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Industry news: IGA heads to Montreal mall, Uber moves into delivery

We rundown the recent moves made in the grocery industry in Canada and around the world

A quick look at what happened this week in grocery:

IGA is opening a 35,000-sq.-ft. location at Montreal's Centre Rockland shopping centre next spring. The Sobeys-owned store will be located below the mall's food court, which recently underwent a $10-million renovation. The upscale mall has been without a grocery store since Metro left in 1999.

Chobani, the company credited with kick-starting the Greek yogurt craze, opened a 71,000-square-foot innovation centre in Twin Falls, Idaho to "promote a culture of collaboration, creativity, innovation and wellness," according to a press release. The facility includes a 7,000-square-foot R&D center with a state-of-the-art kitchen, lactation rooms for new moms, and a fitness centre.

Uber is eyeing a number of food delivery options in an effort to accelerate growth, according to the Financial Times. Though the ride-hailing comp is coming off a shaky quarter with a US$5.2-billion loss, it has plans for its Uber Eats service that includes snack, ice cream and even movie theatre popcorn delivery.

Canadian Grocer's sister publication Convenience Store News Canada recently announced its 2019 Star Women in Convenience winners. Seventeen women were selected from all facets of the c-store spectrum--sales, management, distribution and product development. Read about them here.


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