On the first and third Monday of every month on her YouTube channel,  food trends expert Dana McCauley gives us the lowdown on the trends that are happening in the food world.  Stop by FBC on following Tuesdays for a little extra insight from Dana on how you as a food blogger can use this information in your work!  During the summer months we'll be updating once a month!  This month we take a look at some of this year's hottest beverage trends.

Food Trends TV: Brain Beverages | Food Bloggers of Canada

This time of year, it’s tempting to switch off the computer, grab a pair of sunglasses, a cold kombucha and head outdoors to bask in the summer sun (heavily slathered in sun screen of course!). For most of us, the idea of walking away from your desk or turning off the flame under our canning kettles leads to guilt. So, let me help you find peace with the idea: let’s call it research!  All you need to do to turn an afternoon outdoors into a professional development opportunity is to take your smart phone or your tablet outside with you so that you can watch videos about some of the most influential beverage trends highlighted on Food Trends TV.

Kefir and Kombucha

Learn about why fermented drinks of all kinds are bubbling up as a consumer favourite.

Matcha Madness

The crown prince of Green Tea is gaining popularity because of its health properties. Find out more!

Sipping Sap

Drinks made from maple and birch syrups are gaining listings in mainstream stores and stealing shelf space from coconut water and sports drinks for good reason. Discover why.

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Juice Jockeys for Position

When I filmed this video, I thought $10 per serving juices were going to be short lived; however, in my downtown neighbourhood, these products are more popular than ever. Proof that I’m not infallible after all!

The New Cider House

This summer, I’ve seen cider as a barbecue and social staple in backyards and noticed it on tap in almost every pub I’ve visited. Clearly, this trend is growing!

Dana McCauley is a seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience in all facets of the food business and a track record of taking ideas from concept to kitchen to commercialization. Dana is also the Executive Director of Food Starter, a food business incubator that helps entrepreneurs bring new food products to market.  Dana is also a recovering cookbook author, blogger and food trend correspondent for morning shows such as Breakfast Television and Canada AM. Follow @DanaMccauley on Twitter for daily insights about her dog and for breaking news about what she’s making for dinner.

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