Food inflation creates multi-layered challenges

Food inflation creates multi-layered challenges

Editorial Life is considerably more expensive than it was a year ago. The cost of everything, from fuel to food, is rising and there’s little Canadian consumers can do about it, thanks to an opaque supply chain and widespread industrial integration. Climbing food costs are a universal issue affecting shoppers of every income level. While … Read more

Wines abuzz in Abruzzo – Winnipeg Free Press

Wines abuzz in Abruzzo – Winnipeg Free Press

Opinion For as long as I’ve been writing about wine (more than 16 years in this space now), there’s been one wine-producing country that’s been top of my bucket list to visit — Italy. So when the chance arose to visit the Abruzzo region in early June with a whole bunch of Canadian and American … Read more

Why Sobeys is grounding Air Miles

Why Sobeys is grounding Air Miles

Opinion Sobeys recently decided to dump Air Miles and start its own loyalty program. Empire Co. Ltd., Sobeys’ parent company, is joining the Bank of Nova Scotia and Cineplex as co-owners of the Scene+ program. This move by Sobeys is no coincidence. As we brace for higher food prices and cope with a post-COVID-19 workforce … Read more

Scheer’s fight over food guide flawed

Scheer’s fight over food guide flawed

Hey there, time traveller!This article was published 7/26/2019 (1055 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current. Last week, in front of an audience of dairy farmers in Saskatchewan, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer reaffirmed his promise to review the updated Canada Food Guide. “The process was flawed,” Mr. Scheer said. “Complete lack … Read more

Hotter weather heralded with summer sipping events

Hotter weather heralded with summer sipping events

Opinion Summer’s almost here, and while folks head out to the lake or on vacation throughout the warmer months, there’s still plenty to do when it comes to food and drink — locally made and otherwise. Low Life Barrel House, whose year-long build I wrote about in the Free Press in early May, just released … Read more

Tragedies show flaws in Manitoba’s food system

Tragedies show flaws in Manitoba’s food system

Opinion ACCORDING to current numbers from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), approximately 15,000 birds have died or been killed in Manitoba owing to the current avian influenza outbreak. The highly contagious H5N1 virus is ripping through confined poultry populations, causing over 1.7 million birds to die or be killed nationwide to date. Flu, however, … Read more

Opinion: Freshii’s outsourcing of jobs isn’t new. We just don’t like being forced to see it happen

Opinion: Freshii’s outsourcing of jobs isn’t new. We just don’t like being forced to see it happen

The thing about ruthless global capitalism is that people generally pay little heed to its ill effects unless they have to actually watch the sausage get made. That’s why the tags on fast-fashion clothing don’t read “Lovingly made by someone who slept on the factory floor” or “sewed by hand for less than a dollar … Read more