In the latest sign of diversification and expansion in Canada’s organic market, the fast-food chain A&W Canada has announced it will exclusively offer organic and Fair Trade coffee in all of its locations. A&W is Canada’s second-largest hamburger chain, with 819 locations nationwide. A number of retail and brand owners have recently announced they will expand their organic offerings and presence in the Canadian market, which COTA now estimates at over $4 billion per year.
Executive Director Becky Lipton was in Anaheim, California recently building relationships and making connections with buyers of Alberta and prairie based organic products. Alberta company Baby Gourmet was just one of the companies represented at the Natural Products Expo West. This annual event is one of the world's largest trade events for the natural food and organic product sector and attracts food companies, industry associations, trade agencies, marketers and buyers from across North America.