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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

Upcoming NAFTA negotiations could spill a lot of milk for dairy producers — and that’s just the beginning according to two well-known commentators.

NAFTA negotiations key for farmers, say commentators

In separate speeches Andrew Coyne and Sylvain Charlebois predicted 
while supply management is under the gun, there’s more at stake

A U.S.-led effort to renegotiate NAFTA could see supply management scrapped, but that’s just the beginning, say two Canadian commentators. Speaking separately at the Canadian Global Crops Symposium April 12, the National Post’s Andrew Coyne and Dalhousie University’s Sylvain Charlebois both said the North American Free Trade Agreement could provide the pretext for major changes


A sandwich built to this level of perfection could fetch quite a price premium in 2017.

Average Canadian family’s food costs could rise $420 next year

Low Canadian dollar makes imported food far more expensive, causing an increase well above the rate of inflation

Canadians will pay more to put food on their tables in 2017, according to Canada’s Food Price Report 2017. The report, from Dalhousie University, forecasts a rise in food prices between three per cent and five per cent higher than last year’s increase and considerably higher than the general inflation rate. For the average Canadian

Vancouver-based Earls has backed away from its decision to seek Certified Humane Beef exclusively from a Kansas-based supplier.

Earls’ reversal wins battle, not war

One of Canada’s highest-profile food and agriculture commentators says the beef industry shouldn’t be celebrating victory over getting Earls to roll back its humane beef certification decision. Sylvain Charlebois, a professor of marketing studies at the University of Guelph who frequently writes about food consumers and how they interact with the agriculture and food industry,