Food for Thought

Serving up the latest news and insights


June 2019

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

What’s Happening at GS1 Canada

GS1 Canada’s Participation at SIAL 2019

GS1 Canada was a proud exhibitor and presenter at SIAL Canada 2019. The tradeshow and conference were held in Toronto this year, with over 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries attending the event.

At the show, representatives from GS1 Canada met with a wide variety of people involved in the grocery and foodservice sectors to answer questions and help explain how GS1 Canada can help grow their business.

We also hosted two educational presentations in addition to our booth presence, discussing timely industry topics – how to do business with Canadian trading partners and the evolution of nutritional labels.

Michel Boucher and Melanie Barlow, GS1 Canada Industry Engagement team members presented Think Big - How to Connect with Canadian Trading Partners. In this presentation, they educated about what Canadian trading partners are looking for from grocery and foodservice manufacturers can meet their needs for high-quality images and bilingual content by identifying products with GS1 standards.

The other presentation, The Evolution of Nutritional Labels – Building Trust and Transparency, Daniel Clark from GS1 Canada partnered with Charmaine Kuran from Health Canada. They shared insights about building consumer trust through traceability, transparency and recall processes while exchanged their ideas on how initiatives on reformulation, food waste and safety can benefit your business and consumers.

Note: Both presentation slides are only available in English.

New Data Recipients on TrueSource™ Dashboard

TrueSource™ Dashboard ensures you have full visibility to your metrics, so you can quickly identify gaps and verify that you have 100% accurate and complete content needed to drive important business processes.

Data Recipients also have visibility to the same information in TrueSource™ Dashboard, creating the transparency needed to collaborate from a shared understanding, thereby strengthening your relationship with your trading partner.

We are excited to share that the following trading partners have recently joined TrueSource™ Dashboard as data recipients, helping you to collaborate strategically with an even larger number of your trading partners than ever before.

Atlantic Grocery Distributors Ltd. (AGD) is locally owned and operated and the largest Wholesale distributor in Newfoundland and Labrador, servicing over 2,000 foodservice and retail operations.

Dubord & Rainville is a fast growing, Quebec based foodservice distributor servicing both the Québec and Ontario markets. Their customers are comprised of major chain accounts, industrial and school cafeterias, independent restaurants, hospitals, retirement homes, hotels, golf courses and seasonal operations.

Walmart Canada has grown to more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers every day. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked as one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands.

Access TrueSource™ Dashboard under the My Tools section on your myGS1 landing page to view your trading partners and key metrics.

Find out more and view the full list of data recipients currently using TrueSource™ Dashboard by visiting the TrueSource™ Dashboard webpage or call us at 1.800.567.7084.

Employee Spotlight

Name: Anthony Shiwcharan
Position: Senior Manager, Industry Relations
Years at GS1 Canada: Almost 1.5 years

Anthony has fifteen years of experience in the key account management with the focus on consumer-packaged goods. He has a degree in Business Administration from York University and a passion for real estate.

His focus at GS1 Canada has been working with data recipients to build their strategies, helping data providers to close the gaps in their content, while educating them on the value of GS1 Canada Industry Managed Solutions.

Since working at GS1 Canada he has learned the importance of developing relationships across the organization because we are all an important piece of the bigger picture.

Anthony is a friendly face around the office and is always around if you have a question. He enjoys Thai food - especially from Thai Room. His favourite movies are Training Day and Hitch, and his favourite colours are grey and blue.

Favourite Summer Dishes from GS1 Canada’s Grocery and Foodservice Team

Debby Atallah, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations: I enjoy time with friends drinking frozen margaritas on the patio in summer.

Michel Boucher, Vice President, Industry Engagement: In the summer time I enjoy a tuna steak paired with a dirty martini.

Shawn Porto, Director, Industry Relations: I enjoy some Forty Creek with Coke Zero on a nice summer day.

Anthony Shiwcharan, Senior Manager, Industry Relations: I love shish kebabs drizzled in a Greek dressing paired with an Old Fashioned to drink.
Ray Hepworth, Vice President, Industry Relations: Ever since my friend started growing mint in his garden I enjoy a vodka soda with fresh mint, lemon and lime.

Patricia Crilly, Senior Director, Industry Relations: My favorite summer dish is Jelly Salad made with 7-up, pineapple, marshmallows and green Jell-O. It is very fresh and goes well with grilled foods. My favorite drink is Prosecco with a couple of frozen black berries and frozen raspberries.

Melanie Barlow, Senior Manager, Industry Engagement: I enjoy "à la bonne franquette" which means I don’t have to cook. Simply baguette, charcuteries, veggies and cheese on a platter.

Upcoming Events

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

September 12-15, 2019
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Grocery Shop
September 15-18, 2019
Las Vegas, NV, USA

Industry News

Canada’s Food Guide

Health Canada updated the Canada’s Food Guide in March 2019 with suggestions on food choices, eating habits, and heathy eating. With the increased food industry regulations, food labelling is emphasized. Within the guide you can find benefits of using food labels, upcoming changes to food labels and instructions of how to read food labels. The guide also provides over 60 healthy and delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks, such as egg roll-up, broccoli and cheese muffins, turkey fingers with fries, slow cooked lasagne and more.

Click here to find more great tips on the Canada’s Food Guide.

GS1 Canada’s Coming Enhancements

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

Upcoming enhancements include:

  • ECCnet Registry
  • Item Centre
  • Recall
  • GTIN Allocation Assistant

  • TrueSource™ Dashboard
  • SmartLabel™ Extract
  • myGS1
  • The Vault

Learn more on the GS1 Canada website.

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