Online food shopping is growing in popularity in Canada

The preferences of Quebecers in this area differ from those of residents elsewhere in the country. (Photo: courtesy)

Online food shopping has been popular in Canada since the start of the pandemic, but Quebecers’ preferences in this area differ from those of residents elsewhere in the country.

This is what emerges from a study by the Laboratory in Agri-Food Analytical Science at Dalhousie University, which presented a report on Thursday entitled “The impact of COVID-19 on the food industry and e-commerce”.

Researchers estimate that in Canada, more than $ 12 billion has been spent on online interface services within the food industry.

In the past six months, pick-up or door-to-door delivery services from grocers were used by 31.3% of Canadians surveyed by the study. This is the most popular choice in all provinces except Quebec, where direct orders from restaurants were favored.

Of Canadians who ordered from the restaurant, 28.6% used an online service to order directly from the establishment, while 26.3% turned to a phone delivery app like Uber Eats or Skip.

Prepared food vendors like Goodfood or HelloFresh were used by 12.8% of respondents, followed by online farmers’ markets at 4.1%.

A total of 63.8% of Canadians ordered food online in the past six months. Among baby boomers, 57.1% of respondents did not use it, while only 28.5% of millennials did not.

The most popular foods were from fast food (33.1%), followed by fruits and vegetables (22.0%), dairy products (21.5%) and bakery (20.6%). ). Fast food was the most popular choice in all provinces except New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, which preferred non-perishable foods and fruits and vegetables, respectively.

The survey was conducted among 7,290 Canadians in early November. The margin of error is +/− 1.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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