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The world is on the brink of a food shortage

It’s likely that more than 100 million additional people will experience either famine or acute hunger, something we’ve never seen before By Sylvain Charlebois Food supply chain hangovers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have resulted in questions about the global nature of …

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Putin’s War puts global food security in jeopardy

The pandemic was just a dress rehearsal for what’s about to happen By Sylvain Charlebois United States President Joe Biden was the first G7 leader to admit publicly that many parts of the world will soon experience food shortages and even famine. The world will be short of many commodities. …

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Lessons Learned From Empty Shelves

There’s a principle taught to engineering students: If you want to see how something works, watch what happens when it comes apart. (And if you’re a parent, you know a lot of kids figure this out on their own.) We all had a front-row seat to the dismantling of our …

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CFIG Continues to be the Voice of the Independents

By Tom Shurrie The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) has been the unique voice for independents since 1962 and in 2022 the association celebrates its 60th anniversary. Here are key highlights of what CFIG has accomplished for its members. CFIG led the fight over the years in maintaining pressure …

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Four Themes Shaping Natural, Organic & Wellness

By Aaron Skelton Being the association that represents all things natural, organic and wellness, we’re lucky to get to bear witness to many different facets of the industry – from great new brands to consumer insights to what’s happening at retail, we’re uniquely positioned to be the eyes and the …

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Ian Dickson Retires from Associated Grocers

Ian Dickson After 36 years with Associated Grocers, Ian Dickson is hanging up his grocery apron, retiring from his current position as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Ian was born into the grocery business.  He was the youngest of three children to Flo and Charlie Dickson.  Charlie was in the …

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Store strategies

Design differentials By Melanie Franner The local grocery store has been inundated with change over the years. And the pandemic has brought to the fore just how important it is for these stores to continue to evolve. A recent report from Deloitte, The future of food: a Canadian perspective, underscored …

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Maximizing Impulse Buys – Top Ten Tips

By: Mike Yeo There isn’t a single “sure-fire” method of increasing your impulse buys. Impulse buys depend on many different factors down to simply the mood your customer is in at the time. The following ten tips can help you to gain some control over your customers thought process when …

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The rise of the once-silent, once-hidden food worker

Given our heightened consciousness about food systems, workers have more political capital than ever By Sylvain Charlebois  Workers across the food supply chain are expressing concerns about their livelihood. Last weekend, workers at the online grocery retailer Instacart went on strike for better conditions and higher wages. Instacart is a symbol of the …

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