Food fore­cast

Why Cana­di­ans can ex­pect to pay $411 more on av­er­age for gro­ceries in 2019

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Cana­di­ans can ex­pect to pay more for their veg­gies in 2019, but they’ll be fork­ing over fewer dol­lars at the meat and fish coun­ters.

That’s one of the find­ings from Canada’s Food Price Re­port for 2019. The re­port was re­leased Tues­day and fore­casts what Cana­di­ans are likely to pay for their food in the com­ing year.

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Dal­housie Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Guelph, this marks the first tim in the re­port’s nineyear his­tory that meat and seafood prices are fore­cast to drop.

The re­port’s au­thors sug­gest the dip in meat prices is due in part to a fore­casted and con­tin­ued de­cline in de­mand. They also “strongly be­lieve” meat prices will “spi­ral down­wards” un­til 2020 as con­sumers con­tinue to re­duce or elim­i­nate their meat con­sump­tion.

“Since we’re in Nova Sco­tia, I think that 2019 is a year of op­por­tu­nity,” said Dal­housie Univer­sity Prof. Syl­vain Charlebois, one of the re­port’s au­thors. “There’s go­ing o be a lot of con­u­mers out there look­ing for al­ter­na­tive sources of pro­tein, and we are ex­pect­ing fish and seafood to at­tract more con­sumers by of­fer­ing af­ford­able prices.”

JULIE JOCSAK/ST. CATHARINES STAN­DARD FILE PHOTO

For the first time in its nine-year his­tory, Canada’s Food Price Re­port 2019 fore­casts that meat and seafood prices will drop next year.

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