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August’s most-read stories

Minimum wage hike and meal kits were top of mind with readers

Grant Froese comes out of retirement
Only months after announcing his retirement as chief executive officer at Loblaw Companies Limited, Grant Froese joined Hamilton-based Marquee Health Group. Read the full story here.

Former Sobeys exec to head Rexall Drugstore
Grocery industry veteran Beth Newlands Campbell was appointed president of U.S.-owned drugstore chain Rexall. Newlands Campbell was most recently president of Sobeys’ Ontario, Atlantic division. Read the full story here.

What we learned from Loblaw, Weston Foods earnings calls
Amazon, click and collect, e-commerce strategies and discount banners were among the topics Galen G. Weston discussed during his calls with analysts to discuss earnings reports from Loblaw Companies Limited and Weston Foods Limited.
Read the full story here.

Advocacy group targets Loblaw CEO Galen Weston
During Loblaws’ most recent earnings call, CEO Galen G. Weston said an increase in minimum wage would result in an additional $190 million a year in labour costs. Independent advocacy organization Leadnow has accused Weston and other CEOs of trying to “sabotage” the wage hike, and launched an online petition to send a message to the Ontario Liberals that voters want a livable minimum wage. Read the full story here.

Attack of the meal kits
Appearing in the September 2016 issue of Canadian Grocer, this article looks at the rising popularity of meal kits and suggests how grocers can get in on the action. Read the full story here.

Takeaways from Metro’s 2017 third quarter results
During a call announcing its third quarter results, CEO Eric La Flèche discussed the hotly debated minimum wage hike and how the grocery chain planned to handle it. He also touched on meal kits, e-commerce and inflation. Read the full story here.

McCain Foods names new president
The Canadian frozen foods giant announced Max Koeune would succeed outgoing president Dirk Van de Put. Koeune joined the Toronto-based company as chief financial officer in 2012, following a lengthy career with Groupe Danone. Read the full story here.

Metro looking at automation to help offset Ontario minimum wage increase
During a conference call about its third-quarter results, CEOEric La Flèche said the grocery chain would continue to look for ways to cut costs to offset Ontario’s minimum wage increase. Read the full story here.

Metro gets into the ready-to-cook game with MissFresh deal
The grocery store retailer acquired a majority stake in ready-to-cook meal delivery service MissFresh, for an undisclosed amount. Stewart Samuel, program director of IGD Canada weighs in on the deal and its importance to Metro’s e-commerce strategy. Read the full story here.

All about Aldi. And Lidl
IGD program director Stewart Samuel looks at German grocery store chains Aldi and Lidl, what sets them apart from conventional grocery chains and the tactics they employ to lure in shoppers. Read the full story here.

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