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Sales value of leading grocery and supermarket chains in Canada in FY 2018/19

Leading food retailers in Canada in FY 2018/19, by grocery sales value (in billion Canadian dollars)

by Emma Bedford, last edited Aug 16, 2019
Sales value of leading grocery and supermarket chains in Canada in FY 2018/19 Loblaw Cos. Ltd. was the leading food retailer in Canada in the 2018/19 fiscal year, with a grocery sales value of around 45.63 billion Canadian dollars. Sobeys Inc. and Metro Inc. ranked in second and third, with sales of approximately 24.62 and 10.8 billion Canadian dollars respectively.

Loblaws 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.
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Leading food retailers in Canada in FY 2018/19, by grocery sales value (in billion Canadian dollars)

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