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

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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…

Realism and transparency taking over food industry

Twitter’s haiku-like restrictions, where brevity is key, are starting to dominate ingredient labels

Realism and transparency taking over food industryRecently, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut announced that they are phasing out the use of artificial colours and flavours in their ingredients, and a number of other companies seem eager to jump on the increasingly crowded bandwagon. Food naturalization is a very cheap, quick, and convenient way to change consumer perception while maintaining the nutritional…

Frankenfood follies put world at peril

GMOs may be the only way to avoid catastrophic global water and food shortages

Frankenfood follies put world at perilThe UN’s annual World Water Development Report, published in March, warned that unless the balance between demand and supplies is restored the world will face a “global water deficit” of 40 per cent by 2030. Two weeks ago, protestors in hundreds of cities in 38 countries rallied against agricultural research giant Monsanto’s genetically modified plant…

The revenge of the food consumer

The USDA has decided to act on growing pressure and establish a voluntary program to label food products with non-GMO content

The revenge of the food consumerWhat was unthinkable a few years ago is now happening. In an unprecedented move, the United States Department of Agriculture has established a voluntary program to label food products with non-GMO content. Non-GMOs already exist in the marketplace, but none of them are sanctioned by the government. At the request of a global food company,…

Major corporations bending to the food ingredients revolution

Social media is leading to a more democratic food system

Major corporations bending to the food ingredients revolutionInnovation is a staple of the food industry – food businesses have always changed recipes and formulas. But recent decisions by major players show the industry is being shaken by external powers, resulting in an ingredient revolution of sorts. PepsiCo is removing aspartame from Diet Pepsi (in the U.S., not Canada), and Kraft is revising…

California drought an opportunity for Canadian agriculture

But banking only on a lower currency and inexpensive input costs not enough to build our competitive advantage

California drought an opportunity for Canadian agricultureThis past March was declared the hottest month since record keeping began in 1880. In fact, 2015, statistically speaking, is the warmest start of any year on record. It’s not surprising, therefore, that things are really heating up around the world, and particularly in California. After enduring its fourth rain-free season, one of the most…