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Loblaw beats profit estimates as online sales surge

Reuters — Loblaw beat quarterly revenue and profit estimates on Thursday, driven by a near-fourfold jump in online sales, as stay-at-home Canadians used the retailer’s pickup and delivery services to stock up on bread, milk and eggs. With consumers still limiting their trips outdoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said it would invest

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Agri-food tech expected to be a post-pandemic growth industry

Ag, food sectors may seek out more e-commerce, labour-saving tools

Ottawa — A researcher at the University of Guelph says the COVID-19 pandemic will spark agility – particularly related to technology – in agriculture. “(The pandemic) has re-emphasized the need to get access to some of the technology that exists in other sectors and are not easily accessible in agri-food systems,” said Rozita Dara, an


Probe eyes possibility of ‘co-ordinated behaviour’ in Big Ag

Competition Bureau probes majors' response to FBN's Canadian launch

Canada’s Competition Bureau is investigating leading agriculture companies for allegedly attempting to drive a California-based online farm-supply retailer out of the Canadian market. Documents filed in Federal Court show Federated Co-operatives, Cargill, Winfield United Canada, Univar Canada, BASF Canada Inc., Corteva and Bayer CropScience (and, by extension, Monsanto Canada) are all under investigation. Investigators with

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Comment: The unavoidable death of ‘click and collect’

Consumers want to get food products delivered directly to their homes but they don’t necessarily want to pay for it

Grocers can no longer afford to wait for their money to show up at their stores. That’s a given. They need to go after it as well. E-commerce in the grocery business was barely a thought five years ago. Most of them did not want to cannibalize sales and decrease foot traffic. The primary idea

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



Agriculture Canada is warning agri-food organizations that they need to protect themselves against cyber criminals.

Farm groups queried on cybersecurity

Agriculture included as one of 10 sectors under potential threat

Agriculture Canada has sent a questionnaire to agri-food organizations about their cybersecurity protection measures as part of a federal plan to bolster protection for critical national communications infrastructure. The agri-food and fisheries supply chain “is one of the 10 identified critical infrastructure sectors,” a letter explaining the questionnaire says. Among the groups asked to forward

Amanda Reimer is the founder of Etsy Sellers Manitoba. She is also the owner of Silver Moose Arts a home-based business in Landmark making vintage and silver jewelry.

Online community supports Manitoba’s burgeoning maker movement

Etsy Sellers of Manitoba is an Etsy team created to support and grow the burgeoning crafter movement in the province

Pre-Christmas sales are popping up all across rural Manitoba as hundreds of creative Manitobans emerge from their kitchens and studios and basement sewing rooms with armloads of homemade art and craft. Handcrafters, artists and designers of all types of artisanal goods depend on these events for the exposure it provides and the revenues it can


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Loblaw cuts 500 jobs, plans to reinvest in e-commerce

Toronto | Reuters — Grocery chain Loblaw Co. Ltd. is cutting about 500 jobs across the company, and plans to reinvest the savings into digital and e-commerce services, the company said on Monday. The job cuts, which began on Monday and make up 0.25 per cent of the Toronto-based company’s workforce, will apply to executive