COVID-19 Update March 25, 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. If you would like to share a message and your stories with the industry, please reach out to editorial director Mary Scianna, [email protected]. 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.

Government seeks to pull meat inspectors out of retirement to address consumer demand

Grocery chains warn of food delivery delays

Calgary store sees unprecedented demand for delivery

Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19

COVID-19 crisis: Nearly half of working, renting households have a month of savings or less, report finds

SmartCentres offer government and health authorities free space to support COVID-19 efforts

Metro Inc. donates $1 million to COVID-19 community relief efforts

Sobeys parent company will hire laid-off staff from Cineplex and others to bolster labour force

London Drugs reserves last hour of shopping for frontline workers

Dollarama implements 10% temp pay increase for frontline workers

Loblaw initiates more measures after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Canadian Health Food Association: Natural health food stores should be considered essential services

Food processors in Canada boost employee pay amid COVID-19 pandemic

Fresh Del Monte Produce assures customers uninterrupted access to healthy fruit and vegetables

Labatt retools beer production and starts making hand sanitizer instead

Instacart to add 300,000 gig workers in coronavirus hiring

Looking for work? Loblaws needs your help during the COVID-19 crisis

Shoppers ‘comfort buying’ in grocery stores amid COVID-19 pandemic

 

INDUSTRY COMMUNICATIONS

COVID-19: Open letter from Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO, Retail Council of Canada

 Finica message

Sofina Foods

 

POSTPONED & CANCELLED EVENTS

SIAL Canada - Montreal

Canadian Produce Marketing Association 2020 Convention and Trade Show

Food & Allied Golf Tournament

 2020 National Restaurant Association - Chicago

Groery & Specialty Food West 

 Sweets & Snacks Expo

 

INDUSTRY RESOURCES

Retail Council of Canada: COVID-19 resources for retailers

Food & Consumer Products of Canada: COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Canadian Produce Marketing Association: COVID-19 Updates

Managing supply and demand in a pandemic

Overcoming coronavirus challenges at retail

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