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Challenges for the Little Guys

Challenges for the Little Guys

Big corporations and fast-food chains are a huge player in the culinary world, so much as that small food businesses have to stand as beacons of authenticity, community, and local innovation. Cozy neighbourhood bakeries, family-owned cafes.  These enterprises...

Challenges for the Little Guys

Big corporations and fast-food chains are a huge player in the culinary world, so much as that small food businesses have to stand as beacons of authenticity, community, and local innovation. Cozy neighbourhood bakeries, family-owned cafes.  These enterprises...

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News & Industry Updates

Minimum Wage to Increase in New Year

The Ontario government, by way of Premier Ford, announced they plan on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour come the new year. This change will include servers and other occupations who make regular tips that are traditionally paid in a separate category.  “Liquor...

CJR Wins Partner Of The Year!

DCI, in association with the Canadian Independent Grocery Buyers Alliance (CIGBA), celebrated its 40th Anniversary Mix & Mingle and Star Awards last Wednesday with a virtual gala presented by Howell Data Systems. Its retail members and supplier partners were...

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Ontario’s Post-Covid19 Grocery Industry

COVID-19 has brought to light aspects of food retail that most consumers had formerly taken for granted. The period of panic-buying has curbed as consumers have become accustomed to the “new normal” of grocery shopping. New shopping patterns, with higher reliance on...

Supermarket Heroes

Many grocery workers, once hailed heroes, are struggling with anxiety as they continue to go to work as stay-at-home orders are in place. Called essential workers at the start of the pandemic, now supermarket employees are feeling forgotten. The vaccine rollout is...

Sustainable Packaging

As Canadians become more and more interested in the environmental impact of the supply chain, companies like wholesalers can take action now to become top contenders among today’s concerned buyers. Consumers are making their choices not only based on the quality of...

What’s In-Stock for 2021?

After a year filled with commotion, the consumer’s choices this year will be all about alignment—nutrition that aligns with individual health needs, and food choices that align with values like sustainability and accessibility. Customers are more committed than ever...

Year in Review in the Grocery Industry

2020 has challenged all Canadians in many ways, but none so much as the front-line workers, who have been just awarded the Nation Builder of the Year Award.  Food retailers and their frontline workers have done an incredible job continuously adapting as protocols...

10 Food & Beverage Brands Canadians Love

Supermarkets in 2020 are filled with an overwhelming array of products, all vying for consumer attention. But, when consumers find a brand they trust and enjoy, they tend to stay loyal for life. These are some of the most popular companies and products in the food and...

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