Candy is coming to Ikea, but what does this mean for the country’s health?
Originally reported by thestar.com and our sister brand Business Review Canada, Ikea will be brining a Swedish tradition to Canada—the furniture company has decided to add candy to its inventory. However, has this idea been thoroughly considered? Not only could the business be starting a war with other candy shops, but is Ikea promoting obesity?
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While candy tastes good and people of all ages enjoy it, does the world really need access to more junk food? Specifically, when too much of the world is already or dangerously teetering toward obesity, why place temptation in someone’s face?
Furthermore, what is going to happen to other stores—particularly ones whose sole inventory is chocolate and sugar—once Ikea becomes a form of completion?
Pick and Mix—Ikea’s in-store Scandinavian candy shops—will be coming to Canada in the fall. But why? It’s tradition—that’s why.
Known as “Saturday Candy,” this tradition dates back decades. However, in recent years, the action has taken place during the week, too, or whenever children and adults feel the need to splurge on a sweet treat.
It would appear that Ikea wants candy in their stores to pay homage to the country where the store originated. Fantastic—quite respectful and honorable. But what about the consequences that could follow?
Do kids really need more access to sugar and sweets? Instead of candy, why not promote fresh fruits and vegetables? Instead of Saturday Candy, the new tradition could be known as Saturday Nutrition or Healthy Snack Attack (you get the idea).
The point is that the furniture store could keep similar traits to the past tradition, but simultaneously promote healthy snacking. Not to mention, a sweet tooth can be cured by several different types of fruit.
Already available in the United States, there are 45 varieties of sweets that include gummies, sours, marshmallow, chocolate and licorice for $7.99 a pound. Can you feel the waistband of your pants expanding? Interestingly enough, all candies are made from Swedish recipes.
And while the Ikeas across Canada haven’t confirmed a price, they have said that all of the candies will be free of high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and GMOs.
Let that tidbit of information sink in for a minute.
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We’ll just bypass the $7.99 a pound factor (seriously?!) and jump right to the ingredients. While a representative has mentioned what the candies won’t contain, can we believe the statement to be true? And if it is, how long will it be until the recipes change and more toxic components are added? Furthermore, it was nice for Ikea to reveal what won’t be in the candy, but what will be in it?
While it’s been a tradition for Swedish children to gorge themselves with candy on Saturdays for quite some time, is it really healthy for kids to gorge themselves with anything? Whatever happened to that beautiful rule—everything in moderation?
Perhaps candy in Ikeas across Canada won’t be such a bad thing. There’s only one way of finding out. Not to mention, just because the candy is there, doesn’t mean it will sell. After all, it will be up to the parents to decide what their children can and cannot eat.
New Dublin cloud kitchen for Sodexo
Sodexo has opened a new cloud kitchen in Dublin, Ireland, after launching workplace catering subsidiary, Fooditude.
Catering, facilities management and home services company, Sodexo, has a revenue of €22b and is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, with offices across 28 countries.
Catering company Fooditude is based in London and creates organic, fresh food for clients and focuses on eliminating food waste.
A ‘cloud kitchen’ (also known as a ghost kitchen, virtual kitchen or shared kitchen) is set up for delivery-only food brands.
In December 2020, Sodexo acquired a majority shareholding in Fooditude.
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Sodexo declared that Fooditude would have a huge role to play, as it develops new consumer-focused food services for the digital age.
“Our investment in Fooditude is a crucial element in the evolution of Sodexo’s workplace food services”, said Julie Ennis, CEO of corporate services at Sodexo UK & Ireland. “Organisations are rethinking the way they work, reviewing their office footprints and the purpose of those spaces, so it is crucial we have the right flexible, digitally-powered food services to meet our clients’ and consumers’ needs.”
Fooditude doesn’t just offer catering deliveries, the company also organises pop-ups. The company uses organic produce and takes sustainability seriously.
“One of the toughest challenges with our business model is to operate with minimum impact on the environment”, said a Fooditude representative. “Reducing food waste is our top priority this year. To that end we have embarked on a few interesting partnerships with charities and businesses tackling this problem. We work with FoodCycle, OLIO and Orca.”
Fooditude also measures its carbon footprint with The Planet Mark, a sustainability certification. Fooditude’s goal is to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 5% in 2021.
A welcome food move in hospitable Dublin
The Dublin food scene is well known for flourishing outdoor markets and cosy fire-lit pubs. Taking a hybrid kitchen there is fitting for the modern age, especially in the post-pandemic era when many customers may prefer ordering food to be delivered, instead of eating out.
“We are delighted to take Fooditude to Dublin”, said Ennis. “We see significant potential to establish and grow the business there, with clear benefits to our current clients as well as an offer that will help us grow our Ireland business and target new clients in the city’s fast-growing technology and media sectors.”