Foodland Ontario Announces 2017 Retailer Award Winners

Our government is celebrating grocery retailers that are making it easier for you to choose and buy locally-grown and harvested foods.

This year marks the 30th year they’re given out the Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards, recognizing grocery retailers� efforts to raise consumer awareness about the diversity of foods grown, produced and made in the province of Ontario.

Winners of the Vision Award, Award of Excellence, Gold, Silver and Platinum Awards (Food Basics, Metro and Sobeys)

Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs attended the awards ceremony in Toronto today to congratulate this year�s winners for their commitment and creativity in showcasing the diversity of fruits, vegetables and products from Ontario.

?Ontario�s grocery retailers play a fundamental role in helping raise awareness and demand for local food. I am pleased to be here as part of Foodland Ontario�s 40th anniversary celebrations to congratulate this year�s Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards recipients. By buying local, you are helping boost the economy, create jobs and strengthen Ontario’s agri-food sector? said Jeff Leal.

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Ontario products are available all year long — even in the coldest months! These are Ontario cabbages, leeks and our favorite mid-winter treat: forced rhubarb!

This year, 66 grocery retailers are being recognized for innovative in-store promotion of fresh Ontario food.


THE 2017 WINNERS

The Vision Award recognizes grocery head offices for their corporate commitment to local foods. This year�s winners are:

  • Conventional � Sobeys Inc.
  • Discount � Food Basics (Metro Ontario Inc.)
  • Independent � Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.

Foodland Ontario Award of Excellence celebrates Ontario retailers that have won the Platinum All Seasons Award two years in a row. This year�s winners are:

  • Metro #453, on King St. in Bowmanville
  • Food Basics #607, on Hwy 69 N in Hanmer
  • Food Basics #660, Hwy 50 in Brampton

The Platinum All Seasons Award recognizes merchandising excellence through three seasonal groupings: spring, summer and fall/winter. This year�s winners are:

  • Food Basics #607, on Hwy 69 N. in Hanmer
  • Food Basics #660, on Hwy 50 in Brampton 2
  • Food Basics #680, on Bartley Bull Pkwy in Brampton
  • Food Basics #867, on Jane St. in North York
  • Food Basics #910, on Arthur St. in Elmira
  • Metro #73, on Lakeshore Rd. E. in Mississauga
  • Metro #453, on King St. in Bowmanville
  • Metro #479, on Front St. N. in Orillia
  • Metro #800, Eglinton Square in Scarborough
  • Sobeys #685, on Ira Needles Blvd. in Kitchener
  • Stewart’s Town & Country Market on Hwy 9 in Mildmay
  • Vos’ Independent Grocer, on Scugog St. in Port Perry

For a full list of winners in all categories, visit ontario.ca/agriculture-news

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