Quote of the Month:
“You are what you eat.” ~ popular food proverb
Month in Review:
+ We started the month off right with inclusion in a wonderful article feature in Salty, the Island’s food digest magazine, highlighting the successful food cluster network on PEI including BioFoodTech, Food Island Partnership, and Canada’s Smartest Kitchen. Read the complete article by Cheryl Young here.
+ In early February, the Tourism & Culinary Centre hosted “Holland College Career Connections Day”, with CSK staff Mickhaelia Boothe and Krista MacQuarrie meeting with dozens of Culinary Institute of Canada students throughout the day to learn more about career opportunities in the food and beverage industry, including product research and development, food innovation, food styling, and corporate chef services.
+ Canada’s Smartest Kitchen celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, highlighting the brilliant and talented staff of CSK who participate in innovative research and product development on a daily basis: go team!
Several Canada’s Smartest Kitchen staff members were on the road in February:
+ Jennifer Bryant and Krista MacQuarrie were at Charlottetown Rural High School handing out smoothies and brain-boosting recipes to students during the busy exam week;
+ Jennifer Bryant and Ashton Moore also provided smoothie support to Holland College students in Charlottetown and Summerside, as part of the promotion of the Post-Secondary Food Insecurity Survey project through Holland College Applied Research; more details on the project and the collaborative supporters can be found here;
+ Allan Williams visited the Sysco Headquarters in Houston, Texas and prepped client products in their research and development test kitchens;
+ We proudly hosted a number of community groups, including a “Taste of PEI” industry event for visiting dignitaries; the Big Brothers Big Sisters PEI – Chapter Annual General Meeting, as well as a collaborative session with the Meetings & Conventions PEI team
CSK Service Highlight: FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
+ The road to a shelf-ready product may be winding, but it doesn’t have to be cumbersome. Whether you have just a spark of an idea, a concept that needs further development and validation, or a prototype that’s not quite right, CSK can help turn your idea into a tasty reality. Our team of experts can help you with Product Ideation, Benchtop Formulation, and Product Reformulation. This is just one of the many professional services offered by the Canada’s Smartest Kitchen team: We Know Food.
Trend Alert: DNA Tests Dictating Diets
+ “Global market research group Mintel predicts that as tech advances make personal-health-testing kits more accessible and affordable, hyper-individualized smart diets will become one of the top three global food and beverage trends over the next 10 years.” according to Food Dive; read the full article highlighting “nutrigenomics, which studies how genes determine the body’s response to the nutrients in food and drinks” here, published in early March 2020.