Amendments to Alberta’s Meat Inspection Regulations could mean greater access for consumers to locally produced meat while still maintaining food safety standards, the province says. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry minister Devin Dreeshen has announced regulation changes to give operators more flexibility to meet legislated requirements. “Alberta produces the world’s best beef, pork, and poultry products,… Read More

Anyone and everyone who loves Canadian food is encouraged to show appreciation to the food industry every year on the Saturday of the August long weekend during Food Day Canada — this year it’s Saturday, August 1. Food Day Canada’s first iteration was back in 2003 during the BSE crisis, and was started by Anita… Read More

You can be forgiven if you don’t remember the first Food Day Canada. After all, it wasn’t even called that in 2003. At the time, the Canadian border was closed to livestock movement and protein trade because of BSE. It was an economic disaster for the beef industry, but it also spurred the creation of… Read More

Wendy’s Canada has announced plans to source 100 per cent of its lettuce for salads and sandwiches from one Canadian greenhouse, Whole Leaf,  based at Coaldale, Alta. “The move to greenhouse-grown lettuce is part of our ongoing commitment to offer Canadians the highest quality, best-tasting ingredients,” says Lisa Deletroz, senior director of marketing for Wendy’s… Read More

Aspire Food Group has announced it is moving forward with plans to create a 100,000 sq ft cricket farm at London, Ont. The company plans to commercialize insects-as-protein for the North American market. The plant will hatch, raise, and process crickets into a protein powder. “This first-of-its-kind commercial facility will enable not just Aspire Food… Read More

COVID-19 has impacted many stakeholders in the agriculture industry, including the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB); but they have succeeded in a surprising way. Musu Taylor-Lewis, director of resources and public engagement at CFB, joined Shaun Haney recently to talk about how the pandemic has affected their efforts and the progress they’ve made fundraising this year…. Read More

A California-based company that makes “animal-free” alternatives to dairy products using microflora is receiving US$50 million in funding from the Canada Pension Plan’s investment fund. Perfect Day announced a new US$300 million round of funding last week, led by the contribution from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Founded in 2014, the company has developed… Read More