Federal government commits to fight against food inflation, a good first step, says CEO of Dairy Farmers of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, September 19, 2023 /CNW/ – Yesterday, the federal government held a meeting with from Canada major retailers to combat the food inflation that Canadian consumers have faced in recent years. In some cases, profit margins for large food retailers have skyrocketed compared to their pre-COVID-19 levels.

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“Dairy farmers, like all Canadians, face food inflation when purchasing groceries for their families. Additionally, they must cope with inflation in the price of fuel, feed and machinery, as well as high interest rates, while producing food for the nation. They too want to see food inflation tackled,” said the CEO of Dairy Farmers of Canada, Jacques Lefebvre.

Link to video file (Jacques LefebvreCEO, Dairy Farmers of Canada): https://youtu.be/x4MfgA41-Zk

“This consultation is a good first step. However, if the exercise with large food retailers is so extensive, the government will miss an opportunity to shed light on practices that include the imposition of astronomical listing, placement and marketing fees on processors. The domino effect of these practices is that processors seek to maintain or mitigate the impact of these measures by seeking support from producers,” added Lefebvre. “It’s time to provide consumers with transparency about how these practices contribute to inflating retailer profits and, ultimately, food inflation.”

Link to video file (Jacques LefebvreCEO, Dairy Farmers of Canada): https://youtu.be/JTR-vMgUP7Q


Dairy producers of Canada is the national policy, lobbying and advocacy organization representing Canadian dairy producers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for our country’s dairy sector. It also seeks to maintain policies that promote the sustainability of Canadian dairy production and promote dairy products and their health benefits. Dairy producers have set themselves the goal of net zero emissions from their on-farm dairy production by 2050.

SOURCE Dairy producers from Canada



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