ICYMI: Newfoundland doubles down on sugar tax, new prospects for pulse producers, and more

Here are six news stories you may have missed this week

With just two weeks to go before Newfoundland and Labrador’s highly-contentious sugary beverage tax takes effect, the provincial government doubled down on its mission to promote healthy beverage choices with a controversial new campaign.

International food rescue group is continuing its campaign to reduce food waste by setting up shop in another major Canadian city, and speaking of reducing food insecurity, Canadian pulse producers were treated to some promising news courtesy of the Indian government.

Catch up on these stories and more in our weekly roundup of interesting Canadian food news.

Newfoundland and Labrador launch sugary drink campaign

With Newfoundland and Labrador’s impending sugary beverage tax creeping closer and closer, the provincial government recently launched a new campaign advising consumers to consider healthier beverage choices. 

Although many local retailers are still opposed to the looming legislation, the government maintains that the tax and campaign both align with recommendations of the World Health Organization and Canada’s Food Guide. 

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Canadian students shine at Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

A collection of Canadian student-entrepreneurs competed in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards’ Canadian national event in Halifax this week with five student-led businesses—including two in the foodservice sector—selected as winners.

The companies were awarded a shared purse of $100,000 in cash and will go on to represent Canada in the competition’s international event in 2023. 

Find the full breakdown at Newswire.

Calgary’s Pie Junkie is targeted by “Freedom Fighter” hate mob


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Calgary’s much-loved Pie Junkie was the victim of targeted harassment this week after so-called “Freedom Fighters” objected to some staff wearing masks. Although the unwarranted attacks intended to cause Pie Junkie harm, the Calgary food and beverage community—not unlike the recent Valbella incident—quickly rallied to show its support in a multitude of ways. 

Head to City News for the full story.

Promising signs for Canadian pulse producers

The combination of food insecurity, a growing demand for sustainable foods, and India’s recent decision to extend its suspension of imported lentil tariffs has given Canadian pulse producers a new opportunity to increase their global exports. 

Although the suspension does provide promising prospects for pulse producers in the immediate future, Pulse Canada has called on the federal government to establish a new Indo-Pacific office as a means to help compete with other international producers. 

Find the full story at CBC News.

CedarCreek Estate Winery wins Winery of the Year

The 2022 WineAlign National Wine Awards took place this past week with almost 2,000 wines entered from 250 wineries across Canada. In addition to a remarkable 19 medals in total, Kelowna’s CedarCreek Estate Winery took home the coveted title of Winery of the Year. 

Head to Scout Magazine for more information.

Too Good To Go food rescue app continues Canadian expansion

We’ve covered the steady Canadian expansion of international food rescue group Too Good To Go on more than one occasion, but since the app has now helped save roughly $7 million in food costs by rescuing surplus food, we are happy to report that the app recently launched in another major market. 

Find out more at Global News.