Food for Thought is a quarterly newsletter that brings you the latest insights, news and trends impacting the grocery and foodservice industries and your business. Below you will find previous editions of the newsletters for your review.

Highlights: In this issue, we shine a spotlight on small business subscribers, celebrate a milestone for GS1 Global and cover important GS1 Canada updates. In Industry News, we delve into mood food, foodservice in the current economy and compostable packaging.

Highlights: In this issue, we update the small business initiatives offered by GS1 Canada, including an education program, the Canadian Digital Adoption Program and the Trade Certification Program. We also look ahead to the 50th anniversary of GS1 and what’s next in the cannabis category.

Highlights: In this issue, our CEO and President is once again honoured, we talk about a new produce traceability work group and readers have an opportunity to direct future newsletters by providing feedback in our updated survey.

Highlights: In this issue, our President and CEO is recognized with a prestigious award, we talk about the role of standards in traceability and small business takes centre stage.

Highlights: In this issue, we cover the 2D future of barcodes, the value of ECCnet Nutritional Content when it comes to consumer needs, how inflation is affecting the grocery and foodservice industries, and why grocerants are so popular.

December 2021
Highlights: Looking Back on This Year at GS1 Canada; Ensure your Compliance to New Health Canada Food Labelling Requirements; The Biggest Product Enhancements of 2021; and Global Highlights from 2021.

September 2021
Highlights: GS1 Canada commits to sustainability by partnering with the Canada Plastics Pact; small-business owner Isabelle Huot uses GS1 standards and solutions to boost her business; industry voices its support for ECCnet Industry Managed solutions; and Health Canada seeks your input on the future of Canada's healthcare system.

July 2021
Highlights: We welcome Eileen Mac Donald as the new CEO and President of GS1 Canada; explore the nutrition trends affecting today's consumers; discover how brand owners can accelerate their online sales using GS1 Canada’s Enhanced Assets service; look into the future of grocery with predictions from Canada's top grocery leaders; and learn what it takes to make the foodservice supply chain work with the GS1 Discover Foodservice App.

April 2021
Highlights: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GTIN; find out how to update your product labels to comply with Health Canada's new food labelling regulations; read Google's article in support of GS1 GTINs; and learn about the eCommerce trends shaping industry in 2021.

Febraury 2021
Highlights: Welcome Restaurants Canada’s Todd Barclay to GS1 Canada’s foodservice board; Quebec government launches shop local strategy; regulatory amendments to food labelling underway – transition period ends December 2021; check out GS1's trend research 2020-2021 report; and learn more about the updates on Canada’s foodservice industry.

December 2020
Highlights: Watch the video about how GS1 Canada supports foodservice as it goes through a transformation; Check out what's on the horizon for retail eCommerce; Learn more how great planograms drive sales; Check GS1 Canada's Product Certification – Nutritional Content; Watch our animated video to see how the complex process of a recall can be made simpler with ECCnet Recall;, and read the GS1 Global 2019-2020 Annual Report.

October 2020 - Small Business Edition
Highlights: Check out our special Small Business Edition! Learn about how to grow your business with GS1 Canada’s small business bundles; meet the small business owner Jenny from Jenny's Jams and see how GS1 Canada help her to get her product on shelf; watch our presentation on the topic of Navigating the Foodservice Landscape at SIAL 2020 virtual event; and get the latest report and resources for your small businesses.

September 2020
Highlights: Learn about the continuing strong online shopping trend; Check how GS1 Canada's Product Certification – Nutritional Content can help meet the growing demand of consumers for transparency; listen to Sanjay Sarma, VP for Open Learning, MIT talking about how GS1 Global Standards help businesses adapt to the new world; and learn how to calculate the number of GTINs and barcodes you need for your products.

July 2020
Highlights: Product recalls Made Better with Improved ECCnet Recall Solution; Creating Effective Planograms Just Got Easier; GS1 Helping Industry Accelerate Digital Transformation; Meet Tendai Chakabuda, our Fast Track Rookie Winner of 2019; Learn more about the Changing Consumers Shopping Behaviours.

May 2020
Highlights: Get ready for business by certifying your products, learn how Product Certification tool can help your business; explore the GS1 traceability case study library; read the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions; and meet Maryam Nassiri, GS1 Canada Golden Gong winner for 2020.

April 2020
Highlights: GS1 Canada's response to COVID-19; GS1 Canada wins Global Power of GS1 Award, Global food and drink trends 2030.

January 2020
Highlights: Looking back on 2019; Behind the scenes of our Content Capture services; The Certified Plant Based Program is now available in Canada!

December 2019
Highlights: Going Beyond the Label with Enhanced Nutritional Information, GS1 Discovery App and New Data Recipients at GS1 Canada.

November 2019
Highlights: GS1 Canada’s Feature in Grocery Business Magazine, Connect the Dots with GS1 Standards and the 2019 Canadian Holiday Outlook.

September 2019
Highlights: The new Product Certification tool has arrived; welcome GS1 Cameroon and GS1 Myanmar to the GS1 global organization; how do Canadian parents prepare children’s lunch boxes.

June 2019
Highlights: Have a look at the two key speeches at SIAL 2019 hosted by GS1 Canada, discussing timely industry topics – how to do business with Canadian trading partners and the evolution of nutritional labels; learn more about 2019 Canada’s Food Guide.

March 2019
Highlights: Learn how to make the most of your GS1 Canada solutions, services and tools in our new Learning Zone; current optional attributes becoming mandatory in ECCnet Registry; check the new, streamlined online billing system through myGS1.

December 2018
Highlights: Access more GS1 Canada tools with one login, new Bulk Upload functionality, and GTIN Rules being updated.

October 2018
Highlights: How GS1 standards support cannabis traceability, Health Canada is requesting access to your product information, GTIN Reuse Rules Are Changing on January 1.

August 2018
Highlights: New GTIN Allocation Assistant tool, watch the evolution of TrueSource™ Dashboard, GS1 Canada’s Content Capture Services and the importance of standardized professional images and data.

May 2018
Highlights: GS1 Canada at SIAL Canada 2018, learn how to launch your business and operate more efficiently with help from GS1 Canada’s Supplier Excellence Checklist, Content Capture Service Request learning resources.