In BMO's third annual Food Survey of consumers’ grocery patterns released recently, all Canadians (98%) said they sometimes, frequently or always buy at least one locally sourced product when they grocery shop.
The top reasons for buying local were: superior freshness and taste; a desire to support the local economy; support of local farmers; and the creation of jobs in the community.
But the products that were purchased locally varied from province to province. Those living in B.C., Ontario, and Quebec were the likeliest to buy locally sourced vegetables and fruits; locally sourced beef was most popular in Alberta; local fish favoured in Atlantic Canada, and B.C.; local cheeses tops in Quebec and Ontario; and local poultry is most likely to be purchased in Atlantic Canada and Ontario.
To read more of the survey results, go here.