Food In Canada


  • Opinion Uncategorized

    EDITORIAL – November/December 2020 – Take advantage of a captive audience

    January 18, 2021 by Food in Canada Staff

    What a year 2020 turned out to be. The past nine months have challenged Canada’s agri-food system unlike anything in recent memory. Although the sector showed its resiliency after weathering some shocks early in the pandemic, cracks in the system

  • Birgit Blain

    Food Innovation at GIC Caters to Changing Needs

    January 4, 2021 by Birgit Blain

    The primary concerns of Canadians have shifted in reaction to the threat from coronavirus. That was evident at November’s Grocery Innovations Canada (GIC) virtual trade show, where I witnessed the emergence of three common themes related to food innovation: Protect Me.

  • Birgit Blain

    SIAL Virtual Selections

    November 18, 2020 by Birgit Blain

    I love the thrill of the hunt for new products and nibbling through food trade shows. This year SIAL Canada presented an entirely new experience that meant cruising the show virtually, without the customary sensory stimulation. Healthier eating and indulgence

  • Birgit Blain

    CHFA Innovation Highlights

    November 17, 2020 by Birgit Blain

    Diving deep into the CHFA Connect virtual trade show, these innovative foods grabbed my attention. Unfortunately, there’s no opportunity for food sampling when browsing virtual shows. Products were selected based on ingredients, nutrition data, claims and product attributes and benefits. However, appealing

  • Birgit Blain

    Time to say good-bye? When to exit a business

    November 4, 2020 by Birgit Blain

    RECIPE TO RETAIL: Part 24… Food is a tough business. And it takes big bucks to build a sustainable brand. We only hear the jaw-dropping stories about food start-ups getting seven-figure offers. But don’t be mislead. We seldom hear about

  • Birgit Blain
    Opinion Packaging

    Packaging Misconceptions Unwrapped

    July 22, 2020 by Birgit Blain

    RECIPE TO RETAIL: Part 23… In this age of plastic dependency and growing mountains of packaging waste, brand owners need to take responsibility. The consumer conscience is shifting in favour of sustainable packaging and affecting purchase decisions. Before jumping on

  • Birgit Blain

    RC Show Faves

    May 7, 2020 by Birgit Blain

    Toronto’s annual RC Show, Canada’s largest foodservice and hospitality event, is a treasure trove of inspiration for CPG businesses.   Edible Plastic Straw Alternative Plastic straws have been earmarked for extinction. In response, Planetkitchen introduces SUPERSTRAW, the edible drinking straw. The

  • Birgit Blain
    Opinion Packaging

    Beware of Overpromising

    April 29, 2020 by Birgit Blain

    RECIPE TO RETAIL: Part 22… Have you ever been disappointed after opening a food package, when the contents don’t look like the picture? Brands often embellish images on packaging to entice shoppers to buy their products. A picture is truly

  • Opinion Uncategorized

    Why COVID-19 will change the food industry, forever

    March 25, 2020 by Kristy Nudds

    By Sylvain Charlebois, Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University COVID-19 is likely going to redefine grocery shopping in more ways than one. Convenience now has a different meaning. It’s less about saving time and more about survival and safety. Before

  • Birgit Blain

    Minding the Money: Healthy Finance Tips

    March 20, 2020 by Birgit Blain

    RECIPE TO RETAIL: Part 21… Financial competence is crucial for survival in today’s hyper-competitive market. Managing the finances of a food business is especially challenging because margins can be low and supermarkets negotiate hard for EDLC (every day low cost).

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