ICYMI: Prices rise as drought continues, SkipTheDishes tests grocery delivery, and more

Here are five food stories you may have missed this week

This week offered up a mixed bag of Canadian food news from the continuation of this year’s drought and its ongoing effect on grocery prices to popular food delivery service SkipTheDishes’ upcoming expansion into the world of household and grocery items, to University of Guelph scientists discovering a more efficient and eco-friendly way of making chocolate. 

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

Prices rise in grocery stores as drought continues to affect crops

With the continuation of the drought moving forward into the fall, consumers have had to pay more for groceries. Experts predict that the conditions of the drought will have major effects on harvest for farmers this year.

There are a number of factors that may also be contributing to the rise in prices such as global population growth and the increased demand for food, however the main impact this year comes from the effects of the heat on agriculture.

Read more on CBC News.

Canadian scientists discover way to create high quality and eco-friendly chocolate

Scientists at the University of Guelph have discovered a new way of making high quality chocolate that is more efficient and eco-friendly than the traditional process. 

Adding a small concentration of saturated phospholipid from cocoa butter to chocolate helps to achieve the proper structure and accelerates the crystallization process to achieve the right form. Working to save costs and energy, this process makes for a positive change for companies to maintain the quality of their products.

Read more on CTV News.

Skip The Dishes looking to expand to delivery of groceries and household goods


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The popular food delivery app, SkipTheDishes are beginning to branch out and expand to a new market with their “Skip Express Lane,” to serve groceries and household items for delivery. With locations in Winnipeg and London, Ont. SkipTheDishes is looking to shift the focus to other products for their customers outside of their normal hot meal delivery service.

Read More on Global News.

New Jamaican grocery opens in South Edmonton

According to Statistics Canada, more than 5,000 people in Edmonton have Jamaican heritage. Kim-Ann Wilson moved to Edmonton in 2012 and found it difficult to find authentic Jamaican cuisine. Noticing a gap in the market, Wilson decided to open South Edmonton’s first Jamaican grocery store, "Eat Jamaica," carrying authentic food products ordered straight from Jamaica. 

The store has provided an opportunity to educate it's consumers on spices, in-season fruits and vegetables and the best way to implement Jamaican heritage and food into their lifestyle.

Read more on CBC News.

Jollibee mobile kitchen set to open in Hamilton

Internationally known Filipino fast food chain Jollibee has partnered with food delivery service, DoorDash to expand its reach to new customers looking to order Jollibee online.

The chain’s new mobile kitchen will be open for online orders at Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton, Ont. It will service downtown, Stoney Creek, McMaster University and Hampton Heights for the next six months.

Read more on Global News.