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Food retailers big winners at Excellence in Retailing Awards

Longo's, Sobeys and Save-On-Foods were among the night's winners, celebrated during a virtual gala

Food retailers were big winners at the Retail Council of Canada’s 2021 Excellence in Retailing Awards held Tuesday evening.

Save-On-Foods, London Drugs, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Longo’s and Sobeys were among the winners recognized during a virtual gala as part of RCC’s four-day STORE conference.

In a press release, RCC made note of how fierce the competition was this year, with ties awarded for first place in six of 10 categories.

Here’s the list of of categories won by food retailers:

E-commerce Experience 

  • London Drugs
  • Save-On-Foods


Philanthropic Leadership 

  • Sobeys Inc. (tied with Aritzia)


Health, Safety and Wellness 

  • Longo's  (tied with Ardene)


Environmental Leadership  

  • Federated Co-operatives Limited


The remaining Excellence in Retailing winners:


In-Store Experience & Design 

  • Canada Goose


Loss Prevention

  • Best Buy Canada



  • Lowe's Canada
  • Mastermind Toys


Pop-Up Experience and Design 

  • Canadian Tire Corporation


Retail Marketing

  • Lee Valley Tools Ltd. 
  • Sephora Canada


Talent Development 

  • The Home Depot Canada 
  • Michael Hill Jeweller 


"Retailers in Canada have experienced a challenging year. They have had to change, adapt, and grow quickly, yet they are also motivated by the challenge of change. They are constantly innovating and proving their winning creativity," said Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO of Retail Council of Canada, in the release.

"The year's ERA recipients have demonstrated ingenuity and steadfast commitment to superior customer service, progressive business solutions, and operational leadership,” she said.






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