The Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards Program is the produce industry’s premier competition that recognizes grocery retailers’ efforts to raise consumer awareness about the diversity of foods locally grown and harvested in the province of Ontario. 

This year, our annual Retailer Awards recognized 60 grocery retailers who are making it easier for Ontarians to choose and buy locally-grown and harvested foods with their innovative in-store promotion of fresh Ontario food. Their store displays increase consumer awareness and education about the diversity of fruits and vegetables grown in Ontario. Stores submit photographs of their promotional displays to qualify for the awards, and the winners are selected by a panel.

Award Categories:

Foodland Ontario Award of Excellence celebrates Ontario retailers that have won the Platinum All Seasons Award two years in a row. The 2018 winners are:

  • Food Basics #856 in Richmond Hill
  • Sobeys #685 in Kitchener
  • Metro #453 in Bowmanville

The Platinum All Seasons Award recognizes merchandising excellence through three seasonal groupings: spring, summer and fall/winter. The 2018 winners are:

  • Food Basics #856 in Richmond Hill
  • Sobeys #685 in Kitchener
  • Metro #453 in Bowmanville
  • Food Basics #910 in Elmira
  • Metro #141 in Windsor
  • Metro #800 in Scarborough
  • Metro #73 in Mississauga
  • Metro #422 in Thunder Bay
  • Sobeys #935 in Collingwood
  • Sobeys #664 in Simcoe
  • YIG #839 in Beaverton
  • Zehrs #521 in LaSalle

The Gold Category Award is given to chain and independent stores in three specific categories: seasonal, creative and cross-merchandised. The 2018 winners are:

Gold Seasonal

  • Food Basics #678 in Guelph
  • Food Basics #877 in Kitchener
  • Longo's #3 in Burlington
  • Metro # 83 in Brampton

Gold Creative Winners

  • Foodland #6827 in Russell
  • Longo's #27 in Oakville
  • Metro #331 in Orangeville
  • YIG #2608 in Trenton 

Gold Cross-Merchandised

  • Food Basics #907 in Nepean
  • Kudrinko's #0 in Westport
  • No Frills # 3451 in Picton
  • Sobeys # 657 in Ajax

The Silver Award of Merit celebrates excellence in promoting Ontario produce in a display. The 2018 winners are:

  • Food Basics #607 in Hanmer
  • Food Basics #658 in Welland
  • Food Basics #837 in Bracebridge
  • Food Basics #855 in Bradford
  • Food Basics #867 in North York
  • Food Basics #874 in Scarborough
  • Food Basics #883 in Listowel
  • Food Basics #887 in Kemptville
  • Food Basics #895 in Brampton
  • Food Basics #959 in Kitchener
  • Foodland #6731 in Norwood
  • Foodland #6807 in Ingersoll
  • Foodland #6824 in Hanover
  • Loblaws #1079 in Toronto
  • Longo's #2 in Oakville
  • Longo's #6 in Woodbridge
  • Longo's #14 in Mississauga
  • Longo's #17 in Markham
  • Longo's #24 in Toronto
  • Longo's #25 in Milton
  • Longo's #26 in Toronto
  • Longo's #28 in Mississauga
  • Longo's #31 in Ancaster 
  • Metro #143 in Port Hope
  • Metro #204 in Peterborough
  • Metro #214 in Oakville
  • Metro #479 in Orillia
  • Metro #771 in Newmarket
  • Metro #772 in Toronto
  • Schell's Market in Bath
  • Sobeys #4734 in Kanata
  • Sobeys #4737 in Stoney Creek 
  • Sobeys #6712 in Peterborough
  • Sobeys #7496 in Orleans
  • YIG #878 in Peterborough
  • Zehrs #563 in Owen Sound


The Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards are presented by the Ontario government in partnership with:

Metro #800 – Fall Harvest
Zehrs #521, Lasalle – Asparagus
Sobeys #657 – Greenhouse