ICYMI: Impossible Foods debuts in Canada, more salmonella cases linked to U.S.-imported onions, and more

Here are five stories you might have missed in food news this week

The long-awaited debut of Impossible Foods’ popular Impossible Burger has finally arrived in five major Canadian cities, and unlike many of its comfort food competitors, it’s going straight onto the menus of some of the country’s top restaurants. 

London, Ontario is getting ready to welcome the city’s first zero-waste grocer, and in an effort to help speed up the process, Reimagine Co. has launched a unique fundraiser, during which patrons’ donations will be matched with store credit of equal value. 

Finally, the Public Health Agency of Canada has issued an urgent warning to Canadians after 78 new cases of salmonella have been linked to U.S.-imported onions. Health officials have advised that Canadians refrain from purchasing any onions that may have been imported from the U.S. 

Here are five stories you might have missed in food news this week.

Impossible Foods debuts in five Canadian cities


This week, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal were revealed to be the first Canadian cities that will get a taste of Silicon Valley-based company Impossible Foods' plant-based products.

Toronto’s Maker Pizza, Montreal’s Joe Beef, and Calgary’s Charcut are among the 13 Canadian restaurants that will be offering a spin on the popular Impossible Burger in the coming weeks.

A spokesperson for the company recently stated that Calgary in particular was chosen as a launch city in order to directly compete with the province’s beloved Alberta beef. 

Get the full breakdown from the Calgary Herald

California fires could affect Canada’s supply chain

Every year, Canada imports roughly $3.1 billion worth of food from California, and according to University of Dalhousie professor Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, the state’s alarming uptick in wildfires this summer could force Canada to look elsewhere for produce come winter. 

While Dr. Charlebois believes that the country will likely fare finely due to the relative strength of the Canadian dollar, he also stated that Canadians may need to start rethinking how we will obtain our food in the future.  

Find the full article at Food In Canada.

Zero-waste grocery store launches fundraising to accelerate expansion


Zero-waste grocer Reimagine Co. recently launched a new fundraising initiative in the hopes that it will help accelerate their impending move to London, ON. The company’s new location--the first of its kind in London--is offering Londoners store credit of equal value to the amount they donate.

Reimagine’s $50,000 fundraising campaign will go live on their website next week. 

Get the full breakdown from Global News

Public Health Agency urges Canadians to refrain from purchasing U.S.-imported onions

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reported more than 70 new cases of salmonella infections linked to imported onions from the United States, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 457. 

Following the report, PHAC and Health Canada both urged Canadians not to eat, use, sell, or serve any red, white, yellow, or sweet yellow onions, or any products made with these onions. 

Head to CTV News for more. 

Swiss Chalet teams up with Lay’s


Swiss Chalet announced this week that it has once again teamed up with Lay’s to produce a limited-edition Chalet Sauce potato chip. The two Canadian companies have made the 220-gram bags available for purchase at Swiss Chalet locations across the country.

Get the full scoop from Canadify