Canada news

05 May 2021
Sobeys has launched a new look and feel for its core Sobeys supermarket format in the Legacy neighbourhood, located in south-east Calgary. We look inside this new store. Cleaner look, sharper lines This new store is the first from Sobeys to feature this updated look and feel. While several elements are retained from the original Sobeys concept, new signposting has been introduced for fresh ...
22 April 2021
We review Metro’s Q2 performance, including strong ecommerce sales, and the outlook as it starts to cycle the surge in demand at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Second quarter key numbers Total sales increased 5.1% to $4.2bn Food same-store sales up 5.5%, and up 10.1% for the first 10 weeks of the quarter Pharmacy same-store sales down 0.8% Ecommerce sales increase...
30 March 2021
Saladworks, a leading fast-casual salad brand, has partnered with Ghost Kitchen Brands in a deal that will almost double its footprint across the US and Canada. The agreement will bring 60 non-traditional locations to the US and 30 to Canada by the end of 2021, many of which will be located inside Walmart stores. Saladworks capitalising on grocery store traffic Ghost Kitchen Brands has part...
23 March 2021
Loblaw is making a series of leadership changes as its parent company, George Weston Limited, launches a process to sell Weston Foods, to focus its efforts on its retail and real estate businesses. Galen G Weston returns as president The key change at Loblaw sees the retirement of president, Sarah Davis. She will be succeeded by executive chairman, Galen G Weston, who will become chairman a...
22 March 2021
We review Couche-Tard’s third quarter performance and growth strategies. Key numbers Total revenue down 20.8% to $13.2bn YoY Merchandise and service revenues up 5.6% to $4.5bn YoY Road transportation fuel revenues down 29.7% to $8.5bn YoY Other revenue down 40.9% to $148m Same-store merchandise sales up 4.7% in Canada, 2.9% in the US and 2.8% in Europe and other re...
17 March 2021
As Sobeys’ parent organisation, the Empire Company Limited, signs an agreement to purchase 51% of Longo’s, a leading food retailer in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), we look at what this means for the wider business. Potential to acquire the entire business With 36 locations in the GTA and Southwestern Ontario, along with a long-standing online business, Grocery Gateway, Longo’s has long be...
12 March 2021
With Q2 delivering a 5% increase in organic net sales and market share gains, we look at how the Campbell Soup Company (Campbells) plans to sustain its performance as the COVID-19 pandemic eases. 1. Building on earlier momentum in its snacks business Like many large CPGs, Campbells had a turnaround plan in progress ahead of the pandemic. This had helped to fuel growth within it snacks busin...
11 March 2021
We review Sobeys’ third quarter performance, and the factors underlying its continued strong performance, including its focus on data and analytics and strategic investments into the discount, supermarket and ecommerce channels. Key numbers Q3: Total sales increased by 9.7% to $7.0bn Same-store sales increased 10.7% Ecommerce sales increased 315% Net earnings increased 46.3% to ...
10 March 2021
As most markets in Europe and the Americas continue to operate in a pandemic environment, characterised by lockdowns and travel restrictions, we look at how five of the initial strategies adopted by suppliers have evolved over the last 12 months. 1. From retaining new households to building deeper connections The pandemic created a product trial event unlike any other. Many major suppliers ...
10 March 2021
Walmart Canada is partnering with Ghost Kitchen Brands to open ghost kitchens in its stores. Five kitchens planned initially Ghost Kitchen Brands has partnered with over 20 restaurant brands to operate ghost kitchens across Canada. Its operating model and technology-led solution enables it to produce meals from all of its partners within a single kitchen. Through this partnership, it will o...