Trump expected to serve up higher food prices

From higher commodity prices to lower business taxes to changes in available labour, Trump's policies could dramatically alter agriculture

Trump expected to serve up higher food pricesDonald Trump has been a topic of conversation at dinner tables for some time. Now, the American president-elect is poised to push up the cost of the food on those same tables. Policy proposals on immigration, trade and security dominated the U.S. presidential campaign. Not much was said about agriculture or food policies. But a…

The vast fallout from falling food prices

Consumers win when food prices fall, but all down the supply chain there are losers, including retailers, processors and farmers

The vast fallout from falling food pricesMaking money in the food business isn't nearly as simple as it once was. It's becoming cheaper to buy food in Canada – prices fell in August for the first time in years in every province except Alberta. And the Statistics Canada data may indicate the start of significant ongoing food deflation. But while consumers may be delighted…

Walmart, Costco muscling into Canada’s food retail marketplace

Consumers are benefiting and traditional retailers scrambling as Walmart and Costco drive down prices and increase their market share

Walmart, Costco muscling into Canada’s food retail marketplaceThe evolution of Canada's food retailing industry is being hastened by a pair of American giants. Consumers are the big winners. Reports on the latest Canada consumer price index drew a great deal of attention to falling meat prices. To the delight of barbecue fans, beef, pork and chicken prices have dropped for the first time in…

Loblaws playing hardball with food suppliers

By demanding lower prices, Loblaws is protecting its bottom line but will Canadian consumers really benefit – or even notice?

Loblaws playing hardball with food suppliersLoblaw Companies Ltd. recently sent a letter to major suppliers advising them that it will pay 1.45 per cent less for any shipments received on or after Sept. 4. The tactic signals a major shift in the food retail industry. In food distribution, a decrease of 1.45 per cent is a big deal. Loblaws, as…

The good news at the heart of rising food prices in Canada

Wages are on the rise, and the food and hospitality industry is flourishing

The good news at the heart of rising food prices in CanadaCanada's food inflation rate remains at four per cent, yet there are encouraging signs for the consumer. Statistics Canada's recent consumer price index numbers, for example, show that the gap between the general inflation rate and food inflation is shrinking – the general inflation rate now stands at two per cent, its highest point in nearly two…

Cauliflower hysteria offers lessons for Canadians

Food inflation is hammering Canadian consumers, but there are ways to reduce the price pressure

Cauliflower hysteria offers lessons for CanadiansFood inflation is top of mind for Canadian consumers, with rampant claims about produce being grossly overpriced. And the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report won’t calm Canadian shoppers any time soon, since food inflation stands at 4.1 per cent. That's a significant contrast to the -0.4 per cent in food inflation reported in the United States…

The ugly side of food waste

Everyone wins from Loblaw’s campaign to reposition “imperfect” produce in its stores

The ugly side of food wasteWe waste a lot of food; tons of it, in fact. Indeed, some studies suggest that the overall cost of food waste in our country exceeds $100 billion annually. In response, Loblaw has decided to take action. The company now sells bags of “Naturally Imperfect” apples and potatoes in select grocery stores across Ontario and…
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