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Industry NewsCOVID-19 Update: March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update: March 30, 2020


Grocery Business continues to monitor developing stories impacting the industry. The response to the current crisis by grocers and the entire food supply chain has been nothing short of remarkable. Amidst the rapid succession of challenges that have arisen in the past weeks, the industry has  stepped up to the plate with ingenious ideas to ensure Canadians can continue to feed their families.

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B.C. says grocery stores must have hand sanitizer stations, enforce distancing

Quebec grocery store kicks out returning snowbird not self-isolating despite mandatory COVID-19 quarantine

Small town grocer worries about Canadians crossing the border

Good Samaritan launches grocery delivery website for medical professionals

New grocery delivery company in Toronto launches to meet overwhelming demand

36 local grocery stores in Toronto doing pickup or online delivery by neighbourhood

No reusable bags, say B.C. health officials in advice to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Here are the accidental frontline workers keeping food on your table

Grocery store online order backlog continues during COVID-19 crisis

How Quebec grocery stores are keeping people fed and safe in the era of COVID-19

Save-On-Foods partners with Girl Guides to sell cookies across Western Canada

Rabba Fine Foods donates 2,000 bottles of sanitizer to Children’s Aid

Grocery Gateway shoppers get two-week delivery date

No online express lane: Orders can now take four days or more, Loblaw boss says

Long wait times for grocery pickup frustrating Saskatchewan residents amid COVID-19

Alberta beef plant halts slaughter due to positive COVID-19 test

Conagra Brands: Cash bonuses to employees in Canada, U.S., Mexico

Kimberly-Clark Canada partners with United Way, asks Canadians to join #ShareASquare Canada

Demand for beans skyrocketing during COVID-19 pandemic: Canadian supplier



As Grocery Business monitors developments, one of the unfortunate stories unfolding is the toll that COVID-19 is taking on the frontline workers, who are making sacrifices on a daily basis to keep stores open and shelves stocked.

Longo’s employees test positive for COVID-19; grocer ups protective measures

London Drugs worker in Vancouver store tests positive for COVID-19

Nova Scota Superstore closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

T&T Supermarket employee at Calgary store tests positive for COVID-19

2nd employee at Oshawa, Ont. grocery store tests positive for COVID-19



Ontario launches price gouging regulations

Charts reveal how the coronavirus pandemic has boosted foot traffic at grocery stores but pummeled movie theatres

Developers launch app to crowdsource what’s on grocery store shelves

Restaurants switch to sell groceries as retail chains lack produce

Visa, Mastercard plan to freeze swipe fees blow to Canadian merchants: Globe & Mail

Coronavirus will accelerate the retail apocalypse



Sobeys’ Michael Medline: “Thank you”

Loblaw Companies’ Galen Weston: “Some ways we can help each other”

Giant Tiger Stores’ Paul Wood: “We are all in this together”



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