With the Grocery Innovations Canada show and conference just weeks away, our attention turns the independent grocer community across Canada.
Our new October/November issue is now available on Digital Flipbook. It’s our annual “Independents Issue” with stories about and for all indie grocers.
First up is our exclusive interview with Peter Cavin, director of Vancouver Island’s Country Grocer, and the incoming chair of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, the organization hosting GIC.
Next is our look at the new Stong’s Market in North Vancouver. It’s a pretty awesome store. The unique department signage alone is worth a look-see.
Also in this issue, web editor Meagan Kashty looks at how independent grocers can capitalize on their own private-label products.
Oftentimes, private label is viewed as something only for the Loblaw’s of the world, but some indie grocers are doing a tremendous job with their own store brands—from Farm Boy’s signature lemon garlic dressing to Sunripe’s Upside Down pickles.
Also in this issue we turn our attention southward, with two stories on American grocers. Ron Margulis takes us from Arizona to Alabama, and places in between, in search of the best independent grocers in America.
And in his regular “Global Grocery” column, IGD’s Stewart Samuel examines five amazing American discount chains, from WinCo Foods to Smart & Final.