Author: Mike

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The Effects of “COVID Fatigue” on the Grocery Industry

On October 5th, 2020 the Canadian Grocer released a story on customer behaviour. While all roles that deal with customers have some risk of uncomfortable interactions, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has taken “bad customer” to a whole new level. From packaging facilities to truck drivers to grocery stores, some customers are giving the grocery industry…

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Back-to-School Food Trends

With schools across the country reopening, a lot of measures are being put in place this “back to school” year. Children’s health has always been a concern, but now more than ever parents are prioritizing their health and safety — and that includes the foods children are putting in their bodies. Here are some of…

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Three Reasons Canadians are Buying Local

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we go about our daily lives. It has affected how we travel, work, interact and of course how we shop. Within a short period of time, grocery shopping, once a routine errand has now become a strange and unfamiliar experience. From buying more online to searching out local products,…

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How COVID-19 Is Changing Consumer Behavior

Successful businesses have always known the importance of aligning their operations with trending consumer behaviours. As society progresses, the needs and expectations of consumers often adjust as well. From new information becoming accessible to the growth of social influence, there are numerous reasons for why we might change the way we consume. The outbreak of…

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How Technology is Transforming the Food Industry

“The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life.” Bill Gates, 2001 When you think about food, technology is hardly the first thing that comes to mind. However, technology is increasingly contributing to food’s journey from the farm to…

What can grocers expect after COVID-19?

What can grocers expect after COVID-19? Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, grocery shopping has changed from being a routine errand to a logistical minefield. With social distancing and an emphasis on safe sanitary practices, grocery stores have had to adapt to alterations in the shopping landscape. Before the pandemic, food from bars, cafes, coffee shops…

Time to Adapt

COVID-19: Time to Adapt As a result of the recent pandemic, Canada has witnessed a ban on mass gatherings, the cancellation of sporting events and the closure of schools, restaurants, bars and other facilities. These measures have significantly impacted the economy and in-turn unsettled the lives of many Canadians. After an initial rush to stores…

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The Demand for Diverse Grocery Products in Canada

The demand for diverse grocery offerings is greater than ever. Currently, most traditional grocery stores offer an international or ethnic aisle, and communities, large and small, from Vancouver to Milton, Ontario are welcoming international grocery stores containing a vast array of product lines, produce and dry goods that are often unavailable through traditional vendors. Once…

New Non-Alcoholic Beers on Tap for the Sober Curious

With a New Year and the overindulgences of the holiday season in the rearview, many look to January as a time of resolution; a time to take control of their health and well-being. Resolutions of promises to eat better, sleep more, exercise and in recent year, to cut out alcohol. Hashtags like #soberlife and #dryjanuary…