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Canadians Want More Natural Foods

Almost 60 percent of Canadians say they are making an effort to change their eating habits. Leaning towards more natural […]

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Chicken with Global Flair

If there’s one thing Canadians can agree on, it’s our love of chicken! Collectively, we eat about 1 billion kilograms […]

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Time to Explore the Dark Side

When it comes to chicken, do you prefer white meat or dark meat? Most North Americans have been convinced that […]

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Time for Turkey

Cooking a whole turkey requires patience and dedication. It can take days to thaw, and hours to baste and roast. […]

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Gluten-free goes mainstream

Gluten-free has gone mainstream

The global gluten-free market is projected to reach US$6.2 billion by 2018, with North America contributing about 59% of the […]

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Protein requirements: are seniors falling short?

Regardless of age, a meal without protein is like macaroni without cheese – it’s simply incomplete. While appetites may dictate […]

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Mushrooms on the Menu

Mushrooms on the Menu

Portobello mousse on truffled toast with pear and fennel compote. Sautéed shiitake and steak salad on a bed of microgreens. […]

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Brain-Boosting Foods

We often hear about foods that are good for heart health, but rarely think about foods that enrich the brain. […]

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Be in the Know

Be in the Know

Whether it is traces of an allergen or the risk of harmful bacteria, foods are recalled on a daily basis. […]

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Shaking the salt habit

According to a 2008 survey conducted by the Canadian Council of Food and Nutrition, about 70 percent of Canadians say […]

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New Listeria Project Launches in Canada

New Listeria Project Launches in Canada

Listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health concern in North America. The risk of listerosis can be reduced through safe food preparation, handling and storage practises and many food companies take proactive measures to prevent listeria bacteria from contaminating their food products.

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New Medical Guidelines Feature Nutrition Therapy

New Medical Guidelines Feature Nutrition Therapy

While conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes are often treated with pharmaceuticals, there is a new push in a […]

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Cool Apps

Nope, not cool appetizers. We’re talking about the most helpful, time-saving and useful downloadable phone applications (apps) for smartphones such […]

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How to Nourish Canada’s Aging Population

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, it is predicted that one in every three Canadians will be 55 […]

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Enhanced Labelling Regulations for Food Allergens

Enhanced Labelling Regulations for Food Allergens

With a recent rise in the awareness of food allergies and intolerances, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is introducing […]

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What's Health Canada up to Now...?

What’s Health Canada up to Now…?

To be on top of nutrition news in Canada, it’s important to see what the government is up to. With […]

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The rise in gluten-free dining

The rise in gluten-free dining

If you've been in a grocery store or read a restaurant menu lately, you've seen the proliferation of gluten-free foods. From rice-based pizza dough to quinoa pilaf, gluten-free has hit the mainstream. You may also be getting an increased number of requests from clients to offer gluten-free items on your menu.

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New traceability program in Canada

New traceability program in Canada

In July 2012, the Government of Canada made an important announcement: a $765,000 investment into building a single national livestock […]

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Lower calories for higher sales

Lower calories for higher sales

Portion sizes have grown exponentially over the years, as has the collective weight of Canadians. Larger servings mean more calories, […]

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Safe Summer Grilling at Home

Safe Summer Grilling at Home

With the grilling season getting into full swing, firing up the barbecue is a staple on almost everyone’s summer to […]

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Umami – The Fifth Taste

Umami – The Fifth Taste

Umami is widely accepted as the fifth basic taste, along with the more commonly recognized sweet, sour, bitter and salty. […]

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Pork is a Healthy Choice

Rich in B-vitamins, zinc and protein, pork is a healthy choice in a balanced diet and a favourite with seniors. […]

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Spring Greening: Clean up your environmental impact

The foodservice industry is about twice as energy intensive as other commercial operations, and rising costs are motivating many foodservice […]

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Menu Planning For Older Adults

If you are catering to our aging population in a hospital or long-term care setting, it’s important to be aware […]

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Grow Your Menu with Flavourful Ethnic Choices

According to NPD Group, the fastest growing menu items in Canadian restaurants are ethnic-inspired foods.From Vietnamese pho to Japanese sushi, […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey

Turkey is a popular holiday entrée, but this nutrient-dense option should be part of the menu all year round. Succulent, […]

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How to Build a Healthy Sandwich

How to Build a Healthy Sandwich

Sandwiches can range from healthy delights to dietary disasters depending on the fillings, toppings and breads that are chosen. Here’s […]

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Food Safety

Food Safety in the Classroom

By Dr. Randy Huffman, Chief Food Safety Officer, Maple Leaf Foods Food safety is not a subject that has typically […]

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A new spin on the old sandwich

Behold the catered sandwich tray. If you’ve ever been to an average weekday lunch ‘n’ learn or board meeting, you […]

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Provide some comfort

Provide some comfort

Whether it is mashed potatoes, turkey pot pie or a slab of gooey chocolate cake, you can probably identify the […]

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Last fall's EColi

Last fall’s E. coli recall: a reminder of what went wrong

This fall’s large-scale beef recall from Alberta’s XL Foods has put E. coli in the spotlight. More than 1,500 items […]

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Smarter Sipping

Smarter Sipping

While waist watchers are conscious of calories, many mindless munchers forget to add up all of the calories that they […]

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What a waste! How to cut back on food garbage

What a waste! How to cut back on food garbage

An enormous amount of food is wasted unnecessarily in Canada, to the tune of $27.7 billion dollars each year. The […]

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Storing of Ready-To-Eat Meats and Leftovers

Follow these simple steps to help create delicious and safe sandwiches for your patients, residents and customers. The two-hour rule […]

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An update on Canada’s Sodium Strategy

It's no secret that sodium consumption is a major health issue for Canadians. While the daily upper limit for sodium should be 2,300 mg, the average Canadian consumes 3,400 mg of sodium per day. High sodium intake is linked with elevated blood pressure, which is the major cause of cardiovascular disease and a risk factor for stroke and kidney disease. There is also evidence to suggest that a diet high in sodium is a risk factor for osteoporosis, stomach cancer and asthma.

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Herbs and spices add flavour and health benefits

Chefs understand the magic of cooking with herbs and spices. A dash of ginger, pinch of cayenne or sprig of thyme can make taste buds come alive. But beyond the wonderful tang of herbs and spices, many of these tried-and-true flavours also pack a powerful nutritional punch. Read on to learn how herbs and spices provide the double benefit of taste and health.

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Adding Flavour, Not Salt

With a clear link between high sodium intake and increased blood pressure, salty foods have become a point of concern in health care-related foodservice establishments. The average sodium consumption for Canadian adults is 3,100 mg per day, which far exceeds the recommended upper per limit of 2,300 mg/day.

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Safely Leading the Way

Food Safety is a key priority at Maple Leaf as we work toward becoming a global leader in food safety […]

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How Do Your Foodservice Colleagues Stay Current?

You know it’s important to stay up-to-date with foodservice trends and news. However, in your busy work environment, you may not have time to read every relevant article, attend every trade show or navigate every foodservice-related website. And, maybe you don’t have to. The Dish recently surveyed 30 of your foodservice industry colleagues from across Canada to find out which magazines, trade shows and websites that they rely on to help them stay current.

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Maple Leaf Foods: Sharing Our Learnings

There is a heightened awareness of food safety and Listeria with the recent product recalls. Health Departments are more vigilant and better equipped to track and identify food-borne illnesses like listeriosis, and stronger government regulations implemented over a year ago require a lot more testing, which helps track the source of a problem when it occurs. These improvements mean safer food, and also mean there's a lot more awareness and action when there is a problem.

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