Grocer code of conduct could help reduce loss of trust in the sector

Grocer code of conduct could help reduce loss of trust in the sectorGrocers need to be more accountable to themselves and the public A grocer code of conduct is coming to Canada. The United Kingdom and Australia, where grocer oligopolies exist, have a similar code already. This is great news for consumers; in fact, it should be considered a minor miracle. It all started in 2020 when…

Lessons from overpriced chicken breasts

Lessons from overpriced chicken breasts“Chickengate” exposes the crisis of confidence grocers face today It all started with one reporter taking a simple, trivial picture of an overpriced pack of five boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The cost was $26.87 a kilo, a world-class sticker shocker, at least double what one would expect to pay for chicken breasts. Within hours, the…

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…
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