COVID-19 spurs direct marketing growth

Consumer desire to source local food a cash-cow for on-farm direct marketing businesses By Diana Martin Glacier FarmMedia staff Consumers took a more active role in sourcing locally produced protein when COVID-19 exposed challenges in the food supply chain. Mike Dougherty, along with his mom Suzy and brother Doug had been steadily growing their 50-acre […]

2020 organics market characterized by strong demand

By Marlo Glass Glacier FarmMedia staff MarketsFarm – Canada’s organic commodities market was characterized by strong demand in 2020. Before COVID-19 began dominating headlines, demand for organic pulses had been rising steadily. As the pandemic swept across North America, consumers rushed to fill their pantries with shelf-stable staples, including organic pulses and grains. Demand is […]

Federal government makes investment in organic

By Glacier FarmMedia staff The Canadian federal government announced a $640,000 investment to the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) on Sept. 10 during National Organic Week. The demand for organic foods in Canada continues to rise and the investment is aimed at getting more consumers to buy Canadian-made organics produced locally by Canadian organic farmers. Since […]

Organic markets steady in late June

By Phil Franz-Warkentin, MarketsFarm Glacier FarmMedia staff Canadian organic markets largely held steady in June, as the industry works through previously contracted old crop grain and awaits the upcoming new crop. “We’re sort of flat-lined right now,” said Michael Messer, of Rein Agri Food in Saskatchewan on the lack of significant activity in the markets. […]

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COVID-19 driving new surge in organic sales

Importance of organic continues to rise, as sales hit $55.1 billion in 2019, says Organic Trade Association By Glacier FarmMedia staff Importance of organic continues to rise, as sales hit $55.1 billion in 2019, says Organic Trade Association The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic this year — and its enormous impact on consumers’ everyday lives – has […]