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Canadian Grocer’s top 10 stories in March 2019

From store openings to industry research, we take a look at the topics that kept the industry abuzz last month

Here’s a look at the most-read stories in March
at CanadianGrocer.com:

The 2018 Annual Market Survey
From trade spats to rising labour costs, the grocery industry was hit with a few challenges last year. How well did grocers fare? All is revealed in our annual market survey.
Read the full story here.

Tomorrow’s shopper
In our March/April issue we look at five consumer trends that will shape grocery in the future, and how retailers can respond to these shifts today.
Read the full story here.

Out-of-stocks cost retailers $63 billion in sales: Field Agent
New research from Field Agent finds customer loyalty is tested when products aren’t available.
Read the full story here.

Industry news: Walmart’s departing CTO and Giant Tiger’s newest store
A quick look at the comings and goings in the grocery industry.
Read the full story here.

Weston family, Pattison, Coutu make Forbes billionaires list
Forbes magazine published its annual ranking of global billionaires and five Canadians from the food/grocery industry made the list.
Read the full story here.

Sunterra Markets partners with Arlene Dickinson’s District Ventures
The Calgary food retailer opened a 2,800-sq.-ft. space in the city’s West Hillhurst neighbourhood that features products developed out of Arlene Dickinson’s business accelerator.
Read the full story here.

Janes chicken strips added to food recall
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) updated a recall to cover chicken strips and chicken burgers because they may contain salmonella.
Read the full story here.

Chalo FreshCo opens newest store in Brampton, Ont.
Sobeys’ South Asian grocery chain brings it store count in the Greater Toronto Area to four.
Read the full story here.

Dairy Farmers pulls print ad following complaints
Animal rights groups contend the ad copy–“There are zero growth hormones in milk produced in Canada. Like, none.”–is misleading because milk contains a natural growth hormone.
Read the full story here.

Empire slowly ‘gaining market share’ after years of decline
“We’ve gone from losing a lot of market share to stabilizing to beginning to gain some market share back, which is a big turn in a short period of time,” said Michael Medline, Empire’s CEO, during a conference call with analysts.
Read the full story here.

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