Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Canadian Food Trends to 2020

I recently blogged about Hunger and Food Insecurity in Canada so was quite interested in reading the results of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's 2005 study for predicted Canadian Food Trends to 2020. The study looked ahead at Canadian food and beverage consumption to the year 2020 considering factors and issues that are expected to drive consumer attitudes and perceptions in combination with consumption forecasts based on Canadian statistical history. Sources for the data and information analyzed in the study included Statistics Canada, Agriculture and Agri Food Canada, Health Canada, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, publicly commissioned or omnibus surveys on consumer behaviours, attitudes and awareness, government agencies and a review of the media, trade journals, and relevant literature.

A point form summary of the trends that are predicted to influence Canadian food and beverage consumption to the year 2020 are (for more details click link):

  1. aging Canadians
  2. an evolving society
  3. changing meal patterns
  4. shifting expenditures
  5. food for health
  6. the educated consumer
  7. immigration
  8. no trade-off for convenience
  9. increased consumption of meatless meals
  10. organic foods
  11. small indulgences
  12. food safety and production issues
  13. consumer directed interventions (eg. fat tax, junk food bans)


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