Bean to bar: the chocolate industry in Canada

The bean to bar trend has spurred specific equipment needs for the Canadian market. According to Agricultural and Agri-Foods Canada’s 2012 report, the chocolate confectionery industry had shrunk in terms of employee numbers, but sales, export, and import volumes were steadily increasing. (The closure of Hershey's Smith Falls, Ontario factory in 2009 was a key … Continue reading Bean to bar: the chocolate industry in Canada

The hottest food & beverage trends in Canada.

Awareness of Canadian food and beverage trends and changing consumer preferences can help industry exporters better target their marketing and sales in Canada. According to Restaurants Canada, total food service sales in Canada are projected to reach $88.7 billion in 2018, with millennials as the key drivers of growth. The hottest trends that consumers are … Continue reading The hottest food & beverage trends in Canada.

Private label food opportunities in the Canadian market.

Particularly with food products - where the market is staggeringly abundant with choices - private label with big brands provides a good opportunity for sales volume, ease of market entry, and building relationships with retailers. Canadian Grocer's July 2018 article "The Rising Power of Private Label" indicates that private label store brands are rising in popularity, … Continue reading Private label food opportunities in the Canadian market.

If you still have questions about the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations…

...then perhaps we can help. For the past six months we've been posting regularly about the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), which come into force today. (Older posts can be found by searching the 'Food & Health' tag in the column on the right, or by clicking here, here, and here.) We're going to … Continue reading If you still have questions about the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations…

Some retail predictions for 2019

Now that the holidays are over, everyone is getting serious about planning for 2019. The retail sector has seen some interesting - and uplifting - sights in its crystal ball. According to Fast Company, shopping in 2019 will include: a rebirth (of sorts) for brick-and-mortar stores, a make-over for the aforementioned stores, with features that … Continue reading Some retail predictions for 2019