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

  • Meet Guy Chartier, CEO of Bee Maid Honey Limited, a Summer SIAL Food Innovation Bonus Episode
    JULY 4TH, 2024 | 15:24 | S4:BONUS

    Meet Guy Chartier, CEO of Bee Maid Honey Limited, a Summer SIAL Food Innovation Bonus Episode

    Welcome to our Summer SIAL Special bonus episodes of The Food Professor podcast, brought to you by our friends at Caddle! In this episode, meet Guy Chartier, CEO of Bee Maid Honey Limited, a leading food cooperative based in Alberta & Manitoba with 300 Western Canadian Beekeepers who care for the honeybees and harvest their pure, delicious honey.

  • MNP Agri-Food Power Index Preview, Shatner's Salmon Soliloquy, The Last Timbit, and guests Victor Thomas, President and CEO of the Canada-India Business Council & Colleen Martin, CRO, Caddle
    JUNE 27TH, 2024 | 01:15:22 | S4:E39

    MNP Agri-Food Power Index Preview, Shatner's Salmon Soliloquy, The Last Timbit, and guests Victor Thomas, President and CEO of the Canada-India Business Council & Colleen Martin, CRO, Caddle

    We have two exceptional guests on this final live episode of Season 4. First, we welcome Victor Thomas, President and CEO of the Canada-India Business Council. This not-for-profit organization aims to strengthen the economic ties between Canada and India by promoting bilateral investment and trade. Next, Colleen Martin from Caddle joins us with exclusive research found only here on The Food Professor podcast. We talk to nearly 10,000 Canadians about their perceptions of cashiers sitting versus standing at grocery checkouts. In the news, we discuss William Shatner's profanity-laden commercial produced by Ryan Reynolds' Vancouver agency, which calls for an end to open pen salmon fishing. We also cover the latest inflation data for May, our upcoming Global Agri-Food Power Index project with MNP, and the Capital Gains showdown. Plus, we touch on summertime politics and the quirky Tim Horton's Musical.

  • Look-Smell-Taste' Initiative, B.C. Salmon Farming Shutdown, The Capital Gains Taxman Commeth for Farmers and guests David Long, CEO, and Cynthia Boulter, COO, from the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
    JUNE 20TH, 2024 | 58:25 | S4:E38

    Look-Smell-Taste' Initiative, B.C. Salmon Farming Shutdown, The Capital Gains Taxman Commeth for Farmers and guests David Long, CEO, and Cynthia Boulter, COO, from the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

    This week, we are excited to have special guests David Long, CEO, and Cynthia Boulter, COO, from the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. David and Cynthia share their insights on their critical work to combat food insecurity in Vancouver. In the news, Too Good To Go's new initiative, Look-Smell-Taste, aims to reduce food waste, Capital Gains Tax update and its potential impact on Ag and Innovation in Canada; StatCan's latest CPI basket update, and the the recent ruling to phase out open-net salmon farming in B.C. over five years.

  • EU Tilt Right & Ag, Montreal Terrace Fiasco, Veggie Hot Dog Controversy, and guest Jake Freeze, Managing Director and Part-Owner of Sussex Ice Cream
    JUNE 13TH, 2024 | 54:56 | S4:E37

    EU Tilt Right & Ag, Montreal Terrace Fiasco, Veggie Hot Dog Controversy, and guest Jake Freeze, Managing Director and Part-Owner of Sussex Ice Cream

    In the latest episode of the Food Professor Podcast, Michael LeBlanc and Sylvain Charlebois welcome special guest Jake Freeze, Managing Director and Part-Owner of Sussex Ice Cream. In the news, we discuss the far-reaching implications of the EU elections on global trade, a snap election in France, and their direct effects on farmers and rural populations. The hosts also touch on the decline in beer sales, Chocolats Favoris' decision to freeze ice cream prices for the summer, and the surprising departure of Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut from the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest due to his affiliation with plant-based hot dogs.

