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Sales value of leading Canadian grocery and supermarket chains in Canada 2019/20

Loblaw Companies Ltd. was the Canadian leading food retailer in Canada in the 2019/20 fiscal year, with a sales value of around 50.31 billion Canadian dollars. Sobeys Inc. and Metro Inc. ranked in second and third, with sales of approximately 25.14 and 11.79 billion Canadian dollars respectively.

Loblaw's origins

Loblaw’s first self-serve grocery store opened in Toronto in 1919 and continued to spread across Ontario in the following years. By 1924, they had expanded into New York State, and later into Chicago in 1928. Today, Loblaws employs almost 200,000 workers in Canada and operates five independent divisions. Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw’s drugstore division, generated retail sales of around 12.87 million Canadian dollars in 2018. Since 2013, Loblaws’ food retail store sales have continued to grow year-on-year, helping to secure their top position in the Canadian grocery market.

Grocery shopping trips

As time becomes more precious to consumers, shorter and more frequent food shopping trips are becoming more popular. According to a recent survey, 10 percent of Canadian respondents stated that they make a micro-trip (a trip lasting less than five minutes) daily to grocery stores. There is a clear age divide in the interest in quicker and easier food shopping experiences, with 46 percent of 18-24s wanting ways to check out faster, compared to 32 percent of over 55s.

Leading Canadian food retailers in Canada in FY 2019/20, by grocery sales value

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

FY 2019/20

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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