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Vaccine Rule Raises Food-Shipping Costs for Canadian Grocer Metro

  • ‘We saw an uptick in transportation costs right away’: CEO
  • Grocery chain says food inflation was 3.5% in latest quarter

The head of one of Canada’s largest supermarket chains says the vaccine mandate for truckers crossing the U.S.-Canada border is raising the cost of shipping fresh food. But so far, it has had little impact on the retailer’s ability to stock shelves.

“We saw an uptick in transportation costs right away, but we’re getting the merchandise,” Metro Inc. Chief Executive Officer Eric La Fleche said on a conference call with analysts Tuesday.