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Industry NewsCOVID-19 Update: March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update: March 27, 2020


As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, Grocery Business is following developing stories to keep industry informed about changes impacting our sector. We are monitoring developments and will share them in special enews briefs. The Grocery Business team is here to help and do what we do best: support and inform the grocery industry on issues that matter to you and your business.

If you have information you would like to share with the industry, please contact editorial director Mary Scianna at [email protected].

Here is a rundown of developments as of Friday, March 27, 2020.

As online orders surge, grocers struggle to deliver

Ontario adopts temporary measures: authorized grocery stores to begin selling alcohol at 7:00 a.m.

London Drugs steps up to distribute Girl Guide cookies

Walmart offers rent relief for in-store partners

Federated Co-operatives recognizes warehouse teams with appreciation pay

Saputo: Takeover opportunities will emerge amid crisis

Nature’s Emporium: Contactless shopping and frontline appreciation pay

Calgary Co-op implements new safety measures, programs for staff during coronavirus outbreak

Rabba Fine Foods addresses health & safety concerns

Metro donates $1 M to COVID-19 community relief efforts

Nestlé Canada supports employees, communities

Kruger Products to maintain all critical activities during COVID-19 pandemic

Instacart plans to bring on 30,000 new shoppers in Canada

Edmontonians launch efforts to help students cut off from school food programs during pandemic



Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Ron Lemaire on how the food chain is adapting to the virus crisis in real time

Canadian Federation of Independent Grocer’s Gary Sands Op-Ed on supply chains

Michael Medline, president & CEO, Empire Company

Walmart Canada

Farm Boy

Lactalis Canada

Sofina Foods

TC Transcontinental



Activist investor, Bill Ackman has bet billions on the market’s recovery 

COVID-19: Those least equipped to endure economic downturn bearing the brunt of layoffs

What will be the economic impact of the pandemic lasting through summer?

Bank of Canada: COVID-19 Actions

Q & A for Retailers on COVID-19

Government of Canada: Resources for Business



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