Food for Thought

Serving up the latest news and insights


February 2018

GS1 Canada is pleased to introduce you to our first Grocery and Foodservice newsletter. With every edition, we will bring you the latest insights, news and trends impacting the sector and your business.

What’s Happening at GS1 Canada

New myGS1 Launches!

In response to valuable subscriber feedback, GS1 Canada has now launched a brand new myGS1 hub that is easier to use, navigate and to see your trading partners requirement.

Enhancements include:

  • Increased Visibility to Major Trading Partner Requirements
  • Streamlined Billing
  • Simplified Account Management
  • Enhanced Security
  • Improved Subscription, Company and User Profile Management

For more information about the new myGS1, including instructions on how to log in for the first time, please visit the GS1 Canada website.

2017 - A Safer Year for Products

In 2017, a total of 1425 recalls in the following categories - Consumer Products, Food, Health Products and Vehicles.

Product recalls were down in Canada in 2017. According to the latest figures from Health Canada, there were 1,425 recalls recorded for the year, compared to 2,047 in 2016, representing a 30% decrease year over year.

In the food category, there were 304 product recalls, the most common reason being the presence of undeclared allergens. Milk was the most common undeclared allergen, resulting in 61 recall notifications alone.

Other major reasons for food recalls included unwanted microbiological components such as listeria and salmonella, or extraneous materials including plastics, metal and insects.

Built by risk management experts, GS1 Canada’s ECCnet Recall is a web-based notification solution ensuring the rapid removal of recalled products from the supply chain as quickly and efficiently as possible through the development and distribution of standardized product recall notifications.

A GS1 Canada study with Recall Ready users found that using the ECCnet Recall solution reduced the amount of time to create a recall notification by 83%, and reduced the time to track notification effectiveness reporting by 90%.

Find out more about ECCnet Recall.

Learning Zone Spotlight

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Learning Zone

GS1 Canada’s Learning Zone is filled with engaging step-by-step education modules that help you understand how GS1 global standards and our solutions can help you grow your business.

New resources are added regularly to the Learning Zone. Here are two of our most popular modules currently available:

If you haven’t signed up to the Learning Zone yet, sign up here!

Top Five Food Trends for 2018

Looking ahead to 2018, here are some of the hottest food trend predictions that caught our eye:

  1. Meal Kits: Consumers are looking for chef-inspired, great-tasting meal options that are not only customizable, but delivered right to their door.
  2. Functional Mushrooms: Mushrooms are the breakout stars of 2018 as specialized varieties spread out of produce and into new product categories. This year mushrooms will be featured ingredients in bottled drinks, smoothies, coffees, teas and more.
  3. Transparency 2.0: More and more, consumers want to know the life story of the food they buy, including what went into it and where it came from.
  4. Puffed and Popped Snacks: With advanced technology, more food can be puffed, popped, dried and crisped than ever before – including some you might not expect, such as puffed pasta and popped cassava and seaweed fava chips.
  5. The New Organic: Consumers are upping their vegetable intake and will be putting more meatless ‘meat dishes’ on their fork in 2018.

New Resources for the Grocery and Foodservice Sectors

GS1 Canada has a variety of materials designed to help you learn about how our solutions can help fuel your business processes.

How to Grow Your Business with GS1 Canada

How to Launch Your Products in Canada

Upcoming Industry Events

Meet with representatives from GS1 Canada at these upcoming industry events!

February 22-25, 2018
Vancouver, BC

Restaurants Canada
February 25-27, 2018
Toronto, ON

SIAL Canada
May 2-4, 2018
Montreal, QC

GS1 Canada’s Upcoming Releases and Outages

GS1 Canada is continually updating our solutions, tools and services to meet the changing needs of our subscribers and their businesses. Through our governance structure and role as a community manager, we listen to feedback to address their current and future needs.

Here is a list of the tools and services that will be seeing enhancements in Q1 and Q2 2018.

  • Content Capture
  • The Vault
  • Item Centre
  • ECCnet Registry

Read about all of upcoming enhancements.

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