Food for Thought


December 2019

GS1 Canada is pleased to bring you the Holiday edition of the Food for Thought newsletter. With every edition, we bring you the latest insights, news and trends.

What’s Happening at GS1 Canada

Going Beyond the Label: Provide Trading Partners with the Enhanced Nutritional Information They Need

With todays’ consumers demanding more transparency and detailed information about the products they buy and consume, retailers want to include nutritional content that goes beyond the label to help inform product selection across a range of health and wellness programs.

The ECCnet Nutritional Content solution includes Product Certification, a standardized data excellence tool that lets brand owners provide trading partners with the extended nutritional information they need to create health and wellness programs, advertise products in-store and in-flyer and within specialty aisles and displays.

Tips for Effectively Certifying Your Content

If you are already certifying your content, use the tips below to make the most of your efforts in using the Product Certification tool:

  • Archive older versions of products for future reference; these products will no longer appear in your product catalogue.
  • Add extended information about allergens, ingredients and product claims to increase the likelihood of inclusion in trading partner promotions.
  • Share certified images and data in Product Certification, so your trading partners gain confidence that the information they see is accurate.

With Product Certification, you can also certify your eCommerce and pharmaceutical content, all in one tool for one annual certification fee.

Learn more about Product Certification now.

What’s Happening at GS1 Global

The GS1 Discovery App – Powerful, Easy, and Interactive

The GS1 Discovery App is an easy-to-use tool that shows GS1 standards "in action" throughout the supply chain – and highlights the interoperability that standards-based business processes bring. With the GS1 Discovery App, "language of business" comes to life.

The GS1 Discovery App tells the story of supply chain visibility by tracing the travels of specific products, as they make their way from source to consumer.

If you want to discover GS1 in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), you can follow a jar of strawberry jam all the way from farmer to consumer. Through the app, you can take the point of view of a farmer, a retailer, a brand, a regulator or stakeholder – or simply a consumer shopping online or in a store. The GS1 Discovery App can help the foodservice industry through examples such as guiding a shipment of fish from catch to the restaurant table.

Check out the GS1 Discovery App at now on your computers and your mobile devices.

New Data Recipients at GS1 Canada

GS1 Canada is pleased to welcome two new data recipients: Clark Drouin Lefebvre Inc and Aliments du Québec.

Clark Drouin Lefebvre Inc (CDL) is a food broker located in Boucherville (Quebec) that specializes in consumer packaged goods. They’ve been a GS1 subscriber since 2004. CDL recently signed a Broker Distributor (BD) platform agreement to support their growth. As a result, they will be going live on TrueSource™ Dashboard this Friday, November 1, 2019.

Aliments du Québec (ADQ) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1996 by the members of the Québec agri-food sector, with a mission to promote the agri-food industry through the Aliments du Québec and Aliments préparés au Québec brands and their respective derivatives. As the sole organization that guarantees the origin of the products that it oversees and certifies, Aliments du Québec follows a meticulous verification process where information on ingredients, origin, and availability in Quebec is corroborated by a reliable source and experts. Due to their work, today, 1,200 member companies and more than 22,000 products are certified to guide consumers in their choices.

Both CDL and ADQ have adopted TrueSource™ Dashboard as part of their business processes.

TrueSource™ Dashboard is a standardized industry data excellence tool that enables people across your organization to track product metrics for any GS1 Canada Industry Managed Solution (IMS) you are engaged in from a centralized, easy-to-navigate location.

Visible to both data providers and data recipients, TrueSource™ Dashboard creates transparency to the status of product content in ECCnet Registry, enabling all trading partners to drive data excellence.

Access TrueSource™ Dashboard under the My Tools section on your myGS1 landing page.

To learn more and view the full list of data recipients currently using TrueSource™ Dashboard by visiting the TrueSource™ Dashboard webpage.

Employee Spotlight

Name: Patricia (Pat) Crilly
Position: Senior Director, Industry Relations
Years at GS1 Canada: 10 years

Prior to coming to GS1 Canada, Pat was responsible for national accounts for organizations across the foodservice and grocery industries – including working for a French-based bakery developing new business in Ontario and Western Canada.

New business development requires an element of curiosity and creativity – two of Pat’s strengths. Pat is a salesperson at heart and particularly enjoys business development supporting customers to realize value. Pat believes that, “you need to have passion in whatever you do, to do it well and make it worthwhile”.

GS1 Canada offers variety and continuous challenge – as well as the opportunity to leverage her foodservice industry knowledge and passion for business. Her day-to-day activities include managing our Foodservice Data Recipients as well as the foodservice industry as a whole, as well as working with internal teams to drive critical mass adoption and continued value for our subscribers. GS1 Canada Toastmasters Club is particularly special to Pam, as she was critical is establishing the club over eight years ago in an effort to support all employees in their personal development and leadership skills.

When Pat is not working, she is competing in sailboat races with a crew of 10 and equates it to running a business. Success is not driven by one person alone, but by the multiple working together towards the same goal. Some are learning and others are seasoned. In the Winter she downhill skis and loves the challenge of a steep hill on fresh powder snow.

Industry News

Top Food Trends for 2020

1. Sustainable Consumption
The movement towards sustainability is extending to every part of the entire product lifecycle, encompassing manufacturers, distributors, retailers, consumers and more.

2. Healthy Aging and Wellness
Consumers of all ages are preparing themselves for a longer and healthier lifespan. Food and drink companies are now creating more products that help people look and feel young, as well as products that address other age-related health concerns.

3. Convenience Food and Drink
Improved convenience products must have wide distribution to match the rising healthy-eating expectations of on-the-go consumers.

4. Meat-Plant Blends
Meat brands have been on board with the “plant-based” craze. It is estimated that more burgers composed of a mix of beef and plant-based ingredients will be sold in the year to come.

5. More Flour Options for Bakers
As consumers look for more ways to boost their bake, alternative flours made from fruits and vegetables will continue to show up in the baking and packaged food aisles.

6. Regenerative Agriculture
Farmers, producers, retailers and consumers are taking a closer look at land use and how farming systems could improve soil health and help fight climate change.

7. Rethinking the Kids’ Menu
Millennial parents are expending the menu beyond nostalgic foods with better-for-you ingredients and organic chicken nuggets.

8. Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Mocktails, zero-proof and spirit-free drinks, these non-alcoholic drinks, as alternatives to liquors, are popping up everywhere, from bar menus to specialty stores.


Upcoming Events

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

Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo
January 9-11, 2020
Vancouver, BC, Canada

February 20-23, 2020
Vancouver, BC, Canada

GS1 Canada’s Coming Enhancements

Based on subscriber feedback, we are continually enhancing and improving our tools and services.

Our upcoming enhancements include:

  • Product Certification

To learn more, visit the Coming Enhancements webpage.

Join a Work Group!

Feedback and input from our users, including ongoing review of attributes and solution requirements, are key elements in ensuring solutions continue to deliver value to subscribers and meet the needs of industry.

Every GS1 Canada subscriber has an opportunity to represent industry interests through active participation in a community work group.

Visit for more information.

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