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Snacking in Today’s Marketplace

Snacking Cookies

Snack Food Category in Canada By 2021, the snack food category in Canada will be worth more than $4 billion dollars [1]. With an average growth rate of 6% over the last five years [2], it’s safe to say that snacking is still a prevalent part of both the grocery industry and our day-to-day lives. The average number of snacks consumed each day hovers around 2.5 [3] and with 8% of us foregoing large meals altogether in exchange for all-day snacking…

Say No to GMO’s

Non-GMO Oatmeal

The Growing Non-GMO Product Opportunity You are not alone if you have heard or read something confusing about GMO’s and food. There is not much scientific consensus about whether genetically modified ingredients are good or bad for the health of humans and animals or the environment. But if you ask consumers about GMO’s, it’s a pretty clear picture. A majority of consumers (72 percent) consistently say they are trying to avoid GMO’s when shopping, and many are looking for non-GMO…

THE SKINNY ON FAT

Despite common perception, fats are actually essential to a well-balanced diet and aid in the absorption of important fat-soluble vitamins to contribute to our overall well-being. Take it from the new generation of Millennials and Gen Z’s that have a fresh opinion on fats. According to recent research, they view most types of fats not only as permissible, but as offering positive health benefits. This generation has not been influenced by the low-fat crazes of the 1990s and 2000s, so…

Pasta Alternatives: NEW WAVE NOODLES

Not Your Grandma’s Pasta   As the mother of two ongoing-concerns, the weekly struggle for nutritional value on our dinner plates is real. Similar to most parents, a quick and healthy meal solution in our house is a miscellaneous hidden-veggie sauce tossed with pasta. However, consider this: is it possible to up the nutritional-ante by using a healthier pasta option with your veggie sauce? The answer is yes; thanks to a culinary evolution in the pasta category this possibility is now…

SUPER FOODS

SUPER FOODS As consumers gain a greater understanding of the importance of a nutrient-rich diet to overall health, superfoods, such as acai, chia seeds, pomegranate and kale, have become the darlings of the packaged foods world, generating widespread consumer interest, with a plethora of products touting their health benefits and creating a multi-billion dollar industry. While the fortunes of some of the foods are relatively short-lived, a group of up-and-coming superfoods seem to have the makings of a long-term powerhouse…