November 30, 2020 –
The Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) and the Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec (CILQ) welcome the announcement made last Friday by Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture for the creation of a joint working group to address imbalances in the Canadian food supply chain.
This announcement follows recent actions by some of Canada’s largest grocery retailers, who have announced they will impose new fees on suppliers amid the Covid-19 pandemic. DPAC and CILQ, as well as other players in the food sector, recently expressed their concerns about the use of arbitrary fees and penalties and the related non-compliance with contracts of large grocery retailers. This has dramatically increased the climate of uncertainty and reduced the ability to innovate and invest in securing the long-term food supply of Canadians.
“With that announcement, the Quebec Minister of Agriculture has shown that he is listening to Quebeckers’ demands for concrete action to ensure the long-term viability of food supply. We sincerely thank him for his leadership,” said Charles Langlois, President and CEO of CILQ.
“We are confident that this FPT committee will help everyone better understand that a grocery code of conduct is essential to supporting the domestic agri-food system, now and in the future,” said Mathieu Frigon, President and CEO of DPAC. “We thank FPT Ministers for taking this important first step.”
The experience of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, has shown that a code of conduct for food retailers has helped to redress imbalances in relationships in the food industry. DPAC and CILQ are among many organizations that believe a similar approach is needed to address the issues facing the Canadian food industry. In addition, these associations believe that all stakeholders in the food supply chain will benefit from the adoption of a code. Results of a recent review of the UK Code of Conduct demonstrated widespread satisfaction and improvement in relationships between stakeholders in the food industry.
DPAC and CILQ look forward to working with ministers to explore opportunities to strengthen Canada’s food supply chain.
ABOUT THE DAIRY PROCESSORS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
The Dairy Processors Association of Canada is Canada’s national industry association representing the public policy and regulatory interests of the Canadian dairy processing industry. DPAC’s members represent some of the most recognized brands in Canada, providing work to over 24,500 Canadians and contributing $18 billion to the national economy.
ABOUT THE CONSEIL DES INDUSTRIELS LAITIERS DU QUEBEC (CILQ)
The Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec is an association that brings together all of Quebec’s private dairy processors. The Council’s mission is to contribute to the economic, social and professional development of all of its members, while respecting equity and a dynamic and structured development of Quebec industry. The Council has some 90 member dairy companies and some 50 member service companies.