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.…

Raising the minimum wage comes at a cost of higher prices

Pressure is mounting on food chains to pay employees decent wages, which will hit consumers at the checkout counter

Raising the minimum wage comes at a cost of higher pricesMany have questioned Starbucks’ recent decision to raise its prices for most of its drinks (including its coveted Venti Lattes) because coffee futures have dropped and overall prices are down 42 per cent from late last year. Clearly motivated by its desire to increase revenue, this hike in prices, regardless of its motive, speaks volumes…

Food fraud leaves a bad taste

Food fraudsters' days numbered because of technological advances

Food fraud leaves a bad tasteIf you think Canada is immune to fraudulent food labels, think again. Chances are, you have unknowingly purchased a food product with an inaccurate food label. Regulators and the food industry are beginning to realize that the problem is far more widespread than first supposed. For example, a recent study in the U.S. revealed a…

3D printing could fundamentally change our relationship with food

Press print and eat

3D printing could fundamentally change our relationship with foodA few weeks ago, Londoners were able to eat at the world’s first 3D printed, pop-up restaurant. In early June, a German-based company introduced the word’s first plug-and-play food printer, which may be ready for shipping as early as 2016. With the lowering cost to produce this technology, making it increasingly accessible, 3D printing could…

France’s food waste law off target

Targeting food retail stores ignores the fact it is consumers are the main culprits when it comes to food waste

France’s food waste law off targetFrance is known for its good food, but also for its political theatrics. And, of course, food can be very political. The country recently decided to make food waste a priority by forcing food retail stores to give unsold food to charity. The new law obliges food stores to sign contracts with charities by July…

The new normal in the price of beef

But even with the price hikes, the future of the cattle industry couldn’t be brighter

The new normal in the price of beefThe price of beef has gone up on average by more than 40 per cent across the country in the last three years. Depressed inventories across North America and higher feed costs have led to spectacular retail price hikes for products like round steaks, prime ribs and ground beef. Canadians’ love affair with our favourite…