Save On Foods

20 June 2018

Save-On-Foods will donate a quarter of a million dollars to support Western Canada food banks after a successful first-ever Share It Forward weekend.

The campaign ran June 15-17 and saw 25 per cent of net proceeds from every Western Family product sold at Save-On-Foods and PriceSmart Foods set aside to support local food banks. The food banks will receive a portion of the $250,000 total based on the amount of money raised at the stores in their communities.

Each store promoted Share It Forward in its own way and raised additional funds through in-store activities, including hot dog sales, barbecues, and Spin the Wheel for prizes. Each local food bank will receive their cheque from their local store or group of stores in the coming days.

13 June 2018

Following the announcement of its yearly earnings at the beginning of July, Saputo made it clear that its recent major acquisitions – of Shepherd Gourmet and Australian dairy cooperative Murray Goldbourn – may be just the beginning.
CEO Lino Saputo Jr. told investors that the company still has upward of $3 B in the clear to finance further acquisitions and that it is actively looking for possibilities. As many as five candidates could be under consideration, two or three of them possibly in Canada, Saputo said.
"Our pipeline remains extremely full," he said. There are ''four to five files that we are working on and they are doable files."
For fiscal 2018, Saputo’s earnings rose 3.4 per cent to $11.5 B. Its net earnings of $852 M were up almost 17 per cent from the previous year.

Get More Summer TV spot

13 June 2018

Sobeys and Safeway have launched a new television commercial as part of the company’s “Get More Summer” fully integrated marketing campaign. The campaign includes a mix of television, product integration on the Marilyn Denis Show, social videos, hundreds of digital and social advertising placements, an inspirational summer magazine and in-store activations.

Watch the TV spot here.

Sainsburys Asda merger

13 June 2018

The CEOs of Sainsbury’s, the UK’s second largest supermarket, and Asda, the third largest, will be questioned by a British parliamentary committee ahead of the proposed merger of the two companies.

Sainsbury's announced a $9.77 B deal to buy U.S. group Walmart's Asda in April. If it goes ahead, the combined giant will overtake Tesco as Britain's biggest supermarket group.

The competition regulator has started a preliminary probe into the deal ahead of a formal investigation, while on Wednesday lawmakers from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said that they would also gather evidence.

"Grocery retailers do not have a great record of treating their suppliers well," the committee's chair Neil Parish said in a statement.

"My committee is holding this session to investigate how the biggest potential shakeup of the grocery market in recent years could affect British farmers and suppliers, as well as consumers."

Sainsbury's Mike Coupe and Asda's Roger Burnley will be grilled on June 20.

New Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

13 June 2018

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has welcomed the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), published Wednesday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Designed to protect consumers from unsafe food and to keep pace with the rapid changes occurring in the food industry, these regulations will play an important role in maintaining Canada's reputation as a world leader in food safety and preserving public confidence in Canada’s food supply chain, RCC.

The Safe Food for Canadians Act was originally drafted in 2012 and went through years of industry consultation and review before being finalized Wednesday. The regulations will come into effect January 15, 2019. They address all food and govern safety; labelling, packaging and advertising; import, export and interprovincial trade; the establishment of standards; and the licensing of persons performing certain activities.

“These regulations are the biggest change to the food industry in the past 25 years and they will have a positive and lasting impact,” said Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. “Our members strongly support the objectives of the new regulations and it is our common goal to ensure Canadian consumers have access to safe, high-quality food at affordable prices.”

Now that the regulations have been passed into law, the work begins to ensure that implementation goes as smoothly as possible for retailers. Speaking to Grocery Business, Brisebois commended the government and the CFIA for getting the new regulations passed, and said that the months ahead will require continued collaboration among all stakeholders until the rules come into effect.

“The devil’s in the details. It’s important to continue working with all stakeholders to ensure that implementation costs don’t become a barrier. Grocers spend so much time complying with different regulations at the federal and provincial level, so to go from 14 different food regulations to a single more detailed, up-to-date and in-depth regulation is good news for industry.”

The Canadian produce Marketing Association (CPMA) also applauded the advent of the new regulations. CPMA worked closely with industry and government during the consultation process.

"The federal government has shown tremendous leadership in developing these new food safety regulations,” said CPMA president Ron Lemaire. "The new SFCR present Canada's most significant overhaul of food safety regulations in its history. This was achieved through close collaboration between government and the entire agri-food supply chain to ensure that Canadians enjoy one of the safest food supplies in the world.”



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