New survey says rising costs prompt Canadians to change food purchase habits


A new angus Reid survey says four in five Canadians have changed food buying habits due to rising costs.

Three in five or 62 percent are eating out less and one quarter are drinking less alcohol.

A significant number of Canadians are making changes to what they put in their grocery cart to save money as prices rise.

46 percent of those surveyed say they are switching to cheaper brands, one third or 35 percent are cutting back on meat and one in five are buying less fruit and vegetables.

Higher prices for milk and butter also came into effect on February 1st.

Canadians broadly, 68 percent, support supply management.

But there is interest in pausing price requirements in the face of rising food costs.

27 percent of Canadians say supply management policies should be relaxed in the face of rising grocery bills, while 32 percent oppose the system altogether.

Two in five or 40 percent say the system should stay as in even as food prices continue to rise.

A majority of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 53 percent and 56 percent in Atlantic Canada say it is difficult to feed their household.

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