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The Rise of Cell-Cultured Foods

As we continue to move forward amid a global food crisis, many companies and organizations around the world are working feverishly toward finding solutions to some of the challenges and issues. One potential solution, which is garnering as much controversy and pushback as it is generating positive and optimistic dialogue, is cell-cultured foods. With this growing market in mind, we …

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REPORT: Interest and Curiosity in Cellular Food Continues to Grow Among Consumers

The Canadian Food Innovation Network recently released a report titled Canadian FoodTech Trends: Interest and Curiosity in Cellular Food Continues to Grow. The report explores the growing practice of cellular agriculture and potential it poses to dramatically alter how we produce, purchase and consume food, while offering enormous financial opportunities to Canadian producers and exporters.Working with Moncton, NB-based data science …

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Inverte: Turning food waste upside down

Tracking food portions in real time to better manage food and labour costs and enhance operational consistency By Sean Tarry As technology continues to evolve and advance, and the food and beverage industries consistently search for ways to streamline and optimize their operations, their intersect is about set to kickstart a revolution within the kitchen — a robotic one that …

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Food recall: how missteps in the implementation of a recall procedure can lead to judicial action

By Glenford Jameson and Cora James Mistakes happen. With food manufacturing, mistakes can take the form of malfunctioning equipment or cross-contamination of ingredients. Sometimes a key, trusted player in the supply chain sources an ingredient from a new supplier to meet demand, and that new ingredient contains an undeclared allergen. Sometimes, despite rigorous testing and sampling procedures, salmonella finds its …

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Managing crop growth in the digital age

Cutting-edge farm management software helping growers of fruits and vegetables enhance productivity and improve traceability By Sean Tarry When it comes to growing fruits and vegetables, farmers across the country are starting to turn toward tools and resources that can not only help them succeed and grow within today’s hyper-competitive market, but will also support their efforts in an increasingly …

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Decarbonizing Canada’s food supply chain

Goals to reduce carbon footprint from operations are influencing a shift in supply chain strategy among Canada’s food and beverage industries By Sean Tarry The global supply chain has certainly come under a considerable amount of scrutiny over the course of the past two or three years following a raft of port closures and delays, rising costs and fees, and …

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3 metrics to scale up your food manufacturing business

By Steve BurtonAccording to a recent McKinsey report, about 80 per cent of startups that successfully launch products fail to see them through to full scale-up. “For many startups,” its report elaborates, “the challenge is no longer about securing capital—it’s about learning how to restructure themselves as fast as their products or organizations can evolve.”Scaling up sustainably depends on your …

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The impact of food inflation on consumer choices, behaviours, and outcomes for the food industry in Canada

By Robert KowalFood inflation is an ongoing concern for consumers and businesses alike, and its impact on consumer choices, behaviours, and outcomes within the food industry cannot be understated.Canadians have been through a sustained period of food inflation, reaching 41-year highs in 2022. According to Stats Canada, February 2023 marked the seventh consecutive month when the food inflation rate rose …

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Fostering Canadian food sector innovation and growth

Canadian Food Innovation Network intensifying its offering with appointment of Alex Barlow as VP of Programs By Sean Tarry When it comes to stimulating innovation within the Canadian food sector, few can attest to doing it more effectively or bearing more significant impact than the Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN). Connecting the Canadian food ecosystem with game-changing resources, including cutting-edge …

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Why food companies need to cut plastic packaging waste from their supply chains

By Hugo Fuentes, CEO of The Owl Solutions Packaging waste is a significant problem for the environment and for companies operating in the food industry. In 2022, the federal government said that 2.8 million tonnes of plastic waste end up in landfills in Canada with only 9 per cent of plastics being recycled. Packaging materials such as plastic, paper, and …

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