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On behalf of its members, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) welcomes the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) as published today by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Designed to protect consumers from unsafe food and to keep pace with the rapid changes occurring in the food industry, these regulations are important to maintain Canada's reputation as a world leader in food safety and persevere the overall trust in Canada's food supply chain. The Safe Food for Canadians Act was drafted in 2012 and today, after years of industry consultation and review, the regulations were finalized. "These regulations are the biggest change to the food industry in the past 25 years and they will have a positive and lasting impact," said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. "Our members strongly support the objectives of the new regulations and it is our common goal to ensure Canadian consumers have access to safe, high-quality food at affordable prices."
Royal Bank of Canada said on Wednesday it plans to reduce the total square footage of its branch network by at least 20 percent over the next five years, responding to clients doing more of their banking online. "If client behaviour does change more rapidly than we've seen over the last couple of years we do have the flexibility to move more quickly," the bank's Canadian retail head Neil McLaughlin said in a presentation to investors.
Breadner was travelling with her parents, one employee and her employee's father to the Frederick Fiber Fest, a two-day event in the 70,000-person city, where she was on the list of approved vendors. It was a chance for the small Canadian business owner to show off and sell her hand-dyed wool to fellow yarn-lovers. But when she arrived at the border, Breadner said she immediately faced questions from a U.S. customs officer who asked her how she expected "to come into this country to work."
Because Whole Foods has such a small footprint in Canada with only 13 stores coast to coast (compared to more than 460 in the U.S.), the deal may not have done much to change consumer grocery patterns overall, but it was an unignorable signal about the increasingly online-focused future of the industry—the Canadian players had to respond. And fast. “It was a disruptive event for the entire industry,” said Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University. “Grocers are clearly trying to figure out ways to monetize their e-commerce platform, as quickly as they can. It is very much what I was expecting, but at a much rapid pace.”