2007 Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Awards announced

    From east to west, the grocery industry recognizes and honours retail

    TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - Red carpet, black tie, chilled champagne and a
sports car give away. On the evening of October 30, 2007, in a scene
reminiscent to the Oscar's(TM), The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
(CFIG) celebrated Grocery Innovations Canada's 8th year as the centre of the
grocery universe, when they presented three sets of annual awards for retail
excellence: Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Awards; CFIG Master
Merchandising Awards; and the Arnold Rands Heritage Award. The momentum of
excitement was unstoppable as the evening wrapped up with a dramatic prize
draw to see which retailer picked the winning key to start a 2007 Ford Mustang

    2007 Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Award Winners

    Each year Independent grocery stores from every region in Canada compete
for the coveted title in each of the specialty, large, medium and small
surface categories. Entries are rigorously evaluated for retail excellence and
rated on its customer service, staff and department management, store layout,
merchandising, creativity, cleanliness and community.
    "In the competitive grocery retail climate, CFIG continues to recognize
those whose leadership, innovation and commitment have placed them among
Canada's most successful independents," says John F.T. Scott, President of
CFIG. "At Grocery Innovations Canada 2007, the entire grocery industry
applauds those who have demonstrated excellence in all facets of their
business. Independent grocers are a vital and vibrant part of the Canadian
business landscape, and they continually raise the bar setting new industry
standards for innovative retailing."

    Best Large Surface Grocer
    Supermarche J.P.V. Plouffe Inc.
    Magog, Quebec

    The Plouffe family operates five stores under the Metro banner in the
Eastern Townships of Quebec. The Magog store offers a cosmopolitan mix of
products including an outstanding international cheese selection. Unique to
the store is a section called "Le Terrois" with "Les Produits Quebecois"
featuring local Quebec products such as preserves and maple syrup. Customers
and tourists alike have grown to depend on the cleanliness, consistent quality
and friendliness of staff, which is at the cornerstone of their success.

    Best Medium Surface Grocer
    Quality Foods
    Campbell River, British Columbia

    Ken Schley, Noel Hayward, John Briuolo, Cyriel DeBruyne and the entire
store team strike gold again. The latest store in the Quality Foods (QF) chain
opened in late 2004, Campbell River exemplifies everything that QF stands for.
The store itself is modeled on the flagship Qualicum Beach store. Campbell
River has a similar faux California décor produce section along with "Bread
Pan Alley" and typical QF meat, seafood and deli-kitchen departments.
Customers are enthusiastic about visiting this store and comment on the
customer service and quality of products and services offered.

    Best Small Surface Grocer
    Colemans Food Centre
    Mount Pearl, Newfoundland

    Located in the suburban area of St. John's, Newfoundland, Coleman's Food
Centre is a welcome choice to the "oversized" stores located nearby. A store
that truly reflects the community it serves, Coleman's is a focal point where
natives or visitors can still find the elements to make a traditional "Jig's
Dinner". Frank Coleman, Gerald Coleman, Mike Coleman and Pam Curtis have
created a pleasing environment with their complete lineup of fresh produce,
deli, bakery, seafood and meat. Friendly, well-trained, helpful staff have
earned Coleman's very loyal customers.

    Best Specialty Store Grocer
    The Market by Longo's
    Toronto, Ontario

    "The Market by Longo's" is a unique and innovative initiative for
Longo's. John Visconti and the Longo Team Members hit this one out of the
ballpark. A miniature version of the traditional stores, it has all of the
features and departments that typify Longo's. Well designed, it serves it's
downtown clientele perfectly. It has proven to be very popular with morning
and evening commuters who love the convenience of taking the "Longo's way

    2007 Canadian Master Merchandiser Award Winners

    CFIG annually recognizes exceptional grocer promotions with awards
presented in the Cross Merchandising, Large, Medium and Small categories.
Entries are based on creativity, effective use of product and innovative

    Large Category - Platinum/Gold Overall Award Winner
    Sobeys St. Vital.
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Whether it's an igloo or a sand castle, Keith and Pauline McDougall have
the space and the creativity to build large, innovative merchandising displays
on a continuous basis. The McDougall's imaginative architecture exemplifies
product and promotion in a very creative way.

    2007 Arnold Rands Heritage Award Winner:

    Presented to Pugliese Family
    Michael-Angelo's Market Place Inc.
    Markham, Ontario

    This award is presented annually to that year's best multi-generational
grocery store. To be considered, a store must be privately owned and have been
in the same family for at least two generations and in the same community for
a minimum of 35 years. A store that honours both strong family and community
relationships, Michael-Angelo's is dedicated to a simple, but enduring
principle - to provide customers with unrivalled quality, freshness and

    The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is a non-for-profit
association founded in 1962. The association's mission is to further the
unique interests of Canada's independent and franchised grocers across Canada
through progressive partnerships with retailers, suppliers and the consumer.
CFIG is a strong and united voice for Canada's independent community and is
heard at all levels of government, manufacturers, distributors and industry
association partners. CFIG boasts a national membership of 3,800 and our
members have contributed $14 billion dollars in annual retail sales from coast
to coast and play a key role in the economic landscape of Canada's business

For further information:

For further information: Shelley D'Amico, Manager of Communications,
Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, (416) 492-2311 ext. 222, Mobile:
(416) 302-3605, sdamico@cfig.ca

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