Responding to the tastes of passionate foodies

Alec Wang on how Nomme has taken food delivery to a new level by focusing on local and expanding customers’ culinary experiences

Responding to the tastes of passionate foodiesAlec Wang is CEO and co-founder of Nomme. Calgary’s Business: What is Nomme? When and why was it founded? Wang: Nomme is an on-demand food delivery company. The story of Nomme began with a desire to expand culinary horizons within a group of passionate foodies who were constantly on the hunt for the newest and…

Meal kits set the table for a new food retailing boom

Instead of takeout, consumers can choose a meal kit that allows them to whip up an appealing dish in minutes

Meal kits set the table for a new food retailing boomMeal kits are sweeping across North America. It’s the perfect trend for consumers who want to be empowered by cooking but still need convenience. For example, Walmart has just partnered with Gobble to deliver meal kits. In the battle over the future of food consumption in the U.S., Walmart wants a fighting chance against the industry’s…

Online grocery stampede changing the food retail landscape

The Amazon-Whole Foods buyout shocked the grocery world and is now leading to death by a thousand cuts for the food industry

Online grocery stampede changing the food retail landscapeOne after the other, grocers are going online. All of them, at some point over the last 12 months, have announced some sort of commitment to an e-commerce strategy. Costco launched its home delivery pilot in Ontario, while Maxi, Loblaws’ discount stores in Quebec, jumped on the virtual bandwagon with their Click and Collect program.…

Canada can eliminate supply management by following Australia’s lead

The opening of the dairy market was done systematically over eight years to allow time for farmers to transition

Canada can eliminate supply management by following Australia’s leadBy Jon Berry, Alan Oxley and Dan LeRoy The Fraser Institute As trade tensions between Canada and the United States over North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations continue, and U.S. President Donald Trump places Canada’s protection of various sectors of its agricultural industry front and centre, Canadian policy-makers would be well advised to learn lessons…

Table set for grocery industry bloodbath

Traditional grocers are struggling to adapt to falling sales and weak food inflation as consumers become obsessed with convenience

Table set for grocery industry bloodbathDespite posting decent financial results this year, sales at major Canadian food retailers are tumbling faster than Niagara Falls. Coupled with a weak food inflation rate, the trends for the industry are deeply troubling. Recent Statistics Canada figures suggest the market shift many industry observers were dreading is indeed happening. Top grocers such as Loblaw, Sobeys and Metro are seeing…

The rise of the conscious (and often reluctant) carnivore

The meat industry must adapt as a growing number of consumers look for protein from a variety of sources

The rise of the conscious (and often reluctant) carnivoreCanadians are enjoying summer picnics and barbecues, and meat often plays a central role in the menu. But eating meat is becoming increasingly controversial, as is selling it. In foie gras-friendly France, a number of anti-meat incidents have been reported. In recent weeks, several butcher shops and slaughterhouses were sprayed with fake blood. Other protesters…

The trouble with edible marijuana products

Edibles scare Health Canada and the food industry, since they’re discrete, convenient and potentially dangerous

The trouble with edible marijuana productsOn Oct. 17, smoking cannabis will become legal in Canada. Cannabis edibles, on the other hand, will be legal in a little less than a year. Once cannabis-infused food products are available, things will get complicated in Canada’s food industry. But with the right regulations, this is a profit opportunity that doesn’t come by every…

Loblaw increases ‘buying local’ spending to support Canadian farmers

The company says it will work directly with local farmers to implement innovative growing methods or plant non-traditional crops

Loblaw increases ‘buying local’ spending to support Canadian farmersLoblaw Companies Ltd. will spend $150 million more each year by 2025 buying local, fresh Canadian produce that otherwise would have been imported from around the world. The company said in a news release on Wednesday that it will work directly with local farmers to implement innovative growing methods or plant non-traditional crops, extending the…

Soup’s on: major upheaval awaits the food industry

Kraft Heinz may not get its hands on Campbell Soup, but the industry still faces major consolidation and widespread change

Soup’s on: major upheaval awaits the food industryCampbell Soup Co. stocks soared after news suggesting the company could be bought by Kraft Heinz Co., one of 3G Capital and Warren Buffett’s pet projects in the food sector. Even though the deal is highly unlikely, the rumours point to a much larger story in food processing. Since 2013, the acquire-and-cut modus operandi has…

Canada must abandon agriculture marketing boards

Why should the U.S. not put barriers up against our products when we so effectively keep out some of theirs?

Canada must abandon agriculture marketing boardsSometimes political parties and the governments and oppositions they form forget that they exist to improve and enhance the lives of the Canadians who vote for them. So it made me very happy to see the federal Conservatives pressuring the Liberal government to let us know what a carbon tax would cost the average Canadian…

Food Farm program held over two days

The threshing club seeds about five acres of a field west of the museum compound using horses and vintage farm implements

Food Farm program held over two daysKenneth Brown of The Clarion An annual Food Farm program for students has gone ahead as planned even though Mother Nature did not co-operate for a seeding demonstration on the same day. The Kindersley Antique Threshing Club was scheduled to hold its annual seeding demonstration on June 15 at the Kindersley and District Plains Museum,…

Dairy industry finally showing signs of common sense

Supply management 2.0 is finally here. To survive, farmers who see the writing on the wall will need to develop new skill sets

Dairy industry finally showing signs of common senseIt was not the G7 most expected. Not even close. But should we be surprised? As U.S. President Donald Trump lashes out on Twitter against Canadian dairies, Canada is beginning to realize that there may be no North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 2.0 after all. Washington is apparently aiming for two separate deals. But over…

In this trade war, mustard and ketchup are weapons

Ottawa seems to want to send a clear message to Washington, while offering Canada’s food industry an opportunity to grow

In this trade war, mustard and ketchup are weaponsWe are now officially at war with the United States – in a trade war, that is. In response to U.S.-imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, Canada intends to do the same on other goods. So like any trade war, it could escalate. Canada will unlawfully implement counter measures that will take effect on July…

Shrinkflation: to control costs, food companies shrinking packaging

When costs rise, a food company has three options: raise the price, make smaller packages or change the ingredients

Shrinkflation: to control costs, food companies shrinking packagingRough estimates suggest that anywhere from 15 to 20 per cent of packaged food products in Canada have shrunk over the last five years. Consumers find this irritating, but given the economics of the food industry, the industry can hardly be blamed. Most consumers worry about the cost of food. We constantly look for bargains…

‘We Treat You Right’? Not according to this DQ franchisee

The Supreme Court is examining a case that has significant implications for franchisees and parent companies

‘We Treat You Right’? Not according to this DQ franchiseeThere’s nothing sweet about the court battle between Dairy Queen Canada Inc. and M.Y. Sundae Inc., which upholds the franchisor’s right to a “superior bargaining position.” So far, the dispute – now before the Supreme Court of Canada – has gone in favour of Dairy Queen, leaving the mom-and-pop owners of a franchise in Richmond,…
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