On Tuesday October 23, at a gala event as part of its Grocery Innovations Canada conference and trade show, the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers presented its annual industry awards.
The two-day Grocery Innovations Canada event, held at the Toronto Congress Centre, is one of the most important B2B grocery & specialty food shows for the Canadian industry. This year the trade show spanned more than 110,000 square feet of exhibition floor space and drew 5100 attendees and more than 340 exhibitors from categories such as food, cannabis, garden, general merchandise, equipment, technology, foodservice, financial and insurance. The conference featured a keynote address by Natalie Green, Google Canada’s head of industry for food, beverages and restaurants.
An important part of the awards night is the recognition of the Life Member recipients.
This year Scott Lindsay received the CFIG Life Member Award - Industry Builder and Brent Battistelli received the Life Member Award - Retailer.
Scott Lindsay is currently the vice president of sales for Coca-Cola Canada. He joined the company in the early 1990s in Calgary as a sales supervisor. In 1995 he became Coca-Cola’s Western Canada marketing manager and in 1998 he moved to the US to become vice president of sales for the North West division, returning home as vice president of sales for Coca-Cola Canada, in 2003.
Brent Battistelli is the owner of Your Independent Grocer in Lively, Ont. He opened a Valu-Mart with his father in 1989 and following the success of that store, expanded to a new location. He served as chair of CFIG’s Board during the association’s 50th anniversary, and worked tirelessly to make that special year success.
Scott Lindsay, middle, flanked by CFIG outgoing president Tom Barlow, left, and Michel Manseau, Kruger Products, right.
Brent Battiselli, middle, with outgoing CFIG president Tom Barlow, left and Michel Manseau, Kruger Products, right.
Below are the winners of the Merchandising Excellence Awards and the Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Awards.
2018 MERCHANDISING EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Master Merchandiser Awards – recognizing creative merchandising in the grocery industry.
SMALL SURFACE: Nesters Market Woodward's, Vancouver, British Columbia
MEDIUM SURFACE: Quality Foods, Parksville, British Columbia
Marius Mackensen and Darcy Ginter
LARGE SURFACE: Save-On Foods Orchard Plaza, Kelowna, British Columbia
Eric Falkenberg & Malcom Robertson
SMALL SURFACE: Sun Valley Supermarket, Toronto Ontario
Jim and Vicki Bexis
MEDIUM SURFACE: Powell’s Supermarket, Carbonear Newfoundland and Labrador
Dave Powell, Craig Oates
LARGE SURFACE: Dessureault Your Independent Grocer, Ottawa, ON
Carl & Nathalie Dessureault, Rene Larocque
SMALL SURFACE: St. Norbert Marketplace, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Neil Brelinski, Ward Bruner
MEDIUM SURFACE: Powell’s Supermarket, Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador
Dave Powell, John Mercer
LARGE SURFACE: Save-On Foods, Richmond, British Columbia
SMALL SURFACE: AG Foods, Barriere, British Columbia
Ed Lee & Louisa Lee
MEDIUM SURFACE: Fresh Street Market, West Vancouver, British Columbia
Alex Lee and Staff
LARGE SURFACE: Longo’s, Southeast Oakville, Ontario
Diran Ogungbemile, Danica Parilac
Multi-Store Internal Contest
LARGE SURFACE: Métro O'Frigidaire, Lac-Etchemin, Québec
MEDIUM SURFACE: Colemans Mount Pearl, Mount Pearl, Newfoundland
SMALL SURFACE: Metro Denis Messier, Ste-Dorothée, Québec
Top 10 in Grocery Award Winners
- Best Convenience: Jack Daniels’ Meats [Jack Daniels (Acosta)]
- Best Packaging:Speyside Smokehouse Salmon Jerky [Meat Snacks Group (TFB & Associates)]
- Best Confectionery: Jacek Artisan Chocolate Bars (JACEK Chocolate Couture)
- Best Snack: Seaweed Rice Crisps (Humanwell)
- Best Non-Food: QuickStrip (Rapid Dose Therapeutics)
- Best Refrigerated: Fairlife Ultrafiltered Milk Products [(Minute Maid Company of Canada (Coca-Cola Limited)]
- Best Condiment, Spread, or Sauce: Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese Dips (Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative Ltd.)
- Best Beverage: Fever Tree Premium Natural Mixers [Fever Tree - (TFB & Associates)]
- Best Sustainable: Casus Grill (Casus Grill Canada)
- Best for Pets: Williwaw Treats For Dogs (Northern Pet Products Inc.)
Best Booth Winners
- Best Single: Cold Brew Coffee Co.
- Best Double: Arterra Wines Canada
- Best Multi: Weston Foods
- Best Marketed: Smucker Foods of Canada Corp
2018 CANADIAN INDEPENDENT GROCER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Competing stores are evaluated by a retail management expert for their retailing excellence and innovation, store team performance, customer service, space utilization, freshness and cleanliness.
National Gold Award for Top Independent Grocer of the Year for 2018
LARGE SURFACE: Tim Styba and team, Save-On-Foods – Northgate, Winnipeg, Manitoba
MEDIUM SURFACE: Vince Piligra and staff, Longo’s – York Mills, Toronto, Ontario
SMALL SURFACE: Colby and Annette Woodhead, Doug Nakano and James Inglis, Blind Bay Village Grocer – Blind Bay, British Columbia
David C. Parsons Award of Excellence in Specialty Food Retailing (Gold):
Jeffrey Min and Jaeho Park, Galleria Supermarket – Thornhill, Toronto, Ontario
The Arnold Rands Heritage Award – 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.
David Askew and Family of Askew’s Foods – Salmon Arm, Armstrong and Sicamous of British Columbia.
2018 Hall of Fame (IGYA) Inductees
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.
- Jeffrey Min and Jaeho Park of Galleria Supermarket – Thornhill, Ontario
- Eric Wood and Staff of Longo's – Burloak, Oakville, Ontario
- Carl and Nathalie Dessureault and Rene Larocque of Dessureault Your Independent Grocer – Ottawa, Ontario
- Darcy Ginter and The Store Team of Quality Foods – Parksville, British Columbia
- Jim and Vicki Bexis, Peter and Augusta Vacirtzoglou and staff of Sun Valley Supermarket Inc. – Toronto, Ontario
Platinum Achievement (10 years)
- Neil and Connie O'Reilly & Gerard O'Malley, Barry's Bay Metro – Barry’s Bay, Ontario
- Shelley Keim and staff, Freson Bros. – Manning, Alberta
- Ryan Durnie and staff, Freson Bros. – Valleyview, Alberta
- Jeffrey Min and Jaeho Park, Galleria Supermarket – Thornhill, Ontario
- Joe Bruzzese and staff, Longo's – Boxgrove, Markham, Ontario
- Eric Wood and staff, Longo's – Burloak, Oakville, Ontario
- Mike Van Giesen and Phil Greenhalgh and staff, Tru Value Foods – Mayne Island, British Columbia