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Sunny Boy Foods enlists researcher to develop a unique fibre concentrate

By Cheryl Saito With .most Canadians not getting enough fibre in .their diets and nearly half having high blood cholesterol, Alberta-based food manufacturer Sunny Boy Foods, a Canadian company dating back to 1926, recently teamed up with University of Alberta researcher Thava Vasanthan to bring a concentrated source of healthy dietary fibre to market. Found within the cell walls of …

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Innovators and investors

Report showcases Canada’s natural and functional food By Jana Manolakos Hit by Crohn’s Disease, Ted Fleming turned to drinking non-alcoholic beer, a beverage that was less irritating for his intestines. The problem was that most non-alcoholic beers lacked flavour and variety, so he grabbed the bull by the horns and began to brew his own, launching Partake Brewing in 2017. …

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Three Pandemic Trends That Are Here to Stay

By Suzanne Ma While the pandemic has presented some of the biggest challenges food businesses have ever faced, it’s also been exciting to witness so much innovation. We’ve seen hundreds of businesses across Canada and around the world get creative and pivot literally overnight in order to thrive in this fast-paced and unpredictable world. From farmers and grocers, to breweries, …

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Facing the Facts: Food Insecurity in the Spotlight

By Jessica Huras Food insecurity has long been a significant problem in Canada, with research showing that a growing number of Canadians were struggling to afford nutritious food even before the pandemic left millions without reliable sources of income. “We knew before the pandemic that we had a large problem, and that problem had been festering,” says Valerie Tarasuk, a …

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COVID-19 hits the Canadian food industry

By Jessica Wei As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the world in the first few months of 2020, an unprecedented shutdown impacted shops, restaurants and agricultural businesses, along with transport. By March 21, every province in Canada was called into a state of emergency. During this period, restaurants were ordered to pivot to takeout and delivery only or close completely, …

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All About Halal

How to Unlock this Emerging Market for Your Product By the year 2021, Muslims will outnumber Chinese in Canada, according to a projection from Statistics Canada based on current growth rates. Despite the statistics, though, most companies allocate far fewer marketing dollars on reaching the Muslim consumer, if any at all. It may have something to do with a single word …

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Blockchain offers critical links to food security

By Jana Manolakos Every year, one in eight Canadians – roughly four million people – gets sick from contaminated food. With shipments coming into the country from every corner of the world, it gets challenging to secure a safe supply of food in an increasingly complex process.  For some, blockchain technology promises a failsafe. Blockchain is entering the mainstream among food …

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The ‘secret sauce’ of edible cannabis in Canada

By Carol T Culhane, PHEc, MBA; President, International Food Focus Ltd.  If all goes according to plan, by October 17, Canada will have federal regulations which enable the sale of edible cannabis products.The federal government’s steadfast adherence to its roll-out of legalized cannabis in many forms illustrates its commitment to the three-pronged aim of this new legislation, which are to:  …

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