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November’s most-read stories

Layoffs, handling fees and top trends for 2018 were among the most-read stories for November

Sobeys to cut 800 office jobs in reorganization
The grocer announced it’s laying off 20% of its workforce from offices across the country as part of a three-year turnaround plan initiated by Michael Medline, president and CEO of Sobeys’ parent company, Empire.
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Loblaw to charge largest suppliers a new handling fee
The food retailer sent a “strong-worded” letter to its largest suppliers to announce new handling fees. Spokesman Kevin Groh said this is the first fee hike in nearly a decade.
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Which grocery retailers do Canadian shoppers trust most?
BrandSpark International asked 5,000 Canadian shoppers for their unaided, top-of-mind preferences in retail and service categories. Canadian Superstore, Walmart and Metro were among the retailers that made the list.
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Nations Fresh Foods opens “foodertainment” store in Toronto
Nations Fresh Foods opened its first Toronto location — and its fourth in Ontario — with an emphasis on food and entertainment. The 55,000 sq.-ft.-space includes a state-of-the-art arcade, party rooms and an indoor playground.
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Where are Canada’s newcomers spending their grocery money?
Toronto’s Solutions Research Group (SRG) looked at which grocery banners are attracting newcomer grocery dollars.
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Longo’s puts family standards first in repositioning
To differentiate itself from the competition, Longo’s launched a brand positioning that focuses on the importance of family standards.
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Loblaw partnering with Instacart on home delivery
Loblaw companies Limited has partnered with Instacart to offer home delivery at its Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore and T&T banners in Toronto and Vancouver.
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Watchdog raids offices of grocery retailers in price-fixing probe
The Competition Bureau raided offices of some of the country’s largest grocery chains based on evidence that suggested they were involved in price fixing.
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Whole Foods reveals top 10 food trends for 2018
The supermarket chain’s team of experts selected the foods and flavours it feels will take off in the year ahead.
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Loblaw gazes into its crystal ball for 2018 food trends
For the second year, the grocer and a team of experts have identified and categorized food trends for the coming year.
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