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Seeing grocery shelves refill has reassured most consumers so far.

Charlebois: No food shortage in sight, however…

We are entering a crucial period in the pandemic. So far, all governments have agreed to keep the borders open. More than ever, cooler heads need to prevail.

With the pandemic, access to food has been a source of anxiety everywhere in the West. Panic buying by people in confinement has already demonstrated the fragility of supply chains, as supermarket shelves were emptying in many countries, including Canada. Seeing shelves fill up across the network, most consumers felt reassured. Time and time again, […] Read more



The grocery department at a northern store in Waskaganish, on James Bay in northern Quebec.  Remote communities are more vulnerable to supply disruptions. (Northmart.ca via YouTube)

Charlebois: The Fine Art of Panic-Buying

Reports on how the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting global supply chains and disrupting manufacturing operations around the world are increasing daily, and these effects may not yet have reached their peak, at least not in North America. This may happen, however, over the next few weeks. Grocers and food retailers are likely engaging their vendors […] Read more

Charlebois: In Food Safety, Wenliang’s Death Could Become Our Problem   

The coronavirus will likely impact the Canadian economy and, no doubt, food prices. But Li Wenliang’s story has become the new, powerful symbol of Beijing’s disgraceful failure to disclose and be more transparent.

[UPDATED: Feb. 11, 2020] When SARS hit back in 2003, China was nowhere near the economic powerhouse it is today. Now, if something happens to China, the entire world is affected, and the food sector is not immune to any shifts. Even though the outbreak is starting to slow, the economic damage will easily surpass […] Read more



The Federal government plans to launch the

Buying Canadian, eh!

The Feds are looking at spending $25 million to get you to buy Canadian when visiting a grocery store or restaurant. This is a great idea, in theory, but could easily turn into a marketing disaster.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is going into marketing. It wants you to buy Canadian, as much as you can. The “Buy Canadian” campaign is about to start, sometime this summer, and the Federal government intends to spend $25 million over five years to promote Canadian food products and instill pride in Canadians for what our […] Read more





Behind Maple Leaf Foods’ bold call to become carbon neutral

Maple Leaf Foods wants to be carbon neutral for one reason. Its emphasis is no longer about supply-side economics but rather about listening to and serving a market in desperate need of attention

Maple Leaf Foods is not just pretending to be environmentally friendly, it is trying to be a trailblazer in the wild kingdom of proteins. The company has just adopted science-based targets that will help it become the first major agrifood company in the world to be carbon neutral. Clearly motivated by the carbon tax and […] Read more

Be cautious about writing blank cheques for supply managed commodities

To blindly compensate supply managed sectors in ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) makes as much sense as bailing out Bombardier through federal support. Stephen Harper’s defunct Conservative government pledged last fall to pay out $4.3B over 15 years to the supply-managed dairy, chicken and egg sectors. That amount is allegedly based on the premise that […] Read more