Sylvain Charlebois is professor in food distribution policy and senior director/AGRI-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University. He is the author of "The Food Processor" blog series for Canadian Grocer.
Many Canadians are unaware that suppliers need to pay grocers to conduct business. Fees were justified by merchandising costs, shelf space--things anyone would expect--yet, in recent years, things changed.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada did the right thing and should be commended for asking dairy farmers to stop using palmitic acids in feed while launching a national investigation on the matter. It was the right decision, full stop.