Woo Hoo Churchill Plaza Metro!Friday, March 22, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
OFFICE OF SAULT STE. MARIE
MPP DAVID ORAZIETTI
Orazietti announces local business recognized for promoting Ontario foods
Ontario Government Awards Local Grocery Retailer
QUEEN'S PARK – The Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards are recognizing Metro (Churchill Plaza) in Sault Ste. Marie for their creativity in promoting the good things that grow in Ontario, David Orazietti MPP announced today.
“It’s great to see our local grocers supporting and promoting the excellent food Ontario grows and produces,” said Orazietti. “When more people put Ontario into their shopping carts, it’s good for our local economy, for our family and for the environment.”
Metro (Churchill Plaza) received a Platinum All Seasons Award recognizing their merchandising excellence with Ontario-grown commodities through three seasonal groupings, spring, summer and fall/winter.
The Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards recognized 68 grocery retailers in Ontario for in-store promotion of fresh Ontario food.
Stores submit photos of their promotional displays to qualify for the awards.
This year, judges reviewed over 3,400 photographs from more than 1,100 entries.
The awards are co-sponsored by the Ontario government in partnership with: Ontario Apple Growers; Asparagus Farmers of Ontario; Ontario Berry Growers Association; Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association; Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers; Ontario Potato Board; Ontario Tender Fruit Producers’ Marketing Board; Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario.
Recognizing excellence in the promotion of Ontario foods is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to support the province’s agri-food industry, local economies and rural Ontario.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $116 million to encourage purchase of Ontario grown foods.
- Research shows that 76 percent of purchase decisions are made in-store.
- Ontario farmers produce more than 200 commodities.
- Ontario food processors purchase about 65 per cent of Ontario food-related farm production.