The social and financial costs of policing food theft are higher than the costs of addressing poverty and income inequality.
The food theft crisis is framed as a threat to paying customers. This furthers the divide between those who can still afford groceries and those who cannot.
Siggi’s Dairy keeps its yogurts simple with white packaging, black text and a dab of color to indicate the flavor.
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Pared-down packaging designs send a subtle yet powerful message of purity to shoppers – and they’re willing to fork over more cash for these goods, regardless of the actual number of additives.
Cutting back on pricier food items and focusing on more affordable staple foods could help consumers deal with rising food costs, but these strategies affect brand loyalty.
Once a cornerstone for many food retailers, brand loyalty is eroding as consumers prioritize cost savings over long-term brand relationships.
A recent report from Canada’s competition watchdog found that a lack of competition in the grocery sector has led to higher prices for consumers.
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As Canada embarks on its post-pandemic economic recovery, policymakers must ensure economic resilience and inclusiveness while preventing existing monopoly issues from worsening.
Canada’s first-ever grocery code of conduct is supposed to enhance transparency, predictability and fair dealing within supply chains.
We need a comprehensive code of conduct that ensures the long-term sustainability of the industry, while also protecting consumers in the event of future supply imbalances.
‘Winter fishing on the ice of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers,’ by Peter Rindisbacher, 1821.
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A public relations move by Loblaw Companies is just the latest in a long line of big business antics stretching back to pre-Confederation fur trade in Canada.
With so much competition, food marketers need to grab the attention of consumers so they buy their products, not another competitors. This is why product packaging is so important.
The size of food images on product packaging plays a key role in exacerbating diet-related illnesses and obesity.
Dairy, meats and eggs can get risky when left in warm conditions.
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Climate change has a clear link to rising foodborne illnesses. Blackouts during heat waves and wildfires are a growing part of the problem.
Racial hatred is a factor in 13% of mass shootings at grocery stores.
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A suspect apparently motivated by a white supremacist agenda shot dead 10 shoppers. Analysis shows that mass shootings – and those at grocery stores – are on the rise.
There is a strong possibility that market disturbances related to the conflict in Ukraine could push grocery prices in Canada even higher than originally predicted.
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Grocers must find a way to add value and affordability for consumers.
Transplanting lettuce seedlings from greenhouses to fields in mid-May at VanderWeele Farm in Palmer, Alaska.
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Homegrown tomatoes and corn in Alaska? Climate change could make it possible in the 2030s and ‘40s – a rare silver lining for this fast-warming state.
Choose and no queues.
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Sainsbury’s is also experimenting with the till-free technology.
Many grocery store workers have experienced high rates of anxiety and depression during the pandemic.
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Supermarket employees, still laboring in crisis mode, continue to report significant rises in physical and mental health problems.
Children can help make grocery lists and confirm the parent has bought everything on the list.
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Grocery shopping and family meals are prime opportunities to build reading and math skills – particularly for young Latino children, a new study finds.
Free bagged lunches are ready for distribution at a public school in Fayette, Miss., on March 3, 2021.
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A recent survey finds that the pandemic made it harder for many US households to put food on the table. It also changed the ways in which people buy and store food.
High-touch surfaces in grocery stores were tested as a potential transmission point for SARS-CoV-2.
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The risk of COVID-19 exposure from high-touch surfaces within grocery stores is low if physical distancing guidelines and recommended cleaning protocols are followed.
Food prices are poised to become higher post-pandemic. But using technology smartly and humanely can put the brakes to food price inflation.
How to keep food prices down? Use technology to change the way we produce food and public policy to ensure there’s a fair price put on things like climate change, human labour and animal welfare.
Since opening its first Australian stores on January 25 2001, Aldi has profoundly influenced the supermarket landscape.
Food is a measure of how countries respond to crises from access to pricing to shortages.
Food is essential to survival. It is also essential to identity. During times of national crisis like the coronavirus pandemic and in the historical landscape, food issues become prominent.
Long lines of masked shoppers wait to shop for groceries in Toronto on April 9, 2020.
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Canada’s food system has bent but not broken in the face of unprecedented demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to have enough food available.