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…

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…

Are grocers still colluding over food prices?

Metro's reaction to Loblaw freezing food prices is raising the spectre of more industry-wide collusion

Are grocers still colluding over food prices?The food inflation rate in Canada has exceeded our country’s general inflation rate for 10 straight months now. The food inflation rate in September was 10.3 per cent, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent Consumer Price Index released this week. Since Canadian grocers are again facing a barrage of criticism from concerned Canadians, some have…

Loblaw to freeze food prices until January 2023

The campaign is powerfully symbolic and will show that grocers in our country do have a heart

Loblaw to freeze food prices until January 2023There have been calls for Canadian grocers to voluntarily freeze prices for some main staples as we weather the current food inflation storm. The first grocer in the world to do this was more than six months ago. Since then, many Western economies have seen grocers freeze prices, including German giant Lidl and the well-known…

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.…

Inflation eating away at our Thanksgiving Day dinner

Some families are struggling due to sticker shock at the grocery store

Inflation eating away at our Thanksgiving Day dinnerThanksgiving is this weekend. With the price of food these days, we’re all wondering how most of us will cope. In partnership with Angus Reid, Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab investigated what Canadian consumers plan to do with their menu over the weekend. In total, 1,503 Canadians were consulted on September 30, 2022, for this…

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…

To fight inflation, we have to measure it better

The method StatsCan uses to measure inflation bears no relationship to the reality Canadians face

To fight inflation, we have to measure it betterBy Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy and Valentin Petkantchin For several months now, rising prices have dominated public consciousness and raised anxiety in most households. Not for decades has Statistics Canada’s monthly inflation rate indicator been awaited with such rapt attention. This indicator is much like a thermometer monitoring a patient’s fever while under observation. Related Stories Food…
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