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Comment: Meal kits set the table for a new food retailing boom

Instead of takeout, consumers can choose a meal kit that allows them to whip up an appealing dish in minutes

Meal kits are sweeping across North America. It’s the perfect trend for consumers who want to be empowered by cooking but still need convenience. For example, Walmart has just partnered with Gobble to deliver meal kits. In the battle over the future of food consumption in the U.S., Walmart wants a fighting chance against the […] Read more


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Opinion: U.S. soy trade stellar in short term

Longer term the outlook for the Chinese market gets very hazy

Market analysts have been trying to gauge China’s forward bean usage as it remains locked in a tit-for-tat tariff dispute with the United States, and the conflict has prompted threats from the East Asian country to severely reduce or ban U.S. bean imports. The future of U.S. soybean trade with China has also been a […] Read more



Opinion: Amazon and Whole Foods – one year later

The blockbuster deal has forced domestic grocery giants to adapt quickly

One after the other, grocers are going virtual. All of them, at some point over the last 12 months, have announced some sort of commitment to an e-commerce strategy. Costco launched its home delivery pilot in Ontario, while Maxi’s, Loblaw’s discount stores in Quebec, were the latest to jump on the virtual bandwagon with their […] Read more


Opinion: Corn may be an unintended trade war victim in 2019

Wheat is also likely to see the effect of a stampede out of beans

U.S. corn supply is predicted to plunge by 23 per cent over the next year, but the tighter domestic market may be a short-lived phenomenon pending the resolution of the U.S.-China trade war. The world’s two largest economies have been embroiled in a trade battle in which Beijing hit U.S. soybeans with a 25 per […] Read more



Tariffs not the answer to U.S. trade woes

Testimony by Minnesota Farm Bureau president Kevin Paap to the U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade, Washington, D.C., July 18. Agricultural exports are important economic drivers. Once you lose a market, it is really tough to get it back. In 2017, we exported $140 billion in farm products, which is $21 billion more […] Read more


Comment: Tim Hortons goes east

An aggressive plan to expand into China has been unveiled

Tim Hortons is going where the growth is: east to China. The Canadian institution announced it will expand its portfolio of 4,700 restaurants by signing a joint venture partnership with a Chinese-based equity firm. Tim Hortons currently has locations in the United States, the Arab Emirates, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom, and it intends […] Read more



Comment: The trouble with edibles

Is Canada’s food industry ready for the massive opportunity of cannabis legalization?

On Oct. 17, smoking cannabis will become legal in Canada. As for cannabis edibles, they will take a bit longer: cannabis-infused food products will be legal in a little less than a year’s time. Once edibles are available, things will get complicated in Canada’s food industry. But, with the right regulations, this is a profit […] Read more


Comment: Selling out early

Trade uncertainty is souring investors’ views of grain markets

Speculators spent the month of June selling Chicago-traded futures and options, specifically corn and soybeans, as if record U.S. crops were already in the bag. But the trade dispute between the United States and China, the world’s largest soybean buyer, has driven market uncertainty. It was confirmed in mid-June that both parties would enforce tariffs […] Read more



Comment: How the supply management lobby influences politics

My unsuccessful federal leadership campaign is proof the sector has outsized political influence — for now

The following is a lightly edited excerpt of a chapter on supply management from a political memoir penned by Maxime Bernier that he chose to publish online. Polls indicate that the vast majority of Canadians have little to no idea what supply management is really about. According to a survey done in the summer of […] Read more


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Comment: Souped up

A Kraft-Heinz takeover rumour doesn’t disguise deep-seated issues for companies like Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup stocks soared after news came out suggesting the company could be bought by Kraft-Heinz, one of 3G Capital and Warren Buffett’s pet projects in the food sector. Even though the deal is highly unlikely to happen, these rumours point to a much larger story in food processing. Since 2013, the “acquire and cut” […] Read more