The 2019 Arnold Rands Heritage Award   Colemans, Corner Brook, NLThe 2019 Arnold Rands Heritage Award: Colemans, Corner Brook, NL

The 57th Annual Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Awards were presented before a gala audience of over 500 leading grocers, suppliers, and distributors at Grocery Innovations Canada 2019 on October 23 in Toronto.

Every 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. Independent grocery stores from every region in Canada compete for the title awarded annually in each of the Specialty, Large, Medium & Small Surface categories. Each store entered is evaluated for retail excellence and is rated on its customer service, staff, department management, store layout, merchandising, creativity, cleanliness, and community involvement.

Mike Coleman, Frank Coleman and the Coleman Family of Colemans, Corner Brook, NL, 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.

The National Gold Award Winners for Top Independent Grocer of the Year for 2019 are:

  • Freson Bros. Fresh Market, Fort Saskatchewan, AB (Large Surface)
  • Safety Mart Foods, Chase, BC (Medium Surface)
  • AG Valley Foods, Invermere, BC (Small Surface)

David C Parsons Award: Choices Markets Yaletown, Vancouver, BCDavid C Parsons Award: Choices Markets Yaletown, Vancouver, BC

The David C. Parsons Award of Excellence in Specialty Food Retailing (Gold):

  • Choices Markets – Yaletown, Vancouver, BC

The following grocers were inducted into the Hall of Fame (IGYA). Inductees are stores that have demonstrated consistent excellence. To be inducted, a store must win at least three gold awards or one platinum achievement award and two gold awards.

  • Justin Norman and Team, Colemans Garden Market, Corner Brook, NL
  • Choices Markets Kelowna Team, Choices Markets, Kelowna, BC
  • Aaron Coutts and Staff, Freson Bros., Barrhead, AB
  • Shelley Keim and Staff, Freson Bros., Manning, AB
  • Daniel Giroli and Team, The Market By Longo's – HBC, Toronto, ON
  • John, Mary, Joey, Vince and Deanna Carnevale, Thorncrest Market Foodland, Etobicoke, ON

National Awards – Gold, Silver and Bronze in Specialty Category

Specialty Category:

Bronze Award – Meinhardt F. F. S. Grandville Team, Meinhardt Fine Foods – S. Grandville, Vancouver, BC

Silver Award – Choices Markets White Rock Team, Choices Markets White Rock, South Surrey, BC

David C. Parsons Award for Excellence in Specialty Store Retailing:

Choices Markets Yaletown Team, Choices Markets Yaletown, Vancouver, BC

 

National Awards – Gold, Silver, Bronze in Small/Medium/Large

Small Surface Gold Award: AG Valley Foods, Invermere, BCSmall Surface Gold Award: AG Valley Foods, Invermere, BC

Small Surface Category:

Bronze Award – Ross and Carol Bletsoe, Ian and Sarah Bletsoe, Lakefield Foodland, Lakefield, ON

Silver Award – Don Boos and Staff, Freson Bros., Hanna, AB

Gold Award – Sydney-Anne Porter, Eric Lapointe and Greg Lapointe, AG Valley Foods, Invermere, BC

Medium Surface Gold Award: Safety Mart Foods #7, Chase, BCMedium Surface Gold Award: Safety Mart Foods #7, Chase, BC

Medium Surface Category:

Bronze Award – Daniel Plouffe et Patrick Plouffe, Métro Plouffe de Farnham, Farnham, QC

Silver Award – Aaron Coutts and Staff, Freson Bros., Barrhead, AB

Gold Award – Brooke & Linda Kynoch, Safety Mart Foods #7, Chase, BC

Large Surface Gold Award: Freson Bros. Fresh Market, Fort Saskatchewan, ABLarge Surface Gold Award: Freson Bros. Fresh Market, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Large Surface Category:

Bronze Award – Kevin Wilson and Team, Longo's, Ajax, ON

Silver Award – Alan Kaarsemaker and Staff, Save-On-Foods, Whitehorse, YT

Gold Award – Kerry Waldo and Staff, Freson Bros. Fresh Market, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

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