The current model clearly has some serious deficiencies and that’s led to some poor outcomes for all stakeholders. The future view is looking much brighter writes columnist Chris Duyvelshoff.
Retail Navigator columnist Peter Chapman reports on the upheaval caused by COVID-19. Grocery store employees say Friday, March 13thwas the busiest day they had ever experienced – more sales than any day leading into Christmas or Easter holidays.
Columnist Owen Roberts was visiting Mexico, just before the World Health Organization announced a world pandemic. He shares in-the-field notes from the berry industry.
The outcome of this industry crisis is not yet known, writes columnist Gordon Stock. “What I do know is that there continues to be a full court press to enable the travel of workers into Canada to secure a supply of fresh produce for the grocery shelves this coming season.”
The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is very concerned about the current COVID-19 pandemic and is taking all steps to ensure local communities, workforce and farmers are protected.
The British Columbia government has purchased a bulk package of licenses for 70 farmers’ markets to sign up for online produce sales. Local Line, based in Kitchener, Ontario provides the service.
Food prices are expected to rise 4% in 2020, with vegetables and bakery leading the way. The update is courtesy of Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.
The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention has now posted its proceedings from the February 19-20, 2020 Niagara Falls conference online.