Columnist Owen Roberts asks several questions about how trade shows will adapt. There are many with a lot of suppliers and companies, but with fewer end users. Will they make a comeback after the pandemic? Will companies be as willing to buy a booth? Will people feel safe going there?
Columnist Owen Roberts explores the world of food packaging in a new report by Value Chain Management International called Less food loss, less packaging waste. Some tough choices lie ahead for the industry for getting commodities not just out of the fields, but in front of consumers too.
Columnist Owen Roberts shines a spotlight on the essential skills that seasonal agricultural workers bring to Canada.
Columnist Owen Roberts was visiting Mexico, just before the World Health Organization announced a world pandemic. He shares in-the-field notes from the berry industry.
A couple of initiatives are underway, writes Owen Roberts, that will do more story-telling to consumers about how food gets to the table.
The Food and Agriculture Organization wants to promote the idea that protecting plants from pests and diseases is far more cost effective than dealing with full-blown plant health emergencies.
Owen Roberts and a journalist colleague from Brazil, Daniel Azevedo Duarte, pair up to share the fruit export plans of the South American country.
If healthy-eating trends continue to throw the spotlight on the Mediterranean diet and plant-based diets, writes Owen Roberts, specialty equipment growth is likely to be more than a short-term trend and spread beyond Europe to other continents.
Consumers say that when meat companies offer plant-based alternatives, it sends mixed messages about their traditional products. Would you rather have a meat burger with one ingredient – 100 per cent Canadian beef, for example – or a plant-based burger with multiple ingredients?
Food is about more than nutrition, writes columnist Owen Roberts. Food has a huge feel-good factor that provides comfort and some measure of social unification during turbulent times.