The future of cannabis pizza dough

The recreational use of cannabis has been legalized in Canada as of 17 October 2018. The legalization includes fresh, dried, oil, plants and seeds. However, the sale and purchase of cannabis infused edibles is to become legal sometime in late 2019. The delay is caused by the complexity of dosing, packaging and consumer regulations.

While cannabis oil can be infused in almost any homemade recipe from cookies, muffins and smoothies, commercial recipe development is not as easy. What will the legalization of edibles mean for the pizza industry and what are some challenges that come with developing cannabis-infused dough?

Consumer will be able to enjoy edibles in various locations, including restaurants, without facing the social stigma of smoking. Edibles are also better suited for new or low dosage users who are just curious to try it out. In fact, a Deloitte survey of 1,500 Canadians showed that six out of ten likely pot consumers will choose edibles. For the pizza industry, this represents the potential to tap into an entirely new market. However, it’s not as simple as adding cannabis oil to an existing pizza recipe. Developing cannabis-infused pizza comes with multiple issues related to dosage, packaging, labelling, and consumer regulations.

Packaging & labelling

To avoid accidental consumption, packaging and labelling are one of the most important issues in the edibles market. Cannabis-infused pizza will have to have similar nutritional content information as other food products and include the production and expiry dates. In US, for instance, edibles must contain a child-resistant package, stamped with a universal symbol and divided into servings of 10 or less milligrams of THC. A similar type of standardized packaging is probably to be expected in Canadians edibles too.

Dosage

Dosage is another issue, since there is no established system to determine appropriate amounts for consumption. Manufacturers need to demonstrate that they have a rigorous dosage system in place, as it is essential for consumers to be aware of their consumption amount. As of now, more research needs to be done to uncover what represents an acceptable unit of measurement when it comes to cannabis oil.

Baking & production

Baking times and temperatures are issues specific to the pizza industry. Cannabis oil loses its potency (dissipates) when baked in high temperatures. Pizza manufacturers will need to develop custom techniques and baking methods to accommodate cannabis-infused dough.

What are your thoughts on cannabis-infused pizza dough? Is this something you would offer to your customers?

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Festive Focaccia – Three Delightful Holiday Ideas

A classic in the Mimi Foods kitchen, focaccia is an Italian bread that is well-loved by our customers all year round. With the holidays just around the corner, the Mimi Foods team put together a few very special festive focaccia ideas. This simple bread has been part of the Italian cuisine for centuries and has been traditionally served with a sprinkle of herbs and a brush of olive oil. Its soft, cake-like texture make it the perfect addition to your holiday menu or a last-minute gift to a dinner party. We hope you will enjoy our three festive focaccia ideas!

  1. Cranberry Focaccia. This classic holiday twist on focaccia packs an unmistakable sweet punch from the cranberries. Use our Herb or Plain focaccia and top it with cranberries before warming it up in the oven.
  2. Antipasto inspired. For all meat lovers, use our Tomato & Herb focaccia to top it with your antipasto favourites such as hot salami and prosciutto.
  3. Clementine and walnuts. Top our Herb or Plain focaccia with thinly sliced clementines and crushed walnuts. This sophisticated holiday focaccia will fill the room with a delightful festive scent!

The Mimi Foods team would like to wish our customers, suppliers and readers a wonderful holiday season. Make your own dough creation and tag us on Instagram at @mimifoods Happy Holidays!