QUEBEC, Jan. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Council of Chain Restaurants of Quebec
(CCRQ) and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA)
will appear before the National Assembly's Committee on Agriculture,
Fisheries, Energy and Natural Resources today, calling for the
government to address problems with supply management in the chicken
and dairy sectors as they develop a new agri-food policy for the
The CCRQ will highlight how current chicken and dairy policies drive up
prices, limit innovation and create unfair competition among buyers.
"Restaurants buy a third of the chicken produced in the province, but
current policies mean we cannot source the types of products that our
customers demand at reasonable prices," says Justin Taylor, Vice
President of Labour and Supply at CRFA. "Government policies should
drive innovation, not stifle it."
Restaurateurs will also demand that the province address unfairness in
cheese pricing policies. Under the current policy, frozen pizza
factories can purchase their cheese at deep discounts while restaurants
have to pay as much as 30% more for the same cheese.
"Pizzerias must compete with frozen pizzas that are marketed as
'just-like-delivery' and receive a steep discount thanks to outdated
government policies," says Jean Lefebvre, Vice President of the CCRQ.
"This creates an unlevel playing field in the market."
Restaurateurs are calling on both provincial and federal governments to
create agri-food policies in Canada that are fair and transparent and
balance the needs of consumers, restaurateurs and producers.
"Instead of concentrating on limiting supply, we should be driving
innovation and developing markets for Quebec's high-quality food
products," says Taylor.
The hearings in Quebec follow the launch of CRFA's Free Your Milk
campaign (www.freeyourmilk.ca), designed to draw attention to the 40-year-old supply management
policies responsible for inflating the cost of dairy in Canada to
double the international market average.
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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