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The View from Guelph: Farmers Seek Information in all the Right Places

Modern farming is one of the most complex enterprises anywhere. Today’s farmers must be agronomists, accountants, environmentalists, scientists, bankers, mechanics and much more. So where do they turn to for advice on running their capital-intensive, weather-dependent, incredibly complex operations? Just like they do with farming, farmers blend the old and the new when it comes …

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What if that “gut feeling” is more than a feeling?

There is growing awareness amongst both the medical community and consumers that microbiome health, which is the health of the bacterial flora that lives in our gut, is at the root of wellness. Scientists estimate that the microorganisms living within us outnumber our human cells by a ratio of up to 3:1. Our gut microbiome …

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Be Part of the Nourish 2019 Halal Shopper Study

If you’re targeting the $1 billion halal market you need to be part of our Halal Shopper Study. This year marks our 5th annual study, and it’s the biggest of its kind in Canada with approximately 1,000 halal shoppers surveyed. If you’d like to benefit from this important study, contact either Jo-Ann McArthur or Salima …

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Food Day Canada – Why Small is Beautiful in Canadian Agriculture

Food Day Canada kicked off in 2003, starting life as The World’s Longest Barbecue. Its purpose was to spearhead a nationwide response to sanctions placed on Canadian beef exports by our biggest trading partners and cast a spotlight on the impact the boycott had on Canada’s agricultural community. That first event was a huge success …

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The View from Guelph: Is the Family Farm Nearing the End of the Road?

Elton John once sang, “I should have stayed on the farm / I should have listened to my old man.” It makes one wonder – are kids staying on the family farm anymore? The most recent Census of Canadian Agriculture (conducted in 2016) paints a picture of the Canadian farming landscape we’ve become quite familiar …

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Millennials, Your 15 Minutes are Up: Say Hello (and Learn to Market) to Generation Z

I love the saying that generations not only shape history but are also shaped by it. Researchers will tell you that an individual’s age is one of the most common predictors of differences in attitudes and behaviours. Changes in political circumstances, societal mores and economic conditions over a period can lead to people within a …

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Store 2019: Jo-Ann Explains Gen Z at Major Retail Conference

Pop quiz: what is currently the largest generational cohort in Canada? If you said Gen X, you’re way off. The boomers are still holding strong, but they’re no longer number one. Not even the ubiquitous millennials can claim the top spot. You may be surprised to learn that Generation Z, comprised of people born between …

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SIAL 2019 Roundup: Nourish Talks the Talk at Major Food Biz Convention

Nourish was well represented at SIAL Canada 2019, one of the world’s preeminent food industry conventions. Panels and lectures were led by President Jo-Ann McArthur, CCO Andreas Duess, and Multicultural Lead Salima Jivraj. Here’s a rundown of the timely topics we covered. The Future of Grocerants To discuss the changing ways in which consumers source …

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The View From Guelph: Mental Health and Wellness on the Farm

Thinking clearly about mental health in agriculture Farmers are by nature independent, private people. They’ve traditionally subscribed to a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ philosophy when it comes to taking care of the emotional self. While farmers are outstanding stewards of the land and caregivers to their livestock and families, taking care of their …

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Kitchen Tech Update: Voice-activated Assistants are Making Inroads Into our Kitchens

“Hey Google, heat the oven to 350 degrees” From ovens to fridges, from taps to microwaves, the kitchen is getting smarter and more connected and the use of voice-activated assistants, like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, continues to grow. So much so, that by mid-2020, smart speakers are projected to outnumber tablets in Canadian households. …

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Food Trends In-depth: Reviewing the Shift from Physical to Emotional Well-being

Across the food spectrum, the vocabulary of health and wellness is evolving. We called it out in our 2019 Trend Report, and it’s one of the most intriguing food trends to watch. It’s shifting away from established nutritional and condition-specific call-outs like ‘gluten-free’ and ‘heart healthy’. More and more we see product labelling that highlights …

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Nourish at SIAL: Come Join the Conversation

On April 30th, the Nourish management team – Jo-Ann McArthur, President; Andreas Duess, Chief Creative Officer; and Salima Jivraj, Account Director and Multicultural Lead – will each host a discussion at SIAL Canada in Toronto. Here’s the complete schedule for each: Panel: The Future of Grocerants: A Panel with Nourish Food Marketing. April 30, 2019, …

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The View From Guelph: Speak Up, Speak Out About Canadian Agriculture

By Len Kahn, President, Kahntact Canadian farmers have always had something of a linear relationship with consumers. Farmers provide an abundance of safe, nutritious, readily available and affordable food choices. Consumers buy and enjoy this food – and don’t ask too many questions. It’s a relationship built on trust that has stood the test of …

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Kitchen Tech Update: Wherever I Hang My Stove, That’s My Home

Traditional stoves are big, heavy and hardwired into the home. Once in place, they rarely, if ever, move throughout the lifetime of the kitchen. But urban living spaces are getting smaller, and homeownership in many cities is on the decline. Appliances like the Instant Pot, the Thermomix, dedicated coffee makers, rice cookers and Sous Vide …

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Trends In-Depth: Reviewing the Shift from Diets to Selective Eating

In a significant shift in consumer focus and consumption habits, “diets” have been replaced by following a specific eating pattern instead, and losing weight is no longer the primary goal. (No doubt to the chagrin of many weight loss businesses.) Instead, more consumers are eating to optimize mental and physical performance, energy levels, and health. …

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Trends In-Depth – Reviewing the Shift From Mindful to Virtuous Consumption

As an addendum to the 2019 Nourish Trend Report, we’re taking stock of how the trends we foresaw and reported in our annual publication are panning out. In this edition, we’re looking at how both businesses and consumers are tackling the problems of waste in all aspects of the food industry. Where once a “locally …

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Trends In-Depth – Reviewing the Shift From the Rise of Plant-based Products to the Rise of the Conscious Carnivore and Ethical Protein

In a new series of blogs, we’re taking an enhanced look at the individual trends we identified in the 2019 Nourish Trend Report. First up, let’s dig into plant-based diets and the shifts occurring throughout the food and beverage industry. With increased access to alternative proteins and heightened consumer awareness, we’re foreseeing the blurring (and …

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