Ontarians Select First Consumers' Choice Retailer Award Winner

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Ontarians Select First Consumers' Choice Retailer Award Winner

More grocery store display winners coming – vote today for best asparagus display

TORONTO - For the first time in more than 30 years, consumers have chosen a Consumers' Choice greenhouse vegetable grocery store display contest winner. The award goes to Metro #331 in Orangeville for building the most creative display of Ontario greenhouse vegetables.

"Congratulations to Metro #331 in Orangeville for showcasing Ontario's produce in such a delicious and inviting way," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "By participating in the Foodland Ontario Retailer Award display contests, you are helping shoppers choose locally grown produce. When we choose to buy local, we are supporting our farmers, our environment and our economy."

Today, we are launching the next contest, showcasing fresh and delicious Ontario asparagus. Consumers can vote in this contest by following Foodland Ontario on Instagram or Facebookand "liking" one of the top three grocery store displays. The asparagus display that receives the most "likes" or votes will receive the Consumers' Choice award. The finalists are stores from London, Mississauga and Huntsville.

"We're celebrating Ontario's great local food throughout this growing season by inviting everyone to vote for their favourite display. Whether it's in your local grocery store, or another store elsewhere in the province, you get to choose which display best showcases Ontario's fresh produce," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This is a fun and unique way for consumers to show their support for the creativity each grocery store puts into their displays of the good things that grow in Ontario."

Local food is the heart of our province's agri-food industry and vital to the sustainability of Ontario's food system. Buying and supporting local food creates jobs and economic growth in communities across the province.

Quick Facts

  • For more than 40 years, Foodland Ontario has connected with families on how to recognize, prepare and enjoy locally grown foods.
  • To know when all your local fruits and vegetables are in season, visit Foodland Ontario’s Availability Guide.
  • Through the summer and fall, consumers will be able to vote for their choice of best retail display on the Foodland Ontario Facebook and Instagram.