Freson Bros. – Barrhead, Barrhead, Alta. (Gold Medium Surface)
Concord Food Centre, Thornhill, Ont. (Gold Small Surface)
Summerhill Market, Toronto, Ont. (Gold Specialty Category-David C. Parsons award)
MCs for the gala Tom Barlow, CFIG President & CEO; and CityLine's Tracy Moore
2015 Life Member Awarded to Mike Lovsin, Freson Bros.- Independent Grocer
2015 Life Member Awarded to Joe Weber, Saputo - Industry Builder
Jim Hamilton and Peggy Hamilton, Hamilton’s IGA receive the Arnold Rands Heritage Award from Lance Wade, PepsiCo Foods Canada; and Tom Barlow, CFIG.
Jim Leishman, retiring chief juror for Master Merchandiser/IGYA program.
September 29, 2015, Toronto – The 53rd Annual Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Awards Ceremony was presented tonight in Toronto, in front of a gala audience of over 500 leading grocers, suppliers, and distributors at Grocery Innovations Canada 2015, Canada’s premier grocery conference and tradeshow.
Each year, the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) Awards Program recognizes the success of outstanding independent retailers and offers insights into innovations that are changing and enhancing the way retailers compete.
The NATIONAL AWARD Winners for Top Independent Grocer of the Year for 2015 are:
Large Surface Category:
Save-On-Foods – Seton, Calgary, Alta. (Gold)
Colemans At the Gardens, Corner Brook, NL (Silver)
Winkel’s Independent Grocer, Espanola, Ont. (Bronze)
Medium Surface Category:
Freson Bros. – Barrhead, Barrhead, Alta. (Gold)
IGA Bouchard – Sherbrooke, Que.(Silver)
Battistelli’s Independent Grocer, Lively, Ont. (Bronze)
Small Surface Category:
Concord Food Centre, Thornhill, Ont. (Gold)
Lakefield Foodland, Lakefield, Ont. (Silver)
Pepper’s Foods, Victoria, B.C. (Bronze)
Summerhill Market,Toronto, Ont. (Gold)
Yummy Market, Maple, Ont. (Silver)
Galleria Supermarket – York Mills, Toronto, Ont. (Bronze)
CFIG is proud to announce that Peggy Hamilton and Jim Hamilton of Ponoka, Alta. based Hamilton’s IGA, were awarded THE ARNOLD RANDS HERITAGE AWARD. The award is given to the year’s best multi-generational store that is privately owned, and that has been in the same family for at least two generations, in the same community for 35 years.
This year, CFIG is proud to announce the following grocers into the Hall of Fame:
Central Butte Fine Foods (Central Butte, Sask.); Choices Markets White Rock(South Surrey, B.C.); Masstown Market (Masstown, N.S.); Quality Foods(Campbell River, B.C.); and Sunripe (London, Ont.).
To be eligible for Hall of Fame induction, a store must win at least three Gold Awards or receive one Platinum Achievement Award and one Gold Award.
The Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year is the most prestigious award CFIG can bestow.
Each year independent grocery stores from coast-to-coast in Canada compete for the coveted title in each of the specialty, large, medium and small surface categories. Each of the competing stores is visited personally by a highly respected retail management expert, who evaluates competing stores based on retailing excellence and innovation, store team performance, customer service, space utilization, freshness and cleanliness.
For the full list of award winners click HERE.
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