BRAMPTON, ON, Aug. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - (TSX : L) - Loblaw Companies Ltd. is the first North-American retailer recognized by
the International Taste & Quality Institute with a Superior Taste
Award. Seven products available in Loblaw banner stores recently
garnered the recognition at a ceremony in Brussels, Belgium.
"We pride ourselves on the freshness and flavour of our foods," said Sal
Baio, senior vice-president fresh grocery, Loblaw Companies Ltd. "Our
development team always strives to create world-class products and
these accolades confirm we've hit the mark."
To evaluate the food, a jury of more than 120 top chefs and sommeliers
from 15 European countries underwent blind tests to take note of a
dish's flavour, scent and texture. Mark Russell, executive chef, Loblaw
Companies Ltd. accepted the awards on behalf of five 2014 winners; Red
Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash, Butternut Arancini, Proscuitto &
Truffle Lasagna, Dry Aged Strip Loin Steak, Coffee & Black Pepper Beef
Burger, and two 2013 winners; AAA Ontario Cornfed Platinum Beef and
Turkey Spinach Meatballs. Among them, four received the special rank Remarkable for a rating between 80 and 90 per cent and two earned the highest
recognition, Exceptional, with a rating between 90 and 100 per cent.
"When we create recipes for stores our goal is to redefine people's
expectations of supermarket food," said Mark Russell, executive chef,
Loblaw Companies Ltd. "Everyone likes roast chicken and potato wedges,
but at Loblaw take-out can also be gourmet prosciutto and truffle
lasagna, or a steaming plate of turkey spinach meatballs."
Five of the seven winning dishes were created by a team of 30 chefs in
the kitchen of the Loblaws store at Maple Leaf Gardens as part of the From Our Chefs program. Under supervision from Mark Russell, the team experiments with
food to make gourmet meals that can be replicated for retail locations
across the country.
International Taste & Quality Institute award winning foods are
available at 220 Loblaw®, Zehrs®, Fortinos®, Atlantic Superstore®, Dominion® and Provigo® stores nationwide.
About Loblaw Companies Limited TSX: L
Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada's food and pharmacy leader, the
nation's largest retailer, and the majority unit holder of Choice
Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Loblaw provides Canadians with
grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, apparel, general merchandise,
banking, and wireless mobile products and services. With more than
2,300 corporate, franchised and Associate-owned locations, Loblaw, its
franchisees, and Associate-owners employ approximately 192,000 full-
and part-time employees, making it one of Canada's largest private
Loblaw's purpose - Live Life Well - puts first the needs and well-being
of Canadians who make one billion transactions annually in the
companies' stores. Loblaw is positioned to meet and exceed those needs
in many ways: convenient locations; more than 1,050 grocery stores that
span the value spectrum from discount to specialty; full-service
pharmacies at more than 1,250 Shoppers Drug Mart® and Pharmaprix® locations and more than 500 Loblaw locations PC Financial® no-fee banking; affordable Joe Fresh® fashion and family apparel; and three of Canada's top consumer brands
in Life Brand®, no name® and President's Choice®. Through the PC Plus™ and Shoppers Optimum® loyalty programs, more than one in every three Canadians are rewarded
for shopping with the companies.
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