Sobeys #685 in Kitchener was presented with two Foodland Retailer Awards for its outstanding displays to promote Ontario local food. In the coming weeks, Ontario ag minister Ernie Hardeman and local MPPs will present the 2018 Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards to winning stores across the province.
"Many congratulations to Sobeys in Kitchener for creating award-winning displays to showcase Ontario's fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables," said Minister Hardeman. "Taking pride in building creative and innovative displays to showcase fresh Ontario foods supports our hardworking farmers by encouraging shoppers to take home the many good things that grow in Ontario."
"At Sobeys, proudly supporting local producers and processors has been part of our DNA for more than 112 years," said Yan Branco, vice president produce merchandising at Sobeys. "Year after year, we are so pleased to partner with Foodland Ontario growers and share the bounty from local community farms in our stores across this great province."
"The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association appreciates the ongoing support Foodland Ontario provides to Ontario farmers," said Alison Robertson, executive director, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association. "The creative efforts of Ontario retailers to promote local produce to consumers helps maintain a strong domestic market for 3,500 Ontario farmers who grow fruits and vegetables valued at more than $2.4 billion annually."
The annual Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards are the produce industry's premier competition for excellence in retail display and promotion in support of local Ontario foods. Retailers enter seasonal display contests that run from mid-April to November.
Source: OMAFRA August 16, 2019 news release