Could Trump save the Canadian dairy industry from itself?

Canadian dairy producers have long refused to admit that the system fails the dairy supply chain and consumers

Could Trump save the Canadian dairy industry from itself?The great Canadian dairy crisis could be coming to a head. Donald Trump, as the 45th president of the United States, could bring about the end of Canada’s infatuation with dairy marketing boards. Trump has taken aim at perceived prejudicial trading tactics that harm America, mainly by China and Mexico. And now U.S. dairy groups want Trump to turn his sights…

Setting the table for a radically different food guide

Canada's Food Guide needs to be revamped to reflect the nation's shifting eating habits, our varied cultural needs and our growing obesity

Setting the table for a radically different food guideCanada's Food Guide is a big deal – but it can be much more influential. On the whole, the guide is a symbol Canada's food-related values. Public institutions, schools, universities and community-based organizations look to it to reflect our fundamental nutritional principles. But past guides have failed us. Health Canada says that more than 60 per cent of…

Trump expected to serve up higher food prices

From higher commodity prices to lower business taxes to changes in available labour, Trump's policies could dramatically alter agriculture

Trump expected to serve up higher food pricesDonald Trump has been a topic of conversation at dinner tables for some time. Now, the American president-elect is poised to push up the cost of the food on those same tables. Policy proposals on immigration, trade and security dominated the U.S. presidential campaign. Not much was said about agriculture or food policies. But a…

What happens when a retail giant flexes its muscles

Walmart and Visa face off in a battle over transaction fees that could dramatically alter the retail food landscape in this country

What happens when a retail giant flexes its musclesFood politics is usually a game of nuances. But in the battle between Walmart and Visa, nuances are few and far between. Visa is offering $10 to anyone in Manitoba who buys groceries using their Visa card. Walmart stopped accepting Visa as of Oct. 24 in the province. So the credit card company wants to hit the retail giant…

Health Canada may be biting off more than it can chew

Health Canada recently announced that it will completely overhaul its food labelling regulations – and replace its iconic food guide

Health Canada may be biting off more than it can chewShould Canadians' food choices be a matter for bureaucrats and legislators to decide, or should it ultimately be left up to consumers? Health Canada recently announced that it will completely overhaul its food labelling regulations – and replace its iconic food guide. Protecting children and encouraging healthy lifestyles seem to be at the core of this initiative, which…

The vast fallout from falling food prices

Consumers win when food prices fall, but all down the supply chain there are losers, including retailers, processors and farmers

The vast fallout from falling food pricesMaking money in the food business isn't nearly as simple as it once was. It's becoming cheaper to buy food in Canada – prices fell in August for the first time in years in every province except Alberta. And the Statistics Canada data may indicate the start of significant ongoing food deflation. But while consumers may be delighted…

The single-serve economy’s vast potential

People living alone make up more than a quarter of Canadian homes and that has wide-ranging implications for the food and beverage industry

The single-serve economy’s vast potentialSingles represent one of the fastest-growing demographics in Canada but the food industry is slow to serve up a focused strategy. There has been a significant effort to capture the millennial market in recent years. And single-person households and millennial needs overlap. But how these markets are developed is very different. And despite compelling research in…

Food industry demonstrates willingness to adapt to changing markets

Should be lauded for building partnerships that work for all, especially for consumers

Food industry demonstrates willingness to adapt to changing marketsThe food industry is showing signs it can change, and the timing couldn't be better. Animal proteins have been a dietary mainstay in much of the western world for thousands of years. But demand for processed and red meats has been declining for a number of years now, for a variety of reasons. The arguments against animal protein consumption…
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