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Most-read stories we published in 2020

We look back at the events that made headlines and engaged readers in 2020

2020 was a year of unprecedented change for Canada's grocery industry--and unprecedented use of the word unprecedented.

COVID-19 dominated headlines and the list of the most-read stories on our website. From pandemic-related safety protocols to a rise in e-grocery and supply chain issues, our readers turned to for the latest on changing consumer habits, shopping trends and more.

As we usher in the new year, we take a look back at the most popular stories published online in 2020.

Grocers respond to food shortage fears amid COVID-19 outbreak
Empire, Sobeys and Loblaw reassured customers they were working with suppliers to refill any temporarily out-of-stock items during the early days of the coronavirus outbreak.
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These grocers are giving healthcare workers front-of-the-line access
By presenting their healthcare ID, front-line workers were given priority access to participating Costco, Longo’s, Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart stores.
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How Canadian grocery is dealing with COVID-19
From closing in-store seating areas to hourly cart cleaning, grocers were quick to put safety and cleaning protocols in place to protect employees and consumers.
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Loblaw prepares for the post COVID-19 shopper
During a call with analysts, Loblaw president Sarah Davis said the pandemic had sparked new shopping behaviour. Some of those new habits, she said, could be long lasting.
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Is Canada headed for a meat shortage?
Several meat processors across North America were forced to suspend or slow operations because of COVID-19 outbreaks. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association asked for measures that would allow farmers to keep their animals longer.
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Here’s how COVID-19 will reshape the grocery business
In April, experts told Canadian Grocer the effects of COVID-19 on the grocery industry would be both wide-ranging and long-lasting.
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Meet our 2020 Star Women in Grocery winners!
In one of the most challenging years ever for this industry, each one of this year's winners women stepped up, continuing to shape and improve their companies and the industry as a whole.
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Empire speeds launch of e-grocery in Toronto
With huge spikes in online grocery orders in the early days of the pandemic, Sobeys' parent Empire moved up the launch of its Voilà delivery service.
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Galen Weston on Loblaw’s COVID-19-related changes
In a YouTube video, Loblaw executive chairman Galen Weston addressed changes that were being made to address healthy and safety concerns related to COVID-19.
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Costco Canada launches same-day delivery with Instacart
Following a pilot at select Ontario stores, the members-only warehouse club partnered with Instacart to offer grocery delivery at locations across Canada.
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