Not kosher: growing market segment faces questions

Kosher certification goes beyond just food safety or dietary regimes. Its symbolic and religious virtues are critical to the currency of this category

Not kosher: growing market segment faces questionsCanada’s largest kosher meat packer has had its licences suspended, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This could spell trouble for consumers of kosher meat products and particularly the Jewish community. Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, a Toronto-based company, has been in operation since 1983. The company, which also operates under other names, had its…

Going bananas for a threatened fruit

A deadly fungus is spreading all over the world, so we can expect to pay more for bananas. But our world-class scientists could help solve the problem

Going bananas for a threatened fruitThe world could run out of bananas. Reports this summer suggest that a banana-killing fungus, Fusarium TR4 or the Panama disease, has reached Latin America. And it could spread, affecting crops sold in the United States and Canada. After having been detected in the Middle East, Asia and Australia, many experts were expecting the highly-contagious…

Building relationships between guest and host

Robert Vidra talks about how Simply Elegant strives to be an exceptional hospitality firm

Building relationships between guest and hostRobert Vidra is CEO of Simply Elegant. What’s Simply Elegant and what does it do? Vidra: Simply Elegant is a hospitality firm. Our philosophy is “enlightened hospitality.” We work towards providing the best possible experience for our clients, guests, staff and vendors. We must be more than a service or product. It must encompass our…

Lab-grown coffee – agriculture’s rising revolution

We are at the dawn of a dramatic change in agricultural that’s drawing acute attention to the true cost of bringing food to our plates

Lab-grown coffee – agriculture’s rising revolutionBean-less coffee could hit the market as early as next year. Our summer was marked by key announcements from major food chains that have decided to switch to plant-based alternatives. Meat – particularly beef – was the target of companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, who claimed their plant-based products were more ecologically sound.…

The dark side of the Non-GMO Project

Suggesting that food products with the Non-GMO Project label are safer and more nutritious is simply misleading and rests on scrawny scientific evidence

The dark side of the Non-GMO ProjectMost consumers have seen Non-GMO logos on bread and other food products at the grocery store. But the verification program now faces criticism. The Non-GMO Project verified logo is now on over 50,000 food products in North America that bring in more than $30 billion in retail sales. The green leaves and orange butterfly logo first…

Dedicated to serving fresh, original, quality food

Blair Stevens talks about vision behind The Chopped Leaf and why the quick-service restaurant brand is quickly gaining followers

Dedicated to serving fresh, original, quality foodBlair Stevens is founder and brand president for The Chopped Leaf. What is The Chopped Leaf and how is it different in the market?  Stevens: The Chopped Leaf is a national quick-service restaurant (QSR) brand that serves a premium product dedicated to quality, freshness, and originality! We do our mighty best to deliver a full-service…

Walmart, Instacart offer on-demand grocery delivery across Canada

Expansion builds on a successful 17-store pilot in Toronto and Winnipeg. Delivery can be made in as soon as one hour

Walmart, Instacart offer on-demand grocery delivery across CanadaWalmart Canada and Instacart announced on Thursday the national expansion of their relationship, which will bring on-demand grocery delivery services from nearly 200 Walmart stores across Canadian in as fast as an hour. In a news release, the companies said the expansion builds on a successful 17-store pilot in the greater Toronto area and Winnipeg.…

Growing number of households outsourcing meal preparation

Kitchen stoves could soon be following the sewing machine as unnecessary household appliances

Growing number of households outsourcing meal preparationFor many of us, the kitchen has always been a sacred place in our homes, often referred to as the heart of the home. But kitchens seem to be losing their lustre. An increasing number of condos and apartments are being sold and rented without a stove. In pricey Yorkville, one of Toronto’s most expensive…

Jana Sobey’s devotion to family, food and community

The Sobeys Inc. vice-president talks about the dynamic trends in her industry, from e-commerce to buying local

Jana Sobey’s devotion to family, food and communityJana Sobey is vice-president of merchandising, community format, Thrifty Foods and Field for Sobeys Inc. She recently received a 2019 Star Women in Grocery Award. How did you feel about winning the award and what did it mean to you? Sobey: It felt really good. I was actually quite surprised, to be quite honest. So being…

Beyond Meat should look beyond meat

Beyond Meat’s fixation on replicating the taste and texture of natural products like beef has become the company’s greatest weakness

Beyond Meat should look beyond meatBeyond Meat lost almost $10 million in its second quarter, but it beat expectations on revenues. Regardless, Beyond Meat is now worth US$14 billion U.S. and is Wall Street’s best-performing initial public offering (IPO) so far this year. But it does face challenges. Beyond Meat’s stock price has increased by more than 800 per cent…