Canada’s first food policy is pointless and underwhelming

The goals are noble, but the budget is small and the policy is painfully short on detail and strategy

Canada’s first food policy is pointless and underwhelmingAfter more than two years of work and hearing from almost 45,000 Canadians, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada released its first food policy this week. A total of $134 million will be spent to support this five-year plan that centres around food security, health, environment, and the sustainable growth of the agriculture and food sector. These…

Edible cannabis rules fall far short of expectations

The strict rules could mean the black market will explode. And they will almost certainly mean that industry will defy regulations

Edible cannabis rules fall far short of expectationsHealth Canada’s regulatory framework on cannabis edibles will likely receive parliamentary approval and royal assent within weeks. But the framework is not exactly what most had in mind a few years ago, when everyone thought the federal government was inviting all Canadians to an enormous festival, at an exciting venue playing great music, with lots…

Canada’s food industry prepares to tackle the plastics problem

But will Canadian consumers respond to grocers’ invitations to save the planet?

Canada’s food industry prepares to tackle the plastics problemBy Sylvain Charlebois, Tony Walker, Eamonn McGuinty and Janet Music Dalhousie University We’re seeing some movement with Canadian grocers on the food packaging front. Over a month ago, Metro opted to allow consumers to come to stores with their own containers to shop for food. Metro was first but it’s not a national player, operating…

How Canada can benefit from the U.S.-Mexico dispute

Mexico has almost 130 million people, yet we’ve barely tapped into that market over the years

How Canada can benefit from the U.S.-Mexico disputeIn an unprecedented move last week, and in a single tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed five per cent tariffs on all Mexican imports until the illegal immigration issue gets resolved. As the world now realizes, when the White House is willing to intertwine foreign and trade policies, markets around the world tumble. In fairness…

Markets, lower taxes will ease health-care queues

The fundamental problem causing Canada’s health-care scarcity is a lack of private spending

Markets, lower taxes will ease health-care queuesWithout serious government course correction, Canada is headed for a health-care squeeze. The senior dependency ratio in Canada – the ratio of people 65 years and older relative to the working-age population (15 to 64 years old) – is projected to rise from 25 per cent today to around 40 per cent by 2042. And…

How the world can win the hunger games

It's not a scarcity issue, it's about knowledge and access. We have the means to fix that, in Canada and globally

How the world can win the hunger gamesHunger is horrid, an undesirable state few deliberately choose. We know that over 800 million suffer from hunger around the globe. In the Western world, hunger surrounds us without knowing that it’s there. It’s estimated that four million Canadians experience food insecurity regularly. World Hunger Day, on May 28, should help bring that into focus.…

Food delivery apps bite into Canadian marketplace

The user rates of food delivery apps reached record levels in May 2019 and are likely to expand after 2021

Food delivery apps bite into Canadian marketplaceFood delivery apps are changing the Canadian restaurant landscape – and more changes are on the horizon, according to a recent survey. The user rate for food delivery apps reached record levels in May. A recent survey conducted by Angus Reid Global, in partnership with the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, suggests that 29…

How to spark innovation and growth in Canada’s agri-food sector

Unless you intend to grow cannabis in a greenhouse, it’s close to impossible to get capital from investors. It’s time Canadian investors showed some patience

How to spark innovation and growth in Canada’s agri-food sectorAgri-food is seen by many investors as a good space to park their money for the first time in a very long while, at least in the United States. Now we need to find a way to spark the same interest in Canada. Uber, once hailed as the largest initial public offering (IPO) of the…

Blurring the lines in the protein battle for consumers

With the help of the new food guide, Canadians are looking differently at protein sources. That doesn't mean beef is doomed, but it will have to adapt

Blurring the lines in the protein battle for consumersPlant-based nutrition is alive and well in Canada, according to a recent poll. The poll from Angus Reid Global, in partnership with Dalhousie University, found that by April 2019, 38 per cent of Canadians had tried a plant-based protein food item in recent months. British Columbia had the highest rate, at 44 per cent, followed…

Can the food retail industry deliver on delivery?

Consumers are increasingly adamant that convenience can't come at the cost of the environment or our health

Can the food retail industry deliver on delivery?Walmart just announced it will offer a next-day delivery service to customers in the U.S. to compete with Amazon. Walmart will begin by offering service in Phoenix, Las Vegas and southern California, and intends to cover 75 per cent of the United States this year. Customers need to purchase at least US$35 worth of products…

Education faculties fail to prepare young teachers to be effective

Education schools often tilt from one useless fad to another with little practical use in actual classrooms

Education faculties fail to prepare young teachers to be effectiveIn 1933, the retiring president of Harvard University, Lawrence Lowell, famously stated that his university’s school of education was “a kitten that ought to be drowned.” Of course, university presidents wouldn’t talk like this today. But Lowell was far from the only scholar to hold education schools in such low repute – and for good…

Does Canada’s food processing industry face death by regulation?

The trust gap between industry and government has grown, and they’re butting heads more frequently

Does Canada’s food processing industry face death by regulation?Food industries need to be regulated. But the delicate balance between protecting the public and supporting industrial growth may have reached a tipping point in Canada. In the Western world, governments successfully play the anti-business card by implementing regulations so consumers feel someone is looking out for them. But governments are also flirting with populist…

Can RBI reboot Roll Up the Rim and revive Tim Hortons?

RBI blames the Canadian dollar, franchising turnover issues and the weather. You can add environmental concerns to the pile

Can RBI reboot Roll Up the Rim and revive Tim Hortons?Restaurant Brands International’s (RBI) less-then-convincing results in the last quarter suggest the company’s turnaround isn’t working – at least not yet. Overall sales were up slightly but the drop in same-store sales of about 0.6 per cent caught many by surprise. For stores outside Canada, same-store sales dropped a whopping 2.6 per cent, compared to 0.4…

Canada can only lose in a trade war with China

From canola to peas and soybeans, the Chinese are using our commodities as bargaining chips in a diplomatic dispute

Canada can only lose in a trade war with ChinaCanola was first, and now peas and soybeans. It was highly predictable. And given how things have progressed over the last five months, the situation can only escalate. The Canadian government has pledged to help farmers affected by our epic spat with China. But other than offering cash or support to develop new markets for…

The plant-based invasion takes over the barbecue

Beyond Meat is heading to Canadian grocery stores. It's the leading edge of a shift in how we consume proteins

The plant-based invasion takes over the barbecueIt was just a matter of time before Beyond Meat, the California-based company partially owned by Bill Gates and meat giant Tyson Foods, jumped from drive-throughs to grocery store shelves. Beyond Meat recently announced that its vegan burger will be available at several large Canadian grocers beginning in May, just in time for barbecue season.…
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