Author: Michael

Preventing Foodborne Illnesses at Festival

You may have heard about the food-borne illnesses linked to the Edmonton Folk Fest Festival (Click here to read the news article).  Unfortunately, I’ve seen and read about many different food-borne outbreaks originating from festivals.  Special events or festivals like the Folk Fest are very common and can be a great way for businesses to […]

Food Safety and Home Based Businesses

Have you ever made something so delicious that everyone around you, after licking their fingers clean, said – you should sell this?  Many famous brands started with an old family recipe and a home-based operation before moving into a commercial kitchen. In Alberta, a home-based business is still required to have a food safety permit […]

Don’t Eat Poop!

OK, so I’m sure you’ve heard that hand-washing is a good thing.  It’s also a requirement in most food regulations.  If you are a food business owner or a health-conscious person then you probably want people preparing your food to wash their hands.  Staff that don’t wash their hands are likely to get their co-workers […]

How to use Food Safety Education to build a Food Safety Culture

It’s no secret that the food industry is ridiculously competitive and that many businesses struggle to survive and be profitable.  Having worked as a public health inspector for many years in Canada, I witnessed many food businesses struggle to consistently maintain high food safety standards.  This often led to them loosing customers and eventually being […]

Why would anyone want to start a restaurant?

Having been around literally thousands of food businesses from large scale food manufacturers, restaurants of all sizes, food trucks, and even convenience stores, I often found myself wondering why would anyone start a food business.  It’s not that these food businesses were horrible, the majority were run by honest, hardworking people who served wonderful food. […]

Groupon is not a marketing strategy – The effect of discounting on business

I’ve had a few conversations lately with several business owners who were considering discounting or reducing their prices as a strategy to increase sales.  With the popularity of discount websites such as Groupon, Daily Deals, Living Social and others, businesses are looking to these sites to help increase their sales.  However, it’s important for business […]