COVID-19 impact on fruit and vegetable markets: One year later

Lauren Chenarides, Timothy J. Richards, Bradley Rickard

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More than 1 year after the outbreak of COVID-19, Canadian fruit and vegetable markets continue to adjust to the evolving landscape. In this article, we focus on three key measures of input and output market performance that serve as indicators of the stability of fruit and vegetable markets in Canada in the medium-term, and offer some insight for how these markets will continue to adjust in the longer run. Specifically, we use data to highlight the most recent trends in (1) the production and aggregate movement for major fruit and vegetable crops in the United States and Canada, (2) labor supply and immigration visa patterns, and (3) U.S.–Canada trade patterns for fruits and vegetables. We provide evidence that the fresh produce supply chain in Canada, and for markets in their largest trade partner in the United States, has remained relatively robust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-214
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • COVID-19
  • fruit and vegetables
  • international trade
  • supply chains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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