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The vast fallout from falling food prices

Consumers win when food prices fall, but all down the supply chain there are losers, including retailers, processors and farmers By Sylvain Charlebois Columnist Troy Media HALIFAX, N.S. / Troy Media/ – Making money in the food business isn’t nearly as simple as it once was. It’s becoming cheaper to …

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Double-double trouble on the coffee front

Canada ranks third among the world’s top coffee drinkers, thanks to the ever-present Tim Hortons chain, but consumption patterns are changing By Sylvain Charlebois Columnist Troy Media HALIFAX, N.S. / Troy Media/ – Coffee is a big deal. In fact, coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world …

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Loblaws playing hardball with food suppliers

By demanding lower prices, Loblaws is protecting its bottom line but will Canadian consumers really benefit – or even notice?   By Sylvain Charlebois Columnist Troy Media HALIFAX, N.S. / Troy Media/ – Loblaw Companies Ltd. recently sent a letter to major suppliers advising them that it will pay 1.45 …

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Chefs Predict Top Restaurant Menu Trends for 2016

National Restaurant Association survey shows local sourcing and environmental sustainability remain hot trends (Washington, D.C.) The National Restaurant Association (NRA) annually explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to …

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Will Price Hikes Dampen Demand?

We have all heard and experienced how the weaker Canadian dollar is making it much more difficult for retailers to keep prices low on anything purchased in U.S. dollars—produce in particular has risen exponentially in recent months. While there has been some encouraging news that meat prices are beginning to …

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The Pendulum Swings 2016 Food Trends for Industry Processors

By Karen D. Crowdis The food manufacturing industry will see many 2015 themes hang over into 2016 as the food trend pendulum continues to hover over them. Trendy 2015 ideas will be solidified as staple expectations with consumers. That will influence reformulating top performers and how new products are created …

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