This month's top stories

Deals out East and pop-up restaurants caught the attention of readers this month
4/30/2015

1. Co-op Atlantic looks to sell grocery business to Sobeys

Last Saturday, the board of directors of the Moncton, N.B.-based co-op asked its member-owners to ratify a plan to sell Co-op Atlantic’s entire food and gas retail and wholesale business to Sobeys. Members have until May 12 to vote.

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2. Sobeys surprises residents with pop-up restaurant

Sobeys Newcastle in north Edmonton set out on a quest to prove food from its take-out kitchen and fresh market could be considered fine dining. In March, the marketing team invited residents to attend what they thought to be a menu tasting for a new restaurant. It was, in fact, food made by Sobeys' in-store chefs.

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3. Instabuggy grocery delivery service launches in Toronto

A startup called InstaBuggy launched its grocery delivery service on last month. Now in pilot stage, the service says it will get groceries to customers’ homes or offices in one hour.

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4. Senior executive shuffle at Longo’s

Longo Bros. Fruit Markets announced a series of senior executive changes and appointments, part of a new five-year strategic plan for the family-owned company.

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5. Loblaw and Uber team up on click-and-collect offer

In a bid to increase online grocery sales, Loblaw and the commercial ride-sharing service Uber have teamed up to give shoppers free rides to the three Toronto-area stores that offer the grocer’s click-and-collect service.

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6. How to break the harmful price promotions habit

Canadians are addicted to deals and stocking up on sale items. How can grocers do better promotions to be profitable?

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7. Ontario to allow beer sold in grocery stores

Ontario will allow beer to be sold in 450 grocery stores, and will start a pilot project to sell 12-packs of beer in 10 Liquor Control Board stores, which could expand to about 60 LCBO stores.

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8. IGA improves online ordering

Sobeys Quebec executive Alain Dumas doesn’t think online grocery shopping will ever replace the in-store experience. But for the growing numbers of consumers who do shop online, he says the newest version of IGA’s online shopping platform is about as close to in-store experience as you can get.

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9. Why General Mills resurrected three beloved cereal brands

A decade after discontinuing Trix in Canada, General Mills reintroduced the brand for a limited run this spring in hopes of cashing in on nostalgia consumers have for the cereal and its mascot, the Trix rabbit.

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10. How is Overwaitea winning in the West?

One hundred years is a long time for any company to survive—let alone an independent from Canada’s West Coast. But then, Overwaitea Foods isn’t your average grocery chain.

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