Canada’s food industry prepares to tackle the plastics problem

But will Canadian consumers respond to grocers’ invitations to save the planet?

Canada’s food industry prepares to tackle the plastics problemBy Sylvain Charlebois, Tony Walker, Eamonn McGuinty and Janet Music Dalhousie University We’re seeing some movement with Canadian grocers on the food packaging front. Over a month ago, Metro opted to allow consumers to come to stores with their own containers to shop for food. Metro was first but it’s not a national player, operating…

How Canada can benefit from the U.S.-Mexico dispute

Mexico has almost 130 million people, yet we’ve barely tapped into that market over the years

How Canada can benefit from the U.S.-Mexico disputeIn an unprecedented move last week, and in a single tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed five per cent tariffs on all Mexican imports until the illegal immigration issue gets resolved. As the world now realizes, when the White House is willing to intertwine foreign and trade policies, markets around the world tumble. In fairness…

Food delivery apps bite into Canadian marketplace

The user rates of food delivery apps reached record levels in May 2019 and are likely to expand after 2021

Food delivery apps bite into Canadian marketplaceFood delivery apps are changing the Canadian restaurant landscape – and more changes are on the horizon, according to a recent survey. The user rate for food delivery apps reached record levels in May. A recent survey conducted by Angus Reid Global, in partnership with the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, suggests that 29…

How to spark innovation and growth in Canada’s agri-food sector

Unless you intend to grow cannabis in a greenhouse, it’s close to impossible to get capital from investors. It’s time Canadian investors showed some patience

How to spark innovation and growth in Canada’s agri-food sectorAgri-food is seen by many investors as a good space to park their money for the first time in a very long while, at least in the United States. Now we need to find a way to spark the same interest in Canada. Uber, once hailed as the largest initial public offering (IPO) of the…

Blurring the lines in the protein battle for consumers

With the help of the new food guide, Canadians are looking differently at protein sources. That doesn't mean beef is doomed, but it will have to adapt

Blurring the lines in the protein battle for consumersPlant-based nutrition is alive and well in Canada, according to a recent poll. The poll from Angus Reid Global, in partnership with Dalhousie University, found that by April 2019, 38 per cent of Canadians had tried a plant-based protein food item in recent months. British Columbia had the highest rate, at 44 per cent, followed…

Can the food retail industry deliver on delivery?

Consumers are increasingly adamant that convenience can't come at the cost of the environment or our health

Can the food retail industry deliver on delivery?Walmart just announced it will offer a next-day delivery service to customers in the U.S. to compete with Amazon. Walmart will begin by offering service in Phoenix, Las Vegas and southern California, and intends to cover 75 per cent of the United States this year. Customers need to purchase at least US$35 worth of products…

Arcade-like fun can help you save money on groceries

Loblaws introduces retro online game that allows you to accumulate PC Optimum points

Arcade-like fun can help you save money on groceriesYou won’t find this game in any app store. But there is a payoff for playing. You earn 500 PC Optimum free points every day for simply practising your hauling skills while playing No Frills’ Hauler: Aisles of Glory. It’s the latest clever marketing campaign from grocery giant Loblaws, which owns the No Frills stores…

Does Canada’s food processing industry face death by regulation?

The trust gap between industry and government has grown, and they’re butting heads more frequently

Does Canada’s food processing industry face death by regulation?Food industries need to be regulated. But the delicate balance between protecting the public and supporting industrial growth may have reached a tipping point in Canada. In the Western world, governments successfully play the anti-business card by implementing regulations so consumers feel someone is looking out for them. But governments are also flirting with populist…

Can RBI reboot Roll Up the Rim and revive Tim Hortons?

RBI blames the Canadian dollar, franchising turnover issues and the weather. You can add environmental concerns to the pile

Can RBI reboot Roll Up the Rim and revive Tim Hortons?Restaurant Brands International’s (RBI) less-then-convincing results in the last quarter suggest the company’s turnaround isn’t working – at least not yet. Overall sales were up slightly but the drop in same-store sales of about 0.6 per cent caught many by surprise. For stores outside Canada, same-store sales dropped a whopping 2.6 per cent, compared to 0.4…

Canada can only lose in a trade war with China

From canola to peas and soybeans, the Chinese are using our commodities as bargaining chips in a diplomatic dispute

Canada can only lose in a trade war with ChinaCanola was first, and now peas and soybeans. It was highly predictable. And given how things have progressed over the last five months, the situation can only escalate. The Canadian government has pledged to help farmers affected by our epic spat with China. But other than offering cash or support to develop new markets for…
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