Food for Thought


September 2019

GS1 Canada is pleased to provide you with the fall 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

The New Product Certification Tool Has Arrived!

Delivered through the ECCnet Next Generation Platform, Product Certification is a new standardized data excellence tool developed in response to user feedback for a simplified certification process.

Uniting the certification capabilities from three previously separate tools, Product Certification supports the ability to efficiently review and certify eCommerce Content, Nutritional Content and Pharmaceutical Content all in one place for one annual certification fee - saving time, costs and resources.

100% accurate and complete brand-owner certified content provides the reliable, detailed information your trading partners, such as Loblaw Companies Ltd., Longo’s, Metro, Sobeys and Wal-Mart Canada Corp., require. This content helps to fuel nutrition-related business processes while protecting brand integrity, safeguarding against reputational harm and protecting the health and wellbeing of Canadian consumers.

Find out more on the Product Certification webpage or contact GS1 Canada at

What’s Happening at GS1 Global

GS1 Grows by Adding Two New Member Organizations

GS1 President and CEO, Miguel A. Lopera, and GS1 Management Board Chair, Kathryn Wengel, welcomed GS1 Cameroon and GS1 Myanmar to the GS1 global organization during the GS1 General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 22, 2019. This brings the total number of GS1 Member Organizations to 114. In 2016, the BBC named participation in GS1 as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1, along with its local Member Organizations around the world, helps ensuring that GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe.

Pictured, from left to right: Miguel Lopera, President and CEO GS1 Global Office; Kathryn Wengel, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Supply Chain Officer, Johnson & Johnson and GS1 Chair; Fabris Ekeu, President GS1 MO Cameroon; and Timothy P. Smucker, Chairman Emeritus, GS1.

Pictured, from left to right: Kathryn Wengel, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Supply Chain Officer, Johnson & Johnson and GS1 Chair; Ei Zarchi Thewin, Auditor GS1 MO Myanmar; Miguel Lopera, President and CEO GS1 Global Office; Thant Zaw Ko, Joint Secretary GS1 MO Myanmar; and Timothy P. Smucker, Chairman Emeritus, GS1

Click here to read the full news.

GS1 Canada Participating in CHFA East 2019

CHFA East – the Canadian Health Food Association’s annual event is Canada's largest trade show dedicated to natural health, specialty and organic products. More than highlighting the latest products and services, CHFA East is about creating new relationships with industry leaders, discovering innovative trends and gaining knowledge to help grow retail business.

Upwards of 1,000 exhibits will be joining this year’s event. It’s a great opportunity for those interested in health and wellness to discover new and innovative companies, gain valuable insights and make connections with the industry’s top suppliers.

Make sure to make your way to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, from September 14 to September 15 for CHFA East 2019.

Visit us at Booth #700! We are looking forward to sharing information about how our global standards-based solutions, services and tools can help your business grow.

For more information and to registry, visit CHFA East webpage.

New Data Recipients on TrueSource™ Dashboard

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 Solutions you are engaged in from a centralized easy-to-navigate place.

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

We are excited to share that the following trading partners have recently joined our TrueSource™ Dashboard as Data Recipients:

Longo’s is a family-owned Canadian organization founded in 1956. Recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Longo’s is committed to providing customers with the best fresh food experience possible. Today Longo’s operates more than 30 full-service grocery stores across the GTA as well as Grocery Gateway, Canada's leading online grocer.

With a legacy of over 100 years of outstanding value and customer service Save-On-Foods has more than 150 grocery locations across Western Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon territory.

As the only online cannabis retailer and wholesaler of legal recreational cannabis in Ontario, The Ontario Cannabis Store provides safe, responsible access to recreational cannabis for adults 19 and older, as set out by Ontario law.

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: Shivani Bhalla
Position: Director, Industry Relations
Years at GS1 Canada: Just over 1 year

Before coming to GS1 Canada, Shivani had over 18 years of experience at Shoppers Drug Mart. Her most recent role at Shoppers involved working in their Central Office in the Pharmacy Department. She was responsible for managing the brand pharmaceutical accounts, , reporting, planning, management and their national influenza program – which includes managing provincial relationships. She was also responsible for fundraising and organizing the pharmacy suppliers for the Shoppers Drug Mart annual pharmacist conference. She’s worked in other areas as well, including pharmacy analytics, user experience and workflow design.

Shivani loves learning and it shows! She has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology from University of Toronto, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance from Seneca and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University and Cornell University.

Her day-to-day typically involves managing and meeting with key accounts, building cross functional relationships with different teams and coaching and mentoring team members. Since working at GS1 Canada, she has learned how important clean and accurate data is for data recipients and their customers.

Shivani loves ice cream sandwiches, but they must be the ones with the cookies on the outside and she isn’t a fan of mushrooms. Her favourite movie is Aladdin, the original cartoon one, and her favourite show is Arrested Development. Her favourite colour is teal because is it the perfect in between of green and blue.

Industry News

Newly Revised Non-GMO Program Clarifies Certification Requirements to Address Emerging Technologies and New Regulations

NSF International (formerly known as the National Sanitation Foundation), an independent public health and safety organization, recently published an updated version of its non-GMO (non-Genetically Modified Organism) certification program to clarify requirements related to emerging technologies, align with new regulations and streamline the certification process. The program was created to verify non-GMO claims on food and beverage, dietary supplement, cosmetic, personal care and household cleaning products.

The major changes include:

  • A new rule effective January 1, 2020 requires bioengineered food labelling to align with the language and terms used in the USDA’s National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS).
  • Streamline the certification process for brands and manufacturers by recognizing USDA organic certification as evidence of meeting NSF’s non-GMO certification requirements.
  • Clarify that ingredients derived from GM microorganisms are not acceptable.
  • Simplify the certification requirements for clarity, understanding and ease of use.

Click here to read the full release. Additional information is available about NSF International’s non-GMO certification program.

Upcoming Events

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

September 12-15, 2019
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Find us at booth #700

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

How Do Canadian Parents Prepare for the Menu for Back to School?

Field Agent conducted a new research recently on school lunches, snacks and breakfasts, showing that 95% of Canadian moms say they plan to pack a lunch for their child this year. The research firm predicts that sellers of produce, breakfast cereal and dairy products will be among the “real winners” during the key sales period.

Fresh or packaged fruits are most likely to be packed in their children’s lunch according to 90% of respondents, while 81% chose fresh or packaged vegetables. A sandwich or wrap with meat, water, dairy-based foods such as yogurt and cheese are also popular among Canadian parents.

When it came to nuts or nut-based foods, just 12% of Canadians say they would pack those items in their child’s lunch, with nut-specific bans for an entire school versus specific classrooms.

Click here to read more statistics from the research.

GS1 Canada’s Coming Enhancements

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

Our most recently completed as well as upcoming enhancements include:

  • Item Centre
  • TrueSource™ Dashboard

  • myGS1
  • The Vault

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 workgroup.

Visit for more information.

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