A global population of eight billion reason to celebrate

A global population of eight billion reason to celebrateOf course, the usual anti-human crusaders predictably decry this milestone Recently, the United Nations estimated that the population of Planet Earth had reached eight billion souls. Despite the chatter of the highly subsidized climate doomster complex, this is quite an achievement – it certainly indicates that the carrying capacity of our world is much higher…

Accusing grocers of “greedflation” is pointless, but…

Accusing grocers of “greedflation” is pointless, but…The anger directed toward grocers is real By Sylvain Charlebois and Samantha Taylor As food prices rise, many are quick to blame grocers for profiteering and taking advantage of consumers. The notion of “greedflation” has emerged as one of the most talked about issues in the last month. Food inflation in Canada is at a…

Many dairy products have been priced out of the market

Many dairy products have been priced out of the marketMilking Canadians is becoming harder for the Canadian Dairy Commission The Canadian Dairy Commission has just released its recommendations for 2023. Unlike last year’s shocking 8.4 per cent, which was almost double the previous record, the increase won’t be as dramatic. As of February 1, 2023, most farmers in Canada will get about 2.2 per…

The Competition Bureau is not doing its job

Consumers in many cities now have only one grocer

The Competition Bureau is not doing its jobCanada’s Competition Bureau has decided to investigate the Canadian food industry, specifically our grocery sector. Better late than never, I suppose. For years, many called for such an investigation while recognizing that the Bureau has little authority or power over anything. Even its new director admitted to the problem of powerlessness. For instance, the Bureau…

Ottawa will investigate food prices. It’s about time

Canadians need to understand how their food supply chains really work

Ottawa will investigate food prices. It’s about timeWith the hype caused by the scandal at Hockey Canada, few noticed last week that Ottawa decided to investigate food prices and the alleged abuse by large grocery chains. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and the members of the Committee will examine the problem in the coming weeks. We must first welcome Ottawa’s decision.…

Canada has a food affordability problem

It is time for tax reductions to help consumers weather food inflation

Canada has a food affordability problemDid you know that there is a global food security index? The well-known magazine The Economist has just published its 11th edition. The Global Food Security Index comprises a set of indices from more than 120 different countries. Since 2012, the index has been based on four main pillars: food access, safety, sustainable development, and…

Canadians getting desperate about higher food prices

Almost 24 per cent now cutting back on food purchases, almost 70 per cent of whom are women

Canadians getting desperate about higher food pricesWhile inflation is showing signs of dissipating, food inflation appears to be on a totally different path. Food inflation has outpaced our general inflation rate for over 12 months now. Statistics Canada just announced that the food inflation rate for retail was 10.8 per cent and 7.4 per cent in food service. Canada ranks third…

The bleeding continues for restaurants

Many won’t survive

The bleeding continues for restaurantsAfter a slew of confinements and closures, restaurants are still not out of the woods. Far from it. Over the past year in Canada, restaurant closures outpaced openings by a whopping 43 per cent. The industry is still shrinking. Inflation-adjusted food service sales will be around 11 per cent below 2019 levels by the time…
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