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.

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 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.  

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention has now posted its proceedings from the February 19-20, 2020 Niagara Falls conference online.