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01.6 Trends in Food Consumption in Canada

Overall, many changes have occurred in food consumption patterns in Canada in the past few decades, and they continue to change as consumer demands and perceptions change. The advent of new processing technologies have brought new products on the market and this will continue. Consumer perception of those products will determine whether they succeed or fail. Undoubtedly, advertising campaigns for various food products and controversies about the health effects of various food commodities (butter vs margarine; sugar vs non-caloric or low caloric sweeteners; fats vs fat substitutes; trans-fat free products; processed vs unprocessed foods) will continue to influence consumer food buying habits.

Want to learn more?
  • Read the article in the link below and comment on the following points using your own experience in Canada. http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2019/april/features/2019-top-10-food-trends.aspx
    • Cannabis/CBD oil-infused drinks
    • Cannabis/CBD oil-infused food
    • Zero-waste cooking
    • Globally inspired breakfast dishes
    • Global flavors in kid’s meals
    • Hyper-local
    • New cuts of meat
    • Veggie-centric/vegetable-forward cuisine
    • Chef-driven fast-casual concepts
    • Craft/artisan/locally produced spirits
Critical Thinking
  • Look at the most recent food consumption data (2014-2018) in the Statistics Canada website: http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a26?lang=eng&retrLang=eng&id=0020011&tabMode=dataTable&srchLan=-1&p1=-1&p2=35#customizeTab
  • Within each food category, which products have increased in consumption and which ones have decreased? Can you identify what are the main reasons for these changes in consumption patterns?
    • Meat
    • Poultry and Eggs
    • Fish
    • Dairy
    • Fruit and Vegetables
    • Edible oils
    • Beverages
  • Review the highlights for 2017 and note any interesting finding: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/180530/dq180530c-eng.htm (Links to an external site.)