Innovation Insights

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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Two Food Trends I can’t Escape

Most often, I find myself talking about how a handful of long term macro trends are transforming with the times: convenience, customization and healthful eating are all trends that have been evolving over the course of my more than twenty years as a food trend analyst. Add to my regular list a handful of unique…
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Meet SIAL Canada’s new Innovation Ambassador

Blue Unicorn Innovation is proud to announce that our CEO Dana McCauley has been chosen as SIAL Canada’s Innovation Ambassador for 2017.  SIAL Canada is the international food and beverage trade show that occurs on alternate years in Toronto and Montreal.  In her ambassador role, Dana will participate as a jury member for the innovation awards and…
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Food Trends TV Expands Programming!

Subscribers to our Food Trends TV YouTube channel will  know that Dana McCauley is back with new videos! Besides posting new episodes of the original Food Trends TV, a series of 2 to 3 minute videos designed to keep people working in the food sector on top of food trends, Dana has created two new series for the channel…
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May the Forces be with your Brand

I work with brands to help them launch products that will not just appeal to consumers but ultimately help the retailers they work with to increase check out values and attract new shoppers to their outlets. While doing this work my clients and I often get into discussions about how they can leverage my trend…
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