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‘Undermining food manufacturing is to deny the agri-food sector its strategic foothold. Innovating and growing an economy, especially in rural communities, becomes more challenging.’ – Sylvain Charlebois.

Comment: Walmart flexes its muscles and food processors suffer

Canadian food manufacturing has lost 12 jobs a day everyday since 2012 and a July announcement by Walmart Canada won’t help

Consumers got a glimpse of how food supply chains work — or don’t — at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now Walmart is giving them a chilling new perspective. During the panic-buying phase in the early spring, few experts in the food industry would have predicted the unprecedented levels of vertical co-ordination and incredible

Brexit crisis tipped for British asparagus

Ross-on-Wye, England | Reuters — For almost 100 years, Chris Chinn’s family has farmed asparagus in the rolling hills of the Wye Valley in western England. This year, he fears uncertainty around Britain’s departure from the European Union will keep his eastern European workers away and the asparagus will stay in the ground. Asparagus grown


Grocery store entry easier than ever

Even those with limited product volumes should explore these opportunities, business development specialist tells St. Jean Farm Days

It’s never been a better time to start a food-processing business. Where in years gone by there were nothing but barriers, now more grocery stores are keen to stock locally produced products, says a Manitoba Agriculture business development specialist. Gone are expensive listing fees to buy shelf space in stores, and you won’t find yourself

According to a recent survey, 66 per cent of Canadians have used self-checkout lanes at some point.

Comment: A painful experience

Why self-checkouts at the grocery store never seem to work properly

Some Canadians detest going to the grocery store. It’s repetitive, tiring, and quite unpleasant at times, especially when the store is busy. Picking up groceries and lugging them back home is work, something most would rather avoid. On the other hand, many of us do enjoy visiting food stores and discovering new products or new



Be aware of grocery store psychology

Plan menus and make a list before going to the store

I think I will curl up by a pallet of baked beans and take a nap,” my husband commented. I think he was in a “food coma.” My husband and I had just completed a hearty breakfast at a nearby restaurant. We followed our breakfast with a trip to a warehouse-type grocery store. “I don’t

Food deflation troubling

Consumers may welcome cheaper food, but it spells challenges for the food industry 
right through to the primary producer

It is becoming cheaper to buy food in Canada. Canada experienced deflationary food prices in August for the first time in years. While consumers may be delighted to see food prices decline, August numbers are pointing to a significant challenge for the food industry. Making money in the food business is not what it used

New Whole Foods chain 365 faces tough mission

Los Angeles | Reuters — Whole Foods Market’s 365 grocery chain offers lower prices and more technology than the company’s namesake supermarkets, but experts say the fledgling brand must beat its many rivals without hijacking customers from its parent. 365, which debuted on Wednesday with a bright and airy store in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake


Ernie Jeffries holds carrots taken from the brown box. They’re too small to grade Canada No. 1 or 2 so they have to go for cattle feed along with carrots in the beige box culled because they are too big, too small, broken or misshaped. According to Jeffries the small carrots and many of the culls are fine for human consumption.

VIDEO: What’s up doc? Too many carrots seen going to cows instead of people

Jeffries Brothers blames Peak of the Market and worries about the 
future of their operation and Manitoba’s carrot industry

Manitoba’s largest carrot growers say the grading practices of the provincially regulated vegetable-marketing board threaten to push the family farm out of business. Ernie Jeffries, who operates Jeffries Brothers Vegetable Growers with his brother Roland and father Dave, wants permission to sell carrots rejected by Peak of the Market outside of the regulated system. Jeffries