Groceries

Widespread inflation has led to some eye-popping meat prices, but dietitians say there are budget-friendly ways to get enough protein. Packages of chicken breasts by Maple Leaf Foods are shown on a shelf at a grocery store in Oakville, Ont., Friday, Jan.6, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan

Tips for finding cheaper protein in the meat aisle and beyond

Sharply rising prices for common sources of protein making it harder to include in your diet

 

A man pushes a shopping cart towards a closed grocery store in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. A new report says discount grocery stores are set to outperform conventional supermarkets in 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Discount grocers to outperform conventional stores as food prices surge: Report

Consumer efforts to curtail spending are expected to encourage more home cooking

 

H-Mart in Bellevue has added sanitizing wipes throughout its store for customers. (Samantha Pak/News Staff)

Asian supermarket giant opening first Victoria store, replacing Toys ‘R’ Us

The grocery store is set to open in Mayfair Mall in November

 

The parking lot of the Mariner Village Mall in Sidney, which includes Thrifty Foods. (Wolf Depner/News)

This Greater Victoria grocery store chain is dropping Air Miles

But will shoppers be happy with its replacement at Thrifty Foods?

The parking lot of the Mariner Village Mall in Sidney, which includes Thrifty Foods. (Wolf Depner/News)
A worker re-stocks shelves in the bakery and bread aisle at an Atlantic Superstore in Halifax, N.S., on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. How those wheat kernels end up in a loaf of bread — and why prices have risen this year — is an odyssey involving growers and grain handlers, rail cars and flour mills, and bakeries and supermarkets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark

From seed to store: A look at the rising cost of bread

Benchmark price of wheat is set on exchanges all over the world

A worker re-stocks shelves in the bakery and bread aisle at an Atlantic Superstore in Halifax, N.S., on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. How those wheat kernels end up in a loaf of bread — and why prices have risen this year — is an odyssey involving growers and grain handlers, rail cars and flour mills, and bakeries and supermarkets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark
Sunta Sem, seen in an undated handout photo, is a Toronto private chef and caterer who sells meals through the Cookin app. Sem will swap sweet potatoes for other root vegetables like parsnips or when preparing food with greens, opt for Boston lettuce, which she says hasn’t risen in price too much. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Cookin

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‘It’s crazy, like you need a mortgage to go to the grocery store right now’

Sunta Sem, seen in an undated handout photo, is a Toronto private chef and caterer who sells meals through the Cookin app. Sem will swap sweet potatoes for other root vegetables like parsnips or when preparing food with greens, opt for Boston lettuce, which she says hasn’t risen in price too much. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Cookin
People shop at a Loblaws store in Toronto on May 3, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Execs from grocery giants push back against inflation profiteering claims

Executives from Loblaw and Empire testified at the House of Commons agriculture committee

People shop at a Loblaws store in Toronto on May 3, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A woman shops for produce at the Granville Island Market in Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Food prices in Canada will continue to escalate in the new year, with grocery costs forecasted to rise up to seven per cent in 2023, new research predicts.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian families will pay $1,065 more for groceries in 2023, report says

For a family of four, the total annual grocery bill is expected to be $16,288 next year

A woman shops for produce at the Granville Island Market in Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Food prices in Canada will continue to escalate in the new year, with grocery costs forecasted to rise up to seven per cent in 2023, new research predicts.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Co-owners Mitch Hawes and Brenden Fatt created online grocery retailer BCause in order to make local products more accessible to consumers, and make the grocery industry more accessible to small and medium-sized B.C. producers. (Courtesy of Mitch Hawes)

Langford-based online grocer making shopping local easy

BCause launched with the goal of making local food more accessible, and easier for producers to sell

Co-owners Mitch Hawes and Brenden Fatt created online grocery retailer BCause in order to make local products more accessible to consumers, and make the grocery industry more accessible to small and medium-sized B.C. producers. (Courtesy of Mitch Hawes)
Pepper’s Foods management and staff celebrate their bronze Independent Grocer of the Year small surface award, placing it in the top three independent grocery stores in Canada in its category. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Independently owned Saanich grocery store makes top 3 in all of Canada

Pepper’s Foods named third best independently owned grocery retailer in small surface category, again

Pepper’s Foods management and staff celebrate their bronze Independent Grocer of the Year small surface award, placing it in the top three independent grocery stores in Canada in its category. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
A digital-only coupon for Pampers brand baby wipes is displayed at a Kroger in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2022. A coalition of consumer groups is calling on grocers to stop offering digital-only deals, saying they discriminate against people without smartphones or regular internet access.(AP Photo/Dee-Ann Durbin)

