Tag: food trends

Brain Health

Brain health

When it comes to well-being, our brain is the mecca of human body. Certain foods have antioxidants that help protect your brain from damage, while others contain nutrients that support memory and brain development.  You can help support your brain health and boost your alertness, memory and mood by strategically including some of these foods in your diet. Fatty Fish Fatty fish such as salmon, trout and sardines are a rich source of omega-3s which is a major building block…

Cheese Trends

Cheese board

When it comes to cheese, everyone has a favourite. Whether it be gouda, edam, or havarti, Canadians reach for cheese en masse. The cheese category continues to grow and experts predict an additional 15% growth over the next five years [1]; keep an eye on these trends as you choose the right cheese to stock for your customers. 1. Snack Size Portions Canadians love to snack. Cheese is a good source of protein and part of a healthy diet.  Snack…

Passport to Adventure

Dining together, cuisine, food

A Map to Trends in Global Cuisine   In many ways, the world is becoming a smaller place. At the touch of our finger tips, we can see and experience places on the other side of the planet.  With air travel more affordable and global migration on the rise, Canadians can personally experience cultural nuances from all parts of the world on a regular basis. Add to that a love of dining out and trying new ethnic fare, and Canadians are becoming more…

Re-defining the Weekend Warrior 

protein

Who Are the Weekend Warriors? Weekend warriors: those die-hard athletes who work 50-60 hours a week, yet still find time on the weekend to train for that triathlon or ride their bike a hundred miles. Times are changing, and a shift has occurred where Canadians have re-focused on their health & well-being, and envisioning themselves as an athlete or at the very least someone who is active and looks the part. [1] These changes have even prompted the sports nutrition industry to be more broadly defined as active nutrition.   Bars are a category that is pushing…

Next Gen Grilling – A Saucy Proposition

BBQ Grilling

Get Ready for BBQ Season With the warmer spring weather comes one of my favourite seasons – barbecuing! There is nothing better than hot off the grill meats and veggies with that smoky aroma and allure of cooking with fire.   While only a small portion of us use our BBQ’s weekly, we are now grilling three times more than our grandparents. And barbecuing is still among our favourite ways to headline an outdoor party. When entertaining, we are looking to go beyond basic burgers and brats, looking to healthier and more sophisticated options, including fish, vegetables and even fruits.   We also…

Hot Trend: Charcoal

Activated Charcoal

What is Charcoal? Charcoal is made by heating wood, bamboo, coconut shells, or peat to very high temperatures until they become carbonized ash. This activated charcoal is then processed to give it a microporous structure, allowing it to bind molecules and compounds. Activated charcoal has no flavor and is used in water filters and air purifiers to remove odors and contaminants. The adsorptive properties are what make activated charcoal a great additive for detoxification/cleansing diets. Uses and Benefits While using…

Canada’s Food Guide Summarized

Highlights The federal government has dramatically overhauled Canada’s Food Guide, introducing a new, simplified approach which was created with the help of academic experts from various Schools of Nutrition in Universities across Canada. For the past four decades, Health Canada has instructed Canadians that a healthy diet consists of specific servings across four food groups (fruit & veg/dairy/meat & alternatives/grains).  The new guide not only does away with these groups but also eliminates serving numbers and sizes altogether (encouraging proportion…

The Frozen Category is Heating Up

The Frozen Journey Frozen foods have come a very long way.  After many years of slumping sales, the freezer aisle has become a bright spot in the supermarket again.  With nearly everyone buying frozen food, the category (in Canada) is now valued at $4.9 billion-dollars and growing +1%. [1] The negative stigma around frozen food (too processed, very cookie-cutter) has evolved and consumers are now flocking to the frozen food aisle. It’s easy to find healthy meals that can be…

Snacking in Today’s Marketplace

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

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…