  • Rate Cut Ripple, Beef with Beef Processing, Strawberry Fields Forever, and guest Isabelle Marquis, SIAL Jury President and Tertulia Brugge's El Gusto's Eugenia Sanchez
    JUNE 6TH, 2024 | 42:38 | S4:E36

    Rate Cut Ripple, Beef with Beef Processing, Strawberry Fields Forever, and guest Isabelle Marquis, SIAL Jury President and Tertulia Brugge's El Gusto's Eugenia Sanchez

    Our guests live from SIAL in Montreal are competition jury President Isabelle Marquis, back for her third visit on the #pod, and Tertulia Brugge's El Gusto Gourmet Drip Coffee's Eugenia Sanchez. In the news, we look at the implications of the Bank of Canada's long-awaited interest rate cut, the labour challenges with beef processing in Canada, what that means for BBQ season, and California's strawberry boom.

  • Ketchup Wars Reduxe, BOC's Interest Rate Pending Decision, Theft Stats and guest Adekambi (Kambi) Laleye, co-founder and CEO of UpTaste, SIAL Technology and Packaging Award Winner
    MAY 30TH, 2024 | 45:38 | S4:E35

    Ketchup Wars Reduxe, BOC's Interest Rate Pending Decision, Theft Stats and guest Adekambi (Kambi) Laleye, co-founder and CEO of UpTaste, SIAL Technology and Packaging Award Winner

    This week, our guest, Adekambi (Kambi) Laleye, co-founder and CEO of UpTaste, discusses their SIAL award-winning automated in-store sampling solution. We covered the latest RCC Excellence in Retail Awards, Eataly's Toronto expansions, grocery theft numbers, the Heinz-Kraft deal, the debate on cashiers sitting down on the job, and the upcoming Bank of Canada decision on interest rates.

  • Food Inflation hits the brakes, Dairy Avian Flu Mystery Meeting, Loblaw New Strategy, guests SIAL Gold Winners Jennifer Zimmermann and Amy Bronstetter, co-founders of Epic Tofu and Exclusive BBQ research with Colleen Martin from Caddle
    MAY 23RD, 2024 | 59:48 | S4:E34

    Food Inflation hits the brakes, Dairy Avian Flu Mystery Meeting, Loblaw New Strategy, guests SIAL Gold Winners Jennifer Zimmermann and Amy Bronstetter, co-founders of Epic Tofu and Exclusive BBQ research with Colleen Martin from Caddle

    On this episode, our guests are Jennifer Zimmermann and Amy Bronstetter, co-founders of Epic Tofu and winners of SIAL Canada's Start-Up Pitch Competition, and Colleen Martin from Caddle, who shares exclusive BBQ trends research. The episode also covers SIAL highlights, inflation, H5N1-dairy hearings behind closed doors in Ottawa, and Red Lobster's demise.

  • Live at SIAL in Montreal, Canada's Sad Supply Chain, and our guest Marc Vaucher, Scale AI
    MAY 16TH, 2024 | 44:30 | S4:E33

    Live at SIAL in Montreal, Canada's Sad Supply Chain, and our guest Marc Vaucher, Scale AI

    We are live from Montreal's SIAL's Food Innovation Show. We discuss our first day at the show and our numerous interactions with industry professionals. Our special guest here in Montreal is Marc Vaucher, Senior Investment Director at Scale AI, Canada's AI Global Innovation Cluster. We also talk about the state of Canada's supply chain, changes at Saputo and Chuck E. Cheese, and a big new plant for the Little Potatoe Company in Alberta.

  • Florida Bans Lab Meat, Fake China Cooking Oil, Starbucks Troubles and Guest Dr. Tony Walker, Dalhousie University
    MAY 9TH, 2024 | 44:11 | S4:E32

    Florida Bans Lab Meat, Fake China Cooking Oil, Starbucks Troubles and Guest Dr. Tony Walker, Dalhousie University

    In this episode, we are thrilled to have Professor Tony Walker, a distinguished environmental scientist from Dalhousie University, as our guest. Professor Walker shared profound insights from his recent groundbreaking study on plastics in the food industry, a study that has been widely recognized and published in the prestigious journal Science. We provided an update on the bird flu outbreak affecting U.S. dairy, a situation that has led to increased vigilance in Canada. We discussed Florida's pioneering ban on meat produced from cell cultures, a move that is being considered by other states including Alabama. The discussion also included allegations of fraudulent cooking oil from China and Starbucks' challenges.

