Tag: food production

Meal kits being the ultimate solution? CJR Wholesale Grocers and DairyCentral distributors review of the new segments in industry

Do Meal-Kits Still Fit The Bill?

The COVID Effect Meal-kits gained popularity quite early in the pandemic when lockdowns swept populations and kept people stuck at home—multiplying the number of potential customers. Many people turned to meal-kit delivery service in search of new meal ideas, or to simply learn how to cook during the pandemic. Now, due to various factors, it…

Consumer Saving and spending analysis by CJR Wholesale Grocers and DairyCentral distributors

Produce Prices Rise: Saving and Spending

Almost a third of consumers in Ontario are skimping on the produce since inflation took a deep dive into the average Ontarian’s pockets. Numerator’s latest data suggests roughly 75% of shoppers noticed the steep price hike for fruits, and 78% for vegetables, respectively. The increases are “moderately to extremely concerning” for over half (55%) of…

Grocery Trends to look for in 2022

Consumers are continuing the search for meals that are prepared ethically, have high nutritional value and can be delivered in an eco-friendly fashion, but preferably in less than an hour or it’s free. These five trends are all on-brand for 2022: Vegetarian, But Make It Flex Flexitarianism (flexible vegetarianism) is a mostly plant-based diet that…

CJR Wholesale Grocers and DairyCentral takes into account the increase in minimum wages of people of Ontario

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 servers have previously received below the general minimum wage, based…

Analysis on innovation creation by grocers and food service industry for health and wellness packed mornings

Eating Right and Early

Breakfast is back in style, and with it, innovative creations made for mornings. As predicted, the first meal of the day is once again becoming the most cherished. With people still working from home, many by choice at this point, a lot of folks are finding they have more time to cook with less time…

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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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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…

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Are Consumers Outsourcing Their Connections to Food?

We exist in a culture that celebrates being busy — prizing hours logged at the office or school, as well as juggling extracurriculars, hobbies and appointments. In all that hustle and bustle, we tend to sacrifice our relationship with food. Technology, services and products that promise to turn chores like grocery shopping, meal prep and…

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How Millennials are Disrupting the Food Industry

We are living and eating in a millennial world. Thanks to the largest consumer demographic (those born in the early 1980s to 2004) we have seen major shifts in the way food is ordered, prepped, and consumed over the last few years.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the biggest cuisine trends on the…

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Flexitarian Diets

While veganism continues to climb in popularity, another consumer habit tends to be overlooked: the rise of ethical meat-eaters. Over 65% of North American consumers are looking for what can be called “better-for-me” items. These include products that are better for the environment, animals, farmers or workers. Last weekend, the Annual Meat Conference in Dallas…