The Food Professor Podcast

Join Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax with host Michael LeBlanc as they look at the hot issues in the food, foodservice, grocery and restaurant industries. We’ll discuss proprietary industry and consumer food related research, check out fresh new ideas and talk about half baked strategies. Presented by Caddle. © 2020-2024 M.E. LeBlanc & Company Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Episodes

  • Let Them Eat Lobster (please), Grocery Shopper New Insights, and guest Ori Cohavi, Co-founder & CTO of Remilk
    FEBRUARY 22ND, 2024 | 53:16 | S4:E21

    Let Them Eat Lobster (please), Grocery Shopper New Insights, and guest Ori Cohavi, Co-founder & CTO of Remilk

    This episode features a special guest, Ori Cohavi, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Remilk from Israel, discussing the groundbreaking development of lab-grown milk recently approved for sale in Canada by the CFIA, marking a significant step in food technology. The podcast also explores recent research conducted with Caddle, focusing on food discounting and rescue. Further discussions touch upon the latest figures on food inflation, with Canada's food inflation rate at its lowest since October 2021, presenting a comparative analysis with other countries and highlighting the global perspective on food prices.

  • Farmers Fight the Great Divides, Tim Horton's Scores in Seconds, and Free Trade(ish)
    FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024 | 28:35 | S4:E20

    Farmers Fight the Great Divides, Tim Horton's Scores in Seconds, and Free Trade(ish)

    In the latest episode, we take a solo dive into a week filled with significant news and developments in the food industry. We begin with an insightful discussion on a survey about farmers' trust, revealing a concerning gap in confidence across generations. The conversation then shifts to legislative changes, specifically C-282, with significant implications for the food industry and future trade agreements. Then, we discuss the remarkable improvement in Tim Horton's profitability. Lastly, the podcast pays tribute to Bob Moore of Bob's Red Mill, who recently passed away at 94.

  • Food Professor Podcast - Testy Testifying, Groundbreaking Remilk Gets Approval, Athletic Brewing Swifty Superbowl and guest Doug Alexander, VP Sustainability and Government Relations, Belmont Food Group
    FEBRUARY 8TH, 2024 | 01:00:29 | S4:E19

    Testy Testifying, Groundbreaking Remilk Gets Approval, Athletic Brewing Swifty Superbowl and guest Doug Alexander, VP Sustainability and Government Relations, Belmont Food Group

    This episode features Doug Alexander, Vice President of Sustainability and Government Relations at Belmont Food Group. Key topics include the intricate balance of environmental sustainability and food industry operations, explicitly addressing food waste and regulatory impacts. In the news, Sylvain was in Ottawa testifying to a testy parliamentary Ag committee, sweet news with the Rogers sugar strike ending on the West coast, Athletic Brewing dominating the fast-growing non-alcoholic beer category, and a salute to Celine Dion, Taylor Swift and some big event happening in Las Vegas that a bunch of people will watch on big screen TV and consume a record amount of chicken wings.

  • Food Professor Podcast - Dialling for Discounters, Lessons from European Farmers & guest Top Food Industry Lawyer Glenford Jameson
    FEBRUARY 1ST, 2024 | 58:11 | S4:E18

    Dialling for Discounters, Lessons from European Farmers & guest Top Food Industry Lawyer Glenford Jameson

    This episode of The Food Professor Podcast features special guest Glenford Jameson, an expert in regulatory, commercial, and advertising law within the food sector. Canadian Minister Champagne's efforts to attract foreign grocers to Canada, raising questions about whether this is political posturing or a genuine attempt to address food affordability. The hosts also covered the ongoing European farmers' protests, where farmers expressed discontent by blocking roads and dumping manure. Next, we discuss Metro's latest quarterly results and Loblaw's charitable efforts, announcing a $1 million investment in community grants to support various organizations.

  • Food Professor Podcast - Enjoy Today Discounts, B.C. Chicken Takes Flight, & The Art & Science of Innovation with guest Bettina Hamelin, President and CEO of Ontario Genomics
    JANUARY 25TH, 2024 | 52:20 | S4:E17

    Enjoy Today Discounts, B.C. Chicken Takes Flight, & The Art & Science of Innovation with guest Bettina Hamelin, President and CEO of Ontario Genomics

    In this episode, Sylvain and I host Bettina Hamelin, the President and C.E.O. of Ontario Genomics and the excellent leading-edge work they are doing in the Agriculture Technology space in Canada. In the news, we discuss the recent "Enjoy Today" discount policy reversal by Loblaw and lessons learned from it, fluctuating chicken prices in British Columbia and the uplifting news coming out of Ottawa for Prince Edward Island and the Ag sector with the appointment of Mary Robinson to represent P.E.I. in Canada's Senate.

  • Food Professor Podcast - Kingston Chinese Milk Plant exclusive, Celebrating Matty's Emmy & guest Alison Sunstrum, Visionary Ag VC
    JANUARY 18TH, 2024 | 56:40 | S4:E16

    Kingston Chinese Milk Plant exclusive, Celebrating Matty's Emmy & guest Alison Sunstrum, Visionary Ag VC

    In this episode of the Food Professor Podcast, we interview tech entrepreneur Alison Sunstrum, discussing her impact on Calgary's Creative Destruction Lab. We explore innovations in restaurant technology, the effects of supply chain disruptions on food inflation, and delve into Canada Royal Milk's operations and future plans in Kingston. Lastly, we celebrate Matty Matheson for winning an Emmy for the show "The Bear."