Consumer groups want grocers to ditch digital-only deals

Equity concerns after study found that 25% of Americans 65 or older don’t use the internet

A digital-only coupon for Pampers brand baby wipes is displayed at a Kroger in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2022. A coalition of consumer groups is calling on grocers to stop offering digital-only deals, saying they discriminate against people without smartphones or regular internet access.(AP Photo/Dee-Ann Durbin)
The Gold River Co-op is now open. The village has not had a grocery store since 2016. Photo courtesy Sheri Johnston

Gold River opens grocery store after 5 years without in bid to rebuild food resilience

Ultimate goal is to create a food hub for remote Vancouver Island community

The Gold River Co-op is now open. The village has not had a grocery store since 2016. Photo courtesy Sheri Johnston
A volunteer sorts through food items at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre in a Sept. 2021, handout photo. The executive director of the centre says more people in Saskatoon are struggling to get food for themselves and their families as the prices in grocery stores rise out of reach. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, Kenton Doupe, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Survey suggests 20 per cent of Canadians skipping meals to cut down on food costs

Canada-wide survey says people using coupons, hunting for sales to cope with increasing food costs

A volunteer sorts through food items at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre in a Sept. 2021, handout photo. The executive director of the centre says more people in Saskatoon are struggling to get food for themselves and their families as the prices in grocery stores rise out of reach. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, Kenton Doupe, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
A meat counter in a grocery store is seen in Montreal, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Canada’s competition watchdog is launching a study into the grocery sector to examine whether the highly concentrated sector is contributing to rising food costs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Competition watchdog launches study into grocery sector amid rising food prices

Food retail prices in September rose at the fastest pace since 1981, with prices up 11.4 per cent

A meat counter in a grocery store is seen in Montreal, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Canada’s competition watchdog is launching a study into the grocery sector to examine whether the highly concentrated sector is contributing to rising food costs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
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Foods you should buy frozen instead of fresh

As much as people love fresh food, some foods are just as…

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Shoppers shop at a grocery store in Glenview, Ill., Monday, July 4, 2022. U.S. demand for grocery delivery is cooling as food prices rise. Some shoppers are shifting to less expensive grocery pickup, while others are returning to the store. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Demand for grocery delivery cools as food costs rise

More shoppers opting for curbside pickup or in-person purchases now

Shoppers shop at a grocery store in Glenview, Ill., Monday, July 4, 2022. U.S. demand for grocery delivery is cooling as food prices rise. Some shoppers are shifting to less expensive grocery pickup, while others are returning to the store. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Yumbrosia Fine Foods has operated as a grocer and deli, as seen here in July 2021, and served the local community with a wide variety of imported European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern products. (Black Press Media file photo)

New ownership signals return for Yumbrosia in Oak Bay

Esquimalt local awaits business licence before reopening

Yumbrosia Fine Foods has operated as a grocer and deli, as seen here in July 2021, and served the local community with a wide variety of imported European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern products. (Black Press Media file photo)
Various cuts of beef are seen in the meat section at an Atlantic Superstore grocery in Halifax, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. Food prices are continuing to climb in Canada, pushing up grocery bills and forcing some households to change shopping habits.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark

How to save on your grocery bill as inflation sends food prices higher

Food prices rose 7.4 per cent in February from a year earlier, biggest jump in more than a decade

Various cuts of beef are seen in the meat section at an Atlantic Superstore grocery in Halifax, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. Food prices are continuing to climb in Canada, pushing up grocery bills and forcing some households to change shopping habits.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark
One of Canada’s biggest food manufacturers has halted shipments to one of the country’s largest grocers in a extreme example of how inflation is impacting the food industry. Bags chips from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division are shown in New York in this June 15, 2007, file photo.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark Lennihan

‘Not just about chips:’ Frito-Lay, Loblaw expose tension between suppliers, retailers

Situation has left the chip and snack food aisle of many Loblaw stores less full than usual

One of Canada’s biggest food manufacturers has halted shipments to one of the country’s largest grocers in a extreme example of how inflation is impacting the food industry. Bags chips from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division are shown in New York in this June 15, 2007, file photo.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark Lennihan
Grocery store shelves await restocking early in the morning in Toronto on Friday March 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Supermarket theft rising, shoplifters more aggressive, warns grocery industry

Experts say thefts have become more brazen in recent months, reasons unclear

Grocery store shelves await restocking early in the morning in Toronto on Friday March 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn