Innovation Insights

Tips for Exhibiting at Virtual Trade Shows

By Dana McCauley February 2021 In anticipation of the upcoming  Restaurants Canada Show, FCC  and I hosted a webinar to help venders and visitors prepare for the show.  I interviewed Lynn Siegal and Mike Tkaczuk, two successful food suppliers and Jay Ashton and Martin Kouprie, two well-seasoned chefs. We spent an hour talking about best…
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Fuel your Creativity with Flavour of the Month Club Meet Ups

By Dana McCauley    I used to fantasize about having an empty week that offered an opportunity to hunker down at home away from the hustle and bustle of the professional world. Now that I’m almost a year into working from home everyday, I’ve filed that dream under the heading of ‘be careful what you wish for’.   I’m pretty sure I’m…
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Three Reasons to take a BUI Food Business Workshop

From workshops designed to give you and your team the skills to grow your food business to discussion groups and trends presentations that will ignite your creativity, Blue Unicorn Innovation workshops are valued by people who want to stay innovative and launch profitable food products.  Our workshops are led by food trend and innovation expert…
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Choosing Local is Becoming Easier

These products all use a locally made call out to gain consumer trust.   In 1996 when my husband Chef Martin Kouprie opened Pangaea Restaurant, farm-to-table was a concept he had to explain to customers. He was among the first cohort of Canadian fine dining chefs who cultivated relationships with farmers, foragers and artisan ingredient…
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Three Good News Food Trends Coming in 2021

Picture caption: Clean eating will take on new meaning in 2021    By Dana McCauley    Thanks to modern technology, I’ll join 10 (or more) CBC radio morning shows to share food trends predictions for the coming year on December 31st. In preparation for my audio tour of Canada, I decided to focus on the…
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The QR Code Comes of Age

You likely noticed QR codes turning up more often in the retail landscape before the pandemic. If you’re like me, that may have seemed a bit puzzling until you realized that the last few smart phone launches feature a simple to use swipe-up feature that allows users to read these codes without even needing to…
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Four Gen 2030 Food Strategy to Premiere at SIAL Canada 2020

Announcement: [January 15, 2020 – Toronto] In April, food trend expert Dana McCauley will debut a must-see 10-year innovation road map at the SIAL Canada show. This new presentation is designed to help food professionals working in retail, foodservice and food media create the products, restaurants and content that will grab the attention of an unprecedented multi-generational consumer base. Never…
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The GMO Debate Just Won’t Go Away

In 2014, I was the Vice President of Marketing for a $100 million-dollar frozen food company and I didn’t know very much about genetically modified foods (GMOs) except that none of my customers wanted GMO ingredients to be used when making in their products. Needing to understand why Whole Foods, Trader Joes and other important…
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Female Food Leaders bring Compassion, Empathy and Kindness to Work

“You are so nice.” How well I remember being told those words by a smiling, popular boy – let’s call him Rob – in homeroom during my last year of high school. I took his words as a huge compliment; they were exactly what I wanted to hear as a newcomer to the school who…
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Three Trends that will Trickle into 2020

As we head into the final months of 2019, many people are wondering what trends will prevail into the new year. While there are sure to be new and exciting foods and technology ahead, many of the same trends will continue to have impact on North American consumers. Convenience: Whilst stats show that more millennials…
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