The following research findings are an in-depth analysis of the survey topic “ Access to Food ” (data gathered in 2012) and of “Access to Food” (data gathered in 2016). These results, depict a small sample of how the Manitoba Consumer Monitor Food Panel cross-examines collected information to recognize consumer trends and shopping patterns. Although, this example is specific to “Access to Food”, our scientific team can tailor the surveys to your individual needs. To print out a sample page, please visit our resource page.
In 2016 we asked panelists what was the longest distance their food could travel for them to consider it to be local. The majority of respondents (50.9%) said that their food could come from anywhere in Manitoba for them to consider it to be local.
When we compare the results from 2016 to those that the panelists gave in 2012, we can see various shifts in what panelists perceive to be local foods. Slightly fewer panelists believe that food has to come from Manitoba for it to be local (56.0% in 2012 to 50.9% in 2016). Conversely more panelists believe that if the food comes from anywhere in Canada it can be considered local. One interest point is that in 2012 more panelists believed that food coming from both Manitoba and Ontario could be considered local (8.3% in 2012 to 1.1% in 2016). While that idea has changed significantly in 2016, substantially more panelists believe that food coming from Manitoba and Saskatchewan is in fact local food (1.4% in 2012 to 11% in 2016).