Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has honoured the winners of the 2018 Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards. Among the winners is Sobeys store #685 in Kitchener, Ont., which won two awards for its outstanding displays to promote Ontario local food.
"Many congratulations to Sobeys in Kitchener for creating award-winning displays to showcase Ontario's fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables," Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman said. "Taking pride in building creative and innovative displays to showcase fresh Ontario foods supports our hardworking farmers by encouraging shoppers to take home the many good things that grow in Ontario."
"The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association appreciates the ongoing support Foodland Ontario provides to Ontario farmers," said Alison Robertson, Executive Director, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association. "The creative efforts of Ontario retailers to promote local produce to consumers helps maintain a strong domestic market for 3,500 Ontario farmers who grow fruits and vegetables valued at over $2.4 billion annually."
In the coming weeks Hardeman will present further 2018 Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards to winning stores across the province. The awards are the produce industry's premier competition for excellence in retail display and promotion in support of local Ontario foods. Retailers enter seasonal display contests that run from mid-April to November.
In 2018, over 4,250 entries were submitted with almost 6,000 photos of displays featuring fresh Ontario produce. This year, for the first time ever, consumers can decide which store created the best display promoting local Ontario food as part of the Consumers’ Choice Contests.
Photo: Ernie Hardeman via Twitter