  • The Philosophy of Boycotts, McDonald's Results Miss & guest Chamali Kodikara, University of Manitoba Ph.d Candidate & IFTSA Board of Directors
    MAY 2ND, 2024 | 37:36 | S4:E31

    The Philosophy of Boycotts, McDonald's Results Miss & guest Chamali Kodikara, University of Manitoba Ph.d Candidate & IFTSA Board of Directors

    This episode features our guest Chamali Kodikara from the University of Manitoba discussing her role in food science and on the IFTSA Board. We explore grocery boycotts, troubling developments around the bird flu outbreak in U.S. cows, McDonald's sales decline, Shake Shack's Canadian expansion, and Quebec's liquor board culling local spirits and the tyranny of choice.

  • Food Safety & Affordability Research, Shrinkflation Signage, California Fast Food Wage Impacts & Tanner Townsend, Uncle Bob's Popcorn Kernels
    APRIL 25TH, 2024 | 54:05 | S4:E30

    Food Safety & Affordability Research, Shrinkflation Signage, California Fast Food Wage Impacts & Tanner Townsend, Uncle Bob's Popcorn Kernels

    In this podcast episode, we are thrilled to have back on the #pod for her regular monthly gig Colleen Martin, a renowned research expert from our presenting sponsor Caddle, who joins us to discuss their research conducted for our show and audience. Coinciding with the 4.20 Holiday, this episode delves into the latest consumer trends in retail cannabis, particularly edibles, beyond traditional forms like the 'devil's lettuce.' We also talk about the Food Industry implications of the Federal Budget, latest research from the Dalhousie Lab on Canadians and their breakfast habits, productivity in Canada, the latest CPI numbers, and the future of Red Lobster in an era of high lobster costs.

  • Food & the Federal Budget, Breakfast Breakdown and Exclusive Edible Cannabis Research with Colleen Martin, Caddle
    APRIL 18TH, 2024 | 48:11 | S4:E29

    Food & the Federal Budget, Breakfast Breakdown and Exclusive Edible Cannabis Research with Colleen Martin, Caddle

    In this podcast episode, we are thrilled to have back on the #pod for her regular monthly gig Colleen Martin, a renowned research expert from our presenting sponsor Caddle, who joins us to discuss their research conducted for our show and audience. Coinciding with the 4.20 Holiday, this episode delves into the latest consumer trends in retail cannabis, particularly edibles, beyond traditional forms like the 'devil's lettuce.' We also talk about the Food Industry implications of the Federal Budget, latest research from the Dalhousie Lab on Canadians and their breakfast habits, productivity in Canada, the latest CPI numbers, and the future of Red Lobster in an era of high lobster costs.

    To all our podcast listeners, we are excited to share the Cannabis insights presented by Colleen on the #pod. Here is the link to download the survey data: Download

  • Stats Canada Food Fight, $ US1.4 Trillion Farm Bill, Rib Robots and guest Ian Lee, Associate Professor at Carleton University | Sprott School
    APRIL 11TH, 2024 | 57:21 | S4:E28

    Stats Canada Food Fight, $ US1.4 Trillion Farm Bill, Rib Robots and guest Ian Lee, Associate Professor at Carleton University | Sprott School

    Stats Canada Food Fight, $ US1.4 Trillion Farm Bill, Rib Robots and guest Ian Lee, Associate Professor at Carleton University | Sprott School

  • New School Food Program Gets The Grade, Olive Oil Squeeze, Avian Flu Dairy and guests James Crosby & Lori King, Crosby Foods
    APRIL 4TH, 2024 | 59:04 | S4:E27

    New School Food Program Gets The Grade, Olive Oil Squeeze, Avian Flu Dairy and guests James Crosby & Lori King, Crosby Foods

    The episode features James Crosby, President & CEO of Crosby Foods, a quintessential family-owned Canadian company from New Brunswick, and Lori King, who spearheads their innovation and marketing efforts. Crosby, representing the fifth generation of leadership within the company, discusses the evolution of Crosby Foods and its commitment to quality and innovation. In the news, we talk about the significant disparity in Canadians' monthly food spending, the merits of the newly announced National School Food Program, the bird flu outbreak in livestock in the U.S. and the rising popularity of butter as a more straightforward, healthier food ingredient amidst changing consumer preferences. It also discusses the financial implications of the surging prices of olive oil.

