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Sobeys Awards and Recognition

At Sobeys, we’re passionate about serving our communities. With an authentic, people-focused approach, we’re dedicated to innovation that makes a difference in the lives of Canadians by helping them Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better.

We’re also committed to pioneering impactful sustainability practices and empowering customers to nurture healthy eating habits. As a result, our employees and programs have been recognized with a number of awards and accolades in recent years, including these highlights.

Retail Council of Canada

When we discovered that installing a natural refrigeration system using CO2 gas instead of artificial gas would reduce our annual carbon emissions by up to 62 percent per store, we made this the standard for our new stores and retrofits across the country. We have installed more natural refrigeration systems than all other food retailers in North America combined. Consequently, in 2013, the Retail Council of Canada recognized us with an Excellence in Retailing Award for Energy and Environmental Sustainability. Our Quebec office originally led the initiative, and 29 of our stores across Canada were recognized with GreenChill’s platinum-level certification award for notable achievements using natural refrigeration systems. We’re proud of this initiative and continue to seek out greener solutions for our company.

Top Women in Grocery

In recent years we’ve seen our female leaders gain industry recognition for the impact they’re making. In 2014, Mary Dalimonte, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Commercial Programs, received the Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery award. In that same year, Dalimonte added another industry award to her accomplishments: the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario awarded her with the Food and Beverage Industry Award. The year 2014 was also a big one for Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Karin McCaskill, who was honoured as General Counsel of the Year at the Canadian General Counsel Awards. She was recognized in part for her legal leadership in the $5.8-billion acquisition of Canada Safeway, as well as for her overall leadership within Canada’s General Counsel community.

Pictou County Chamber of Commerce

Our company found its start just over a century ago in Pictou County, N.S, so it felt like a homecoming to be honoured at the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce gala in 2014. Sobeys was named Large Business of the Year in recognition of our legacy, our support for local community and achievements such as the acquisition of Canada Safeway and our Better Food Movement. Our Big 8 Beverages won the NSBI Export Recognition Award, based on its innovation and business excellence. The only beverages facility of its kind in Canada that produces both soft drinks and spring water, Big 8 has exported over 600,000 bottles as far afield as China, Barbados and Aruba.

PAC Packaging Consortium

Our partnership with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been a great success, in part because his values align so well with those of our Better Food Movement. Our packaging for products tied to the Better Food for All campaign also made waves in the industry: we were recognized at the PAC Packaging Consortium 2015 Global Leadership Awards for Brand Marketing–New Brand, Food, for Compliments Presents Jamie Oliver Discovers Canada. Our Compliments Gluten-Free range also took home a PAC award.

Shopper Innovation Awards

We launched our Better Food for All app in 2014 to respond to our customers’ needs for a one-stop place to access recipes, discounts, store information, customized grocery lists and tips while on the go. We were thrilled when it was rewarded with bronze and silver at the Shopper Innovation Awards, as well as being named Best Branded Mobile/Tablet App at the Digiday Retail Awards.

Military Employment Transition Program

At Sobeys, we support our troops and want to do our part to help them make a smooth transition from their military careers. We’re proud to be a Certified Military Friendly Employer and participant in the Military Employment Transition Program.

All of these accolades are the result of constantly challenging ourselves to make an impact and give back. They speak to the dedication and integrity of our team across Canada. They celebrate all we do to place customer trust and satisfaction at the core of our daily working lives in our communities from coast to coast.

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At Sobeys, we’ve elevated a trip to the grocery store to an enticing shopping experience. A proudly Canadian company with more than 100 years in the food business, we combine the helpful service and variety of delicious fresh and prepared foods you’d expect from a farmer’s market with all the conveniences of the modern one-stop grocery store. From skilled in-store bakers to knowledgeable fishmongers and butchers, Sobeys team members are dedicated to creating a friendly and appealing environment where the customer comes first and sustainability is at the heart of what we offer.
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Part of the Sobeys family from 2013, Safeway has been serving Canadian communities since 1929. Today there are Safeway stores from Vancouver to Thunder Bay, Ont. Our in-store bakers make artisan breads, pastries and cakes from scratch, and our deli offers hot and cold quick meal solutions, as well as freshly brewed Starbucks® and Tim Hortons® coffees. Our team is dedicated to selecting the highest quality products for our customers. Safeway florists create custom and ready-to-buy flower arrangements, and our butchers, fishmongers and grocers are always on hand to offer friendly in-store advice. We’re committed to community involvement, hunger prevention and environmental sustainability.
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Thrifty Foods grocery stores proudly serve communities across Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland British Columbia. As your greener grocer, we operate around the core values of corporate social responsibility, which include supporting B.C. farmers, protecting the oceans and partnering with vendors that use sustainable business practices. We offer hundreds of certified organic products and a range of Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance items. At our in-store bakery, The Hearth, we make artisan baked goods in our stone-hearth oven. And in the spirit of offering you quality and convenience, groceries can be ordered online for home delivery. We at Thrifty Foods are committed to helping build the kind of world we’d like to live in—today, tomorrow and in the future
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Since 1957, IGA has been dedicated to providing communities with farm-fresh produce and products at affordable prices. In over 30 convenient locations across Western Canada, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to provide customers with the highest level of service. We proudly serve the communities we work in and strive to support our local producers. At IGA, we are on a mission to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better.
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Foodland stores provide a warm and friendly shopping experience in over 140 communities across Ontario. We offer customers a wide selection of fresh food, including local and internationally sourced produce, Butcher Cut meat, in-store bakery, deli, Food to Go and grocery products. We work hard to earn a special place in the hearts of our neighbours and customers. Our staff is friendly and informed, and we provide a clean and welcoming environment, making Foodland a trusted neighbourhood place to shop.
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Foodland and our family of select Co-op stores provide a clean and welcoming full-service shopping experience to customers in smaller communities in Atlantic Canada. We offer customers a wide selection of fresh produce, meats, deli meats and cheeses, and freshly baked breads and sweets. With our assortment of grocery products and frozen food, you’ll find everything on your grocery list. Locally owned and operated, we work hard to earn a special place in the hearts of our customers and neighbourhoods, too. We care about you and about making our community a better place for everyone. Our customer service is friendly, informed and eager to provide you with the best service in town, making Foodland a trusted neighbourhood place to shop.
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FreshCo offers shoppers in Ontario the quality and variety they look for in a discount grocery store—at great savings. Our grocery store is simple and inviting, with spacious aisles and an array of fresh, frozen, deli, bakery and grocery favourites, as well as international staples. We’re committed to supporting Ontario farmers and stocking local meats and seasonal produce whenever possible. The FreshCo banner lets customers stick to their budgets without having to compromise on choice or shopping experience. In fact, we offer price matching to ensure we’re guaranteed to have the lowest prices in your neighbourhood.
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Lawtons Drugs has been helping customers Look better, Feel better and Live better for more than 100 years. We are committed to the health and well-being of both our customers and our employees. We pride ourselves on having a positive and engaging environment that allows you to pursue your interests and grow with us. We have something for everyone who wants to build a successful career. With more than 79 retail locations across Atlantic Canada specializing in solutions to help our customers lead better lives, there are many opportunities for growth within the pharmacy, home health care, cosmetics, retail store, corporate office and wholesale areas. Wherever your interest lies, we all share a common goal with our parent company, Sobeys Inc., to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. Won’t you be part of our team?
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