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Earlier this year, Sobeys launched its FreshCo discount format in western Canada as part of its plan to improve its competitiveness in the region. Recently, we visited its South-Asian inspired concept, Chalo! FreshCo, which also forms part of this initiative. 

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Sobeys has launched its Voilà by Sobeys grocery ecommerce service in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

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We review Sobeys’ fourth quarter performance and the outlook for its new financial year, including the launch of its new ecommerce service and the shift in sales from supermarkets to discount stores. Key numbers Fourth quarter sales increased by 12.7% to $7.0bn, driven mainly by the COVID-19 pandemic Same-store sales increased 18.0% Adjusted net earnings increased 43.2% to $181.2m ...
Sobeys has extended its partnership with indoor vertical farming company, Infarm, to its Thrifty Foods banner in the Metro Vancouver market. We recently visited one of three stores in the initial roll-out.  Great alignment with Thrifty Foods’ proposition Sobeys launched its partnership with Infarm earlier this year, initially introducing a range of herbs at two Safeway stores in Vancouver. ...
We look at Sobeys’ on-going expansion of its FreshCo discount chain into western Canada, including plans for its first stores in Alberta. Addressing a weakness in its operations Sobeys’ latest announcement of six additional FreshCo openings takes the total of confirmed locations in western Canada to 28. Currently, 16 of these are trading. The retailer plans to convert around 65 of its exist...

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