Canadian food prices rising amid higher production costs & climate change

Canadian grocery and food prices are slowly but surely rising in recent times, and one expert cites not just the pandemic but rising production costs and the toll of climate change as reasons why. “For the longest time, the last 12 months or so, we were able to import our way out of food inflation […]

Online grocery supplementing physical shopping, not replacing

Online grocery shopping has seen increased uptake during the COVID-19 pandemic but it appears that has mainly been as a supplementary option alongside in-store shopping, rather than a replacement for it. More than half (53 per cent) of Canadians are now doing some of their grocery shopping online, while an additional 30 per cent say […]

How food retail and grocery are changing

Ryerson University’s Brookfield Institute has released a report detailing key ways in which the food retail and grocery industries are changing amid the backdrop of COVID-19. The new report, “Shake-up in Aisle 21: Disruption, Change and Opportunity in Ontario’s Grocery Sector,” concludes that the food retail and grocery industries are transforming at greater speed and […]

Canada’s grocery workers are struggling with anxiety

More than a year into the pandemic and frontline staff continue to deal with COVID cases in the workplace and aggressive customers. Grocery workers are struggling with heightened stress and anxiety as they remain on the front lines of a surge in COVID-19 infections in Canada’s hot spot areas, industry watchers say. Despite being deemed […]

Voilà grocery pick-up service expands into Western Canada

Empire has expanded its Voilà grocery home shopping offering to Alberta. The launch of “Voilà by Safeway Curbside Pickup” sets the stage for its online grocery home delivery service ultimately coming to the province in 2023. In support of the expansion, a Customer Fulfilment Centre is being built in Rocky View County, just outside of Calgary. […]

Grocery code of practice proposed to address unfair market

Is a grocery code of practice a good idea? That’s the question being discussed at the moment across Canada. Canada’s second-largest grocery retailer, Empire, and an industry group representing food manufacturers recently agreed to a draft grocery code of practice that they say takes aim at unfairness in the market. Food, Health & Consumer Products […]