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Celebrating Ontario Food Champions

Province Recognizes Creativity in Promoting Local Ontario Food

Ontario is recognizing 66 grocery retailers with Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards for their outstanding efforts to promote fresh Ontario food. 

Stores submit photos of their promotional displays for fresh Ontario produce to qualify for the awards. This year, judges reviewed a record number of over 5,000 photographs submitted by 3,500 entrants, narrowing down three stores for the Foodland Ontario Award of Excellence:

  • Metro #73, 406 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga
  • Metro #479, 70 Front Street North, Orillia      
  • Sobeys Ira Needles, 235 Ira Needles Boulevard, Kitchener  

The Vision Awards, which honour retail head offices for outstanding corporate support, go to Sobeys Inc., Food Basics (Metro Ontario Inc.), and Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.

Supporting the province's farmers by promoting Ontario food is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships. 

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the province has invested more than $116 million to support sales of Ontario foods.
  • Research shows that 76 per cent of purchase decisions are made once customers are in-store.
  • Ontario farmers produce more than 200 commodities.
  • The province’s food processors purchase about two-thirds of Ontario food-related farm production.

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“We all have a role to play in making the good things that grow in Ontario our first choice whenever possible, and I want to thank all of today’s winners for going the extra mile to do just that. Our government is pleased to support the people who work hard to grow, market and promote fresh, Ontario food.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food

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