some…

The great protein war pits chain against chain

The great protein war pits chain against chainThe great protein war is heating up as several major restaurant chains embrace the plant-based movement while others firmly position themselves as guardians of the mighty meat-eater. It’s getting hard to keep track. A&W, Canada’s first Beyond Meat ambassador, started it all a little over 12 months ago with its surprisingly successful campaign. Since then,…

Welfare program for dairy industry won’t save it

A new plan is needed for supply management, focusing on farm and processing competitiveness and providing proper coverage across Canada

Welfare program for dairy industry won’t save itDairy farmers can no longer say that supply management allows them to produce milk for Canadians without any subsidies. That all changed last week. But dairy farmers shouldn’t just be compensated, they also deserve a continuing strategy. And right now, there isn’t one. The federal Liberal government basically took the same approach the former Conservative…

Growing number of households outsourcing meal preparation

Kitchen stoves could soon be following the sewing machine as unnecessary household appliances

Growing number of households outsourcing meal preparationFor many of us, the kitchen has always been a sacred place in our homes, often referred to as the heart of the home. But kitchens seem to be losing their lustre. An increasing number of condos and apartments are being sold and rented without a stove. In pricey Yorkville, one of Toronto’s most expensive…

Hey vegans, it’s time to grow up

Vegan activists are wilfully interfering with the livelihoods of farmers and invading the social interactions of consumers celebrating food

Hey vegans, it’s time to grow upVegan groups are using billboards in the Atlantic region to denounce dairy farming practices and tell consumers that dairy is scary. Some of these ads show a young calf with a caption that says someone “took its mom, its milk, then its life.” The intention is to encourage people to switch to a plant-based diet.…

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.…

Replacing plastic packaging at the grocery store

Metro plans to let customers bring their own containers to stores in Quebec. You can bet other retailers will follow suit

Replacing plastic packaging at the grocery storeMetro announced recently that it would become the first major grocery store chain in the country to allow customers to bring their own reusable containers for packaging of individual products. It's a significant step forward for the industry, but it comes with risks. The policy, which only applies in Quebec, will take effect on April…

Maple Leaf Foods, U.S.A.?

The iconic Canadian brand is expanding south of the border. The decision makes perfect sense and national dithering is to blame

Maple Leaf Foods, U.S.A.?Maple Leaf Foods, the largest pork processor in the country, has opted to build its new meatless plant south of the border. Unfortunately, the decision makes perfect sense. The iconic Canadian food company recently announced plans to spend US$310 million on a 230,000-square-foot processing plant in Indiana, where its Lightlife Burger and other products will…

Carbon tax will drive up grocery prices

The environmental and social costs of producing, distributing and selling food are rarely factored in. That’s about to change

Carbon tax will drive up grocery pricesThe carbon tax is now a reality for all Canadians – and that means food prices will be impacted. The federal carbon pricing scheme took effect in Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on April 1. These provinces had previously chosen not to comply with the new federal law through their own initiatives. Pricing will…

Hey, Google! Why is the food industry in trouble?

The rise of voice-activated searches throws the traditional food marketing model out the window

Hey, Google! Why is the food industry in trouble?Your voice will likely become food retailers’ and restaurants’ most significant focus over the next while. Voice searches are increasingly the norm. A recent study suggests that more than 20 per cent of all online restaurant searches in Canada are voice activated. To a lesser extent, grocery shopping is also done through these devices. Since…
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