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All About Halal

Many mainstream products are passed over by Muslim consumers because they have no way of knowing if they are halal.

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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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Two Canadian food icons rebrand to give consumers what they want, when they want it

  Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and Schneiders have rebranded their products in answer to what consumers want and when they want it. “We’ve got a unique opportunity to drive category growth across our entire prepared meats portfolio,” says Adam Grogan, Senior Vice-president, Marketing and Innovation for both companies. The change follows extensive research on consumer behaviour and demand. It is …

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To read or not to read

Evaluating the Importance of Food Labels By Kathy Perrotta With the Canadian government currently in the process of seeking feedback on new regulations for front-of-package nutrition symbols that would alert consumers to foods that are high in sodium, sugars or saturated fat, a review of current label evaluation behaviour reveals that there already is a whole lot of label reading going …

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Setting the table for a homegrown value-added food sector

As foreign food processors pull out of Canada, taking jobs with them, it’s essential to the economy that we fill the gap By Sylvain Charlebois, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies The bloodbath in foreign-owned, large-scale food manufacturing in Canada continues. Canadian value-added food producers need to fill the gap. In the past few days, we’ve learned that two …

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Connectivity and digitalization in food production

How Canadian food manufacturers will benefit from digitalization By Markus Brettschneider From automotive and aerospace, many industries have been using digitalization technologies, such as automation and robotics, for many years. This goes hand in hand with the idea of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), where connectivity of devices opens up new possibilities to improve production. However, the food and beverage …

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