It’s the second year in a row that the federal government has made its packaging a point of pride for Canadians.
Last year, the federal cabinet approved a package of $1.7 billion in new government spending, including the sale of $100 million worth of packing boxes for supermarkets.
This year, it also announced $1 billion in spending to make it easier to buy food in bulk.
As part of the package, the government is also giving supermarkets the ability to offer a discount on the price of their grocery-delivery goods, or “bulk” goods.
So if a supermarket offers you a $100 box of cheese, it’ll give you a discount of up to 50 per cent.
The government is promising to spend another $100 billion on food, but the bulk buying power of supermarkets will be limited, with the bulk goods being able to be bought at a discount to the price the government charges for it.
The bulk-buying power of supermarket chains is limited by a number of factors, such as the size of the grocery store, the amount of packaging the store carries, the quality of the packaging and the size and type of the items the store sells.
However, a study released last month by the Canada Food Institute found that bulk-purchasing power of grocery stores has increased by nearly two-thirds in the last 10 years, and that many supermarkets have a lot of excess capacity that’s causing a lot more stress on the system than is needed.
In the past, the bulk-bought food was purchased in large packages with a variety of food-related items, such the most popular packaged items like cookies, biscuits, and crackers, said Chris Bouchard, a research analyst with the Canada Free Press.
But with more and more grocery stores closing, they have less space for the bulk items, which has led to an increase in the number of boxes and boxes of food that are simply sitting on shelves.
Bouchard says there’s been a big increase in supermarket box stuffing.
The average size of an American grocery store has increased from 4.3 to 6.2 square metres in the past five years, he said.
“It’s a big difference in size and it’s a lot less cost effective.”
Bouchards study found that most grocery stores in the United States are now buying bulk boxes, and they’re also filling them with more food items, including meat, milk, yogurt, vegetables, and fruits.
“In many cases, that’s a waste of space,” Bouchards said.
He believes that there are three main factors that contribute to the growing problem of box stuffing: supermarket size, supermarket consolidation, and the lack of incentives for smaller retailers to reduce the amount they carry.
“If the supermarkets are just a little bit larger, they don’t have the incentive to reduce their size,” he said, adding that in the long term, the result will be that consumers will have more food that they need and can afford.
He said that while supermarkets may be able to lower their size, they should also make it easy to buy their groceries.
“The more people that you have buying at the same price, the less you’re going to be able, the more that’s going to drive down the price and the more they’re going do to make up for it,” he added.
“We’ve got to get back to a basic model of buying from a small retailer and paying for it at a higher price and a higher quality level.”
To find out more about the study, go to: http://www.canadafreepress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SANS-CA-Packing-Box-Sustainability.pdf