  • Bad Shrimp, Fungus Frustrated Easter Bunny, One Million Canadians on GLP-1s and Guest Chef Charlotte Langley
    MARCH 28TH, 2024 | 57:32 | S4:E26

    Bad Shrimp, Fungus Frustrated Easter Bunny, One Million Canadians on GLP-1s and Guest Chef Charlotte Langley

    This episode of The Food Professor podcast features Chef Charlotte Langley and explores GLP-1 weight loss drug research, the impact of a shipping accident in Baltimore on the food supply, surging cocoa prices, and poor working conditions in the food industry in India. It also delves into Canadian grocery spending trends and Bitcoin's influence on food inflation, and celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Poutine!

  • Cattle Futures, Vegas Restaurant Bifurcation, the state of food inflation, Carbon Tax Nation, and special guest Michelin star chef, Irish restauranteur, JP McMahon (R)
    MARCH 21ST, 2024 | 57:53 | S4:E25

    Cattle Futures, Vegas Restaurant Bifurcation, the state of food inflation, Carbon Tax Nation, and special guest Michelin star chef, Irish restauranteur, JP McMahon (R)

    Our extraordinary guest in this episode is JP McMahon, Michelin star chef, restauranteur, ambassador for Irish food and author, reprising our interview from early 2023. In the news, we cover cattle futures and the high. Rising cost of beef, talk about experiential dining in Vegas versus highly efficient AI dining in Del Taco, Canada's poor track record (we think!) in private food innovation investment, and Sylvain's perspective on the carbon tax and alternative solutions to help manage the impacts of climate change.

  • Where's The Beef (from)?, Did Aldi Even Take the Call, and our first Caddle Rapid Response Survey: Ungraded Mexican Beef on Canadian Shelves
    MARCH 14TH, 2024 | 32:31 | S4:E24

    Where's The Beef (from)?, Did Aldi Even Take the Call, and our first Caddle Rapid Response Survey: Ungraded Mexican Beef on Canadian Shelves

    In the latest episode of The Food Professor Podcast, presented by Caddle, we kick off our new monthly Rapid Response segment featuring Colleen Martin from Caddle with Canadians' perceptions of ungraded Mexican beef on our grocery shelves. But first, we examine international beef regulations, highlighting the U.S.'s push for stricter "Made in U.S.A." standards and the Canadian Cattle Association's critique, labelling them overly stringent. The episode also touches on Aldi's significant expansion plans in the U.S., speculating on the implications for the Canadian market.

  • Cookie Monster Hates Shrinkflation, Growing Global Obesity, and Global Hunger with guest Paul Hagerman, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
    MARCH 7TH, 2024 | 53:13 | S4:E23

    Cookie Monster Hates Shrinkflation, Growing Global Obesity, and Global Hunger with guest Paul Hagerman, Canadian Foodgrains Bank

    In the latest episode of The Food Professor Podcast, our special guest live from Winnipeg is Paul Hagerman from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, sharing insights from his extensive experience in agriculture and food security across various regions, including Canada, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. In the news, we address the escalating global health problem of obesity, now surpassing global hunger, AI in agriculture, the unfortunate destruction of the Covered Bridge Potato Chips factory in Hartland, New Brunswick and the portrayal of food costs, shrinkflation and consumer behaviour through characters like Tony the Tiger and the Cookie Monster.

  • Let Them Eat Cake and Corn Flakes, Dynamic Dumpster Fire & Special Guest Colleen Martin, Caddle
    FEBRUARY 29TH, 2024 | 43:41 | S4:E22

    Let Them Eat Cake and Corn Flakes, Dynamic Dumpster Fire & Special Guest Colleen Martin, Caddle

    In this episode we welcome Colleen Martin, Chief Revenue Officer for Caddle, as a new regular contributor. In the news, we dive into the contentious issue of dynamic pricing, spotlighting a controversial (but misunderstood?) statement from Wendy's president, Kellogg's off-the-cuff suggestion for economic relief through cereal dinners and the (maybe) right idea, wrong time blow up of the the Kroger and Albertsons merger in the U.S.

  • 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."