OTTAWA — Foodservice industry heavyweights are meeting today with members of the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) to protest the sky-high prices of dairy products.
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) president and CEO, Garth Whyte, expressed the industry’s frustration with the CDC, saying, “Restaurant operators have reached the breaking point on dairy prices. Our members tell us they want to use more cheese, milk and other dairy ingredients on their menus, but they are being forced to use less because of the Canadian Dairy Commission’s outrageous pricing practices.”
During the last 15 years, the price of dairy in Canada rose at twice the rate of inflation (60 per cent). Products like butter, milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt are being sold at some of the highest prices in the world.
The goal of the protest is to initiate more competitive prices, encourage price drops of at least 16.5 per cent and ensure Canadians understand who is accountable for maintaining fair national dairy pricing.