Canadian Grocer: How did grocers fare in 2016? Canadian Grocer’s Market Survey looks at the good, the bad and the ugly

Many of us weren’t sad to bid adieu to 2016, what with all of its conflicts and uncertainties. Though 2016 could be considered less than a banner year for Canada’s traditional grocers, these retailers did manage to eke out a 0.9% increase in total sales compared to 2015. All tallied, traditional grocers rang up sales of just over $91.8 billion. As the figures demonstrate, however, not all grocers experienced the same sales story. Canadian Grocer’sRead More

The Grocer: Brexit and the big fat choccy challenge

There are some big bust-ups bubbling away in confectionery: manufacturers and retailers with the health lobby, cocoa farmers with the EU and consumers with brands that shrink their products to protect margins. Perhaps the biggest challenge for chocolate is soaring childhood obesity. The proportion of 10 to 11-year-olds classed as obese is up from 19.1% in 2014/5 to 19.8% [National Child Measurement Programme]. Obesity among four and five-year-olds is also up. In August, the government’sRead More

The Grocer: Could Brexit end the age of cheap tea?

Brexit is brewing trouble for tea brands. While some predict price hikes, others can only see uncertainty in the tea leaves. Brexit is brewing trouble for tea brands. While some predict price hikes, others can only see uncertainty in the tea leaves, making the future of the market pretty dim. “It’s impossible to provide an accurate prediction of how the tea market will or will not change post Brexit, but what we do know isRead More