Canadian Grocer's top 10 stories in April 2019


Store openings and award-winning products were some of the hot topics in April. Here's a look at the most-read stories at

Sobeys opens first Western FreshCo store
In its efforts to grow marketshare out West after the botched Safeway acquisition, the grocery company opened a FreshCo in Mission, B.C.
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Loblaw to receive $12 million in federal funds for climate action
Loblaw said it would spend the next three years retrofitting refrigeration systems in 470 stores, which will help it reduce its annual emissions by approximately 23%.
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Loblaw debuts targeted advertising program
Canadian grocery company is using consumer data to target select members of its PC Optimum program with more relevant ads and rewarding those members for watching the ads.
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Martin Parent named president of Mondelez Canada
A veteran of the confectionery, food and beverage industry, Martin Parent is overseeing nine locations and more than 2,400 employees as part of his new role.
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Adonis opens third grocery story in Ontario
Metro's ethnic grocery chain opened a 46,000-sq.-ft. space in Mississauga.
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Canadian Grand Prix finalists revealed
The Retail Council of Canada’s unveiled the short list for its annual new product awards. Winners will be announced May 29 at the Grand Prix Gala at the Toronto Congress Centre.
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Josianne Légaré moves into U.S. sales job at Lassonde
Star Women in Grocery alumna was tapped to fill the senior vice-president, sales role at the company's U.S. subsidiary, Lassonde Pappas and Company Inc.
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Mintel outlines 2019 packaging trends
Mintetl's global packaging director David Luttenberger breaks down four fads impacting the industry.
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GSFW names top 10 grocery products for 2019
CFIG's annual awards program recognized 10 innovative products, as voted on by members of the media, at Grocery & Specialty Food West (GSFW) in Vancouver.
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How retail tech can take grocers back in time
Decades ago customers had closer ties to their local grocers--they could pick up the phone to place an order and have it delivered right to their door. Today's technology (artificial intelligence and data) is essentially trying to help grocers provide that very same level of service.
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