Canadians prefer buying local: survey

 

Have you been focusing on buying locally during the pandemic? If so, you're not alone.

A report from Goldbeck Recruiting found that 82 per cent of Canadians said purchasing locally produced or sourced goods has become a bigger priority for them due to the pandemic.

According to the findings, the most sought-after items for those seeking local goods were vegetables, followed by poultry and meat, fruit, and the least important were dairy, seafood and grains.

Additionally, only 23 per cent of respondents said they were concerned about reduced product variety in the long term.

Further, 64 per cent of respondents said they would prefer to support companies that avoided layoffs during the pandemic, while 74 per cent said they would prefer to support companies that prioritized the safety of their employees and food processing.

"Through our network, we're seeing food manufacturers pivot from globalized supply chains to what we've been calling around our office 'post-pandemic continentalization,'” Henry Goldbeck, president of Goldbeck Recruiting, said in a news release.

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