Denmark supermarket selling expired food products

The store’s aim is to reduce waste, repurpose unwanted food and raise funds for regions of the world where food supply is an issue

Denmark supermarket selling expired food productsApparently Copenhagen is home to the world's first supermarket to intentionally sell expired food products. It's about time. WeFood stems from a community-led effort. The charitable organization officially opened in February after a successful crowd-funding effort and is operated by volunteers. The store’s aim is to reduce waste, repurpose unwanted food and raise funds for regions of the world…

The good news at the heart of rising food prices in Canada

Wages are on the rise, and the food and hospitality industry is flourishing

The good news at the heart of rising food prices in CanadaCanada's food inflation rate remains at four per cent, yet there are encouraging signs for the consumer. Statistics Canada's recent consumer price index numbers, for example, show that the gap between the general inflation rate and food inflation is shrinking – the general inflation rate now stands at two per cent, its highest point in nearly two…

Cauliflower hysteria offers lessons for Canadians

Food inflation is hammering Canadian consumers, but there are ways to reduce the price pressure

Cauliflower hysteria offers lessons for CanadiansFood inflation is top of mind for Canadian consumers, with rampant claims about produce being grossly overpriced. And the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report won’t calm Canadian shoppers any time soon, since food inflation stands at 4.1 per cent. That's a significant contrast to the -0.4 per cent in food inflation reported in the United States…

Higher food prices in Canada not a bad thing

Higher food prices lead to better quality and service and more selection than ever before

Higher food prices in Canada not a bad thingWhy do Canadian consumers face escalating food prices while most of the industrialized world is seeing lower food inflation rates? And should we be concerned? Again this year, Canadian consumers had to cope with higher grocery prices: the cost of food in stores rose by 4.1 per cent, which was significantly above the nation's overall inflation…

Food fraud days are numbered

With better technology in the hands of the consumer, food fraud will begin to disappear

Food fraud days are numberedDate tampering in food stores is in the news again, and horrified consumers want to know how it can be stopped. Over the last 12 months, reports from B.C., Ontario, Alberta and Quebec suggest store employees have been asked to repurpose food products and change expiry dates. Products include dairy, meats, and even fish and seafood.…

Rise of the gluten-free heroes

The fact that the gluten-free movement overlapped with the increase in food prices is no coincidence

Rise of the gluten-free heroesGluten has divided consumers into two camps: those who can't get enough gluten-free products, believing that eliminating the little protein composite leads to a healthier life, and those who dismiss its sudden popularity as a cultural phase. Even if you are puzzled by the gluten-free trend, it has clearly benefited the industry and, most importantly,…

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…

Food banks’ message not resonating with Canadians

To build a relationship beyond their current constituents, the language used by food banks needs to change

Food banks’ message not resonating with CanadiansIn case you didn’t know, it’s Hunger Awareness Week. Across the country, food banks, community groups and many NGOs are reminding us how lucky most of us are to be food secure. Regardless of how wealthy a nation is, food insecurity can be found anywhere. And yes, even in Canada. Each week over 200,000 Canadians…

The economics of vegetarianism

The number of vegetarian consumers in the Western world has not significantly increased over time

The economics of vegetarianismWhat do Confucius, Albert Einstein and Leonardo Di Vinci have in common? Well, not much professionally, but they were all vegetarians. Einstein once claimed that “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” With recent record meat prices, some might…

Loblaw’s store closures a smart long-term move

Loblaw's closure of 52 stores is an indication of a major paradigm shift shaking the industry

Loblaw’s store closures a smart long-term moveRecently, Loblaw announced the closure of 52 stores across the country, a surprise to some as the company simultaneously posted a respectable profit. It might strike observers as a kind of corporate oxymoron. But with the sector’s economic picture, coupled with potentially disruptive dangers looming, the decision to close a cluster of stores was appropriate.…