ICYMI: Food prices continue to climb, Uber releases annual Cravings Report, and more

Here are five food stories you might have missed this week

The staggering results of Canada’s latest food price report has been front of mind for many Canadians this past week, but while trips to the grocery store may be far less frequent for the time being, initiatives like CBC’s annual Food Bank Drive help us remain hopeful for the future.

The future of automated food service has also been a contentious topic of discussion this week, but with delivery drivers’ income still solely dependent on tips, the dystopian future of delivery might not be that far down the road.

Catch up on these stories and more in this week’s ICYMI.

Food prices expected to continue climbing in 2023

A new food price report was released this past week, and according to its findings, the cost of groceries in Canada is expected to continue climbing in 2023. The report goes on to say that a typical family’s food bill for the year will go up by more than $1,000, while a typical two-adult household will spend over $500 more.

Find a full breakdown at CTV News.

Food delivery robots face roadblocks

We’ve been following the steady rise of automated food service tools in the hospitality industry for some time now, but with more delivery robots on Canadian sidewalks today than ever before, some industry experts have begun to question whether or not more robots is what the industry actually needs.

Read the full story at Global News.

Heartwarming random acts of kindness in Calgary

With the sheer amount of doom and gloom present in a typical news week, CBC recently flipped the script and published a heartwarming collection of stories about Calgarians going out of their way to improve the lives of those who need it most. 

Check it out at CBC News.

Uber Eats releases annual Cravings Report

Uber Canada recently published its annual Cravings Report, which breaks down how Canadians have used the Uber Eats app over the past year. Some of the interesting findings include Japanese food being Canada’s cuisine of choice, Victoria being the city that tips the most, and the most expensive order of the year going to a Toronto man who spent $1,048.01 on a single order. 

Visit Uber Canada's website to read the full report.

How tipping can affect the speed of delivery

Although there have been some improvements to the culture of food delivery on the restaurant side of things, many believe that delivery couriers are still criminally underpaid. In most cases, a delivery driver’s income is solely based on tips, so CBC recently interviewed several drivers and customers to find out if there is a correlation between good tips and fast delivery. 

Find out more at CBC News.