Health & Wellness

Cannabis Innovation Through Technology

There are many ways technology is bringing innovation to the cannabis market, ranging from the extraction and measurement of active ingredients, to recipe development of new food and beverage products. We explored some of the innovative technology applications taking place in cannabis and summarized them below: Customisation In the future, cannabis product ratios could be altered to meet partic [...]

Pearl’s Top Picks from CHFA East Show

Pearl reviewed the vendors in attendance at the Canadian Health Food Association Eastern Tradeshow held on Sept 12-15 in Toronto. Below are our top picks from this years show: Sproos Sproos promotes collagen as being a key component for the maintenance of healthy skin, gut and joints. They offer a variety of supplements and snacks targeted in these areas. For example, their Sproos Up Your Gut c [...]

How to Become a Sustainable Brand

We reviewed Euromonitor’s “How to become a sustainable brand” and pulled out the key points in bite-sized infographics outlining important trends and formulas you can integrate into building your organization’s sustainability strategy. Below are statistics provided by Euromonitor that show the importance of building a sustainable brand not only to consumers, but especially among industry profes [...]

Food Fight – An Overview to Alternative Proteins

Alternative proteins are hot as a summer BBQ grill! Consumer adoption of alternative protein continues to grow for a variety of reasons - health, environment and animal welfare. In Pearl’s 2019 Health & Wellness Study three-quarters (75%) of Canadians had either consumed or were interested in trying plant-based meat alternatives! Just under half of Canadians (43%) had consumed plant-based m [...]

Review: Tim Hortons Innovation Café

We tried Tim Hortons Innovation Café – here’s what we. thought Pearl visited the new Tim Hortons Innovation Café in Toronto this week with a group of 5 taste testers to try some of their new and innovative offerings. Store Environment & Experience Our overall restaurant experience was pleasant. While it was busy non-stop throughout the afternoon, the Tim Hortons staff kept the lines moving [...]

Fun and Innovative Food Trends

Pearl went to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto and tried some of the fun and innovative food trends. Here’s what our group of 4 taste testers thought: Pickles The use of pickles was an unexpected trend we could get on board with! We tried the two most unique menu items featuring pickles: pickled pizza and pickle lemonade. The pickled pizza was a homerun for 3 out of 4 of our ta [...]

Pearl’s Top 3 Consumer Trend Picks Relating to Health & Wellness

Euromonitor recently released their 2019 Global Consumer Trends Report. Below we will review our top 3 picks and integrate them with insights from our 2019 Health & Wellness in Canada study. You can download the 2019 Health & Wellness in Canada study here. Growing Focus on Mental Well-being In Euromonitor’s global study, over 60% of respondents included mental well-being in their defini [...]