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July’s most-read stories

Star Women, ice cream and European discounters were top of mind with readers

Meet our 2017 Star Women in Grocery winners
For the past six years, Canadian Grocer has set out to recognize recognize the important role that women play in the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries in Canada. This year, a store manager in Alberta, the founder of a digital sampling solution and a fourth generation grocery store owner are among the winners. Read the full story here.

Bar Häagen-Dazs.  June 21, 2017.  Toronto, Canada (photo: Vito Amati/Ryan Emberley Photography)Häagen-Dazs pop-up bar opens in Toronto
An ice cream shop by day and a drinking-age only bar by night, Nestlé is looking to court millennials with a month-long marketing activation created to drive trial of its classic flavours in addition to its new Spirits collection. Read the full story here.

Amazon beat out six potential suitors in Whole Foods deal
A document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed two companies and four equity firms had shown interest in purchasing Whole Foods before Amazon swooped in with its US$13.7 billon bid. 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.

New online grocery store sells items for $3
Brandless sells more than 115 unbranded products including basic non-perishables such as jams, condiments, oil, pasta, rice, grains and beans. The company says its products are cheaper than most retailers because it strips out middle-men price increases.  Read the full story here.

Grocery wars could intensify with European discount disruption
European hard discounters Lidl and Aldi are growing at an impressive rate in the U.S. Are Canadian grocers prepared if they decide to set up shop north of the border? Read the full story here.

What does Amazon want with Whole Foods? Data
Analytics gathered by the organic grocer can help Amazon understand how shoppers behave at physical stores, which remains one of the most important consumer touch points. Read the full story here.

Loblaw completes sale of its gas business
Brookfield Business Partners and its partners finalized their acquisition of Loblaw’s 213 retail gas stations for $540 million.
Read the full story here.

3 innovations that could disrupt grocery shopping
The times, they are a changin’. From mobile supermarkets to checkout free shopping, here’s a quick look at some industry disruptors.
Read the full story here.

Meat and dairy industries concerned over draft Canada Food Guide
After consultations with Canadians, Health Canada released a report with proposed revisions to the country’s food policy. The Dairy Farmers of Canada and the Canadian Meat Council take issue with some of the recommendations.
Read the full story here.

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