Food+Beverage

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Canadians’ aversion to bars will outlast the pandemic

Virtual experiences may not offset alcohol brands’ lost bar business, but are more in line with consumer concerns.

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FitAid brings its supplements from gyms to grocery

The ‘drinkable vitamin’ brand is looking to conventional retail as efforts targeting fitness clubs have been off the table.

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How Good to Go reaches people who aren’t on the go

The keto-friendly snack looks to new flavours, a YMCA partnership and new in-store tactics to reach casual fitness enthusiasts.

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Labatt gets into the wine business

From Shopper Marketing Report: The brewer grows its “beyond beer” portfolio with Babe, while also extending its established RTD brands.

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Pizza Pops set up an internet-wide digital scavenger hunt

The contest is one weird-but-amusing tactic being used to give “dudes” what they’re looking for at home.

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Nestle Canada sells its Pure Life bottled water brand

The move is part of a broader strategic mandate to focus on better performing brands and categories.

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The Hive named creative AOR for Astro

The Lactalis yogourt brand expects to increase its marketing spend to gain share and support product innovation.

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Doritos launches a streamer for fans of Ketchup

PepsiCo combines content and snack bingeing to herald the return of the “uniquely Canadian” LTO.

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Arterra gets more playful with hard sparkling sodas

From Shopper Marketing Report: The maker of Inniskillin and Jackson Triggs wines caters to more tastes with its first RTD drinks.

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Neale’s Sweet ‘n Nice adds vibrancy to the ice cream aisle

The Caribbean-inspired brand adjusted promotion plans for its national expansion.

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Peanut butter demand ‘through the roof’ for Smuckers

The company is making sure its Jif brand stands out and earns market share with digital pushes and measured innovation.

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Earth’s Own creates a grant to change how we eat

The plant-based beverage brand is giving funding and promotion to organizations that can help its own mission of saving the planet.

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Maple Leaf helps families make the jump to plant-based

A campaign for the brand’s new “50/50″ products takes inspiration from TikTok to show parents there is a gateway to eating less meat.

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Real Canadian Superstore gets real with dads

The Loblaw banner built off its “Shop Like a Mother” brand platform to show how dads were “kicking up” Father’s Day at home.

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Empire’s private label penetration is growing

Trends the grocer was seeing prior to the pandemic have been amplified, including the demand for its Voila delivery service.