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Canadian Grocer’s top 10 stories in July 2018

An eight-legged surprise and love for a Polish hot dog make the list of the most-read stories at

Costco Canada has no plans to eliminate Polish hot dog
Social media was up in arms when news broke that Costco was eliminating the Polish hot dog from its food court menu in the U.S. The retailer's Canadian operations quickly took to Twitter to reassure customers that, in Canada, the Polish hot dog wasn't going anywhere.
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Deadly spider found in grocery store grapes
A Connecticut woman and her son found a black widow spider in a package of grapes they bought at a grocery store.
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Empire’s Michael Medline talks discount, reorg and tariffs
The company has spent the last year sharpening its leadership team, stabilizing margins and eliminating costs, and it looks as if its efforts are paying off.
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Costco Canada dips its toes into delivery
The warehouse club retailer launched a two-day grocery delivery service to members in southern Ontario.
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New Primo ketchup. The most Canadian?
This story from 2016 still has steam. It covers the launch of Primo ketchup, which is produced, processed and packaged in Ontario.
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Did a PowerPoint presentation spark the bread price-fixing scheme?
Recently-released court documents shed more light on the Competition Bureau of Canada's ongoing investigation into an alleged, industry-wide bread price-fixing scheme.
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The rising power of private label
Grocers are making a big push on store brands to create differentiation and drive customer loyalty.
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Meet Canadian Grocer’s 2018 Star Women Award winners
Nominated by industry members and chosen by Canadian Grocer editors and a panel of past winners, we are proud to introduce this year’s impressive group of 19 Star Women.
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Amazon pokes fun at its Prime Day glitches
Amazon ran into a few snags during its annual shopping event and took shots at itself in a message to shoppers. But, was it too late?
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Loblaw second-quarter profit drops on charges
The company's net profit was down due in large part to its $3.9-billion purchase of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (CREIT).
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