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It was a year for the history books, indeed, and certainly filled with major food-related stories.

Comment: The top 10 food stories of 2020

It was an action-packed 12 months for the agriculture and food sector

The year 2020 was as unusual as they get, with no shortage of stories. Some flew under the radar because of the pandemic, but this list is based on how some food-related stories will probably have long-term implications, whether they were related to COVID-19 or not. At number 10, the apparent end of Tim Hortons’

Taxes and food rarely mix well together. If it doesn’t hurt those who provide us with food, it will eventually hit consumers, one way or another.

Comment: Households are getting sandwiched

Many Canadians are stuck between rising food prices and stagnant-at-best wages

Canada’s Food Price Report 2021 was released recently and brought some disconcerting news to Canadians. We could see food prices go up by as much as five per cent in 2021, the highest increase ever predicted by the authors, a group of 24 scholars from four different universities. For a family of four, the food bill could go


We are just coming out of an era in which we have been bent on buying the cheapest food products.

Comment: Higher grocery bills a fact of life

Many grocery categories have seen price increases at a rate much higher than general inflation

Every month, Statistics Canada reminds us that life is getting more expensive. But for food, the situation has been unique over the last few decades. Based on numbers released recently, the price of a typical grocery basket has increased by about 240 per cent since 2000. Some will think that such a percentage is expected,

Comment: Leaving town for the country

With more people able to work from home, many consumers are apparently looking to trade in city living for open space, and the agri-food sector will have to adjust

People seem to want to flee urban centres these days. The real estate market is overheating in regions outside of major cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Halifax. Recent real estate reports suggest sales are up 20 per cent in many rural markets and prices have increased by at least five per cent since the

Canadians should brace for a major effect on food supply chains worldwide.

Comment: The fine art of panic buying

Supply chains will be disrupted, but in chaos is also opportunity

Reports on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting global supply chains and disrupting manufacturing operations around the world are increasing daily, and these effects may not yet have reached their peak, at least not in North America. This may happen, however, over the next few weeks. Grocers and food retailers are likely engaging their vendors


Beef demand per capita is slowing.

2019 Canada Food Price Report: Meat prices to decline

This is the first time since its inception that the report is forecasting lower prices for meat tied to rising consumer interest in switching over to more plant-based protein in their diets

Canadian households are going to pay more for food next year, but for the agriculture industry the telling point is what they’ll be spending their money on. Canadian households can expect to see a 3.5 per cent increase to their overall food bill next year — spending about $411 more — according to Canada’s Food

Is meat demand on the wane?

The latest Canada Food Price Report says lower demand for meat is in the forecast

Canadian households are going to pay more for food next year, but for the agriculture industry the telling point is what they’ll be spending their money on. Canadian households can expect to see a 3.5 per cent increase to their overall food bill next year — spending about $411 more — according to Canada’s Food

Canadians are poised to spend as much on food outside the home as they do in grocery stores.

Comment: The cost of convenience

Consumers are spending more of their income on outside food purchases which shrinks the farmer’s share of the pie

More Canadians are eating out. In fact, according to some surveys, about 35 per cent of the average Canadian’s food budget is spent on food consumed outside the home. This would include restaurants, grab-and-go’s, and other portable food offerings. This is nowhere near what Americans spend on out-of-household food consumption, which is now estimated at


Food bills will rise in 2018

Weather conditions and a switch to convenience foods will drive the trend

The average Canadian family of four will be paying $348 more to feed themselves in 2018, with total expenditures pegged to rise to $11,948. That’s according to the eighth annual Canada’s Food Price Report jointly released Dec. 13 by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph. “Canadians want to know what will impact the prices

We haven’t seen anything like this in a generation

The rise of the ‘grocerant’ appears poised to revolutionize both grocery chains and the restaurant business

Food trends are difficult to follow these days. As with hip sectors such as the high-tech industry, the food industry is coming up with its own peculiar lingo when describing market shifts. One of the latest examples is ‘grocerant,’ a word combining ‘grocer’ and ‘restaurant.’ The term has been around for a few years, but it