New regulations, technologies and industry attitudes are ensuring consumers are safe and Canada’s food system prospers
PAC salutes this year’s stars in packaging
PAC, Packaging Consortium held its 2017 Canadian Leadership Awards Gala, which highlights some of the best packages in food and beverage and non-food sectors
Farm & Food Care Canada has a new identity
The board of Farm & Food Care Canada reviewed its mission and vision and decided to transition to the new Canadian Centre for Food Integrity. The organization says CCFI is better equipped to help build public trust in Canada’s food system
Federal government must boost focus on agri-food in Canada: report
Making agri-food a national economic priority will help it flourish
Ontario invests in local food
Through the Greenbelt Fund, the Ontario government is investing more than $830,000 in 24 local agriculture and agri-food projects to boost access to local food across the province
Grocery chain to invest $1.3 billion into the Canadian economy
Loblaw Companies Limited will spend $1.3 billion to open new stores, renovate more than 500 existing stores and offer more fresh food at select Shoppers Drug Marts.
Flavours and colours
Gold Coast Ingredients offers a full line of flavours and colours in a variety of consistencies for a wide range of food and beverage sectors.
CFIA signs agreement with France’s food regulator
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail have signed an agreement to share news in food, plant and animal science
Canadian governments finalize the Canadian Free Trade Agreement
Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments have concluded negotiations on a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement they say will help expand businesses and increase economic growth across the country.
SFCR and food safety – Part II
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The flavour in food labelling modernization
The flavour of food must be appealing in order to sell a product. But it’s not too often we get to sample food before we buy. Instead, the principal means of communicating flavours on a packaged consumer food is via its label.
The evolution of culinology
News from the Research Chefs Association’s RCA 2017 Annual Conference & Culinology Expo; RCA’s regional Lunch & Learns; and a tour of the Culinary Institute of Canada
BC’s agrifood and seafood sectors set export record
Agrifood and seafood companies in BC set a new record for exports in 2016, which reached a high of $3.8 billion
Funding for McGill University will help boost the food economy
The province of Quebec has granted $5 million for creating and funding McGill University’s precompetitive food processing research consortium
$20-million donation will help U of Guelph transform global food economy
The University of Guelph received a $20-million donation and will use to create the Arrell Food Institute. The new institute will address food security, safety and sustainability
New culinary space and food incubator to open in Toronto
Kitchen24, a state-of-the-art multi-use culinary space, will be opening in May. Anyone from students and beginners and startups to professionals can rent the space to develop their new food ideas
Federal budget highlights agriculture and agri-food
Canada’s federal government released its 2017 budget yesterday. In it, Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector is identified as part of the government’s plan to grow Canada’s economy
Survey releases list of food and beverage winners – and more food trends
The list of food and beverage winners from BrandSpark International’s annual Best New Product Awards is out. The BNPAs also tap into how Canadian consumers are shopping today and how they feel about innovation
B.C. farm-raised salmon reaches a record $745 million in global sales
The B.C. Salmon Farmers Association also says exports to 12 markets were valued at more than $544 million. The U.S. remains the primary destination but exports to Asia have increased by 40% over 2015
Canada’s Food Sector: A Strategy for Change?
Developing a national food strategy for the Canadian food and beverage industry is key, writes Gary Fread. But with major changes coming at the sector, developing a strategy is fraught with challenges. Here are some of the big ones
60% of Canadian food, beverage companies are investing in innovation: report
BDO’s latest report takes a look at the future of food & beverage, and transportation, warehousing and distribution, and finds that innovation and advancing technology are helping business leaders remain optimistic
Food processors in B.C. receive a boost
B.C.’s Buy Local program is helping 20 local food manufacturers produce innovative food products and distribute them to more consumers throughout the province
Federal government invests $325 million in Atlantic provinces
The federal government is investing $325 million in the fisheries and seafood sector through a new fund. Under the fund the Atlantic provinces and the government will work together to create jobs and grow the provinces’ economies.
Feeding the fresh shrimp market from an Ontario hog barn
Paul and Tracy and Brad and Jordan Cocchio have started the first shrimp farm in the province, aptly named First Ontario Shrimp. Building their new business, for which they won a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in 2016, was nothing like they expected.
NSF announces 2017 food safety winners
NSF International has released the names of this year’s Canadian Food Safety Recognition Award Winners. The awards recognize food and beverage companies from across Canada who lead in food safety
Electricity costs hurting Ontario food manufacturers, says the FBO
The rising cost of electricity has become unsustainable for food and beverage manufactures in Ontario, says a report from Food and Beverage Ontario
Hottest trend in foodservice? Craft beer
According to a recent survey conducted by Restaurants Canada – craft beer and microbrews are here to stay. The survey asks chefs across Canada to list the hottest trends in foodservice
Study finds that Canadian consumers are concerned about food fraud
A study from Dalhousie University has found that Canadians are concerned about food fraud. It also turned up evidence that food fraud is prevalent in the Canadian marketplace
Marine Harvest to begin value-added production in B.C.
Marine Harvest Canada will start value-added production this summer at its new facility in Surrey, B.C. The site is expected to process approx. 12,000 tonnes of salmon and add 75 new jobs
Taste Your Future bursary contest!
Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO), through the Taste Your Future Program, is engaging young people to think of the food and beverage processing sector as an exciting sector for employment.
Seafood company makes $5-million-investment to grow Arctic clam business
Clearwater Seafoods Inc. says this recent investment will grow its Arctic surf clam fishery business, expand distribution and create jobs
Shellfish is riding a wave of popularity, as seafood brands appeal to consumers’ desire for health, convenience and flavour
Canada’s first aquaponic food bank farm opens
The Mississauga Food Bank’s new aquaponic farm will help the organization provide clients with fresh fish and vegetables
Top 10 Innovative Products chosen at Grocery Innovations
At Grocery Innovations Canada, which took place Oct. 17 and 18 in Toronto, 10 products were chosen as the most innovative products at the show
Clover Leaf launches traceability program
Called “Trace My Catch,” the program is designed to provide consumers with a high level of transparency around Clover Leaf’s sourcing and production processes
By the sea
Sea asparagus, also known as Salicornia or samphire, may not be a household name yet – but this wild vegetable is well on its way to becoming more popular in Canada