2017 marks the 30th year of the Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards!

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 66 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:

The Vision Award recognizes grocery head offices for their corporate commitment to local foods. The 2016 winners are:

  • Conventional – Sobeys Inc.
  • Discount – Food Basics (Metro Ontario Inc.)
  • Independent –  Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.

Foodland Ontario Award of Excellence celebrates Ontario retailers that have won the Platinum All Seasons Award two years in a row. The 2016 winners are:

  • Metro #453, on King St. in Bowmanville
  • Food Basics  #607, on Hwy 69 N in Hanmer
  • Food Basics #660, Hwy 50 in Brampton

The Platinum All Seasons Award recognizes merchandising excellence through three seasonal groupings: spring, summer and fall/winter. The 2016 winners are:

  • Food Basics #607, on Hwy 69 N. in Hanmer
  • Food Basics #660, on Hwy 50 in Brampton
  • Food Basics #680, on Bartley Bull Pkwy in Brampton
  • Food Basics #867, on Jane St. in North York
  • Food Basics #910, on Arthur St. in Elmira
  • Metro #73, on Lakeshore Rd. E. in Mississauga
  • Metro #453, on King St. in Bowmanville
  • Metro #479, on Front St. N. in Orillia
  • Metro #800, Eglinton Square in Scarborough
  • Sobeys #685, on Ira Needles Blvd. in Kitchener
  • Stewart's Town & Country Market on Hwy 9 in Mildmay.
  • Vos' Independent Grocer, on Scugog St. in Port Perry

The Gold Category Award is given to chain and independent stores in three specific categories: seasonal, creative and cross-merchandised. The 2016 winners are:

Gold Seasonal

  • Longo's #26 Leaside, on Laird Dr. in Toronto 
  • Metro #331, on First St. in Orangeville
  • Sobeys #712, on Mapleview Dr. in Barrie
  • Sobeys #6729, on South Pelham Rd. in Welland

Gold Creative Winners

  • Metro #260, on Jeanne D'arc Blvd. N. in Orleans
  • Metro #272, on Merivale Rd. in Ottawa
  • Metro #422, on Arthur St. W. in Thunder Bay
  • Morello's Your Independent Grocer, on Lansdowne St. E. in Peterborough

Gold Cross-Merchandised

  • Food Basics #895, on Huronontario St. in Brampton
  • Longo’s #25, Milton, on Maple Ave. in Milton
  • Metro #193, on King Weilliam St. in Huntsville
  • Sobeys #915, on Portage Rd. N. in Niagara Falls

The Silver Award of Merit celebrates excellence in promoting Ontario produce in a display. The 2016 winners are:

  • Battaglia's Market Place, on Lorne Park Rd. in Mississauga
  • Food Basics #638, on Regent St. in Sudbury
  • Food Basics #654, on Laurelwood Dr. in Waterloo
  • Food Basics #655, on Saint Barbara Blvd. in Mississauga
  • Food Basics #662, on Hazeldean Rd. in Stittsville
  • Food Basics #695, on Mohawk Rd. in Hamilton
  • Food Basics #837, Hwy 118 W. in Bracebridge
  • Food Basics #842, on Yonge St. in Newmarket
  • Food Basics #856, on Yonge St. in Richmond Hill
  • Food Basics #858, on Montrose Rd. in Niagara Falls
  • Food Basics #863, on Ellesmere Rd. in Scarborough
  • Food Basics #930, on Wellesley St. in Toronto
  • Foodland #6807, on Charles St. W. in Ingersoll
  • Longo’s #17 Boxgrove, on Copper Creek Dr. in Markham
  • Longo’s #10 York Mills, on York Mills Rd. in North York
  • Metro #037, on Danforth Ave. in Toronto
  • Metro #83, on Great Lakes Dr. in Brampton
  • Metro #106, on Thickson Rd. S. in Whitby
  • Metro #135, on Bayfield St. in Barrie
  • Metro #137, on Wellington St. in St. Thomas
  • Metro #199, on Clarke Side Rd. in London
  • Metro #247, on Oxford St. W. in London
  • Metro #325, on St. Paul Ave. in Brantford
  • Metro #395, on Churchill Blvd. in Sault Ste Marie
  • Metro #771, on 16640 Yonge St. in Newmarket
  • Metro #853, on Whites Rd. in Pickering
  • Metro #905, on Elgin St. in Cobourg
  • Andrew & Emily's No Frills, on Loyalist Pkwy in Picton
  • Sobeys #4729, on Parkside Dr. in Waterloo
  • Sobeys #6709, on Communication Rd. in Blenheim
  • Towerhill Sobeys, on Towerhill Rd. in Peterborough
  • Sobeys #6716, on Mill St. in New Hamburg
  • Davidson's valu-mart, on Woodbine Ave. in Toronto
  • Jonsson's Independent Grocer, Hwy 43 W. in Kemptville
  • O'Reilly's Independent Grocer, On Prescott Centre Dr. in Prescott
  • Zehrs #521, on Malden Rd. in LaSalle


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