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The PBC posts news on subjects pertaining to peanut industry updates including farmer and manufacturer issues, food safety, nutrition research and recipes.

Updated guidance on school-wide allergen bans

Over the past two decades, peanut products have been banned in Canadian public schools. While peanut allergies affect two in 100 Canadian children, new research out of McMaster University has found little evidence that school-wide bans are actually effective in preventing allergic reactions.

The rise in Canadian grocery retail prices

From peanut butter to mattresses, the prices of consumer goods in Canada are rising. While the pandemic is an overwhelming factor in the recent price hikes, it’s not the only cause. Several major food manufacturers and brands have cited factors from weather to the Suez Canal crisis as the reason for price increases. 

Changing food and beverage trends

While some areas of Canada’s food and beverage sector have experienced irreversible losses due to the pandemic, it has also accelerated growth opportunities for the industry. A recent report shows how certain pandemic-related trends are affecting this industry. 

New allergy guidelines for schools recommend against food bans

A new study from McMaster University has found little evidence that school-wide bans against allergenic foods, like peanut products, are effective in preventing severe allergic reactions. The study came new guidelines developed by an international panel of key stakeholders comprised of school employees, health care professionals and parents.

Health News: A reintroduction to early introduction

In January 2021, a meeting was held with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) to discuss new clinical guidelines for the prevention of food allergy in the U.S. and Canada. From that meeting came a new paper that serves as an evolution of the allergy introduction guidelines published back in 2017.

Nutrition News: A shift in consumption reflects evolving consumer behaviours

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re starting to see the longer term effects on consumer consumption behaviours and nutrition. With more than 2.4 million Canadians working from home by late 2020, Canadians began to re-prioritize meals, in favour of eating several small snacks throughout the day.

Allergy Update: First “real-world” study of preschool peanut oral immunotherapy

A recent study from the University of British Columbia studied preschool peanut oral immunotherapy (P-OIT) in “real-world” settings, like allergists’ offices. The study showed that young children who were exposed to a small, consistent dose of peanuts had a significantly reduced allergic reaction.

Consumer Research: The Functional Food trend and how to integrate this in your practice

The pandemic has caused Canadians to pay more attention to their health and wellness, and this includes what they eat. A recent study has found that 60% of consumers are actively looking for products that boost their immune system. Likewise, more than 50% of consumers reported taking more immune-support supplements in 2020.

2021 projected shopping trends and retail opportunities

2020 was a year of significant change for the retail industry, with many adaptations expected to remain permanent fixtures in how the grocery retail space operates as the pandemic evolves. Much of this change has occurred at the grocery retail level with COVID closures and restrictions fundamentally changing consumer shopping behaviour. 

Canadian peanut and peanut butter consumption data

In a year where consumers looked for shelf-stable, comfort foods to prepare and enjoy at home, it’s not surprising that Canadians turned to peanuts and peanut butter. With a robust nutrition and flavour profile, Canadians found ways to incorporate the powerful peanut into different meal, snack, and dessert occasions. 

Consumer Research: Consumer grocery shopping habits include health and environmental considerations

Half of all consumers are shopping more health consciously since the pandemic, according to a leading global professional services company. This includes prepping and planning weekly meals and preparing most, if not all, meals at home to avoid eating at restaurants.

Allergy Update: Back-to-school with peanut allergy during COVID-19

Back-to-school in 2020 has looked very different from previous years. And while new safety and sanitization measures and protocols were enacted in schools to keep students safe from COVID-19, allergy experts say this can also help reduce the risk of allergic reactions.