At the beginning of the pandemic, it was hard to get your hands on a lot of different things. Canadian shopping habits changed drastically, and it seems they are going through another major shift. Experts say people are now leaning toward fresh stuff more than non-perishables.\nIn a report for Retail Insider, Sylvain Charlebois, professor of food distribution and policy in the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University writes that COVID-19 has had some major effects on the food industry, and one of them is people preferring to cook from scratch.\nEditor's Choice: Ontario Back-To-School Plan Now Offers The Choice To Stagger Starts Up To Two Weeks\n"Perishables are more in fashion now since we spend more time in the kitchen," he writes. "Staying at home will get consumers to process their own food more often."\nHe adds that canned stuff was popular at the beginning of the pandemic (so much so that some stores limited the number that people could buy at one time).\nHowever, as the weeks went on and people spent more time at home (either working or not), they became more interested in fresh ingredients and food they could prepare themselves (think about all of those people working on their sourdough recipes).\nView this post on Instagram Early Morning Virtual Meetings 😴= 5 min breakfast ideas! 🥑This is what I whipped up today: avocado on 100% whole grain toast, plain greek yogurt with juicy nectarines! Here are some more ideas: 😴Ricotta toast with honey and sliced pears 😴1 min microwave Instant oatmeal made with milk, topped with defrosted frozen fruit 😴Granola, fresh berries and hemp seeds on top of Skyr yogurt ⬇️What’s your go to brekkie? Comment below! . . . #employee #loblaws #kingston #ygkeats #ygkfood #ygkfitness #breakfast #healthybreakfast #bfast #morning #morningvibes #yourinstoredietitian A post shared by Jasmine Kwok, BSc (NutrSc),RD (@your_kingston_dietitian) on Aug 18, 2020 at 1:38pm PDT\nWhat this could mean for your local grocery store is a smaller selection of certain items, particularly brand-name ones that Charlebois says you would typically find in the middle of the store.\n"But who needs Twinkie-flavored milk, really?" he asks, adding that this is an actual product.\nView this post on Instagram Yaaaaya grocery shopping 🙃 This is never my favorite chore. I always find myself hungry while doing it and then having to spend the hour of shopping resisting all delicious temptations while I stick to the planned grocery list. By having a list I'm able to keep focused on what I need for the week, keep within the grocery budget and keep the time spent in the store to a minimum. I like to use the @getflipp app to plan my list. With the Flipp app you can also price match your groceries, keep your common items on the list, add all your loyalty cards and more. I also love these types of grocery bins that I got at the @realcanadiansuperstore. They allow me to sort the groceries as I shop and then while bagging them I store like items together so it's super easy and quick to put them away when I get home.....or in my case just super easy to get to the couple of snacks I couldn't resist cause I went grocery shopping on an empty stomach 🍫🍿 #poshmaven #poshtidytip #torontohomeorganizer #groceryshopping #loblaws #realcanadiansuperstore #superstore #haulhard #nofrills #homestylist #styleandfunction #grocerieswhilehungry A post shared by Organizing & Lifestyle Maven (@poshmaven) on Aug 17, 2020 at 2:50pm PDT\nThe 2020 Dalhousie food price report predicted that overall costs would rise by as much as 4%.\nIt was later revised to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the numbers did not change all that much aside from slight increases for bread and vegetables.\nIt seems like so long ago, seeing completely bare shelves in grocery stores was totally normal.\nDespite appearances, there were no actual food shortages in Canada. The empty shelves were just a result of sudden surges in sales.\nPhotos of fully stocked shelves spotted at Costco (taken by Charlebois himself) were a reassuring reminder of Canada's supply chain.