ICYMI: Manitoba farmers combat global hunger, Vancouver vegan institution up for sale, and more

Here are five Canadian food stories from the past week

The B.C. General Employees Union saga has finally come to an end, but shortages within the restaurant, bar, and cannabis industries are expected to continue. 

According to a new report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, having reduced access to alcohol might just be exactly what the doctor ordered.  

The centre’s proposed alcohol guidelines may be divisive, but two things everyone can agree on is that there are some highly-creative folks in the craft beer industry, and there are some incredibly warm-hearted farmers in the Canadian Prairies.

Here are a few Canadian food stories from the past week that you might have missed.

Vancouver vegan institution suddenly listed for sale

Vancouver’s iconic vegetarian restaurant The Naam was in the news this week after the building’s owners suddenly listed the more than 50-year-old property for sale. Employees have speculated that the sudden listing is likely due to both the owners’ age and the rising expenses associated with running a restaurant. 

Find the full story at CBC News.

Manitoba farmers harvest wheat crops to combat global hunger

Manitoba’s Crossborders Community Project held its annual charity harvesting event this week and early reports indicate that more than 250 acres of wheat was harvested for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. 

Although the community event produced slightly less wheat than previous years, this year’s harvest is expected to support food security programming in as many as 34 different countries.

Head to CBC News to read more. 

Proposed alcohol guidelines highlight the risk of drinking

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction recently proposed an extensive overhaul of Canada’s drinking guidelines. According to the Ottawa-based centre, a significant proportion of alcohol-attributable deaths in Canada over the past year were abiding by the the decade-old guidelines.

Check out The Star for more information.

B.C.’s alcohol and cannabis shortages continue on

The BCGEU and the province of B.C. finally came to an agreement this week after roughly seven months of contract negotiations. Although workers have been back to work since the strike ended last week, the restaurant, bar, and cannabis industries have continued to experience significant shortages.

While many expect the shortages to continue on for the next few weeks, experts suggest that this past week will likely be the last one with major shortages. 

Visit CTV News for more.

Why tall cans reign supreme in the craft beer scene

CBC’s Cost of Living covered an interesting story this week breaking down the reasons why tall cans tend to dominate the craft beer industry. According to the brewers that were interviewed, the tall can’s popularity comes down to more than just the appeal of having more to drink per can. 

In addition to costing roughly the same as a regular can to produce, the brewers attribute the tall can’s dominance to its exclusivity, its appeal to craft beer connoisseurs, and the extra space allowing more room for creative labelling.

Read the story in full at CBC News