Keep calm and eat your fries

Potatoes are 20% more expensive in grocery stores than they were last year, and they could get even more expensive in 2020. Our craving for this food staple is likely to blame

Keep calm and eat your friesMost of us love fries and chips. Other than ketogenic, most diets don’t discriminate against the mighty potato. It’s even in the new Canada’s Food Guide. Most dishes using potatoes are loved by Canadians, especially in winter, when colder weather encourages us to seek heartier meals. But North America is experiencing potato shortages and processors…

The rise of the night owl: a convenience store giant

Alimentation Couche-Tard has become one of the largest convenience store chains in the world by converting gas dollars and foot traffic into more food sales

The rise of the night owl: a convenience store giantTaking over the world, one convenience store at a time, was Couche-Tard’s plan from day one. There are two types of convenience stores: Mom-and-pop stores, often operated by local people or newcomers seeking a better life in their adopted country. Stores that are part of enormous multinational conglomerates, which streamline operations by supporting thousands of…

Price fixing scandal breaking bad for grocers

The growing bakery goods price fixing investigation puts the onus on manufacturers and retailers to reach out to consumers in meaningful ways

Price fixing scandal breaking bad for grocersCanada’s Competition Bureau is alleging that almost every major food player was in on the bread cartel. This is extraordinarily disturbing and Canadians have every right to wonder if other grocery staples are affected by this type of collusion. The bread-price-fixing scheme, which allegedly lasted for 14 years, included major wholesalers such as Canada Bread…

Multinationals face new pressures in grocery stores

Consumers increasingly want fresh, unprocessed food. The middle of the store now sees less traffic and that’s clearly affecting sales for most grocery products

Multinationals face new pressures in grocery storesSkippy peanut butter and Dad’s chocolate chip cookies are gone from the Canadian marketplace. If you feel sad about seeing these iconic brands go, brace yourselves. It’s just the beginning. Within days, two major U.S.-based food multinationals pulled well-known brands from the Canadian market. Mondelez International discontinued the iconic Dad’s cookies and Hormel Foods pulled Skippy peanut…

Generation X the lost food generation

Generation Xers grew up in an era when food was functional and boring. As a result, many don't cook and have little interest in the culinary culture

Generation X the lost food generationGeneration Xers don’t cook. They never acquired the skills. Most of this group (born between 1965 and 1976) grew up when food was essentially an afterthought. Different generations have different relationships with food and cooking. Recent studies show that baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) have time to cook and most do. Millennials (born between 1977…

From farm to fork, brought to you by artificial intelligence

With AI, yields can be improved and grocers can understand consumers – and predict their behaviour – better than consumers know themselves

From farm to fork, brought to you by artificial intelligenceHALIFAX, N.S., May 3, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Many Canadian consumers have noticed that lettuce and celery prices have skyrocketed recently. Such fluctuations happen all the time. But artificial intelligence is about to change that. AI has us on the cusp of a revolution in how we make decisions and how we manage virtually every aspect of our daily lives. The…

Trump’s milk shake puts Canada’s dairy industry on notice

Canada's dairy farmers are about to pay a heavy price for Ottawa's lack of leadership. Dramatic changes are on the way on someone else’s terms

Trump’s milk shake puts Canada’s dairy industry on noticeHALIFAX, N.S., April 25, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Supply management is officially on Donald Trump’s radar and Canadian dairy farmers are holding their breath. For years, farmers have defended the five-decade old system as perfect for this nation. They’re about to find out that the world has changed since the 1960s. Our supply management system, known globally as Canada’s milk…

CETA set to dramatically alter Canada’s dairy industry

A clear road map to make our dairy sector more competitive is urgently needed as it faces more European imports

CETA set to dramatically alter Canada’s dairy industryHALIFAX, N.S., April 10, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Canada's cheese processing sector faces some dramatic changes. We’ll soon find out who gets to import tasty, inexpensive European cheese under the newly-ratified Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. There’s some debate about how farmers and cheesemakers should be compensated under CETA. But what should matter most…

Growing pains for the agri-food sector

The federal budget injects some new life into Canada's agricultural industries, but not enough funding and not nearly enough clarity of vision

Growing pains for the agri-food sectorHALIFAX, N.S. Mar. 28, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Canada’s agri-food sector has underachieved for too long. The new federal budget gives the sector the opportunity to re-imagine its potential. Finally, Ottawa wants to make the agri-food sector a place to invest and foster innovation. The Liberal government aims to increase Canada’s agri-food exports to at least $75…

Brazil and the mother of all food fraud cases

Canada, as one of Brazil’s main livestock industry competitors, will likely gain from this scandal, but the industry should not become too complacent

Brazil and the mother of all food fraud casesHALIFAX, N.S. Mar. 22, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Brazil, the largest exporter of meat products in the world, faces a food fraud crisis – and it seems federal authorities have been complicit. There's a lesson here for Canada. Brazil authorities recently announced they would investigate several companies, including meat-packing giants JBS SA and BRF SA. The companies are accused…
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