Sylvain Charlebois

The meat of the matter: don’t expect shortages in Canada

As COVID-19 ravages communities across North America, many analysts believe meat-packing plants, where employees work close to each other, are the next focal point of the spread of the virus. We’re...

Canada needs more women driving agrifood innovation

A recent report on agricultural technology startup funding provided some compelling numbers but it barely received attention – and for what it reveals about gender discrepancies, it deserves...

Synthetic agriculture highlights food’s environmental costs

Beanless coffee could hit the market as early as next year. Our summer was marked by key announcements from major food chains that have decided to switch to plant-based alternatives. Meat –...

Court’s Comeau ruling defies economic – and common – sense

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that provinces have the right to erect interprovincial tariff barriers. That’s bad news for Canadian consumers and the health of the national economy. It is,...

Tim Hortons: the decline and fall of an iconic Canadian brand

The bad news keeps piling up for Tim Hortons. Leger and National Public Relations recently released their annual report ranking Canada’s most admired companies. Google and Shoppers Drug Mart topped...

Tim Hortons saga: the killing of another Canadian business icon

Destroying Canadian business icons seems to be a trend. In 2017, it was Sears. While employees were losing their pensions because of poor management, lawyers and consultants were receiving millions...

Digesting the genius of Loblaws’ $25 gift card campaign

Loblaws' gift of $25 to all Canadians is really just part of a smoke-and-mirrors campaign. In December, Loblaws confessed to running a price-fixing scheme on bread with supplier Weston Bakeries, a...

NAFTA’s demise would force Canada’s agri-food sector to adapt

Talks to refresh North America’s trade agreement seem to be heading nowhere, and that could spell serious trouble for Canada’s agri-food sector. Wanting to push back on Mexico’s influence over the...

Driverless pizza delivery is coming soon to a doorstep near you

Ann Arbor, Michigan, residents will soon have food delivered to their doors by driverless cars as part of an intriguing socio-economic experiment. Domino’s Pizza and Ford have paired up in a pilot...

Amazon’s appetite for disruption takes bite out of food industry

Amazon is intent on becoming the world’s most powerful retailer, with the help of food sales. Amazon’s US$13 billion takeover of Whole Foods isn’t shocking. It’s been rumoured for months. Now the...