Tag: Sylvain Charlebois

Canadians’ trust in food retailers wavers following bread price-fixing scandal

While it stands to reason that Canadians may have become slightly jaded after a wide-spread price-fixing scandal was revealed late last year, a new study from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management confirms it. The report, released today, finds that consumers are less likely to trust national food retailers than they were in November 2017, before… Read more »

Activists pushing to tax meat like cigarettes

According to the dictionary, a sin tax is “a tax on items considered undesirable or harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco.” There is mounting pressure from activist groups to add animal proteins to that list of so-called “sinful” items. They argue meat creates added healthcare costs and negative impacts on the environment. It might sound… Read more »

Loblaw fixing the price of bread is “shocking and disappointing” — Sylvain Charlebois

When Loblaw Co. and parent company George Weston admitted late Tuesday that it engaged in a bread price-fixing scheme, consumers and experts that follow the industry closely were all blown away. “Shocked and disappointed” is how Dalhousie University’s Sylvain Charlebois describes his reaction to Loblaw’s admission that they have been fixing the price of bread…. Read more »

Eating out and La Nina to raise Canadian food spending in 2018

The average Canadian family of four will spend $348 more on food in 2018, according to an annual food price report released on Wednesday. Published by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, the 8th edition of “Canada’s Food Price Report” forecasts higher restaurant spending and La Nina will drive food costs higher next year,… Read more »

The Great Debate redux

For as long as we have a supply management system, there will be debates about whether or not we should keep it. The line between for and against is predictable: dairy, egg, chicken, and turkey farmers and those with collective-leaning politics want to keep it, non-supply-managed farmers and free-market thinkers want it gone. Or so… Read more »

Surge in Food Prices Expected in 2017

Food prices in Canada are forecast to rise between 3 and 5 percent in 2017 — larger than last year’s price increase and higher than what is considered as “acceptable” food inflation, according to the 7th edition of Canada’s Food Price Report. Led by Sylvain Charlebois, food distribution and policy professor at Dalhousie University, the study offers several… Read more »

Fad or Trend? A Closer Look at Integrating “Local” Into Your Farm

If you’re still wondering if local food is a fad, and whether you should build a local food component into your crop and livestock production, take heed of the latest consumer food price outlook from the University of Guelph. The outlook, produced annually by a team led by Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, shows consumer interest in… Read more »

I Love Leamington: Turn the Hate for Heinz into Something Meaningful

I feel for the good people of Leamington as they struggle to prepare for life without Heinz. The company, which has been a huge part of their lives and their community for more than a century, will close next June. Some say they could see the end coming when Heinz was sold to Americans a… Read more »