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April 27, 2020

Covid-19 – More McCain Foods jobs hit by foodservice slump

McCain Foods, the Canada-based potato-products supplier, has confirmed more jobs have been affected as the company tries to adjust to how Covid-19 has affected demand.

By Dean Best

McCain Foods, the Canada-based potato-products supplier, has confirmed more jobs have been affected as the company tries to adjust to how Covid-19 has affected demand.

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The company is temporarily laying off workers at a site in its domestic market, a move that follows cuts to production in the UK, where workers were also put on leave.

McCain’s temporary staff reductions will be made at its facility in Carberry, a town in Canada’s Manitoba province. The business did not disclose how many roles are affected.

In a statement, McCain said sales of products in supermarkets and retailers across Canada “continues to be strong” but added overall demand for its products had been “significantly reduced due to the decline of eating out”.

Danielle Barran, the president of McCain’s business in Canada, said: “These decisions were difficult, but they are temporary and we will be here, ready to ramp up production again, in line with customer demand, once restrictions have been lifted and the foodservice market returns. Until then, we continue to work closely with our customers and partners to ensure the continued supply of our products for people to enjoy at home, and through available delivery and take-out channels, throughout Canada.”

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The food and grocery sector thrived during the pandemic, largely due to the shutdown of the food service industry and the sector’s subsequent necessity, panic-induced bulk purchasing, and spending more time at home. The market has grown as a result of inflation. Consumer unwillingness to go out and socialize, and the reopening of several hospitality facilities, helped maintain the demand for groceries, particularly online, in 2021. As consumer behavior changes, we consume more food and drink at home, and inflation increases basket sizes. GlobalData predicts that the sector will continue to hold a higher share than had been predicted prior to the pandemic. This is true despite the fact that the food and grocery sector's share of overall retail will decline from its peak in 2020. This report will discuss market forecasts and key themes in the global food & grocery industry in 2022 and beyond. It covers:
  • Market drivers and inhibitors
  • Five-year forecasts and the impact of COVID-19
  • The performance of the online channel versus offline
  • Major trends in the market including rapid delivery, ambient retailing, supply chain disruption, and inflation
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