As the weather starts to warm and people get outside, it is natural for the grilling season to be in full swing. However, Canadians may have started to notice that their bill for meat is more expensive than usual.
To be specific, in the past four months, the price of ground beef has increased by 5 per cent, steak and bacon are up 4 per cent, and chicken is up 3 per cent, says Statistics Canada data. Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University, told CTV it’s unusual because the “meat trifecta – chicken, pork, and beef – they’re all expensive.”
Usually, increases in food prices are a result of extreme weather and poor agricultural conditions. In this case, Charlebois said the global food supply chains have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada’s Food Price Report 2021, shows grocery bills are rising due to border, plant, and distribution centre closures. As well as labour shortages, logistic disruptions, unemployment, shifts in consumer demand, modifications in production, and more.
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